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Talking about councils wasting your money

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Councils seems to be getting away with a lot of spending in the name of Art.    I’ve never understood art to be a core council activity.  In Auckland, the council even denied money to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust so it would spend more money on the Arts.  It does your head in.

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Photo: Jason deCaires Taylor The Silent Evolution. MUSA Collection, 2010. Depth, 8 m. Manchones Reef, Mexico.

Photo: Jason deCaires Taylor
The Silent Evolution. MUSA Collection, 2010. Depth, 8 m. Manchones Reef, Mexico.

The Silent Evolution

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Wastewatch: Te Papa blows taxpayer cash on rubbish “art”

Te Papa has dumped a whole truck load of cash on rubbish, literally, masquerading as art.

The luvvies are no doubt in total thrall at such wonders…they call it an investment in our future.

Te Papa has splashed taxpayers’ cash on two new artworks, one of which even its creator jokingly describes as a load of rubbish.

The purchase of the works by Bill Culbert means taxpayers have now effectively funded them twice – once when Creative New Zealand paid $650,000 for their creation and showing at last year’s Venice Biennale, and now as Te Papa adds them to the national collection.

The museum could not say how much it spent on the works, Daylight Flotsam Venice and Drop, citing confidentiality. However, the Auckland gallery that brokered the deal said it was “less than $500,000″.

Acting chief executive Arapata Hakiwai said the purchases were “an investment worth making to ensure New Zealanders have access to these two remarkable installations”. Culbert was a internationally recognised “significant” artist, he said. “It is appropriate for Te Papa to house works of this stature and significance.”    Read more »

The (stupid) face of naked greed

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That man looked at the MH17 crash and thought… “now, that’s a great source of inspiration for art”.

Yes, art.

Or maybe, he was just after a quick buck?  Cherie Howie will help you decide:

A man who bought a personalised plate bearing the flight number of downed Malaysia Airlines’ jetliner MH17 says his purchase is a “priceless piece of art”.

Massey delivery driver Russell Montaperto spent $650 for the plate a few days after the plane was shot down while flying over a region of Ukraine under the control of Russian separatists.

Australia-based Kiwi Mary Menke and British-born Otaki man Robert Ayley were among 298 killed in the atrocity.

Montaperto hasn’t had the plate made yet, and was not sure when that would happen, but he had no doubt it was something he wanted.

“It’s like a priceless piece of art. When people see that, it means something to them … because it’s part of history that has affected the whole world.”

I guess I left another option out.  He could also me a complete moron.   Read more »

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Allan Grant—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images June 1946, Marshall and Yolanda Jacobs kiss atop a flagpole, Coshocton, Ohio.

Allan Grant—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images
June 1946, Marshall and Yolanda Jacobs kiss atop a flagpole, Coshocton, Ohio.

Love Atop a Flagpole

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Photo: Lauren Sommer/KQED Ray Bandar keeps his skull collection in his San Francisco basement. Some are now on view at the California Academy of Sciences, and eventually he will donate all 7,000 skulls to the academy.

Photo: Lauren Sommer/KQED
Ray Bandar keeps his skull collection in his San Francisco basement. Some are now on view at the California Academy of Sciences, and eventually he will donate all 7,000 skulls to the academy.

A Bone Collector’s Basement of Animal Skulls Sees the Light

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Good on ya John

Media are trying to beat up a controversy over Stephanie key’s latest photos and are questioning John Key over it.

John Key stood by his daughter…as you do.

Prime Minister John Key has defended a raunchy photo of his daughter Stephanie wearing a pink traditional Native American headpiece saying the picture was not culturally insensitive.

Key responded to questions by the media at the National Party conference in Queenstown today about the latest pictures of his daughter Stephanie, 21, emerging online.

An album of photos, featuring on Stephanie’s Facebook page, shows a photo of her wearing the war headdress, pink lacy underwear and a star covering her nipple.

Key denied any claims it was culturally offensive.

”I’m personally very proud of her,” Key said.

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Computers as art, or art as computers?

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Animated classic paintings? Actually, just watch…