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Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453


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VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Jewish Peace news: Reuven Kaminer queries PACBI on Israeli artists

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Subject: Reuven Kaminer queries PACBI on Israeli artists

Reuven Kaminer, whose essay appears below, is one of the elder statesmen of the Israeli left. He was born in Detroit in 1929 and emigrated to Israel in 1951. His wife, Dafna, is a co-founder of the anti-Occupation groups Women in Black and The Coalition of Women for Peace, and his grandson, Matan, is an Israeli military refusenik who recently spent two years in prison for refusing to serve in the Occupied Territories. Reuven is a member of the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, typically denigrated as an "Arab party" in the Knesset, but he has also in the past been a member of Peace Now, and, as a moderate, he has for example rejected <> leftist historian Ilan Pappe's critical view <> of the historic Geneva Accord and Oslo Accord. On the other hand, he has reportedly also opposed the current peace negotiations conducted by the Obama Administration because they aren't grounded in international law, and hence may simply reinforce the
existing power imbalance between Israelis and Palestinians. His publications are numerous, and include his 1996 book, "The Politics of Protest: the Israeli Peace Movement and the Palestinian Intifada."

Kaminer writes, in what follows, about the criticism leveled by some Palestinian activists against Israeli theater artists who recently declared their refusal to participate in any cultural activities in the West Bank. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) recently surprised some on the left by issuing a sharply critical response <> to these dissenting artists. The Israeli artists had received support from a group of 150 prominent American and international theater and film figures -- organized by Jewish Voice for Peace, as the New York Times recently reported <> -- and PACBI subsequently issued another communique <> encouraging these international film and theater people who have rallied around the Israeli artists.

But why has PACBI not similarly defended and encouraged the Israeli artists themselves, who have jeopardized their careers by publicly refusing to perform or exhibit in the Territories? While Kaminer doesn't presume to judge PACBI's motives for criticizing Israeli artists who take risks to undermine the occupation, he does offer some hard-won wisdom for Israelis, Palestinians, and indeed everyone on the left critical of the Israeli occupation: "Solidarity can only be constructed on the basis of mutual respect and a deep understanding of the difficulties of the left opposition in both nations."

--Lincoln Z. Shlensky



PACBI – Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel Criticizes the Boycott by Israeli Theater People on Ariel*

As we know, some 60 Israeli theater people came out a few weeks back with a declaration that they will refuse to appear at the Ariel "Culture" Hall located in the occupied territories. It is important to stress that actors-artists are employees subordinate to the administrative and financial owners of the theater who are their employers in every sense. So, we are not speaking only of taking a courageous stand, but an act which puts the actor on a collision course with his boss. And we are not speaking of any kind of profession. An actor, without the theater, cannot work, create or make a living. Therefore, most honest people tend naturally to honor and applaud the brave tens of theater people for their act of protest.

It is also natural that the Israeli theater people received support from abroad. Indeed 150 central cultural figures, mainly from the US and the UK expressed their admiration for the courageous stand of the Israeli theater people.

This chain of events is yet another component in a broad movement in Israel and abroad serving to delegitimize the occupation regime and overall Israeli policies. It is important to note that this movement is itself composed of a variety of various, independent, groups and organizations, each of which has a record of long and difficult struggle against the occupation and its evils.

Boycott in Principle

For quite a while a serious debate has been taking place in our circles and in the broad public as to whether the boycott is an appropriate instrument for our struggle. There are those who argue that any boycott against Israel is unjust, really an act of anti-Semitism. But this is a rather naïve position of those who refuse to recognize the suffering and the deprivation of the Palestinian under Israel occupation. Those who support peace and are struggling against the occupation cannot reject any non violent activity aimed at advancing the struggle against the occupation. It is necessary to add that by virtue of its emotionally charged nature, boycott is never a simple affair. It is always a complex mechanism and should be employed with caution and wisdom. Boycotts should be aimed at a definite goal and should be accompanied with detailed political explanation on the cause and the goals of the boycott.

In general, the left in Israel supports boycott activity that conforms to the aforementioned reservations.

