This joke was obviously inevitable after the world saw the crowd of Romney-Ryan supporters in Boston on Tuesday night. Huge difference in diversity from what viewers saw in Chicago for Obama-Biden. Really sad.
Good thing Reddit is back up today, or else I may have missed this funny addition to the "______ Girls Say" videos popping up everywhere online! As a Korean girl myself, I can say this guy pretty much nails the stereotypical phrases.
Some people have a problem with this new ad, not just because it's Playboy but also because the women are made to look like "things" (ex: "ants") as well as the fact that all the women seem to have nearly the same skin color.
Neiman Marcus' billboard on the side of a Sunset Blvd. building, a homage to Christian Louboutin's 20 year anniversary in women's fashion: designed with street artist Galo Make Canote, just in time for Mr. Louboutin's visit to the Beverly Hills NM on February 3, 2012.
Seoul Central District Court wasn't too pleased when university lecturer Park Jung-soo spray painted a bunch of Banksy-style rats on the many G-20 Summit posters around Seoul last fall. Park's brazenness in relatively conservative South Korea has garnered him a potential fine of $1850 from the government but also outspoken support from movie directors of the country's booming film industry.
I was a bit surprised that the fine actually wasn't too steep! In a city like Seoul where art/design is exponentially growing, expect to see more of these public challenges to freedom of expression.
In light of the upcoming cultural exchange exhibition with China's Palace Museum, should the Milwaukee Art Museum protest the continued detention of artist Ai Weiwei, who hasn't been seen since April 3, 2011?
A valid question which undoubtedly brings up the current futility of the museum institution vis-a-vis politics. Museums now tend to be so dyslexic about their role in society, usually because of their sad desperation for money. Should the Milwaukee Art Museum protest? They don't necessarily have to; they can simply "contextualize" the situation to make it ethically work out for them. Isn't this what all museums and exhibits ultimately do, if need be?
A perfect example would be Vienna's Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) 2010 exhibition with a sprawling collection of works from North Korea's national museum.
If MAK didn't protest the detention of millions of people in a country much worse off than China (and in fact rendered any protest as "not understanding the art"), why does any museum need to protest the humanitarian violations of one person -- especially if they're going to make some much needed dough this summer, right?
Maybe they will dedicate a little something to Ai Weiwei, like an installation or performance or something. Yep...that would really do something.
Not really sure about artist Tania Bruguera's latest project, which entails her living as "an illegal immigrant in New York City" for one year.
She may mean well -- Bruguera will live in a Queens apartment with five other undocumented immigrants (plus their six kids) and work minimum-wage jobs without health insurance -- but the project presents itself as a bit stunted to me simply because it seems to address only one aspect of being an "illegal immigrant" (being poor) via a perspective that most of these said immigrants simply do not have the time to dwell on: art. Who is she communicating to?
With $85,000 in grants to support this, Bruguera has founded an organization that seeks to "blend politics and art to empower immigrants." A nice idea, until you realize that art may not exactly be the top priority on these people's minds.
It's strange that so many artists these days try to embrace being "down with the streets" when in fact they, and their bodies of work, originate and communicate from a highly elitist sensibility.
Will she at least produce usable reports of her investigations, on par with undercover journalist Günter Wallraff (I'm afraid this sort of thing has been done before by several journalists), or will the public have to follow her "art" in order to get any relevant information from her inevitably subjective experiences in this project?
Can I also add how relative the notion of poverty is, and how most of the rest of the globe would laugh at living in a Queens apartment making US minimum wage as a "difficult" life? Let's ask the people of rural Tanzania, who are actually better off than many of their African neighbors (photo from our February trip to East Africa):