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Arts and Politics in the Trump Era

View the #AFTACON session presentation on Arts and Politics in the Trump Era

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Federal Advocacy Update

Read the latest update on federal advocacy.

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Art and consciousness

The past two years have been a desultory mix of so many obligations that it has been nearly impossible to hew to a daily painting discipline. Typically, I’ve enjoyed two months of fairly uninterrupted work and then faced a month when I might have only a few days available for painting–earning some money as a […]

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Art is not thought

Thoughts on how not to think, from Agnes Martin: The life of an artist is a very good opportunity for life. When we realize that we can see life we gradually give up the things that stand in the way of our complete awareness. As we paint we move along step by step. We realize […]

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Doppelgangers

I had some fascinating conversations with fellow artists at the reception for Doppelgangers at Oxford Gallery, where Jim and Ginny Hall have assembled another fine group show. It drew a large crowd, and it may have offered the largest number of pieces of any show they’ve ever put together, more than sixty. Many of the […]

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How Arts Advocates Plan to Save the NEA

Arts Action Fund Executive Director Nina Ozlu Tunceli quoted in a recent article for Variety.

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Details of Trump Budget Released

Today, the White House released the official details of its proposed FY2018 “skinny budget” that President Trump proposed back in March.

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National Endowment for the Arts is vital to our community

The Press-Enterprise published an op-ed today on the importance of the NEA.

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Aimless beauty

Iris Murdoch, from Existentialists and Mystics: Following a hint in Plato (Phaedrus, 250) I shall start by speaking of what is perhaps the most obvious thing in our surroundings which is an occasion for ‘unselfing’, and that is what is popularly called beauty. Recent philosophers tend to avoid this term because they prefer to talk […]

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Bipartisan Spending Bill Preserves Funding for the Arts

Philanthropy News Digest covers the newest bill to preserve arts funding in FY2017.

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