PACBI - The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

Those who follow Palestinian politics know that we are talking about a small and energetic group of activists who have a very explicit political agenda. They see in boycott activity a political instrument with a clear and definite message. This message is revealed in the first statement of their program, which declares the purpose of the boycott: "the elimination of the colonization of all Arab lands" <>. This formulation expresses the position of the group, which negates the existence of the state of Israel. In of itself, there is nothing illegitimate about this position. We are talking about leading intellectuals who are members of a nation oppressed by Israel for decades. Difficulties arise on the strategic level. Within the framework of BDS activity, the PACBI people represent a determined line, which demands that boycott activity should conform to their principled position. It is worth being clear on this question from the onset: they do
not support activity against the occupation in and of itself because they see such activity as a diversion from the main issue. Their hard-line interpretation that all Israel must be considered territory under occupation brought them into conflict with important leaders of the peace movement such as Noam Chomsky and Norman Finkelstein.

I confess that I am not enthused about getting into a critical discussion about PACBI. I have no doubt regarding the noble intentions of members of the group and their devotion to non-violent struggle against the occupation as they perceive it. However, when they decide to deride the brave struggle of Israeli members of the peace movement and at the same time demonstrate their lack of understanding of our conditions, it is necessary to comment on this. Precisely out of concern for the campaign of the Israeli left against the occupation it is necessary to come out clearly against Palestinian friends who desire to insult with callousness and derision courageous and effective protest.

PACBI Against the Theater People and their International Supporters

We cannot know why PACBI issued, in the space of two days, two separate declarations that deal with the Israeli protest action against the "Cultural" Hall in Ariel. We will deal first with the declaration dated 7th of September <>. There is nowhere in this text a good word about the activity of the Israeli theater people, and the declaration gives us a detailed and lengthy explanation for this. "While we welcome acts of protest against any manifestation of Israel's regime of colonialism and apartheid, we believe that these acts must be both morally consistent and anchored in international law and universal human rights." These words serve as an introduction to a text in which PACBI explains that the action by the theater people does not meet these criteria.

These are the faults in the behavior of the theater people:

"First, we believe that the exclusive focus on settlement institutions ignores and obscures the complicity of all Israeli academic and cultural institutions in upholding the system of colonial control and apartheid under which Palestinians suffer. PACBI believes there is firm evidence of the collusion of the Israeli academic and cultural establishment with the major oppressive organs of the Israeli state. Focusing solely on obviously complicit institutions, such as cultural centers in a West Bank colony, serves to shield mainstream Israeli institutions from opprobrium or, ultimately, from the growing global boycott movement that consistently targets all complicit institutions. Furthermore, the cherry-picking approach behind targeting a notorious colonial settlement in the heart of the occupied West Bank diverts attention from other institutions built on occupied land. Supporters of this peculiarly selective boycott must be asked: is lecturing or performing at the Hebrew University,
whose Mount Scopus campus sits on occupied Palestinian land in East Jerusalem, acceptable?

The PACBI people go on to submit a list of "test questions" to the theater people: why did they refrain from taking a position against the suffocation of Palestinian cultural institutions in conquered Jerusalem? The PACBI people continue the test questions: "If the artists' and intellectuals' role as voices of moral reason is behind this most recent call to boycott Ariel, where were these voices when academic and cultural institutions were wantonly destroyed in Israel's war of aggression on Gaza in 2008-2009?"

In all seriousness, there is no sincerity and no honesty in referring these questions to these people in these circumstances. The theater people under discussion were never a separate and organized movement but only an ad hoc formation. At the same time, among the theater people there are indeed those who protested the war on Gaza, against the occupation of East Jerusalem and the like. In any event, the "cross examination" style is not appropriate here.

The Second Document

As we have noted PACBI published a second declaration on this subject <>. The second document, issued two days after the first, is different in that it is in the form of an open letter to the American and English cultural figures who cam out in support of the cultural boycott against the Israeli settlement of the West Bank. Their letter praises and commends the theater, film and television people following their declaration of support of those boycotting Ariel. Reasonably, PACBI calls on the artists abroad to deepen and expand their steps for yet a more comprehensive boycott. However, it is a bit strange to praise and to commend people abroad on their declared support for peace-loving Israelis, while the Israeli activity in itself is not considered worthy in PACBI eyes.

