Rolf Harris’s Portrait of the Queen

Australian expat Rolf Harris, now based in the United Kingdom caused a bit of a stir with his portrait of the Queen. The entertainer briefly made the “wobble board” famous and more recently hosted the “Animal Hospital” television program in Britain, but has never been known as any kind of serious artist.. a cartoonist, sure.. but probably not someone that you would expect to get to paint the Queen of England.Continue Reading

Art Daily Closed

It looks like Artdaily.com has drawn its last breath. It has gone close to closing a couple times before, but this closing seems more serious. It seems the lack of financial support and now failing health has taken too much of a toll on the owners. It’s a pity, but such is life.
The notice on the front page says it all..

The End.
Until here, we’ve reached.
Our strengths are gone,t he illusion.
The lack of health has won upon us.
Thank you very much to all of you who encourage us, supported us, visited us.
ArtDaily closes forever.
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Painter’s Keys by Robert Genn

One of the few art newsletter I actually read is Painter’s Keys by the Canadian painter Robert Genn. It’s published each Tuesday and Friday. Robert talks about different issues that affect artists or whatever happens to be on his mind at the time.
He covers a wide range of topics and sometimes answers questions from subscribers, like here where someone was concerned about their name and if they should change it.. where Robert commented that “While we are all part of a great human family.. with only a few degrees of separation.. we owe it to ourselves to sign our names uniquely. A name is an entity on which a career hangs. Never underestimate the value of ego. Do whatever it takes to find and hold the person that you are and can become.”
There’s also a good artists directory and a collection quotations relating to art on the site that are worth checking out.
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Picasso Exhibition in Istanbul Turkey

Pablo Picasso has created quite a media frenzy in Istanbul, Turkey with a major exhibition by the Spaniard being opened this week. It is a major step forward for Turkey, being one of the most important exhibitions of any western artist ever held in the country.Continue Reading

Michelangelo’s David makes people go Crazy

According to a psychiatrist in Florence by the name of Dr Graziella Magherini, great works of art can make people feel anything from disorientation and queasiness, to temporary panic attacks, and even moments of madness in sensitive or cultured onlookers. Magherini has even labeled the condition as “David Syndrome”.
Art loves go nuts over dishy David
“In the past 10 years, Magherini has studied more than 100 people who were rushed to Florence’s Santa Maria Nuova hospital suffering from the syndrome as they were absorbed in contemplation of great works of art.The artistic intoxication is caused by a combination of several things, including the stress of the trip, an “overdose” of beautiful art and the degree of sensitivity of the person, says Magherini.”We should not forget that a work of art is a very powerful stimulus and can stimulate memories in our unconscious, sometimes triggering a crisis,” she says.” ABC Health
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Top 10 FBI Art Thefts

The FBI have released a top 10 list of art crimes and are seeking the help of the public. They are a list of masterpieces from some of the biggest names in art. Here’s a the list..
Caravaggio, Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco.
Estimated to be worth $20 million
Stolen from the Oratory of San Lorenzo, Palermo, in Italy in October 1969 by two thieves. and removed the Caravaggio Nativity from its frame.Continue Reading

Henri Rousseau Exhibition

henri at the tate modernHenri Rousseau has never been one of my favorite painters, but he was a great artist. The French painter (1844-1910) was a late starter, getting the brushes out when he 40 years old, and didn’t go to art school. Rousseau painted in a naive, primitive, or childlike manner, depicting people and nature scenes often set in the forest.
He was also confident in his art, quoted as saying “We are the two great painters of this era; you are in the Egyptian style, I in the modern style.” to Pablo Picasso.
An exhibition is on at the Tate Modern in the United Kingdom between November 3 and February 5, 2006. There will be 50 works by Henri Rousseau, the first exhibition by the artist in the United Kingdom for eighty years!
Stumble in the jungle
“What a wonderful and wonderfully bad painter Henri Rousseau was. There is even something touching and gauche about the big, wonky signature that always decorates a corner of his paintings: it is as if the painter were amazed to find himself there.” Guardian
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Hirst no1 on ArtReview List

The ArtReview magazine has released its fourth annual listing of the art worlds most powerful players. British artist Damien Hirst was number 78 on the list of 100 last year, making it quite an impressive jump.
The Art Review Power 100 is not a measure of wealth or paintings sold or prices reached, but a measure of “influence”, which makes it all quite subjective. The list includes artists, art collectors, gallery directors, and other notable arts personalities. This year was the first year that an artist was number 1.
See the top 40 art figures in 2004 that we commented on last year.
The Top Ten Most Influential Arts People 2005

  1. Damien Hirst – British Artist
  2. Larry Gagosian – Art Dealer (Hirst is in the Gagosian stable)
  3. Francois Pinault – Art Auction Christie’s
  4. Nicholas Serota – Tate Gallery in the UK
  5. Glenn D Lowry – (MoMA) The Museum of Modern Art in New York
  6. Eli Broad – Art Collector
  7. Sam Keller – Art fair director
  8. Iwan Wirth – Art dealer
  9. Bruce Nauman – American artist
  10. David Zwirner – Art dealer

Damien Hirst in Mexico

Contemporary British artist Damien Hirst is building a studio in Mexico, so he can escape the British winter 3 months of the year and to get closer to a culture he feels an affinity with. The part that particularly interests him is the Mexican relationship with death and how it is celebrated there. The “Young British Artist” (that is now 40+) has used death quite a lot in his work, with real sharks and sheep in glass. The Day of the Dead must really appeal to the morbid streak in Hirst.
The bell tolls for Hirst’s tried and tested work
“I think that the way that I deal with death is a bit Mexican. In England people hide or shy away from death and ideas about it, whereas Mexicans seem to walk hand in hand with it,” he said, a week before the country celebrates the departed on the Day of the Dead. “In that way I feel a bit liberated here.” Guardian
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Edvard Munch Board Game

I guess it’s always good to keep a sense of humor about life and the challenges we come across, which kind of made me smile when I read that the Munch Museum is selling a board game about the theft of Edvard Munch’s The Scream painting. One could either sit and cry about the great loss or lighten up and possibly even make a few extra dollars from it all.Continue Reading