$5 Jackson Pollock Painting for $50 Million

These art lottery stories always make me think about the stupidity of the art market. If money motivated me I would find a lost masterpiece at a flea market every few years. A $5 painting worth $50 million is a wonderful story, but it’s a story that should be in the fiction section. Just because a Jackson Pollock sells for $140 million doesn’t mean that paintings which look like Jackson Pollock also increase in value.Continue Reading

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Preview

Sotheby’s has a video preview of their upcoming Sotheby’s Contemporary Art auction in New York on the 11th of November online here. There’s a few important works in it that must have billionaire art collectors licking their lips. Click on “Browse the Catalogue” on the video preview page above to see all the works up for auction.

My favorite painting in the auction is easily Philip Guston’s “Beggar’s Joys” work from 1954/55. There’s no estimate for the work on the Sotheby’s website, but I’m guessing that it’s out of my price range by quite a few million.Continue Reading

Major Picasso Harlequin Withdrawn from Auction

An important Pablo Picasso painting has been withdrawn from a Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art auction in New York. The 1909 work titled “Arlequin” was expected to make more than $30 million.Continue Reading

Australian Surrealist Painter James Gleeson Dies

Last week the Australian surrealist painter James Gleeson passed away at the age of 92. Gleeson has been exhibiting in Australia for more than 70 years.

Whilst surrealism was never my favorite ism, I liked how James Gleeson didn’t feel it necessary to change like fashion. He found a certain way of painting that suited him and explored it all his life.Continue Reading

Between the Folds – Origami Art

Greenfuse films has released a film called “Between the Folds” which looks at a group of paper folders or origami artists.

Here’s their introduction to the film..
“Between The Folds” uncovers the stories of 10 fine artists, intrepid mathematicians and theoretical scientists who have abandoned careers and scoffed at hard-earned graduate degrees – all to forge unconventional lives as modern-day paperfolders. As these eccentric and provocative characters converge on the unlikely medium of origami, they reinvent an ancient art, and demonstrate the innumerable ways that creativity and ingenuity come to bear as they struggle to understand and honor the world around them. The film paints an arresting portrait of the mysterious artistic and scientific threads that bind these exceptional minds, bringing forth a rare mix of sensibilities towards art, expressiveness, interpretation, and meaning.Continue Reading

Iku For You – Art Print

Hazel Dooney has released a free art print for download to celebrate her 400th blog post. It’s available for 30 days and she’ll sign and inscribe it for you if you send your print to her studio.Continue Reading

That Ain’t Shock Art, This is Shock Art! – Alexander Brener

Arts editor Tom from Spoonfed in the UK recently went to a lecture at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London to hear a talk called “Violence to Endurance: Extreme Curating.”

I’ll let him explain what happened during the lecture..
“Periodically they are interrupted by a 50-year old man with a thick Russian accent saying ‘Bullshit, this is not shocking.’ Then, this man stands up and walks to the front of the room (it’s not far – he’s sitting on the front row). He undoes his belt, drops his trousers and takes a shit into his own hand. He does his trousers and belt up, walks up to the man in the centre of the panel and deposits the shit in his glass. He then sits back down, a slight look of triumph on his face.” Continue Reading

Sarah Palin Pictures

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has inspired a lot of artists to get political in the studio. I think politics has no place in the studio, but it’s interesting to see what the good little propagandists come up with.

I already mentioned Pricasso’s painting of Sarah Palin nude and Chicago painter Bruce Elliott’s nude Palin picture in his bar. But artists are also taking their political message to the street according to the Gawker blog.Continue Reading

Bonhams Urban Art Auction

Bonhams is holding another Urban Art Auction at their salerooms in New Bond Street, London on Thursday 23 October 2008 at 7pm. After the success of their first auction dedicated solely to urban art earlier in the year, it now looks like they have created a new auction category.Continue Reading

Power 100

Art Review has released their annual list of 100 powerful artworld leaders. This is the seventh year the magazine has published the Power 100 list.

Damien Hirst and his marketing/manufacturing company have reclaimed the number one position on the ArtReview list after a very successful year.Continue Reading