The explanation for this is contained in a paragraph which presents a set of "test questions" similar to those addressed to the Israeli theater people. PACBI wants to know why the cultural figures abroad refuse to act in good time: "In light of this inspiring history, we cannot but ask, why haven't you taken your taboo-breaking position in response to appeals by the overwhelming majority of Palestinians, including almost all leading artists? Why did you have to wait for a relatively small number of dissenting Israeli artists and academics to initiate a boycott, a peculiarly selective and morally-inconsistent one at that? Do authentic voices of the oppressed, especially those in the besieged Gaza Strip, incarcerated in the world's largest open-air prison, also count?" PACBI concludes its letter to the artists abroad that they act according to the spirit of its positions.

In Summary

PACBI, as important as it is, is not the only political factor in Palestinian society, but only one of many Palestinian organizations. While all Palestinians support, in principle, actions against the occupation and against Israeli policies, there are discussions and debates all about the vital issue of strategy and tactics. PACBI represents a version that causes unnecessary difficulties for building the unity of all peace loving forces, who support the Palestinian right of self determination. The recent appearance of an important coalition built on the parties of the Palestinian left and on the political initiative of a grouping around Dr. Mustafa Barghouti is of tremendous importance. This group has criticized the defeatism of Abu Mazen and his people while continuing its support for a just peace. And in respect to our concern here it is important that this coalition supports cooperation on the basis of mutual respect between themselves and the democratic and peace forces in Israel
Solidarity can only be constructed on the basis of mutual respect and a deep understanding of the difficulties of the left opposition in both nations.

*This article was written and published originally in Hebrew. I was concerned that its publication in English might needlessly intensify the debate. However, a number of good friends, who are sincerely devoted to BDS activity, requested an English translation, and convinced me of its value.

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Brasscheck TV: The state of the real economy

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Avaaz: Great Media Links & Urgent: Media-Mogul Attacks Avaaz!

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Dear friends,

A media giant has launched a massive attack on Avaaz after we mobilized against government favours for a new radical-right propaganda network in Canada. They're threatening to sue us if we don't take down our campaign in 24 hours. Let's show them their tactics will only backfire, and donate to give them their answer and keep the fight alive against crony-media across the world:

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Avaaz has come under attack from a major media-mogul.

Huge numbers of Canadian Avaazers recently mobilized against government favours for a new radical-right propaganda network run by the Prime Minister's former spin doctor. The media empire behind the network and its billionaire owner, Pierre Karl Peladeau, has attacked our community with several smear pieces in their own newspapers, and one of their executives admitted insider knowledge of a criminal sabotage of our campaign. Now the mogul has threatened to sue Avaaz if we don't take down our campaign within 24 hours!

This is how big corporate power works to silence people's voices. But Avaaz is a community of almost 6 million people -- together we're far stronger than any corporate bully.

"Crony-media" and its incestuous combination of unscrupulous politicians and biased reporting is a rising threat to democracy in many countries, from Italy to the US to Australia. Let's take a stand, and show them their intimidation tactics will only backfire. They've given us a 24 hour ultimatum: Let's donate to give them our answer and keep the fight alive against crony-media across the world:

Democracy is on the march across the world, but anti-democratic interests have figured out a counter-attack: crony-media. When a political leader teams up with a massive media empire, they become hard to beat at the polls, no matter how bad they are.

In Italy, Prime Minister Berlusconi controls over 80% of the news channels, and has a major stake in leading newspapers, magazines and publishing. Berlusconi is mired in scandal and corruption allegations, but the spin on his networks is always positive. In the US, UK, and Australia, mega-mogul Rupert Murdoch exploits his empire to get sweet deals from politicians, whom he in turn backs for office. His infamous Fox News is the largest cable news network in the US. After President Barack Obama spurned Murdoch and boycotted his propagandistic network, Fox News spawned the radical right Tea Party group, and provided a platform for hate and racism, suggesting that Obama is a terrorist and hates white people.

