How one artist took on the Sacklers and shook their reputation in the art world

The first few times I spoke with photographer Nan Goldin, I saw her anger and frustration over the prescription opioid epidemic that has derailed her life and killed tens of thousands of Americans.

“I have never seen such an abuse of justice,” Goldin told me.

She was talking about members of the Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin.

Goldin himself became addicted to pain pills after the surgery. She later came to believe the Sacklers had lied about their drug’s safety and were unlikely to be held accountable.

“It’s shocking. It’s really shocking. I was deeply depressed and terrified,” she said.

What I missed in those encounters with Goldin—hidden behind the chain smoke and the tired laugh—was the strength, stubbornness, and dogged courage that helped her take on the Sacklers.

This is the revelation in the new documentary about Goldin, All the beauty and the bloodshed, now out in limited release. It won the Golden Lion for best film at the Venice International Film Festival this year.

The film by Laura Poitras shows Goldin growing up in an abusive family, surviving foster care and living homeless in New York City.

Goldin has forged her way into the art world as one of the most powerful photographers of her generation. To pay the bills – and cover the cost of film – Goldin often danced in strip clubs and did sex work.

“Photography has always been a way to walk through fear,” says Goldin in the documentary. “It gave me a reason to be there.”

She later became one of the earliest American artists to tackle the AIDS epidemic, launching a show in the late 1980s that attracted national attention and controversy.

The Sackler family, meanwhile, grew incredibly wealthy, first by selling Valium and then aggressively marketing Oxycontin.

Many of the same museums around the world that began collecting Goldin’s photographs also named buildings after the Sacklers—in return for lavish donations.

The clash between the Sacklers and Goldin depicted in this film came after Goldin’s recovery from years of opioid addiction, a time she describes as “a darkness of the soul.”

After reading about the Sacklers’ role boosting Oxycontin sales in a groundbreaking article in The New Yorker, Goldin decided to challenge their carefully constructed public image as enlightened philanthropists.

“All the museum institutions need to stop taking money from these corrupt evil bastards,” Goldin says in the documentary, as she helps organize one of the opioid protests that have rocked the art world in the past five years.

It was not clear that Goldin’s campaign would work. The Sacklers were among the most respected and deeply connected art patrons.

“The museums…tried to pretend it wasn’t happening,” director Laura Poitras said in an interview with NPR. “None of them responded.”

But Goldin pressed on, recording more protests and publishing a scathing personal essay in the influential journal Artforum.

“She knew how to use her power. She is a figure that these museums wanted to work with,” says David Velasco, Artforum’s editor-in-chief, in the documentary.

It is important to say that the Sacklers have long denied any wrongdoing.

Their company has twice pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges related to opioid marketing and Purdue Pharma is now in bankruptcy.

But members of the Sackler family who ran the company and profited from opioid sales have never been charged with any crime.

While they have given up control of their company and are expected to pay billions of dollars as part of a settlement agreement, they are likely to retain much of their wealth.

However, they faced a different kind of liability.

In best-selling books like Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, the book and award-winning television series Dopesick, and this new documentary, the Sacklers have faced a kind of public shaming.

The Sackler name has been stripped from buildings and exhibition spaces in the Guggenheim, the Louvre, the Met, and other top cultural and educational institutions around the world.

In my conversations with Goldin, she described it as a slim kind of victory, weighed against the carnage of an opioid crisis that continues to rage.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have already died. Fatal overdoses, now driven mostly by the illegal street opioid fentanyl, hit a devastating new record in 2021.

In the documentary, however, Goldin grants her a moment of triumph. She walks through an exhibition space in the Met, where the Sackler name has been scrubbed from the wall.

“Congress didn’t do anything, the Justice Department didn’t do anything,” Goldin says. “This is the only place they are held accountable, the only place. We did it.”

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One-eared rescue dog Van Gogh has new life as an artist

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Jaclyn Gartner was flipping through pictures of shelter puppies when one caught her eye: a dog named Van Gogh with only one ear. His left ear was ripped off in the brutal world of dog fighting, and he was found bloodied and shriveled up in a drainage pipe, covered in cuts and scrapes.

