Sniffing money, money, money, art art art.

Posted: April 7, 2013 in We fight on

Charming the rich and pleasing the crowds, bring in that money boys.

If you got an art museum you know that you had better bring in the money or your sunk. You had better spend a lot of time smooching with the wealthy who love to be pampered and listened too, love to go out to dinner and love to tell other rich friends that they were out with you the director of the museum. But like all money given these rich folks want something in return. Maybe they give some bucks to host an exhibition then put their names up in lights. If they give some big bucks you can bet they want a gallery named after them. If they give you even bigger bucks then many a whole wing of the museum and if they give big, big big bucks or lots and lots of art then we don’t give a blast name the fucking museum after us. That’s part of the deal, raw or not. We don’t care how many years it was called “A” name it ”B” after me. It’s nice many people say that the rich love to give away their money to the arts and at least art isn’t killing people so they are a much need commodity. They love art and art loves them. We need the rich to help put on shows, pay the staff, make sure there is heat and lights, and a host of other things that the rich do for us. God Save The Rich! We Love Them and They Love Us! (see notes (1) These rich folks do get a lot in return. The institutions that they support get lots of money from various foundations which they most likely have their fingers mucking around in too. Money speaks for money, the devil for his own, as the song There is power in a union tells us.

During the occupy movement folks from this blog and our comrades belonged to the Queer Caucus. We wrote at that time a manifesto of sorts called Queer Eye for Occupy. In this written statement were these lines:

“We are fully aware that within 2 city blocks of Occupy Hartford people are living in severe poverty. We must fight to end the lording over of our city by The Hartford Insurance Company, Aetna, UTC, Bank of America just to name a few; and the silent acquiescence of the religious establishment. All the while the lines outside homeless shelters and food distribution sites grow longer and longer and food assistance is of a limited duration. Beds at shelters in Hartford run out quickly forcing people to sleep on the streets and further assaulting the dignity of people in need; while the 1% sleep soundly in their gated suburban fortresses.

Corporate giving is selectively doled out to theaters and museums whose primary beneficiaries are the white middle class employees of these corporations. This giving does nothing to create jobs in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown. This lack of jobs creates conditions in which many minority youth turn to selling drugs because they see no other options to survive.  Youth convicted of nonviolent drug offenses then become part of the school to suburban prison pipeline. Fathers and sons are taken from their families creating additional stress on minority communities. The criminal injustice system incarcerates minorities for petty crimes while ignoring the real criminals — bankers who sold families unaffordable mortgages and then promptly foreclosed on their homes and corporate CEO’s who see Hartford as nothing more than a cultural playground to feed their malevolent egos.” (2)

Careful of who you love and who gives you money.

Once a person in an alternative gallery when speaking about support for an exhibition by United Technologies said, “Well at least the money they are giving to us is not being used to make more war machines.” Well honey you are missing the point. That money is money that has been made from the war machine. Get it? That painting is hanging there because some dead kid is somewhere.  You are able to pay the light bill, and your staff because another bomb has been dropped, another drone has destroyed a village. Many of us also opposed any involvement with exhibitions that Philip Morris sponsored. We knew like they knew, that cigarettes were and are killing people. So why would we want to be a part and parcel to killing people?

We all have to draw the line somewhere in the sand and stop supporting these the rich who make their money exploiting  the workers and killing people. Again it begs to answer which side are you on?

Everyone of you, could go ahead, add all the other things that the rich do most foul if you want to in the comments section. There is an old poem that is now lost where old poems go that poets lose that talked about blood on ones finger tip, on fingers, hands and arms. The poem went on and soon we were standing gazing at the some of the wealthy with blood up to the tip top of their heads. Can’t say that blood on the finger tip if it is someone else s blood is at all okay in a queerartist book.

>>>It’s always worth it to tell this story a number of times.  Telling helps to knock and chip away at the pedestal that some put  the wealthy who support art on. It demands of us to know which side are you really on.

I am rich. I made my money burning and bubbling the skin off of people. I love and support the arts. Do you love me? 

We once new a rich patron of the arts who was from the Dow family. Now do any of you know what Dow made and why Dow became so un-famous. Well Dow Chemical Company made napalm. That suff that was dropped all over Vietnam. That stuff that if gotten on your skin burned and burned and you couldn’t get it off. Their slogan was, “We bring good things to life.” Damn you fuckers burned, children, women, men, cows, pigs, chickens, deforested land, incinerated homes and on and on. We should love you and kiss your butt now because you support the arts?

Here what Kim Phuc a napalm victim has to say:

“Napalm is the most terrible pain you can imagine,” said Kim Phúc, a napalm bombing survivor known from a famous Vietnam War photograph. “Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius. Napalm generates temperatures of 800 to 1,200 degrees Celsius.” Be sure to click on Kim Phuc to read about what happened on that day.

Put this in your pocket-book and smoke it Ms Dow Chemical heavy supporter of the arts. May the ghosts of those napalmed haunt you and let it be known no matter how much money you give and give the naked burning flesh is on your hands.  And fuck you art galleries, museums, artists that bubbling burning flesh coming off people just like you and me gets on your hands when you say yes to Mrs. Dow and her evilness. Please cut the shit out when you say, “Well at least she is giving her dollars to the arts.” Fuck that she should be setting up hospitals, and care for all of her victims. Yeah but we know that money talks, bullshit walks and art whores are everywhere.

