Ever wonder what it's like when your every move is secretly videotaped and your every email secretly read by the NSA? Kathleen Ramich's sculpture INSIDE/OUTSIDE NSA ROBOT #6336, now on view through the end of February, will demonstrate EXACTLY CIVIL WHAT CIVIL LIBERTARIANS ARE WORRIED ABOUT. When you enter the Gallery, beware: your every move and the address of every email you send will instantly appear on a video monitor in the Gallery---for you and everyone else to see. INSIDE/OUTSIDE NSA is yet another example of how Kathleen turns scrap metal, bits and pieces of American kitsch and industrial junk into visually exciting and politically meaningful assemblages that address many of the most controversial and contentious issues of our time.
"HOW DO WE ARM OURSELVES: Assemblages by KM Ramich" now on display through March 2 at CHARLES KRAUSE/ REPORTING FINE ART
"Las Furias," at the Prado in Madrid, is that rarest of all museum exhibits: instead of presenting art in a vacuum, curators at the museum have assembled an exhibit of 16th and 17th C masterpieces meant to deliver an unmistakable political message to Spain's governing class---either take steps now to quickly end Spain's worst economic crisis in memory or face protests born of desperation that could lead to bloodshed and a break up of the Spanish state. "Las Furias" is an example of how art that's centuries old can be given contemporary meaning. It also reminds us that fine art has always been created to convey the messages of the artists who created it---or the patrons who commissioned it. Who knew that Titian's painting of Sisyphus, one of the greatest paintings of all time, was commissioned by the Queen of Hungary as a warning to the Hapsburg's enemies? Is it possible to imagine museums in tne United States presenting an exhibit like "Las Furias" to be shown here?