A shelter in North Carolina tried to get him adopted.

“He had an absolutely horrible life, and yet he seemed happy, and I was told he got along well with people,” said Gartner, founder of the Happily Furever After Rescue in Bethel, Conn., which rescues pets endanger. to be put in shelters because they are old or disabled. “His ear had to be surgically removed, but Van Gogh was resilient, even after everything he went through.”

“I had to save him,” she added.

Gartner arranged for the nonprofit Pilots N Paws to fly Van Gogh to her in Connecticut in June. She put the word out on Facebook, Petfinder and Rescue Me that she had a friendly one-eared dog that needed a home, but no one wanted the 7-year-old boxer-pit bull mix.

“Not a single application came in,” she said, explaining that he had stayed with several foster families. “I could not believe it. He was the cutest dog ever.”

After he was part of her rescue for four months, she looked at Van Gogh with one ear and an idea arose how she could make him more acceptable.

“I’ve seen TikTok videos of other dogs creating paintings, so why not Van Gogh?” Gartner said. “He definitely had the name and the ear for it.”

So she put small clumps of bright paint on a 8-inch by 10-inch canvas, seal it in plastic wrap and cover the top with a thin layer of peanut butter.

Van Gogh approached his assignment with the gusto of a true peanut butter-loving artist.

He licked the paint in dramatic streaks, and five minutes later when Gartner decided the painting was done (and Van Gogh had eaten enough peanut butter), she took the canvas away. It was perfect.

Gartner thought he represented Vincent van Gogh, the legendary post-Impressionist artist who created “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers,” as the two artists both became prolific.

He was harassed for the Black Santa on his lawn. Now, he is a professional Black Santa.

“He has a quick and creative tongue,” Gartner said. “It takes us more time to get the canvas ready for him than it takes Van Gogh to lick off the peanut butter and spread the paint around.”

One of the dogs’ canvases was dipped in blue and yellow paint to recreate Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”.

“We did the art in a week, then I invited people to come and meet him at an outdoor art gallery event,” she said. “I had sparkling cider and pastries and I even set up little stands for the paintings.”

She was disappointed when only two people turned up at the event on 23 October. One of them was Jennifer Balbes of Monroe, Conn., who follows Gartner on social media.

“He came and sniffed my face and we were fast friends. He is an incredibly sweet dog,” Balbes (56) said.

She went home with a $40 Van Gogh painting titled “Clouds.”

Gartner was devastated that Van Gogh’s first art show was a bust, but decided not to give up. She performed the next day.

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“I posted on Facebook that I felt bad only two people showed up, and I said the rest of the art was still available,” she said.

Suddenly everyone wanted it.

“The paintings sold out in two minutes,” she said, raising about $1,000 for her animal rescue.

Van Gogh continued to complete painting after painting, and in mid-November Gartner held an online auction. A dozen of the dog’s paintings were sold, raising an additional $2,000 for the rescue, which she started in 2020. Almost all paid more than the asking price for each painting, she said.

More importantly, Gartner said, Van Gogh was adopted by one of her foster volunteers on the last day of the auction.

Gartner marveled at how he captured hearts online with his whimsical artwork.

She said she was surprised by the sudden interest in Van Gogh’s artwork after his gallery show was a failure.

“I never in a million years thought I’d see a dog become popular for his paintings,” she said. “It really changed my life and his.”

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She said the paintings brought a lot of exposure to her small rescue, which has about 20 volunteers.

“Because of the attention of Van Gogh’s story, we have now let other dogs find homes,” she said.

The person who adopted Van Gogh is one of her foster volunteers, Jessica Starowitz. The adoption was made official on the last day of the auction, Nov. 21, Gartner said.

Starowitz took over watching Van Gogh from another foster family and decided she couldn’t let him go, she said.

“As soon as I saw him, I knew he would be a foster failure,” she said. “He walked around and licked everyone and played tug of war. My whole family fell in love with him.”

Starowitz said she plans to keep Van Gogh supplied with paint and peanut butter in case Gartner wants to hold any other fundraisers for her nonprofit. She also started an Instagram page for her talented new family member.