8 June 1972: Kim Phúc, center left, running down a road near Trang Bang after a South Vietnamese Air Force napalm attack. (Nick Ut /AP)

In an interview many years later, she recalled she was yelling “Nong qua, nong qua” (“too hot, too hot”) in the picture.

Modern napalm is composed primarily of benzene and polystyrene, and is known as napalm-B,[2] super-napalm, NP2, or also Incendergel. The commonly quoted composition is 21% benzene, 33% gasoline (itself containing about 1–4% benzene to raise its octane number), and 46% polystyrene. The mixture is difficult to ignite; a reliable pyrotechnic initiator, often based on thermite (for traditional napalm) or white phosphorus (for newer compositions), has to be used.[4][6]

Original napalm burns 15–30 seconds, napalm-B can burn for up to 10 minutes.[6]

Napalm 877 was used in flamethrowers and bombs by the US and Allied forces, to increase effectiveness of flammable liquids. The substance is formulated to burn at a specific rate and adhere to surfaces. Napalm is mixed with gasoline in various proportions to achieve this. Another useful (and dangerous) effect, primarily involving its use in bombs, was that napalm “rapidly deoxygenates the available air” and creates large amounts of carbon monoxide causing suffocation. Napalm bombs were notably used in the Vietnam War.[2] (69)

Art just another tool of the ruling class.

Isn’t it nice that rich folks spend their money on art and art museums. If they didn’t so many artists would starve and die. So many creative souls who lift us up, make us think and give us beauty would not be on the scene.  Isn’t it nice to hear artists say, “Hey, look I am in so and so’s collection.” Isn’t it nice that the wealthy can help decide who should be in the history books for future generations to say, art over. Isn’t it interesting that it has always been that way, the wealthy calling the shots within the arts, giving some a name a place on their wall. The nice rich give money so we the poor can enjoy their art museums. We here shake our heads and laugh out loud each time we hear that there are nice good wealthy people among all the fuck you over  ones. But in all seriousness we will have to say these folks are just another tool that the ruling class uses to keep us all under their thumb and in one short line.

When will all of us draw the line. We have to somewhere and somehow.

Buy art!!! Make Big Buck$

By Mary Abbe from Artcetera.

Wondering what to do with those extra millions from your year-end Goldman Sachs bonus? Invest in art, of course. But before writing the big checks, check out “The Art Economist,” a new magazine specially designed for rich people who buy art for fun, prestige and to make even more money. Or as the magazine’s promo pitch describes them “wealthy contemporary art collectors and art investors.”

Founded by a Wall Street art collector, Fred Alger, the magazine will cost $400 per year for 10 issues of 88 “robust” pages each. What exactly makes a page “robust”? Classy paper, fancy printing, lots of colorful pictures. And exclusivity: there will be no advertisements and you can’t buy it from a news stand.

Each issue will rank the top 300 living artists according to their auction results since 2008. Thirty of the chosen ones will be profiled. The art market will be analyzed, new investment-worthy artists will be named, and subscribers can log onto an interactive website with “up-to-the-minute news and auction results” for the 300 hotties.

The No. 1 artist of the No. 1 issue is Brit painter Lucien Freud. Other usual suspects in the pantheon are: Chuck Close (127), Robert Gober (30), Barbara Kruger (206), Mark di Suvero (179), Brice Marden (9), Jack Pierson (121), John Currin (20), Lisa Yuskavage (146), Vik Muniz (217), Cy Twombly (14) and Helen Frankenthaler (106).

Editor in Chief Bruce Helander, a former provost at Rhode Island School of Design, offers an unctuous come-on in a truly strange video here. And shows off his new orange topper in a festive moment better forgotten, below:

Editor-in-chief Bruce Helander in a festive moment best forgotten

Editor-in-chief Bruce Helander in a festive moment best forgotten

“My feelings,” said Miss Emma to Mr. Mop, “is that Groovy must be hanged with a golden chain!!! Suits them well. Giggles at their funny attire but no one is giggling among those whom they have exploited.

In our fight let us remember one thing:

Not only do they do that but they squeeze us all to death meanwhile convincing us that we like it meanwhile they go out and invest in art and everybody who is in the art scene loves them and thinks that they are A okay. Can we sing together these lines from There is power in a union, and make room for a little more revolt in every corner that needs it, even among the scared cow art.

“Now the lessons of the past were all learned with workers’ blood
The mistakes of the bosses we must pay for
From the cities and the farmlands to trenches full of mud
War has always been the bosses’ way, sir”

Millions have to live shitty for a few to live ridiculously wealthy. The System is broke-Let’s us break it some more!!!

Notes:

(1) Billions of dollars in arts funding is serving a mostly wealthy, white audience that is shrinking while only a small chunk of money goes to emerging art groups that serve poorer communities that are more ethnically diverse, according to a report being released Monday.

The report from the Washington-based National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, a watchdog group, shows foundation giving has fallen out of balance with the nation’s increasingly diverse demographics. The report was provided to The Associated Press before its release.

A large portion of funding goes to more traditional institutions such as major museums, operas and symphonies. But recent surveys show attendance at those institutions is declining, while more people are interested in community-based arts groups.

“It is a problem because it means that – in the arts – philanthropy is using its tax-exempt status primarily to benefit wealthier, more privileged institutions and populations,” wrote the report’s author, Holly Sidford.  For the full report see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/10/arts-funding-report_n_1003065.html, Arts Funding is supporting a white, wealthy audience.

(2) Queer Eye for Occupy. Hartford Queer Caucus October 2011.

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