The Brutality of Little Bighorn, as Seen by Someone Who Was There

By Allison Meier for HYPERALLERGIC on Sep 5, 2016 - TULSA, Okla. — Decades after the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn, Stephen Standing Bear, who participated in the tumultuous engagement, recalled its chaos: “I could see Indians charging all around me. Then I could see the soldiers and Indians all mixed up and there were so many guns going off that I couldn’t hear them.” He also illustrated the battlefield as he saw it in large-scale muslin pictographs, with the largest surviving example currently on view in First Person: Remembering Little Bighorn at the Philbrook Museum of Art’s downtow...

The Plight of the Overworked Nonprofit Employee

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For the Atlantic by Jonathan Timm Aug 24, 2016 - Earlier this year, at the encouragement of President Obama, the Department of Labor finalized the most significant update to the federal rules on overtime in decades. The new rules will more than double the salary threshold for guaranteed overtime pay, from about $23,000 to $47,476. Once the rules go into effect this December, millions of employees who make less than that will be guaranteed overtime pay under the law when they work more than 40 hours a week. Unsurprisingly, some business lobbies and conservatives disparaged the rule as und...

Why Is Art Expensive?

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Pub'd in Priceonomics Sep '15 by Alex Mayyasi - In 1996, an art dealer named Glafira Rosales approached Ann Freedman, the president of New York’s Knoedler Gallery, which sold artwork to wealthy collectors for over 150 years. Rosales offered to sell Knoedler paintings by masters like Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning at bargain prices—under one million dollars each.  She told Freedman that an anonymous collector—a family friend—inherited the paintings and recently rediscovered them. For over a decade, the gallery resold the pieces for millions and stored its files on the acqu...

Week-Long Mural Festival Comes To Sacramento + audio on CPRadio

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Published on Capital Public Radio by Beth Ruyak on Aug 15, 2016 | Sacramento, CA - For a little over a week artists from Sacramento and around the world are taking over walls in alleys and on streets and transforming boring concrete structures into works of art. More than a dozen murals will be painted in the Midtown and Downtown areas from August 20 to 28 – the event will also host tours, lectures and conversations about public art and design. We'll sit down with festival co-curator Cheryl Holben to discuss the festival's origin and purpose. We'll also speak with participating business own...

In 1912, Someone Actually Won An Olympic Gold Medal In Painting

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Katherine Brooks for The Huffington Post on Aug 4, 2016: From 1912 to 1948, the Olympics awarded medals to sculptors, architects, writers and musicians, too. This week, Olympic medal hopefuls are making their way to Rio de Janeiro with the necessary equipment: soccer cleats, swim caps, leotards, oars. Charging into the Games dressed in Nike swooshes and elastane, they’ll look like the sports stars of Wheaties boxes past. Over a century ago, the Olympic scene was a bit different. In 1912, some aspiring gold medalists trekked to Stockholm, Sweden, with pens, paintbrushes, clay and shee...

Rio Olympics’s Public Art Program Suffers Budget Cuts

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Posted Aug 3, 2016 in ARTFORUM - Gabriella Angeleti reports in the Art Newspaper from an article in O Globo that the arts program for the 2016 Rio Olympics—scheduled to begin this Friday—has lost funding for a public artwork by the Italian artist Giancarlo Neri. This is one of several installations that have recently been canceled by the country’s new culture minister, Marcelo Calero. The work, to be titled Bar Paris and comprising 1,415 chairs with lights attached, was going to be installed in a square in the Glória neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. Its budget of 632,000 reais, or about $200,00...

Check Out These New Water-Focused Murals from a Paddleboarding Street Artist

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Pub'd by Nathaniel Ainley for the Creators Project — Jul 18 2016 . Known for painting vivid wall portraits from the safety of his paddle board, surf riding street artist, Sean ‘Hula’ Yoro, is back this month with the release of two new installation paintings. The mural splayed across an abandoned dock above, entitled Lewa, is one of Hula's latest works.  Lewa depicts a woman delicately floating above water level, eyes askance, with her hands and arms resting by either side of her head. The artist asked that the location of the mural be kept private. A more public display of Hula's work come...

Meet the millionaires who bought Burning Man’s Fly Ranch

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Pub'd by Jenny Kane, 4:42 p.m. PDT July 21, 2016, for Reno Gazette - The millionaires who helped the Burning Man Project buy Fly Ranch for $6.5 million include a cofounder of Airbnb, a cofounder of Cirque du Soleil, an Iranian photographer and one of the first investors of Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. On Thursday, Burning Man organizers announced the names of the donors who helped the organization fulfill a 20-year dream of buying a slice of hot springs heaven in Northern Nevada, just outside of the Black Rock Desert. The 70,000-person Burning Man arts gathering, coming up Aug. 28 to...