October 2nd, 2008

Chris Keeley

Chalmers Johnson | We Have the Money: If Only We Didn't Waste It on the Defense Budget

Chalmers Johnson | We Have the Money: If Only We Didn't Waste It on the Defense Budget
http://www.truthout.org/092908B
Chalmers Johnson, TomDispatch.com: "There has been much moaning, air-sucking, and outrage about the $700 billion that the U.S. government is thinking of throwing away on rich New York bankers who have been ripping us off for the past few years and then letting greed drive their businesses into a variety of ditches. In fact, we dole out similar amounts of money every year in the form of payoffs to the armed services, the military-industrial complex, and powerful senators and representatives allied with the Pentagon."


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Chris Keeley

Closer to Mainstream, Still a Bit Rebellious

Closer to Mainstream, Still a Bit Rebellious

SAN FRANCISCO — The code word was “chill.” That’s what the crew with Shepard Fairey, the cult graphic artist known for his screen prints and stickers of the wrestler Andre the Giant, had been instructed to say if a police car rolled by as Mr. Fairey was wheat-pasting one recent night here, illegally tagging warehouse walls and empty billboards with his black-and-white images. Then Mr. Fairey and his helpers would know to make a run for it, to avoid yet another arrest.

But the law is not much of a deterrent for a self-styled populist culture jammer. Mr. Fairey had already spent nearly a week bombing the city’s streets. By midnight he and his crew of a half-dozen 20-something guys, most employees at Obey Giant, his company in Los Angeles, had finished prepping for another all-night run at the White Walls Gallery here, where Mr. Fairey’s solo show, “The Duality of Humanity,” runs through Saturday.

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Chris Keeley

A Could-be Banksy Appears on a SoHo Wall

A Could-be Banksy Appears on a SoHo Wall

Has the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy struck New York again? On Wednesday pedestrians and bloggers were abuzz that a new mural project going up in SoHo was the handiwork of Banksy, the pseudonymous street artist. The mural, depicting what appeared to be a rat toting an umbrella, seemed to repeat a motif seen in another mural recently painted on a wall at Grand and Wooster Streets, that of a rat in an “I ♥ NY” T-shirt. That work was believed to be a collaboration between Banksy and the outdoor advertising company Colossal Media, which put up both murals and had no comment on Banksy’s involvement.

David Choe, an artist represented by Lazarides Galleries, which also handles Banksy’s art, identified the murals as Bansky’s. A representative for Banksy did not reply to questions sent via an e-mail message.

A New York show of works from the Lazarides Galleries in London has been running at the exhibition space 282 Bowery since Friday and is scheduled to close on Oct. 12. Over the weekend in London, five works attributed to Banksy that he declined to authenticate failed to sell at an auction. DAVE ITZKOFF and NIKO KOPPEL