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Photo Of The Day

Photo/ Phillip Jones Griffiths

Photo/ Phillip Jones Griffiths

Brooklyn Museum | Phillip Jones Griffiths

The Painting Of The Virgin Mary

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Photo Of The Day

© JIM MARSHALL PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC. San Francisco, 1968.  1965 TYPE 356 C: The 356 was Porsche’s first production model and had a nearly two-decade run as both a closed coupe and a convertible. This particular car is from the model’s last year of production and features a decidedly non-factory paint scheme, created at the request of famed singer Janis Joplin, who bought the car used and had it customized by a roadie for her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. Apparently her friends were not the only ones who all drove Porsches.

© JIM MARSHALL PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC. San Francisco, 1968.
1965 TYPE 356 C: The 356 was Porsche’s first production model and had a nearly two-decade run as both a closed coupe and a convertible. This particular car is from the model’s last year of production and features a decidedly non-factory paint scheme, created at the request of famed singer Janis Joplin, who bought the car used and had it customized by a roadie for her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. Apparently her friends were not the only ones who all drove Porsches.

“On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.”

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Photo Of The Day

Johannes Stoetter

Johannes Stoetter

This Is Not A Parrot

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Len Brown’s Secret “Gifts and Inducements” Register?

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

The tipline is hot with news of a committee in Len Brown’s Auckland Council running a “register of gifts and inducements”.

It’s for a committee that spends over $10 million a year of ratepayers’ money, mainly on liberal elite luvvies in  the arts like opera and plays and string quartets. The sort of stuff David Farrar would get free tickets to.  Read more »

Theatre ends 50 years of bludging

What bludgers like Brian Rudman don’t understand is that theatres are at least four generations of technology behind the times. Radios, Movies, TV and the Internet have all superseded theatre and theatre is not sustainable without dirty great big handouts.

Wellington’s longest running professional theatre, Downstage, will close its doors for good at the end of the week after a decision by Creative New Zealand to stop funding it next year.

The theatre had presented shows for 50 years.

The board had not taken the decision lightly, said Downstage Theatre Trust chairman Allan Freeth.  Read more »

Arts bludger comes clean

UK arts bludger Mark Ravenhill comes clean on excesses of arts subsidies. His observations apply just as easily to the culture scene in New Zealand, especially under Helen Clark.

One of Britain’s leading playwrights has said funding cuts could be “a good thing” for the arts because artists would be less “safe and well behaved”.

Mark Ravenhill said he was against cuts but that the performing arts had been compromised by a “cosy” relationship with funders over the past 15 years.

He said artists “weren’t telling the truth” about the world often enough when public funding was more plentiful.  Read more »

No matter where in the world, Arts ratbags are always on the bludge

It doesn’t matter where, New Zealand, Australia, or the the UK the entitlement mentality of arts bludgers never ceases.

The bonus of this attempted bludge is that it will never be tried here, Winston Peters knows when he is bought and who bought him.

The ÂŁ1.7bn Brits spend with online gambling companies every year should be taxed to support the arts, Lord Puttnam has argued.

The film producer and Labour peer said the UK is in “desperate need” of cultural skills and talent, and taking advantage of the boom in placing bets via the internet could aid the industry.

“We will need to find new ways to help support the arts,” Lord Puttnam wrote in the Yorkshire Post.  Read more »

How can the wops afford this?

Don’t say I never do arts posts…but I am wondering how the wops can afford this, they are flat broke and will probably go on the bludge expecting us to pay for their expensive art exhibition.

A Dunedin artist has been invited to show his work at one of the world’s most prestigious art exhibitions.

Dunedin School of Art senior sculpture lecturer Scott Eady will travel to Italy in May to install his work “Personal Structures” at the Venice Biennale 2013.

“It was very unexpected and, of course, very exciting news. I am a little overwhelmed,” Mr Eady said yesterday.  Read more »

Discovery Channel Employs well known Arts, Travel and Fitness Blogger David Farrar

David’s so excited, the Discovery Channel have employed the much slimmer and fitter David Farrar as its new travel blogger.

Here’s a preview of his new show!

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Chris Finlayson is the perfect Arts Minister

Chris Finalyson is perhaps the best Arts Minister one could find in the world. He loathes pretentious art.

The Parliamentary Art Collection, value $12 million, includes an artwork in shagpile that can only be described as a piece of its time.

That time is 1981 – the year of the underarm bowling scandal, the Springbok Tour, and the first hints of the trend that shoulder pads and big hair will become. The piece, Variation in Apricot, is considered ‘textile art’. It reportedly feels like touching a dirty dog.

Arts Minister Chris Finlayson’s immediate reaction is sotto voce: “S***, that’s awful.”

Then he gets closer and sees the plaque that says it was donated by the National Party caucus wives in 1981 – when Robert Muldoon was the Prime Minister.

“Oh my God,” he says, shamefaced at slighting the taste of such a group of women. He slams into reverse and hunts for a more diplomatic adjective than ‘awful.’

“It certainly is a unique contribution to the art collection in Parliament.

I couldn’t think of better lighting for it. It has been very carefully thought through.”

It is in a dark corridor of Parliament, in an area where no members of the public and few MPs would go.

There are other insults:  Read more »