“Everybody loves Van Gogh, and he loves people,” she said. “When he sees a Ziploc bag and a jar of peanut butter, he knows it’s time to paint. But at the moment he sleeps on a big pillow bed in my office.”

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Richard Anderson, artist known as ‘Momo’ popular in S.F.’s North Beach, dies at 74
North Beach artist Momo, born Richard Anderson, was a distinctive presence on upper Grant Avenue. Photo: Dennis Hearne

Richard Anderson, known throughout North Beach as the artist “Momo,” has died. His death at 74 was confirmed by District Three Supervisor Aaron Peskin, a friend and neighbor for decades.

According to his daughter Peggy Anderson, who did not know the cause of death, the artist apparently died on November 20 or 21.

Momo lived at the Tower Hotel, a single-room apartment run by the Chinatown Community Development Corp. run, near the neighborhood’s historic bohemian connection, Peskin said.

“North Beach meant the world to my dad,” Anderson told The Chronicle. “He met my mother (there) and I grew up in North Beach, at Caffe Trieste and Washington Square. He was friends with the homeless and the employees of every cafe and restaurant. The city literally took care of my father for the last 10 years, looked after him, called him out when he got rowdy, and loved him and his work.”

With his long gray hair, beard and walker, Momo was a distinctive, often paint-splattered presence on upper Grant Avenue. In the 1980s and ’90s, he became known for leaving paintings on materials such as plywood and cardboard in alleys and against buildings in North Beach, as well as selling works on the street. He also wrote poems and in 2016 published the collection “A Guy Looks for Friends Where He Can” with Exit Press. With its quirky, neo-expressionism-by-the-way street art aesthetic, Momo has developed a loyal neighborhood following, said friend and North Beach resident Susan Stauter.

“Long before I knew Momo, I knew his name and would see his work,” said Stauter, the artistic director emeritus for the San Francisco Unified School District. “He was a trickster, like the fool in ‘King Lear’ who tells the truth but jumps around with bells and whistles. And he was also an artist who dealt with deeply personal issues in his work, such as life, death and loneliness.”

Peskin called Momo “part of the landscape” at the famed Caffe Trieste and nearby Live Worms Gallery. Both businesses posted memorials to him.

“Momo’s art was like Momo,” Peskin said. “It was funny, poignant, ironic, funny as hell. In some ways he was kind of a shy, soft-spoken guy, but (when) he could get out, he saw the world in all its rambunctious hilarity. He always had a sweet, warm wisdom or wise observation.”

Peskin said he plans to adjourn the Nov. 29 Board of Supervisors meeting in Momo’s memory.

Momo primarily created drawings and paintings in a primitive-referential, figurative style that often used visual wordplay and text for humor. It was the kind of art sold to tourists looking to take home a piece of the neighborhood’s Beatnik character and locals who collected Momo’s work.

“His work was constantly surprising.” says Elizabeth Ashcroft, the owner of Live Worms. “They were simple, but they weren’t simple, and I think they touched people.”

Momo’s works often contain puns and whimsical observations. Photo: Live Worms Gallery

Momo regularly hosted at Live Worms after Ashcroft took it over in 2020. His art wasn’t technically cartoons or graffiti, Ashcroft said, although there were elements of it. To the uninitiated, the work can often appear “lumpy” or even childish, Ashcroft said, but that was part of his intent.

“We all really respected his sense of humor, wit and the fact that it was often on the edge,” Ashcroft said.

A recent grouping of Momo’s works at Live Worms included “The Four Corndogs of the Apocalypse,” one of several pieces about the carnival food; “Sometimes There Are Witches,” which showcases an octet of classic Halloween heels; and a self-portrait titled “I’m White Sorry!”

Momo was born Richard Brien Anderson on June 17, 1948, in Cranford, NJ, to Richard Anderson and Margaret O’Brien. According to his daughter, he attended Boston University and moved to San Francisco after living in a congregation in Oregon with his first wife, Camille Alain. He worked as a preschool teacher at a school in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, and it was during that time that her father began his art practice, creating works with his students using materials found on the street is.

