Banksy at Auction

I have spent hours browsing through auction catalogues online today. I spend hours every month going through them, like I’m a billionaire art collector looking for prey, yet I have never spent more than $1,000 on a painting!

It’s almost like an addiction, but it’s free, it doesn’t affect my health, and I love doing it, so I can’t complain. Impressionists, modern art, contemporary art, and Australian art are my favorite art auctions to browse, but I have also found myself looking at anything from fine wine through to exclusive real estate auctions (I’m a dreamer).Continue Reading

Orhan Pamuk Assassination Plot Foiled

Most of the posts on Art News Blog that mention the country of Turkey seem to be about artists suffering for their art. Like the Turkish author Elif Shafak insulting Turkish identity or the British born artist Michael Dickinson fighting for his freedom.

So, keeping with that theme, the Guardian has reported that a plot to kill the Nobel Prize winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk has recently been interrupted. Thirteen people have been arrested in Turkey and accused of plotting to assassinate the author.Continue Reading

Reality Check – Being an Artist

Most of the artists I know see reality in different ways to normal people. Their feet don’t seem to touch the ground when they walk and they often bump into real things as their head is usually in the clouds. There are exceptions, but reality usually makes artists uncomfortable.Continue Reading

Chinese Oil Painting Reproductions

My spam folder is kept full each day with at least 400 emails.. day after day.. and among the promises of lengthened manhood and pre-approved loans are emails with titles like “Cheap China Wholesale Paintings” and “Oil Paintings from China.”

I have also heard from angry contemporary artists wanting to expose Chinese art factories for ripping off their art and profiting from it.

So, even though I don’t know much about these Chinese painting factories, I don’t think very highly of them. Being a spammer or ripping off working artists is no way to build respect.Continue Reading

Christie’s Billions for 2007

ArtDaily recently mentioned the full year art sales of Christie’s auction house. Christie’s sold an impressive $6.3 billion in art for 2007 (Bloomberg says it’s $6.1 billion).

It will be interesting to see if the next big art auction takes any notice of the recent (current?) stock market plunge. If the super-rich are getting margin loan calls and they keep hearing in the news that there’s a recession ahead, will they continue to pay the high prices that are being paid for art?Continue Reading

Chinese Artist Cai Guo-Qiang

There’s an interesting interview over at the Art Newspaper website with the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. He is one of a number of contemporary Chinese artists that are hot at the moment. By “hot” I mean really popular with art collectors (a set of drawings by Cai Guo-Qiang sold at auction recently for about 19 million).Continue Reading

Egon Schiele Drawings at Auction

I think Egon Schiele is the most amazing draftsman. He would have to be the greatest artist to have picked up a pencil in the last 200 years. It’s a pity he died so young though (1890-1918). Perhaps if he had lived longer he may have mastered the brush as well as he mastered the stick (pencil).Continue Reading

Food Art – Jelly Beans and Chocolate

I seem to be coming across a lot of food art lately. Wacky stuff, like portraits made with jelly beans (thanks to Helly). Another link I recently found was of the artist Vic Muniz. He uses chocolate to create paintings.

It’s 1am here where I am, and I’m really hungry, so I probably should stop writing about food before I end up in the kitchen for a late night snack. Continue Reading

Art News Round Up

Lots has been happening in the world of art lately.

  • Anselm Kiefer is exhibiting at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art says the NY Times. One of the sculptures (or is it an installation?.. who knows..) is the large concrete “Narrow Are the Vessels” which was in the backyard of a Connecticut collector before he was forced to remove it. Here’s the exhibition guide at the museum.Continue Reading

Toothpick Sculpture of the Golden Gate Bridge

I have mentioned the toothpick artist (Steven Backman) before, with his toothpick portraits. He has since been working on larger and more complex toothpick sculptures of boats, cable cars, and bridges, but he has also started going micro.

He has made a toothpick sculpture of the Golden Gate Bridge from 30,000 toothpicks which is now in the “Ripley’s Believe it or not” museum in Hollywood, which can be seen Here..Continue Reading