The idea for a new Canadian crony-media network was reportedly hatched in a secret lunch between Rupert Murdoch and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Harper was George W. Bush's closest ally on climate change and many other issues, and is widely understood to be importing a radical form of right-wing politics to Canada from the US. The new network, dubbed "Fox News North" would transform Canada's media landscape, bringing an unscrupulously biased mouthpiece for a political leader. Avaaz's campaign opposes a special government favour that would force taxpayers to foot the bill for this new network through their cable TV fees. This is an example of how crony-media works -- a billionaire gets government-mandated funding for their media network while pushing propaganda that backs that government's leader.

Many of these media barons are also ruthless in how they achieve their political objectives: pushing opinions that poison people's hearts and polarize our world, threatening democracy and peace. Canada is the latest battle -- let's make it the battle where people-power begins to turns the tide on crony-media. We have 24 hours to win this one -- click below to donate:

Part of the promise of the Avaaz movement is our ability to work on the issues that cut across all others. The subversion of democracy by the collusion of political leaders and media-corporations is a threat to all the things we care about, from climate change to poverty to human rights. With our global reach, Avaaz might be one of the only organizations that can fight this rising threat to democracy. We've been given a 24 hour challenge -- let's rise to it.

With hope,

Ricken, Luis, Iain, Emma, Alice, Ben, Giulia, Alex and the rest of the Avaaz team.

More information on this below:

Avaaz's Executive Director, Ricken Patel, debates Crony-media front-man, Kory Teneycke on Canadian national TV:

Ricken Patel speaks to big corporate bully tactics on Canadian TV yesterday:

Don Newman, CBC News, "The absolute last thing this country needs":

Globe and Mail, "Is Stephen Harper set to move against the Canadian Television Radio and Telecommunications Commission?":

BBC profile of Silvio Berlusconi:

Newser, "Can the Brits get Rupert?":

Media Matters, "Fair and balanced Fox News aggressively promotes "tea party" protests":

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Manifesta Journal #9: History in the Present out now

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September 17, 2010

Manifesta Journal
MJ #9 History in the Present
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Manifesta Journal is an international journal focusing on the practices and theories of contemporary curatorship. It seeks to explore and analyze current developments in curatorial work, in correspondence with the evolution of the Manifesta Biennial over the course of the past editions of the biennial. The main aim of Manifesta Journal is to give a stronger voice to an up-and-coming group of curators, intellectuals, theorists and critics, and to function as a platform for the articulation and discussion of their positions within a pan-European and transcontinental context.

In 2009 Manifesta Foundation initiated the publication of a new series of the Manifesta Journal, starting with an inquiry into the fundamental aspects of curating. MJ #7, The Grammar of the Exhibition, was followed by MJ #8, Collective Curating, an issue anticipating the curatorial model of the upcoming Manifesta 8, which will open on October 9, 2010.

Manifesta Foundation is now proud to present:

Manifesta Journal #9: History in the Present

Exhibitions are, by definition, ephemeral. They experience time dramatically. While the works displayed are usually destined to endure, the exhibition itself is condemned to disappear. From a historical perspective, the most authentic locus of an exhibition is arguably in the viewer's memory. Not all exhibitions, however, are granted a place in history.

Is it true that the life of a work of art is phenomenologically autonomous from its contextual presentation in an exhibition? Is the exhibition a self-sufficient text that inevitably presumes that, after the exhibition, each work loses the particular meaning it had in the exhibition's chain of signifiers?
And is it really true that the locus of the show is properly in the present (or in any actual time, for that matter)? Perhaps the temporality of an exhibition is more complex. Today, artistic sensibility seems imprisoned in the present, experiencing nostalgia for the future and dwelling on potentialities of the past. One of the paradoxical tasks of the contemporary curator might thus be to present a historical retrospective of context-dependent art, and thereby to defend the radicality of archival artworks.