Eventually, Momo began painting with poet and co-founder of City Lights Booksellers, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Anderson said her father adopted the “Momo” nickname in the 1980s because “one of the surrealist poets said that Momo was the king of fools, and my father held on to that title.” Jesse James Ferrell created a short documentary about the artist titled “American Outsider Momo: King of the Idiots.”

Over the years, Momo became a familiar figure in a neighborhood that valued eccentric, artistic personalities, part of what Peskin called the “pantheon of characters that give North Beach its soul.”

Momo, although in poor health, continued to create and show his art in the weeks before his death. Photo: Dennis Hearne

Writer Scott Lettieri, a friend of Momo’s for more than three decades, said of the artist: “He was the comic relief in a world that took itself too seriously.” Lettieri, who leads literary tours of North Beach, said Momo was sometimes an impromptu attraction on the walks, telling jokes and reciting poems.

In recent years, Momo was often tied to the blocks of the upper Grant near his room due to chronic emphysema and mobility issues. The death of daughter Erica Michelle Johnson in 2020 was another major setback for the artist, who also had declining health, Anderson and others said. But still, in the weeks before his death, he continued to create and show new work.

In addition to Peggy Anderson, he is survived by his oldest daughter, Caitlin Rose Anderson, and five grandchildren, including Joel Johnson, Jacques Benazra and Juliette Benazra. Plans for a memorial have not been announced. Ashcroft said a show of Momo’s art is planned at Live Worms.

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More than 50 artists opened their studios to visitors this weekend as part of the annual 98221 Studio Tour.

Whether it was at their home studios or in gallery space, the artists talked to people about their work and their processes.


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Artist Creates Magical Yu-Gi-Oh! Painting

An incredible piece of Yu-Gi-Oh! fan art pays homage to three of the series’ most recognizable monsters in a seemingly magical way.

A wonderful painting using a lenticular effect was created by Reddit user Wizyakuza. Depending on how a person looks at the image, they will see beautiful versions of either the Dark Magician Girl, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, or the Dark Magician. The transition effect, which took around 50 hours to fully produce, was achieved using lenticular technology, which, through the use of special lenses, allows artists to create printed images that move or change as they are viewed from different angles be seen

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Wizyakuza presents prints of their impressive Yu-Gi-Oh! fan art through their personal website along with advice on how to create lenticular artwork. Their Reddit account also features lenticular paintings for other popular anime series such as Spy x Family, One Piece, Attack on Titan, Digimon and Dragon Ball Z

The original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga by the late Kazuki Takahashi first appeared in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1996. Told over 38 volumes, the story follows protagonist Yugi Muto, who finds himself sharing his body with an ancient and mysterious spirit after solving the Millennium Puzzle. With the spirit’s help, Yugi becomes the King of Games and a master at Duel Monsters, a trading card game with mystical origins.

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Takahashi’s story has gone on to inspire one of the biggest pop culture franchises, with a host of video games, tie-in films, companion books, an actual competitive trading card game, and of course, several anime series. The latest show, Yu-Gi-Oh! Go racing!!, started this past April. It features the first alien protagonist in the franchise’s history, Yudias, an extraterrestrial who hails from the planet Belgar. Nobuhiro Kondo (Card Battle!! Vanguard GZ) addressed the Go racing!! with Toshimitsu Takeuchi (Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold) overseeing the series composition and Kazuko Tadano (Hunter x Hunter) designed the characters.

As Wizyakuza’s lenticular painting illustrates, the original Yu-Gi-Oh! continues to inspire not only official accessories, but also impressive works of fan-made content. Notably, a talented fan recently made a detail-oriented cosplay of Rex Raptor, the dinosaur-obsessed little antagonist of the series. Co-player Oceanwhirl said: “I paid special attention to the cards so I don’t hold the card illustration to the camera and it was a harpy or something haha. Only dinosaurs here!”

That of Takahashi Yu-Gi-Oh! manga is distributed in English by VIZ Media, and many of the anime series in the franchise are available on Crunchyroll and Hulu.

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Australian artist Ralph Heimans recalls honor painting Her Majesty’s portrait

Australian artist Ralph Heimans has shared details of the “extraordinary” hour it took him to sit down with the Queen to paint her portrait.

