For the Love of God but Cheaper

Damien Hirst’s diamond skull “For the Love of God” might be out of your price range, but “For the Laugh of God” might be within reach. Sure, it’s an appropriation and the diamonds are fake, but you’ll save about one hundred million dollars on the price of it.

The Polish artist Peter Fuss is offering his cheaper alternative for 1000 pounds. That includes 250 pounds worth of fake diamonds (about 9870 of them) and 18 hours of work by the artist.Continue Reading

Most Influential Work of Art

Newsweek has asked the question; “Which Is the Most Influential Work of Art Of the Last 100 Years?” Possible answers they offered were..

A. Black Square by Kazimir Malevich
B. ‘One (Number 31) ‘ by Jackson Pollock
C. ‘Fountain’ by Marcel Duchamp
D. ‘Campbell’s Soup Can’ by Andy Warhol
E. ‘Les Demoiselles D’Avignon’ by Pablo PicassoContinue Reading

Box of Love

I received a box of love in the post recently. It’s a cardboard box, painted by the abstract painter Franck de Las Mercedes, with a label that says “Handle with care, Fragile, Contains: LOVE”.

It’s from a project called the “Priority Boxes”, where Franck sends the painted boxes to anyone that requests one. The outside of the box is the canvas used to create the artwork, and as far as I know, there is nothing inside.Continue Reading

Art Auction News Update

Here’s some crazy auction news from around world with a few record sales. Remember to send me your links or art press releases to be posted on Art News Blog.Continue Reading

Worlds Smallest Sculpture by Willard Wigan

I saw this guy on the news yesterday, working on sculpture that fits inside the eye of a needle. The English artist Willard Wigan works in-between heartbeats so that he doesn’t destroy the piece he is creating. He uses rice or grains of sand and a surgical blade to create his “micro sculpture”.

Artists are usually trying to get attention by going MASSIVE, so it’s good to see some small art getting attention too, even if it is ridiculously small art. They’re so small that he uses the hair from flies as a paint brush to decorate them!Continue Reading

Charles Saatchi Buys an Exhibition

The British art collector Charles Saatchi has made news after he bought a whole exhibition by the Royal Academy art student James Howard.

The art of success: Saatchi buys student’s entire show
“Such is Mr Saatchi’s standing as a collector that he can make or break an artist, raising profiles and prices. Having made the names of Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and other young British artists whose works now command six and seven figures, his activities are viewed as a barometer of the market.” Times OnlineContinue Reading

Ballpoint Pen Art

Il Lee will be showing his ballpoint pen art at The Queens Museum of Art in New York in July.

It’s good to see the humble ballpoint pen getting some love from artists. You see it used for doodles, but finished works on canvas don’t often list “ball point pens” as a medium.

“His forms, though abstract, reflect the complex patterns of the natural world. Influenced by traditional sumi-e ink painting and calligraphy, Lee’s work remains decidedly contemporary; his unorthodox materials and distinctive style have garnered him audiences worldwide.” Ballpoint Drawings ExhibitionContinue Reading

Lego Art or the Art of the Brick

Nathan Sawaya is currently touring the United States with his “The Art of the Brick” exhibition. He just finished exhibiting at the Lancaster Museum of Art where record crowds came to see his work.

The director of the museum said “On opening day, we had to open the doors five hours early to accommodate the hundreds of guests waiting in line outside. In my 28 years in this business, I have never seen a response to a show like this before.”Continue Reading

Forbes Art Watch Newsletter

Forbes has an interesting little arts newsletter for those that are into all things art, antique and collectible. The Forbes Art Watch newsletter is sent out fortnightly, with a summary of news, reviews, and events from the art world. It’s not comprehensive, but it’s one of the few newsletters that I always open.

Here’s the blurb from the Forbes sign up page (it’s free too)..Continue Reading

David Cerny’s Saddam Hussein

The controversial Czech Republic artist David Cerny was recently interviewed by the Cafe Babel magazine.

Cerny is an artist that enjoys getting a reaction from his audience. He is famous for works like his “Shark” sculpture, where a model of the former Iraqi leader Saddam Husseim is suspended in a glass box filled with formaldehyde. It’s a tribute to everyone’s favorite bad boy, Damien Hirst and his “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” work.Continue Reading