Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Protest in a Museum by Breaking a Vase

Imagine you are an artist...one who lives in Miami, Florida, who visits galleries and museums.

Most of the galleries and museums in South Florida display art by international artists. Some display a mix of artists from all over the world, including the United States. Some specialize in a niche market such as only Cuban expressionism from 1940-1970, etc. Most of the galleries and museums that might display local artists are vanity galleries, as in the artist pays for the wall space and gets little more service for those fees in return.

Imagine you are this artist and you do not have a "bridge job" or a "bridge career." 

The artist in the link above decided to drop another's vase in protest of treatment of local artist. 

The vase was part of a lager installation piece at a major museum by a hugely known international artist who truly does know how to stage real and effective protests (Ai Weiwei is Chinese and has spent time in Chinese jails for being "anti-government." 

Having lived in Miami, Florida my entire life...and luckily having that bridge career...all I can do is shake my head with wonder and understanding of how this artists feels. I will stage a protest...sure...but it will be by continuing to make my own art, sharing it online as much as I can, exhibiting at Chefs on the Run and the Homestead Chamber of Commerce and other places as much as humanly possible...

Not by breaking another artist's work at a major museum. Way to black ball yourself... or maybe bad press beats nothing at all. 

In any case, too bad the artist did not read the following post. 
Reblog from the Huffington Post: 15 Things You Should Never, Ever Do In An Art Museum:

He has probably never heard of The Art Biz Coach or Xanadu Gallery, either. 

My soapbox ends with this:
If you agree with how this artist feels, what would be more effective ways to protest that the museums in your local area are "biased against local artists?"

Oh...writing about how I will "continue to protest," here is where you can find my art, lol:

If you would like to see more paintings in person, please visit one of my favorite restaurants, Chefs on the Run Assorted Cuisine. 

Coming to the Homestead Community Center, my exhibit of Absence of Green will begin on May 1st, 2014. Hope to see you there! 

If you would like to see more paintings online, please visit my website

Angeline Marie of
Military Band Inspired Palm Trees, 11x14 inches, mixed media
on canvas board, ©2014 Angeline Marie, $200

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