Heimans was chosen to paint the only official portrait of the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee, an experience he described as very “intense”.

“It was an ambitious project to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee and I consider myself very lucky to have been able to prepare this large-scale portrait,” Heimans told Today.

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It was an ambitious project to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee. (Supply)

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Measuring 2.5 x 3.5 metres, it is the largest official portrait of the Queen and took six months to paint.

It now hangs permanently in Westminster Abbey after being unveiled to a local audience at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.

Heimans said because it was going to be the official Diamond Jubilee portrait, it had to say something about the act of coronation, something that is again relevant with King Charles III now the new ruler of the British monarchy.

“It has strong resonance because it’s about the transition of the crown from one monarch to the next,” Heimans said.

“It’s about that moment, the burden of office, the oath she took on the day of her coronation, which has stayed with her and defined her.”

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Heimans shared details about the time he had to spend with the Queen to prepare the project.

Of course I was terribly nervous and the Queen was wearing the state rope as depicted in the painting, and a beautiful state dress,” he said.

“It was theatrical, impressive and terrifying for a young artist to be given this opportunity, but it was incredible.

“As she approached the long corridor of Buckingham Palace and she finally got to me, I was struck by her and being in her physical presence was something you can’t prepare for.”

Ralph Heimans standing next to his official portrait of the Queen. (Supply)

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He said Her Majesty realized the importance of the portrait and she was involved in every stage of the preparation.

“It was a major milestone, so she was involved in every decision in terms of what she would wear, so her participation in everything I think she did was really very involved,” he said.

Heimans said the Queen had just returned from a trip to Australia and she was excited about the portrait being displayed Down Under.

“That was the positivity of the Australian trip, it was literally just a few weeks after she came back and she was very happy that this painting would be in Australia, unveiled there,” he said.

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Multi-Platinum Artist VASSY Unveils Her Latest NFT Exclusive Alongside RCRDSHP ‘THE ACOUSTIC SERIES’

Multi-platinum Australian singer-songwriter VASSY, known for her #1 global hits ‘BAD’ and ‘Secrets’ featuring music icons David Guetta & Tiesto, today announced her latest release, THE ACOUSTIC SERIES, as a limited NFT edition on RCRDSHP .

The nine-track exclusive features a series of three acoustic digital compilations of her greatest hits. Delivered through her soulful voice and melodic guitar chords, VASSY encourages artists to take back their power.

“I’m excited to share this new NFT release with my fans, giving them the chance to hear some of my most popular songs recorded in an intimate, acoustic style. Several of the songs were originally written and recorded when I first moved to LA as a starving artist thirsty for success. These songs have a special place in my heart. Sharing it with my fans gives them the opportunity to experience the songs in their original form before they became popular dance records.

What I love about NFTs is that they empower artists and allow creators to give back to their fans in a more personal way with these limited ‘one of a kind’ NFTs. I am proud to be a part of the NFT revolution and to bring my fans with me.” – VASSY

Danced by millions, VASSY’s music is known from major music festivals and local clubs worldwide. Her new acoustic lineup is a refreshing take on familiar dancefloor hits full of old-school raw emotion in an entirely new format. Fans who loved VASSY’s platinum collaboration “BAD” with music icon David Guetta and Showtek which recently hit two billion streams will appreciate the raw quality and emotional vocals.

“We are honored to have VASSY’s acoustic lineup on the platform,” said RCRDSHP Founder and CEO Obie Fernandez. “Since the inception of RCRDSHP, VASSY has redefined the possibilities of music NFTs. From a mentor to emerging female artists in our Women of Dance program to consistently topping the charts worldwide, her work is paving the way for others in the space to own their voice.” – RCRDSHP

Three digital collectibles will be released throughout the month of September. For the very first time, fans who purchase a compilation will get access to rare behind-the-scenes footage of VASSY recording in the studio and personal videos from VASSY on each track. Collectors will also be rewarded with a private link to exclusive covers of some of VASSY’s favorite songs. Any fan who completes a pack by purchasing all three collectibles or any Vassy artist card will receive a signed CD of classic VASSY works.


