The Year that was at Art News Blog

Wow, that year was a fast one. I’m now convinced that as we get older, time speeds up. I remember back in school, many years ago, the days used to take forever. I used to almost beg time to speed up so I could get home and do whatever it was that I did as a kid. Now I’m wishing it would slow down!

Anyway, a lot of blogs and news sites seem to be reviewing the year that was, so I thought I should do something too. It’s also a good excuse to post something as I have been in full holiday mode lately.Continue Reading

Lost in Byron Bay + Photos

Sorry about the lack of updates recently. I went looking for a new place to live and couldn’t get the laptop to connect to the Internet. The plan was to enjoy myself during the day, get lots of photos, and do some work online at night.

Having no Internet connection put a stop to the “work” part of the trip, but I still enjoyed myself during the day and took some photos. I didn’t find a new place to live though.Continue Reading

Edvard Munch Birthday at Google

It’s the birthday of the famous Norwegian expressionist painter and printmaker Edvard Munch on the 12th of December. Google is celebrating it with a cool logo in the manner of Munch. It’s basically the Scream with a Google logo thrown in, but I quite like it.Continue Reading

Grow Your Own Furniture

This story reminded me of the “draw your own furniture” post earlier, and to a lesser extent, the “drawing trees” post.

Cristopher Cattle in the United Kingdom has come up with a way to train trees / plants to make furniture for you. He has an online guide showing how to make a stool from 3 Sycamores. It’s not as convenient as popping into your local furniture store for a few stools, as it takes about five years to grow into a strong enough stool. But it’s a pretty cool combination of craft, art, and nature.Continue Reading

Art Basel Miami Beach

The American version of Art Basel in Switzerland is happening at Miami Beach, Florida from the 7th through to the 10th of December. There’s a lineup of 200 art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia showing works by more than 1500 artists from the 20th and 21st century.Continue Reading

Tomma Abts Wins the Turner Prize for 2006

The Turner prize has been won by a painter this year, and if that wasn’t shocking enough, it was won by a woman artist!

The Turner Prize 2006 has been awarded to Tomma Abts, it was announced at Tate Britain this evening. The £25,000 prize, sponsored by the makers of Gordon’s gin, was presented by Yoko Ono. With Gordon’s support this year’s prize fund is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The event was broadcast live on Channel 4 News.Continue Reading

Art & Perception + Painting from Photographs

I did my first post over at the Art and Perception blog today. It’s a community art blog with a growing list of contributors talking about all things art.Continue Reading

50 Works of Art to See Before You Die

Jonathon Jones of the Guardian is putting together a list of 50 great works of art to see before you die. He has started with a list of his 20 favorite art works and is asking readers for their suggestions.

My contribution would be Self Portrait in the Studio, by Brett Whiteley, in the collection of the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney.Continue Reading

Marlene Dumas Interview

ArtInfo has interviewed Marlene Dumas in New York recently. The South African born painter, now living in Amsterdam, is famous for her sexually charged, often controversial figurative paintings. She also claims the title of most expensive painting to sell at auction, by a living female artist ($3.34 million for “The Teacher”)Continue Reading

Aboriginal Rock Art Saved?

The Western Australian government has seen the light and will no longer oppose the heritage listing of an area in the Dampier Archipelago, which will save some of the oldest art in the world on the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia.

A proposed multi million dollar liquefied natural gas processing plant would have destroyed the thousands of aboriginal paintings and rock carvings throughout the region. The company that would have managed the plant (Woodside Petroleum) has now also dropped its opposition to the heritage listing, in return for a 6.8 square kilometer area to create a “gas precinct”.Continue Reading