Painted Cans

A group in Spain are asking artists to send in painted beverage cans to be published in a book and exhibited in Madrid. Entries close on the 31st of October 2008 and the project is open to artists worldwide.Continue Reading

Graffiti Animation by BLU

Here’s an interesting video that combines graffiti and animation. They don’t sound like two art forms that would easily go together but BLU proves that they do happily mix. He has some more graffiti or urban art on his blog here too.. very impressive stuff.Continue Reading

Knitted Poo Invites

Tired of your glossy printed exhibition invitations being ignored by your local arts reporters? Why not send them some poo?! Some knitted poo!Continue Reading

Sylvester Stallone and Marilyn Manson

The Worth1000 website is always an interesting waste of time for me. It’s a site of Photoshop contests, where artists try and out manipulate, blur, cut, transform, and paste each other. It’s people using computer software to change pictures for those that don’t know what Photoshop is.

One of their regular contests is called “Modern Renaissance” which asks contestants to put the celebrities of today into old paintings.Continue Reading

Sports Writers become Art Critics

Last post I mentioned that the art critics at the Guardian newspaper were reporting sports stories for the day. Now it’s the sports writers reporting on the arts.

Rugby Union columnist Thomas Castaignède does a report on Puccini’s Tosca at the Royal Opera House, tennis correspondent Steve Bierley talks about the sculpture of Louise Bourgeois at the Pompidou Centre, sports writer William Fotheringham goes to see the electropop group Metronomy at Esquires in Bedford, golf correspondent Lawrence Donegan does classical music with Yefim Bronfman and the San Francisco Symphony performing Brahms at the Louise M Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and football writer Kevin McCarra does a story on contemporary dance with Tero Saarinen’s Next of Kin at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.Continue Reading

Art Critics become Sports Writers

Today in the Guardian the art critics have become sports writers for a day, while tomorrow the sports writers will become art critics for the day (after reading that sentence, I just wondered why the sports writers are called “writers” and the arts writers are called “critics”.. does art have to be criticized to be written about?)

Anyway, it’s a fun idea! I’m looking forward to seeing how the sports writers go tomorrow. Today the dance critic Judith Mackrell wrote about horse racing, the theatre critic Michael Billington wrote a report on darts, rock music critic Caroline Sullivan wrote about cricket (something like baseball for those that don’t know what cricket is), critic of classical music Erica Jeal did a report on motorcycle racing, and the visual arts critic Jonathan Jones wrote about football (soccer).Continue Reading

Pablo Picasso Auction in Sydney

A Pablo Picasso painting is being auctioned this week in Sydney, Australia at Deutscher-Menzies. The 1954 work titled “Sylvette” is expected to set a record for a painting auctioned in Australia with an estimate of between $5,000,000 and 7,000,000.Continue Reading

Albert Herbert 1925–2008

I know this news is a month old, but I just found out (on the artsjournal.com website) that the poetic UK painter Albert Herbert passed away at the age of 82 last month.

Here’s a note from a Guardian report on the painter..
“Albert was a maverick, liked but seldom taken seriously by art establishments. He stopped showing at the Royal Academy when his paintings were contemptuously “skied” (hung high on the wall). Continue Reading

Pablo Picasso and His Collection in Brisbane

During my recent walkabout I was feeling artsick (kind of like being homesick, but it’s art that you miss) so I drove on to the city of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. It’s not a city that you would usually go to if you’re feeling artsick, but there was an exhibition of Picasso and his personal art collection on at the Gallery of Modern Art, so I had to go.Continue Reading

Google Celebrates Diego Velazquez

The famous Spanish artist Diego Velázquez is on the Google homepage today. Google has appropriated the Spaniard’s Las Meninas from 1656 (The Maids of Honour.)

Famous Spanish ArtistI don’t think Google has integrated their logo very well with the painting but I still love that they continue to celebrate artists in this way.