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World renowned award-winning artist VASSY has topped the US Billboard Dance Charts & Dance Radio more than eight times with recent Billboard & Aria #1 singles such as ‘CHASE’, ‘LOST’ featuring Afrojack, and ‘Nothing to Lose’ featuring Tiësto manufacture.

The Australian powerhouse’s discography includes numerous global top #1 hits such as: ‘Bad’ & ‘Secrets’, featuring dance music icons David Guetta and Tiësto, earning her multiple #1s in over 30 countries. VASSY has become a mainstay at major music festivals around the world including: Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, Belgium’s Tomorrowland and Australia’s Stereosonic.

Her music has been featured in global television campaigns for brands such as: Victoria’s Secret, Nike, Pepsi and Target. VASSY’s #1 Billboard hit, “We Are Young” was featured in the Disney Academy Award-winning blockbuster ‘Frozen’, ‘Cabin In The Woods’ and Tina Fey’s ‘Admission’. VASSY has supported and collaborated with global charities such as: ‘Playground of Dreams’, ‘Carers Australia’, ‘Best Buddies’, ‘Aviva Safe House’, ‘NoH8’, ‘Green IT’ and ‘G’Day USA’. other.

With eight #1 Billboard Singles and 17 platinum certifications, VASSY’s unique sound and lyrics have positioned her as one of dance music’s most prominent authentic artists around the world.

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Denver artist Carlos Frésquez sees historic painting preserved

At the corner of 47th Avenue and High Street, north of Interstate 70, is a large mural painted by Carlos Frésquez. When he painted the piece in 1992, he thought it would probably be destroyed one day.

“I always knew when I created these murals that they were temporary,” said Frésquez, a professor in the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver. “People saw the murals as glorified folk art. For me, the joy comes from making art and the creative process. I’m not focused on its longevity.”

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Without protection, Chicano murals like Frésquez’s are often destroyed when buildings’ ownership changes hands. But now, a grassroots effort started by Lucha Martinez de Luna and supported by MSU Denver Art Professor Jillian Mollenhauer, Ph.D., has landed Colorado’s Chicano murals on the 2022 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Places, and restorations is already underway.

“These are historically important pieces that reflect the issues and successes of various times,” Mollenhauer said. “We knew it was imperative to save these wonderful pieces as gentrification led to the destruction and defacement of our heritage murals.”

Carlos Frequéz examines his mural after receiving a coat of Mural Shield courtesy of the Murals Project and Historic Denver. Photo by Polina Sarana

The Murals Project is creating a database of these public murals across the state. So far they have identified around 40 heritage murals.

Martinez de Luna presented the database and the Mural Project’s protection efforts to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which selected them for the list of America’s Most Endangered Sites. The designation — which represents the first time murals have been included — helps raise awareness of the artwork and its historical significance.

“Media presence, fundraising events both locally and nationally, and partnership requests all started coming our way as a result of the designation,” Mollenhauer said.

For example, the Murals Project began working with the Social and Public Art Resource Center in Los Angeles, whose mission is to produce, preserve and promote activist and socially relevant works of art, especially in communities facing marginalization or discrimination. SPARC recently developed a protective clear coat for street murals called Mural Shield. The Murals Project, with funding from Historic Denver, used it to preserve Frésquez’s piece at 47th and High.

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Carlos Frésquez teaches a painting class to MSU Denver students. Photo by Polina Sarana

“(Mural Shield) made it pop and bring out the colors,” Frésquez said. “I am honored and excited to see that the piece is being protected.”

He added that his family was one of the region’s first settlers in the 1500s.

“These murals show we’ve been here for a long time,” Frésquez said. “I hope they help people change and transform and teach respect. We are not newcomers, and we belong here as much as anyone else.”

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Mollenhauer noted that the Murals Project also works with contemporary art and artists, such as the late Alicia Cardenas.

“The beautiful mural by artist Alicia Cardenas at the corner of 27th and Larimer is an iconoclast statement about the Covid pandemic era,” Mollenhauer said. “(Cardenas) is gone — if someone whitewashes her mural, it’s gone forever. It is at the top of our list for preservation.”

