Monday, September 29, 2008

A Note on Buddhist Sand Mandala

The painstaking creation of a sand mandala is a meditative practice, an act of mindfulness. Its consequent destruction represents the inherent impermanence of life, a fundamental principle of the Dharma, or teachings of the Buddha.

A Note on Art Markets

Museums are only a part pf the current story of the art market, because wealthy collectors worldwide have more buying power. Charles Saatchi has been accused of manipulating the market for the latest young and trendy artists through his sudden shift in purchases or sales. His support of exhibitions like the controversial Sensation show of the young ‘Britpack’ artists has been criticized: through promoting the exhibition, Saatchi raises the value of works that his gallery owns.

Notes on the Art Museum I

Since about 1965 a shift has occurred in museum finding, 1992, almost $700 million was given by corporations to promote culture and the arts. The shift to corporate sources coincides with the rise of the “blockbuster exhibitions”. These exhibitions aim at a broad public appeal and middle-class taste

In the article written Brian Wallis entitled, Selling Nations: International Exhibitions and Cultural Diplomacy, he explains, “Individual nations are compelled to dramatize conventionalized versions of their national images, asserting past glories and amplifying stereotypical differences”.

Curator Susan Vogel of the Center for African Art in New York arranged an exhibit in 1988 entitled Art/Artifacts using varied display techniques to provoke visitors to ponder distinctions between art and non-art.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Announcement from the Miseducated

Dear Students,

Please bring on Thursday felt paper (any color, 8.5 x 11 inches) and a box of oil pastels.

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
-Albert Einstein (German-born) physicist (1879-1955)



Miseducated Mentor