Art in Print

Justine Simons is London’s new deputy mayor for culture and creative industries

After organizing the public art for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square and the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, two days ago Justine Simons was named the new deputy mayor for culture and creative industries by Sadiq Khan.


Top figures from the cultural world applauded Simons’ appointment who will be now in charge of firms working in film, music, video games, crafts and publishing. She said:


“My lifelong belief is that creativity can transform lives and places. Culture is part of London’s DNA. It’s a big reason so many of us choose to visit and live here, it generates billions for our economy and gives London its unique character and dynamism.”
Via The Evening Standard 


Creativity taught to business people

Amy Whitaker’s new book Art Thinking: How to Carve out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses focuses on teaching creative pursuits to business people, drawing on her expertise gained through her MFA at UCL’s Slade School and MBA at Yale’s School of Management.


The book aims to give every worker who wants to try something different the courage to begin a new project, launch a start-up, write a book, or explore some other plan. 


Her ideas on the need to cultivate creativity tap into the corporate zeitgeist. In recent years, many business schools across the US and Europe have teamed up with design schools for new programming aimed at fostering creative thinking in MBA students.


Via The Financial Times 


Review of Invisible Adversaries at the Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

The exhibition Invisible Adversaries taking place at Bard is structured around Valie Export’s 1977 feature film of the same name, a horror/sci-fi story of a woman who comes to believe that space aliens are taking over the minds of her fellow citizens, particularly men. The show’s curators use the film’s paranoia to bring in work by generations of artists.  


Ms. Export’s performances and films were among the most radical feminist statements in Europe in the 1960s and 1970s, and her work, through feminism, delved deeply into systems of control that have become omnipresent in the 21st century: surveillance, information as power, unseen political machinations.
Via International New York Times