Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Fires in Bellies Edition

Good morning! About 100 people protested last night outside the National Portrait Gallery, where (as reported on Arts Desk), artist Adrian Parsons projected a four-minute David Wojnarowicz's 1987 video artwork A Fire in My Belly—which the Smithsonian removed earlier this week. WaPo's Jessica Dawson and TBD's Maura Judkis were both there and brought photographers. So was City Paper's Kriston Capps; check back here later for some video he shot.

Also in the Post, art critic Blake Gopnik addresses this argument by some who have called for the gay-themed "Hide/Seek" exhibit to be removed—that artists are eager to challenge Christianity (A Fire in My Belly contains an 11-second clip of ants crawling over Christ) but rarely take on, say, Islam. Wrong! says Gopnik, who talks to an artist from the Muslim world and some dealers that represent others.

Also, yesterday Gopnik was on CNN to debate conservative windbag Brent Bozell re: l'affaire NPG:

While many of last night's protesters were artists, much of the art world is in Miami right now for the Art Basel fair—including D.C. art blogger and artist Lenny Campello, who has been penning entertaining dispatches and offering updates on the D.C. artists down there to sell work.

Is there anything else to talk about? Celia Wren's review of the Keegan's Golden Boy contains as many if not more lame/borderline-lame boxing jabs (zing!) than boxer/WCP critic Chris Klimek's review of the same show. Carol Bui been guest-blogging on the Vinyl District all week in advance of her Black Cat show next Wednesday. Not shockingly, her taste in music is better than yours.

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