Sick and Pointless?

Two goldfish in a bowl with a menacing looking knife sitting in it has come under attack by animal rights groups.

The gallery director described the work as..

“a brilliant and thought-provoking display which has been praised by critics and visitors alike.”

While animal rights groups described it as..

“a sick and pointless spectacle”

and..

“It ‘s pathetic. It shows a complete poverty of imagination and a vast amount of callousness. It ‘s not art.”

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Greek born Italian artist Jannis Kounellis is exhibiting at Modern Art Oxford.

Artist Offended

An interesting post over at The Art Life blog, where an artist gets nasty over a little criticism. Sure I have been offended, possibly even hurt by criticism before but it was unconstructive and hurtful criticism, certainly nothing as mild as this. And I can’t remember attacking the critic like this..Continue Reading

Saatchi’s Triumph of Painting

Contemporary British art collector and gallery owner Charles Saatchi has cleared out his dead sharks, cow heads in glass, dirty beds, and anything of a conceptual nature, to replace them with good old fashioned paintings on canvas, hanging on walls, and sometimes with frames on them.Continue Reading

New Artist Profile – Belinda Eaton

uk figuartive painter profileA new artist has been profiled at artquotes.net. Figurative UK painter Belinda Eaton, currently living in Spain works mostly with the figure, arranged decoratively with quirky objects (fish, prawns, fruit, etc).

Check out her artist interview or paintings online.

Picasso Sells Online – Also, (thanks to Sash from Arte Six) news online that an original Picasso scribble has sold at the online retailer Costco.com for $39,999. Costco sells an eclectic range of goods online and have now added high priced original Picasso works to the range. Admittedly it’s only a small crayon work on paper, but its original and it’s signed by the great one, so it’s going to sell. msnbc news

Under or Over Rated Artists?

Interesting article in the current edition of the ArtNews magazine discusses underrated and overrated artists. Artists and art industry experts were asked to comment on the topic, with replies like this one from the artist Shirin Neshat..

“Part of the confusion about overrating is that we tend to think of people who are overly present as overrated. In fact, they may be really good artists, but we’ve just seen too much of them and somehow become neutral about the value of their work. Artists get overexposed. There was a moment when I felt I was too much everywhere.”

read the rest here..

The Physical Impossibility Of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living

damien hirst shark

Damien Hirst’s shark (The Physical Impossibility Of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living) is migrating across the ocean to the United States from it current UK homeland. The dead shark floating in formaldehyde is an iconic work that symbolizes the Britart movement and won Hirst a Turner prize nomination in 1992.

British art collector and advertising whiz Charles Saatchi has sold the work for more than 6.2 million pounds to an American collector that will donate it to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Leonardo and Mona Lisa

Leonardo Studio Found - (News submitted by Regina)

Experts believe they have discovered the a studio of the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci in the monastery of Santissima Annunziata in the centre of Florence. It’s believed to be the studio where Leonardo met Mona Lisa, but nothing seems to be verified or proven at the moment. “We need to do more research, but these frescoes are very encouraging” said one of the researchers.Continue Reading

4 Year old Marla Olmstead

The so called “Child Prodigy” Marla Olmstead is in the news again, gaining more international exposure than most veteran artists. Her work is now selling for up to $15,000 each. I wonder if those same works will still be worth $15,000 in twenty years time? Continue Reading

Fernando’s Fat Women

Fernando Botero's fat woman smokingColombian artist Fernando Botero is holding one of his largest exhibitions ever in Singapore with more than 70 paintings and drawings and 36 sculptures on display. Singapore is aiming to be a hub for international art exhibitions and the government is spending $120USD over the next 5 years to promote the region as a “global arts city”.

Artist Botero’s fat ladies make huge impression in Singapore

“Ten of the 22 monumental sculptures are for sale, costing between 700,000 and 850,000 US dollars each, and media reports said local buyers are interested in buying two of them.”

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Art Thief gets Prison

The French waiter that had a love for art and expressed it by stealing as much as he could has been given a three year sentence to think about his actions. Stephane Breitwieser stole more than 240 works of art from 1999 to 2001 in France, Austria and Denmark.

He will now serve 3 years in prison.. the same amount of time his 52 year old mother was sentenced to (although 18 months of her sentence is suspended). She destroyed several works by throwing them into a canal when she heard her son was in trouble.

When will we learn that crime just doesn’t pay..

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