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White House to hold live online arts chat Tuesday

October 19, 2010 | 10:42 am


The White House is scheduled to host a live online chat Tuesday that will focus on the arts and feature members of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Participants are expected to include artist Chuck Close, dancer Damian Woetzel, producer George Stevens Jr. and committee co-chair Margo Lion.

The chat is set to begin at 11:15 a.m. PDT (2:15 p.m. EDT). You can submit questions in advance via the White House's Facebook page, and you can follow the chat at the White House's official homepage. In addition, you can join the live discussion via the White House Facebook application. An archive of the chat will also be available.

The online chat is being held in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month. Among the expected topics of discussion is the role of the arts in building communities, schools and institutions. The chat will also focus on the upcoming National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, to be hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on Wednesday.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is an organization intended to encourage and coordinate private investment in the arts and humanities. The first lady serves as honorary chair of the group.

-- David Ng

Photo: The White House. Credit: Lawrence Jackson / WhiteHouse.gov


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Wow, you guys are so great. You post this 33 minutes before its start, thats such a great help, thanks.

And then you get mediocrities like Close rambling on about nothing in PC terms with no content. Wow, thanks.

art e media delenda est

November 14, 2010

Re: "Emma/Woodcut, 2002, 113-color woodblock Ukiyo-e print
43 x 35",Edition 55, Pace Editions, Ink, New York, printer (Yasu Shinbata), Pace Editions, Inc., New York, publisher

The above image description given for the titled: “Emma” is actually a non-disclosed reproduction of a Chuck Close painting, misrepresented as an original work of visual ie., “woodcut” in the Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

This edition of non-disclosed reproductions was reproduced by the chromist Yasu Shinbata. A chromist is someone who copies another artist’s artwork resulting in, at best, -reproductions-.

This is confirmed on the Chuck Close, Process and Collaboration website where it states: “In the case of Emma, Close contracted the master printer Yasu Shinbata, master of drawing, painting and carving, to do all the printmaking himself, using a painting by Close as a guide.”[FN 1]

A woodcut is an original work of visual art where “an artist uses gouging tools to cut away pieces from the block. The artist bears in mind that the areas being cut away will not recieve ink. The raised portions of the wood block are inked with a roller. A sheet of paper is placed on top of the block and rubbed with a spoon. (A press can also be used for this step.) The paper is lifted away from the block. The raised areas of the block have printed in reverse, and the recessed areas have remained blank. (If more than one color is needed, separate blocks are usually used for each color).”[FN 2]

This factual perspective is confirmed by U.S. Customs regulations, which in part states lithographs and the like (such as woodcuts) "must be wholly executed by hand [and] excluding any mechanical and photomechanical processes."'[FN 3]

Yet, the Corcoran Gallery of Art would have the public believe this exhibition is: “the first-ever survey to examine the artist’s extensive and groundbreaking work in the field of printmaking.”[FN4]

In other words, Chuck Close claims credit for work he did not create.

On page 617 of the Seventh Edition of Black’s Law Dictionary, -fake- is defined as: “something that is not what it purports to be.”[FN 5]

In everyday parlance, the White House and the American public have been played.


Gary Arseneau
artist, creator of original lithographs & scholar
Fernandina Beach, Florida



3. http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/legal/informed_compliance_pubs/

4.Link to: http://www.corcoran.org/close/index.php and click on -Media Center- to download Corcoran Gallery of Art’s pdf copy of their “Corcoran Presents Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration” press release.

5. © 1999 By West Group, ISBN 0314022864


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