Archive for December, 2010

The End of the line for Kodachrome

December 31, 2010

The last roll of Kodachrome film was processed Thursday, December 30th when Dwayne’s Photo, owner of the last  Kodachrome processing machine, turned off their processor and sold it for scrap.  Kodachrome  Kodachromefilm, developed in 1935 and prized for its rich color, became a victim of digital photography.  Despite the popularity of digital cameras, many photographers mourned the end of Kodachrome. Dwayne’s Photo did a hopping business in Kodachrome development in the last few weeks: an Arkansas railroad worker developed his remaining 1,580 rolls of film (for a total of $15,798); an artist from London made her first trip to the United States for the purpose of turning in three rolls of film and shooting five more before the processing deadline. [New York Times, December 29, 2010]

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Colbert Report: Art edition

December 15, 2010

With the quarter over, we can now catch up on our TV viewing and a good place to start is with the Colbert Report’s Art editioColbert Reportn. In this December 8 episode, Steve Martin, Frank Stella, Shepard Fairey and Andres Serrano all make an appearance. Also interesting is Colbert’s “Tip of the Hat” and “Wag the Finger” segment in which Colbert comments on Eric Cantor’s (U. S. Representative, Virginia) response to David Wojnarowicz’ video “A Fire in My Belly” in the National Portrait Gallery’s “Hide/Seek” exhibition.

271 Picasso works recently discovered

December 3, 2010

Succession Picasso

A retired electrician has come forward with a collection of 271 never-before-seen works by Pablo Picasso. Pierre Le Guennec, the former electrician who installed burglar alarms for Picasso, claims the trove — a trunk full of art which they stored in their garage — was a gift from Picasso and his second wife. In September, Le Buennec approached Picasso’s son to have the works appraised and authenticated but instead, Picasso’s son, the estate’s administrator, has filed a suit for illegal possession of the art works, accusing Le Guennec of stealing the pieces. The collection, which is estimated to be worth around $80 million, includes sketches, collages, prints and watercolors created between 1900 and 1932. [New York Times, Yahoo News]

Culture wars at the Smithsonian

December 2, 2010

After harsh criticism from conservative groups and several Republican members of Congress, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has removed David Wojnarowicz’s video “A Fire in My Belly” from their exhibition “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.” Martin Sullivan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, opted for self-censorship in an attempt to protect the GLBT-theFire in my bellymed exhibition but not before another debate over federal funding for the arts was ignited. Eric Cantor, future Majority Leader, has called for closure of “Hide/Seek” because it is “an outrageous use of taxpayer money.”  The spokesman for John Boehner, the future House Speaker, stated that “Smithsonian officials should either acknowledge the mistake and correct it, or be prepared to face tough scrutiny beginning in January when the new majority in the House moves [in].” Martin Sullivan has issued a statement on the exhibition and is soliciting public comments. If you want to  read more about the controversy, here are a few links to help you get started: TBDArts blog, npr, CultureGrrl blog, Washington Post, CNN.