The Art of the Sponsor – Financing Major Art shows, Galleries, and Museums; Patronizing the Arts – all in a day’s work for our Favorite Sponsors

Art in the New Economy means blockbuster shows. It means taking curatorial risks, it means record-breaking-prices at multi-million dollar Auctions, and wether their pervasive influence on the art world is positive or not, large corporations play a major role in art today … they have since the Medicis – the Art of the Sponsor..

We take this opportunity to thank Bank of America, the Global Sponsor, (really, who better to sponsor a show by an artist who made a career by “borrowing,” with interest, from pop culture sources.) Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation for their “foundational sponsorship,” the Altria Group , (which is the other, newer, prettier name for who is otherwise known as Phillip Morris, USA, the makers of, among other things, major brands of cigarettes, such as Marlboro, Virginia Slims, Benson & Hedges, Merit, Parliament, Alpine, Basic, Cambridge, Bucks, Dave’s, Chesterfield, Collector’s Choice, Commander, English Ovals, Lark, L&M, Players and Saratoga. – and smokeless tobacco,) “made (this) exhibition possible” … oh, and the Circle of the National Gallery of Art, who also “supported” this exhibition.

And last, but not least, in our list of sponsors is the NEA … “The exhibition” – the bold curatorial risk – “is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.”

“Roy Lichtenstein, A Retrospective” was – actually – curated by the folks at the Art Institute of Chicago and the curators over at the Tate Modern, in association,with,  of course, the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, where the show is on view until January 13th, 2012.


Roy Lichtenstein,
A Retrospective,
Though January 13, 2013
National Gallery of Art, until January 13, 2013;
Tate Modern, London, February 21–May 27, 2013

Passes are not required for this exhibition.”

ps: The website Hyperallergic has a funny piece on Art Review’s “2012 Power 100,” which we link here.

Previously on Art is Life:

“Pop” goes the easel – again: Roy Lichtenstein celebrated as “genius” – fifteen years on – in major retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery.

 “The Medici – Makers of Modern Art” Documentary with Andrew Graham-Dixon traces the roots of the rich Florentine family and what ultimately became the western Art world.

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