US REFUSES BRITISH MUSEUM’S IVORY ART

British Museum’s ivory icons denied US entry for loan show
by VICTORIA STAPLEY-BROWN, The Art Newspaper
1 July 2015

The US Fish and Wildlife Service blocked the importation of six Byzantine ivory pieces due to come to the US on a loan from the British Museum for the travelling exhibition Saints and Dragons: Icons from Byzantium to Russia. The show, currently on view at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts and due to travel to the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, this autumn, centres on icons that are normally hidden away in storage at the London museum.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.amaraelephantblog.com

GR:  Perhaps historically and artistically important ivory artifacts should be duplicated and then destroyed.

The artists pushing animal rights further

Meet the creatives using art as their tool in the fight to give a voice to the voiceless.  Source: www.dazeddigital.com

GR:  This is the good art.  As pointed out in the article, artists have often used animal cruelty and death in their work.  The examples here are just the opposite–they favor the animals.

Exquisite oil paintings reflect on climate change consequences

In this thought-provoking collection of paintings, Canadian artist Eric Vanasse poses important questions about the fate of our planet and the humans and animals that call it home. (Wow, what a strong message & reality check!

Interview with artist Eric Vanasse:

What’s the significance of pairing the threatened animals with the young children?
Children will inherit the environmental problems that older generations have bequeathed them. It will be up to them to find solutions and deal with the remaining animals. While being helpless for dealing with such a global issue, children’s general interest and kindness toward animals may help viewers see the desperate need that these animal have to have their environment preserved.

Source: www.mnn.com

The arts clarify tough issues with elegance and brevity.