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I wanted to hate them. I wanted to think George Bush’s paintings were profoundly amateurish, the kinds of things you learn to paint from Bob Ross, or those mail-order how-to-courses they used to advertise in the backs of comic books.
Entrepreneur Richard Reed, a co-founder of the mega-success Innocent Drinks, was the brain behind “Art Everywhere,” a venture that has plastered posters and billboards of major art works in the British national collection across the UK in an effort, as he puts it, to create “the world’s largest outdoor gallery” (and you might say, the world’s largest art gallery, period — assuming you consider posters of art works “art”). I managed to grab him in his daily rush to get him to talk briefly about the initiative.
When they called it “Art Everywhere,” they meant it: a massive public art initiative across Great Britain, with posters of major art works plastered on billboards, buses, and taxis, as well as 19 tube stations in London and terminals at Gatwick airport – a total of 57 British works of art displayed for 2 weeks on 22,000 sites through England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. And it all began on August 12th.
As the conflict in Turkey rages on, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has particularly targeted “artists and intellectuals,” whom he calls the “marauders” and “terrorists” behind the uprising – something like Agnew’s “effete snobs for peace.” Ironically, many of the protesters have found their own creative side during these events, bringing an artistry to Istanbul’s streets: They have draped monuments and buildings with flags and banners, written poems, and indulged themselves in the age-old people’s art of graffiti.
Romanian officials have tracked the some of the paintings stolen last fall from the Kunsthal Rotterdam to Romanian fashion king Catalin Botezatu, according to Romanian news reports. Botezatu reportedly was offered the works by Bucharest art dealer Constatin Dinescu, whom authorities now suspect worked with Botezatu’s assistant, Petre Condrat, on the heist. In all, seven paintings — including works by Picasso, Monet, and Gauguin — were lifted off the wall of the Rotterdam museum during the night of October 15, 2012. Condrat, arrested yesterday in Romania, is now the fourth suspect in custody.