Filed under: Art World | Tags: Andre Breton, Art of Occupation, Artists of the 99%, Bank of America, Diego Revera, Favianna Rodriguez, Jon-Paul Bail, Nadiah Fellah, Occupation, Occupy, occupy movement, Occupy Wall Street, Political Gridlock, pop culture, The Beehive Design Collective
This is a follow-up to a post written in November, The Art of Occupation, which dealt with the inception of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Museums, as well as their artistic components. In this post I continue by reporting on the art and activities of the movements’ participants as they evolve and expand. - Nadiah Fellah, San Francisco contributor
In 1938, Diego Rivera and André Breton signed a Manifesto for Independent Revolutionary Art, in which they declared that “true art is unable not to be revolutionary, not to aspire to a complete and radical reconstruction of society.” No stranger to controversy, Diego Rivera famously offended Nelson Rockefeller with a 1933 mural that included a portrait of Lenin. When his patron asked him to change the piece, Rivera refused and left New York. After his departure the mural in Rockefeller Center was covered, and within months, destroyed.
Filed under: Art Market, Art World, Oakland, San Francisco | Tags: Carl Andre, Great Tortilla Conspiracy, Hella Occupy Oakland, Jon-Paul Bail, Jos Sances, Liberty Plaza, Lucy Lippard, Martha Schwendener, Nadiah Fellah, No Comment, Oakland, Occupy, Occupy Oakland, Occupy Wall Street, OWS, Political Gridlock, Robert Morris, SF, Westlake Middle School, Youth Together
As the Occupy movement continues to grow, the lines between ‘artist’ and ‘activist’ have become increasingly blurred. Images, text, video and photographs convey the messages and events of the movement on every available surface, website, blog, and twitter feed. In fact, as Martha Schwendener recently noted, Liberty Plaza, or any occupation site for that matter, has “became a kind of art object: a living installation or social sculpture.” - Nadiah Fellah, SF Contributor