Art Collector Heinz Berggruen Dies at 93

The Jewish German art collector Heinz Berggruen has died on the 23rd of February at the age of 93. Berggruen collected major works by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, and Pablo Picasso.Continue Reading

Archibald Packing Room Prize Winner

Australia’s most talked about art prize will soon (March 2) announce the winner for 2007. They have already announced what is called the “Packing Room Prize”, which is where the gallery staff that install the exhibition get to vote for a winner. It’s a good way to let the media and public know that the Archibald prize is coming, and it’s a tradition that the award has had for a long time.

The Packing Room Prize winner was the Sydney artist Danelle Bergstrom, with a portrait of the Australian actor Jack Thompson, called “Take Two: Jack Thompson”Continue Reading

Finger Painting Child Prodigy

Here’s a video of a finger-painting child prodigy working on a Ninja Turtle picture. My bet is it’s a fake.. but stranger things have happened. There’s a link to the TurtleKid.com website at the end of the video, which is very commercial, which possibly confirms my suspicions.Continue Reading

Banksy Painted Over

A Banksy work was recently painted over by rail staff in the UK, which has prompted locals to complain. Rail staff now have photos of work by Banksy, so they don’t make the same mistake again.

Does that mean that money lifts an artist above being called a vandal? Are people annoyed by the fact that it’s such a great piece of grafitti or that it could have been sold at Sothebys for $50,000? If Thomas Kinkade suddenly gets the urge to start putting his art on buildings without permission, should we leave them up too?Continue Reading

Child Prodigy Adora Svitak

I have noticed the name of “Adora Svitak” in the comments of several child prodigy posts on Art News Blog, so I thought I better find out who she is. She is a 9 year old writer that has been labeled a child prodigy. Adora published her first book at the age of seven, called Flying Fingers.Continue Reading

Geostationary Banana Over Texas

Here’s something for the kooky category. The Geostationary Banana Over Texas project hopes to put a giant banana over Texas.

The artist behind the Banana Over Texas work is César Saez. Saez plans to put the banana between the high atmosphere and earth’s lower orbit for about one month. It will be visible to Texans with the naked eye, day and night.

Everything is bigger in Texas.. even the giant bananas floating in the sky.Continue Reading

London Art Market Sales

The world art market has showed no signs of slowing down in February. Chris-toby’s have had an impressive month in London with almost $500,000,000 being sold between them. Their sales included Impressionist and Modern paintings and works on paper, German and Austrian Art, and Surrealist art.Continue Reading

Art News Blog at My Blog Logs

Update: My Blog Log closed down. Find Art News Blog on Social Media here.
Art News Blog has gone Web 2.0 and joined a blog networking site called My Blog Log. I’m not sure why I joined, but a few other blogs were joining, so I thought I would give it a try too.Continue Reading

Charity Art Auctions

ArtInfo has recently looked into the good and bad of charity art auctions. They have asked if they are the place to pick up art bargains, or are they a good place to offload lesser works?

Barbara Guggenheim says “Many charity auctions are put together by companies that sell the charity on the idea that they’re going to auction off Chagalls and Dalis and such, and split the profits with the charity some way,” Guggenheim said. “Those auctions are filled with low-quality material—if not fakes. Other charity auctions are filled with things that collectors want to get rid of, or lesser works by artists who’ve been imposed upon. Because that’s the rule, you shouldn’t expect to find serious material there.” ArtInfoContinue Reading

Who is Banksy?

Banksy, Banksy, Banksy.. this guy seems to be everywhere. The mainstream media love publishing stuff on this guy. Andy Warhol would be proud of the inches published on Banksy over the past 18 months.

He has an official website, where I stole the image to the left of this post (it’s a detail of a larger work). There’s no links on his homepage, but he does have more pages to his site. I’m not sure how you are meant to find more pages of his site if you don’t know about them, but here’s some outdoor works, indoor works, and a Banksy manifesto.Continue Reading