An exceptional group of authors has been invited to contribute to the current Manifesta Journal issue, which provides the reader with a differentiated view on the topic of the History in the Present.
Within the section Positions, Mihnea Mircan discusses contemporary artistic and curatorial practices with regard to their mechanisms for processing art history, and suggests that artworks can function as historical objects as well as sites that forecast the future understanding of art. In the section Discourse, Stefan Heidenreich deals with the paradox of eternal contemporaneity, whereas Boris Groys' essay interrogates the definition of contemporary art through the "excessive" or suspended time of time-based art.

Dialogues features an interview with Seth Siegelaub, one of the first independent curators and a chief proponent of conceptual art in the late 1960s. Within the section Studies, Sven Spieker equates curating with a pre-modern understanding of storytelling. The section Documents presents a reprint of a text by Marga van Mechelen in which she discusses three exhibitions that questioned the presentation of contemporary art in the late 1980s. Finally, Chiara Bertola provides an insight into the curatorial practice of the institutional space of the museum, drawing on the example of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in the section Practice.

MJ #9 includes contributions by: A*Desk, Zeigam Azizov, Chiara Bertola, Dessislava Dimova, Petja Grafenauer, Boris Groys, Stefan Heidenreich, Giovanni Iovane, Marga van Mechelen, Mihnea Mircan, Seth Siegelaub, Elena Sorokina, Sven Spieker and Nathalie Zonnenberg

The editorial team of Manifesta Journal is composed of:

Chief Editor: Viktor Misiano, Moscow (RU)
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Common Dreams: More Americans Are Poor Than Ever

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Campaign for Peace & Democracy-- Join the Oct 2 Protest in Washington DC!

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Dear Friend of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy,
On October 2, 2010, tens of thousands of people will protest in solidarity Washington D.C. to protect our jobs, our education and our economy. This will be a major event – be there if you can!
A large number of peace groups, including the Campaign for Peace and Democracy, have come together under the Peace Table to show how many of us oppose the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the gross distortion of U.S. spending for war instead of human needs. You can see details at
All groups and individuals can bring their own signs. The banner that will be leading the peace contingent will be "Money for Jobs, Not for Wars! Bring the Troops Home Now!"
Come if you can, and tell your friends!
In peace and solidarity,

Joanne             Tom

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MARAL: Pro-Choice Wins!

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From: NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin <>
Date: Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 1:32 PM
Subject: Pro-Choice Wins!

Dear David,

I have big news to share after Tuesday's primary elections!

NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin's endorsed candidate Chris Larson won a decisive victory Tuesday night over anti-choice incumbent Senator Jeff Plale in the Democratic primary for state Senate in District 7. Chris Larson's win, with over 60 percent of the vote, sends a strong message that Wisconsin voters support pro-choice candidates over those whose anti-choice positions endanger women's health.

The voters of District 7 were not alone last night in their support of reproductive rights. All of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin's endorsed candidates with primaries emerged victorious last night.

With just 48 days to go until the November general election, NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin isn't taking any time to rest. We are already back at it, working to ensure all of our endorsed candidates – including Tom Barrett for governor – are victorious in November.

Thanks for all of your work to help elect pro-choice candidates – from calling voters to knocking on doors to providing financial support. We look forward to your continued support of our efforts to elect a pro-choice Senate and Assembly and to keep the governor's office in pro-choice hands.

Thanks again,

Lisa Subeck
Executive Director

PS – We urgently need your help to ensure we reach every pro-choice voter before election day. Sign up to volunteer today!

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Keeping it Real: Subversive Abstraction at the Whitechapel Gallery

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Date: Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 3:53 PM
Subject: Keeping it Real: Subversive Abstraction at the Whitechapel Gallery

September 17, 2010

Whitechapel Gallery

Nikos Kessanlis, "Untitled (Gesture)," 1961.
Readymade object, tissue, wire, 200 x 21 cm.*

Keeping it Real: Subversive Abstraction
17 September – 5 December 2010

Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX

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The Whitechapel Gallery presents a new story of abstract art from the late 20th century to today.

Keeping it Real: Subversive Abstraction shows an alternative view to abstract art founded on ideals of purity and transcendence. Artists including David Hammons, Damien Hirst and Mike Kelley, on show at the Whitechapel Gallery from 17 September, make abstract work about everyday experiences, using everyday materials.