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Upper Peninsula artist ready to help decorate Jackson at Bright Walls Festival

JACKSON, MI – Growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Rhiannan Sibbald and her three younger sisters had to get creative when it came to entertaining themselves.

“We didn’t have internet until high school – and we were just forced to be imaginative,” says Sibbald (26), who is from Sault St. Marie is coming.

Crafts, short story illustration and even a small fashion design stint in middle school really fueled her creative mind, Sibbald said, and now this artist is ready to show her talents to Jackson at the Bright Walls Mural Festival.

Sibbald is one of 33 artists painting the walls of buildings in downtown Jackson as part of the festival’s finale Sept. 8-11. By the end of the festival, Jackson will be decorated with 74 murals created since 2018 by artists from around the area, state, country and world.

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“It’s honestly surreal, there was a call for Michigan artists to be at Bright Walls and I applied and entered,” Sibbald said. “I was pretty surprised when I got it because I know a lot of my art peers and friends have been trying to get into this festival for a while.”

Growing up, Sibbald’s family was very into music, especially her father, who she says had an extensive record collection. As a result, she was constantly surrounded by the imagery and decorative band titles and illustrations on album covers, specifically Pink Floyd, she said.

Those visuals found their way into Sibbald’s artwork, and she now focuses on painting letters with some illustrations behind them, she said. She describes her style as “hippie, 1960s and psychedelic art.”

After high school, Sibbald took her artistic talents to the art and illustration programs at Grand Valley State University. Her senior project at GVSU, she said, was a psychedelic poster set from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival featuring Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Ravi Shankar.

After college, most of Sibbald’s work focused on graphic design until 2022, when she decided to focus on her own work and became involved with Lions and Rabbits Center for the Arts and was able to paint a storm drain in Grand Rapids, she said.

Along with some murals in her hometown, she also did a live painting of a mural at Breakaway Music Festival in Grand Rapids.

“All those experiences work as a really good primer for Bright Walls,” Sibbald said.

Sibbald said she was particularly excited to represent the Upper Peninsula at Bright Walls.

“It feels like the UP is being left out or forgotten, so it’s just nice to be able to show that there is artistic talent coming from that area,” said Sibbald.

The Bright Walls final was originally planned for 2020 and then again in 2021, but was pushed back due to COVID-19. This year’s murals will vary in sizes, including large walls, alleys and doorways.

Related: A new mural is taking shape in Jackson in preparation for Bright Walls finale

Sibbald’s wall is divided between strips from seven other Michigan artists, and is located at The Assembly Jackson, 141 E. Michigan Ave. While she’s keeping the final design a secret until the event, people can expect bright rainbow colors, giant flowers and, of course, some whimsical letters, she said.

“I just want to inspire people to be really happy when they watch it,” she said.

Along with artists painting, the Bright Walls finale also features themed events each day, including a dog parade and painting competition. Food trucks will also be downtown this weekend and there will be live music on Friday and Saturday.

Jackson artists participating during Bright Walls this year include Clay McAndrews, Ted Lefere, Zach Snyder Zach Cox, Julie Durocher, Cici Moe’na, Audra Olivia and Danielle Ward.

Other artists include:

  • My Dog Sighs – England
  • Mantra – France
  • Bikismo – Puerto Rico
  • JEKS ONE (two murals) – North Carolina
  • LeDenia – Columbia
  • EttaVee – France
  • Detour – Colorado
  • Zach Curtis – Pontiac
  • Joey Salamon – Oak Park
  • Waleed Johnson – Detroit
  • Amy O’Donnell Lueth – Kalamazoo
  • Jason Abraham Smith – Detroit
  • Kevin Burdick – Flint
  • Erin Miller Wray – Los Angeles
  • Kitt Bennett – Australia
  • Steffi Lynn – Brooklyn, New York
  • Michelle Hoogveld – Canada
  • Alex Ann Allen – Indiana
  • Ricky Watts – California
  • Amanda Valdes – Miami
  • Insane51 – Athens, Greece
  • Danielle Sparks – Texas
  • PREF – London

More about Bright Walls can be found on its Facebook page and website.

