In 2011 people around the world broke consensus with power. They sat down in the main squares of their cities — Tahrir, Syntagma, Puerta del Sol, Zuccotti — and declared that the old machines were defunct. By 2012, the rebellions were partially crushed, or had mutated in ways their initial participants could never have imagined. It was a ferociously urgent year. Things, for the first time in a long time, felt like they might change — that a new world itself might be at the end of a street demonstration.
Shell Game Illustrates Occupy and the Revolutions of 2011 - an interview with Molly Crabapple on Wired.com
Tuesday, April 2nd at 10am, Columbia J-school’s MA in Arts and Culture program presents the latest in a series of interviews with intriguing artists in various fields with Molly Crabapple.
Check it out at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/columbiajournalism/2013/04/02/a-conversation-with-molly-crabapple
I’m running an auction for this portrait of Private Bradley E. Manning, created for the April 5, 2013 event at Judson Memorial Church, NYC.
17″ x 22″ giclée print on 100% cotton rag archival paper. Limited edition of 200.
The auction will run through April 5 or until 200 bids are received.
Minimum bid is $100. The 200 highest / first bids will receive a poster.
100% of proceeds will benefit the Bradley Manning Defense Fund.
Bid now at https://www.wepay.com/donations/bradley-manning-art-print-auction
I’ve done several murals. Mural work is art at its most blue collar and most sublime: half carpentry and half metaphysics. You’re exhausted and filthy, wobbling on a rickety platform, but you’re creating a world. Anyone who enters a room you’ve painted does it on your terms. When I do murals, I feel as if I’m John Henry, racing the steam engine through a mountain. If I will die, it will be with a paintbrush in my hand.
Last year I started doing giant paintings about the revolutions of 2011. I was inspired by Diego Rivera.
-Molly Crabapple for the Paris Review - “Diego, Frida and Me”
“I didn’t go there to write an article. I went because his conviction was wrong and my friends and I cared for him. I meant to be another body filling the courtroom, to provide whatever support that’s good for.”
-Molly Crabapple for Vice “Lulz and Leg Irons: In the Courtroom with Weev”
Molly Crabapple in conversation from Paul Mason on Vimeo.
Artist Molly Crabapple talks about her new exhibition of paintings, entitled “Shell Game” (which opens April 14 in New York) and her documentary drawings of #OWS, #15-M and the global unrest, with writer and broadcaster Paul Mason, who has reported on the crisis from Zuccotti to Tahrir Square.
“Scabby the Rat is popular art at its best. He’s the mean, funny, fiercely alive counterpart to all New York’s anodyne corporate sculpture.”
Sarah Jaffe and I created a tribute to Scabby the Rat. See him outside a non-union building site near you.
Molly Crabapple – visual artist, and Kim Boekbinder – musician, are both champions of the crowd funding age. Both have received international praise and recognition for their groundbreaking work in their respective mediums, as well as the way they run their careers. Though they work in different fields what the two have in common is that they have both built their careers on their own: no management, booking, labels, or galleries of any kind have made possible what they do. Yet they both make a living as full time artists in a world where we are told that fewer and fewer people are paying for music and art.
Molly Crabapple discusses circumventing the rigid gallery system which favors the sale of large and expensive works of art over the quick, passionate, and current work of such a prolific artist.
Kim Boekbinder brings to the table her groundbreaking pre-sold tour concept and the successes and pitfalls of an artist in close contact with her audience.
Hacking the Crowd: Artists as Entrepreneurs
Hyatt Regency Austin
Texas Ballroom 5-7
208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX
Sunday, March 10th, 11am – 12pm
Save the date! The Shell Game opens to the public Sunday, April 14th from 7-10pm.
Smart Clothes Gallery
154 Stanton Street
New York, NY 10002
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
Friday, February 22, 2013
Event runs 10am-4pm
I go on at 12:00pm. I’m going to talk about art and politics.
London School of Economics
Women Writing History @ LSE and Gender Institute Literary Festival
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
The London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I’ll be speaking about Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and ideas about men’s and women’s art. Free, but you have to reserve tickets online