Works on show include David Hammons' huge wall installation Flight of Fantasy (1995) in which gold ornament, crystals and cropped dreadlocks bring black culture to the traditions of western painting, while Lynda Benglis' knotted painting Très (1976) is one woman's comment on the masculine heroism of American Abstract Expressionist painting.

Mike Kelley's floor sculpture of rugs and toys, Transplant (1990), plays with romantic ideas of childhood innocence, while Daniel Subkoff's shredded canvas All Her Clothes Are Swept Aside by Her Face (2008) questions whether a painting has to be a flat object.

A rare early work by Damien Hirst Untitled (Collage 2) (1985), uses everyday materials such as books and pencils, shown alongside Dieter Roth's cheese paintings Kleine Landschaft (1969) which decompose in situ.

Other artists on show include Robert Gober, Nikos Kessanlis, Julie Mehretu, Kori Newkirk and Rosemarie Trockel.

This exhibition is the second in a series of four displays drawn from the D. Daskalopoulos Collection, Greece, as part of the Gallery's programme to open up important art collections to the public. Devised by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, Keeping it Real is a series of four micro-exhibitions, with each one building on the memory of its predecessor. They bring together artworks whose meaning is deeply rooted in the materials employed by the artists.

Forthcoming exhibitions in this series include:
Keeping it Real: Current Disturbance, 17 December 2010 – 6 March 2011 - a single room-filling installation by Mona Hatoum Current Disturbance is shown for the first time in London. The work will animate Gallery 7 with the sound of electric current feeding the flashing lightbulbs housed in a grid of metal cages.
Keeping it Real: Material Intelligence, 18 March – 22 May 2011 presents artists including Arturo Herrera, Martin Kippenberger, Cady Noland, Seth Price and Kelley Walker who use readily available images as their material.

The presentation of the D. Daskalopoulos Collection is part of the Whitechapel Gallery's ongoing programme of opening up collections that are rarely seen by the public in the UK. Exhibitions are displayed in the dedicated Collections Gallery, one of the new spaces in the recently expanded building which opened in April 2009. It follows the presentation of 5 displays from the British Council Collection from April 2009 – May 2010. The Whitechapel Gallery's programme of collection displays is supported by specialist insurer Hiscox.

Notes for Editors
• As part of its programme to open up important art collections to the public the Whitechapel Gallery presents a series of four displays drawn from the D. Daskalopoulos Collection, Greece, one of the foremost European collections of contemporary art.
• As the principal owner, CEO and Chairman, Dimitris Daskalopoulos oversaw since 1983 the transformation of a family dairy business into VIVARTIA S.A., Greece's largest food company, with leading brands in dairy, bakery, frozen foods and restaurants and 13,000 employees in 29 countries. He sold the business in 2007. Today, he is the Chairman of DAMMA Holdings SA, a financial services and investment company, the Chairman of the Board of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), and also a member of the Board of Directors of The National Bank of Greece and of the Mytilineos Group of companies. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Guggenheim Foundation and active in the Tate International Council and the Leadership Council of the New Museum.
Keeping it Real has been conceived and curated by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery.
• A fully-illustrated publication, Keeping It Real. From the ready-made to the everyday, detailing each of the 4 exhibitions is published by the Gallery.
• The Whitechapel Gallery's programme of collection displays is supported by specialist insurer Hiscox.

Visitor Information
Keeping it Real: Subversive Abstraction, 17 September – 5 December 2010, Whitechapel Gallery. Admission free. Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm, Thursdays, 11am – 9pm. Whitechapel Gallery, 77 – 82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX. Nearest London Underground Station: Aldgate East, Liverpool Street, Tower Gateway DLR.
T + 44 (0) 20 7522 7888

Press Information
For further press information please contact:
Rachel Mapplebeck on 020 7522 7880, 07811 456 806 or email
Elizabeth Flanagan on 020 7522 7871 or email

*Image above:
© Nikos Kessanlis.
Courtesy Alpha Delta Gallery.
Photo by Nikos Markou.

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