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Officially released on September 6! ANIMETA premieres the book “HOLYLAND” series NFT by renowned Japanese manga artist Tsunehji Mori!

On September 1, 2022, ANIMETA, a semi-centralized anime NFT trading platform focusing on full-scene aggregation, was officially launched. The first NFT work to land on ANIMETA platform is the famous anime IP “HOLYLAND”, which is a manga work created by famous Japanese cartoonist Tsuneji Mori.

HOLYLAND ” series NFT totaling 5, will be available for purchase in ANIMETA platform on September 6, 2022, when the global users can participate in the purchase of ANIMETA APP client home page.

NFT release details:

ANIMETA official website: https://www.animemeta.io


NFT selling price: 80 USDT

NFT for sale at

September 6, 2022 19:00 Japan time

New York time 06:00 on September 6, 2022

6 September 2022, 10:00 CET (GMT)

Bangkok time 18:00 on 6 September 2022

Beijing time 18:00 on September 6, 2022

NFT based on ERC-1155 standard

In today’s era of digitization and globalization, pirating anime and manga works has raised concerns among creators. Blockchain technology is now expected to handle digital content. The Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs regulates copyright matters, and copyright exists to promote the good use of copyrighted works and the healthy development of culture.

It is expected that blockchain technology will be applied not only to distinguish NFT from copyright, legal owners and authors, but also to manage taxes and fees involved in the transfer and distribution of copyright.

The “HOLYLAND” series of NFTs launched on the ANIMETA platform is built based on the ERC-1155 protocol of the ETH public chain. NFTs are known to facilitate the trading of digital artworks that are easy to trade and generate royalties for creators. Through smart contracts with the blockchain, programs can deploy benefit sharing mechanisms that ensure the transparency and reliability of the business model on the ANIMETA ecosystem.

Manga artist Tsunehji Mori

Mori Tsunji is one of the top Japanese manga artists active on the world stage, specializing in a variety of genres, his works include: “HOLYLAND”, “Suicide Island”, “Destruction and Revolution”, “Genesis Taiga”, ” Unable to”. Island”, among which “HOLYLAND” was subsequently made into a TV drama by a Korean film company, starring Shin Dong-ho. The work depicts the process of a small, cowardly protagonist who begins to practice various martial arts such as boxing, taekwondo, judo and wrestling to fight against bullying and violence, and becomes proficient.

On June 24, 2022, the manga “Legend of Swordwind” was relaunched as a series with the participation of Mori Tsunji-sensei as supervisor.

For more information about Tsunji Mori.


ANIMETA Introduction

ANIMETA is positioned as an open, aggregated semi-centralized anime NFT trading platform, covering the functions and gameplay of NFT asset creation, circulation, storage and trading.

1) Create an open anime NFT market

ANIMETA is committed to building a semi-centralized NFT anime ecology. Building NFT trading platform for anime IP with blockchain technology. It provides creators with traceability of anime information, copyright protection and accurate marketing to build a fast and efficient way to develop curated benefit collections. In Animeta’s ecology, everyone can participate in creation and invest in works, and creators can set prices and trading methods for their works through ANIMETA to obtain fair benefits.

2) All scene aggregated NFT platform

ANIMETA is positioned as an open and aggregated platform for the creation, circulation, storage and trading of anime NFT assets. It contains the circulation of various famous anime IP or star-related NFT works such as pictures, videos and audios. The IP and various derivatives of the anime industry are aggregated to NFT the output, and the value of the IP is guaranteed by a unique scarcity and value preservation contract mechanism.

3) Japanese anime style NFT platform

Currently, most of the NFT art craze comes from Europe and the United States, few NFT platforms focus on popular Japanese culture and development, especially the very large community of Japanese anime players, which is a market that has yet to be developed and can bring significant market advantages.

Currently, “HOLYLAND” is only the first step for ANIMETA to expand its territory in the global NFT market. With its own IP, resources and other advantages, global anime fans will see more famous anime IPs reaching cooperation with ANIMETA in the future, we will see what happens.

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