Car Company Opel’s Animals Colliding Ad Campaign

opel car company ad campaign

I’m not sure this ad campaign by the German car maker Opel really works. I guess it works to some extent as it has prompted me to share it, which means it’s viral and is doing what it’s meant to (free advertising), but other than that, I’m not so impressed. Maybe I’m just getting old and losing my sense of humor, but I don’t find a cute little penguin stuck in the bum of a polar bear funny. The ad agency Scholz & Friends created the campaign to highlight the new forward collision alert feature on Opel vehicles and the joke is that animals don’t have this function.Continue Reading

10 Crowdfunding Sites for Artists

crowdfunding or crowd sourcing websites

Did you know that the video game called Star Citizen raised more than $40 million from crowdfunding? One part of the money was raised using Kickstarter and the other independently on their own website. Quite a few crowdfunded projects have raised more than a million dollars but there must be thousands of small projects being funded as I’m forever seeing campaigns pop up on my facebook feed and in my email inbox. Artists are in on the action too. We’re funding books, exhibitions, travel, and all kinds of other wacky things. Here’s a list of 10 crowdfunding websites (there now seems to be hundreds of them out there!).Continue Reading

Meaghan Potter Cat Studies

meaghan potter cat studies

I really like these cat studies by Sydney artist Meaghan Potter. She squishes her furry little friends into a circle and leaves us with an abstract pattern that is obviously feline in nature. She says she makes art that revolves around revealing the abstract reality of vision and physical manifestations in nature. Which really just means she looks at cats a little more than most ;-) Continue Reading

Art Auction in Iran

modern art in iran

The thing that I like most about maintaining Art News Blog is the different art that I see each day. It gets me out of my comfort zone and I look at art that I wouldn’t have otherwise looked at. I couldn’t tell you the name of one famous Iranian artist but that doesn’t stop me from having a browse through an Iranian art auction being held in Tehran on the 28th of this month. Actually I can think of one famous Iranian artist: the photographer Shirin Neshat.. or is she American? I’m pretty sure she was at least born in Iran.Continue Reading

Solar Roads

solar roads

What do roads have to do with art? Not much and I don’t really care as this is such a FREAKIN’ good idea!! In fact, I fear that it is so great of an idea that it will never get off the ground. You see, I think the matrix that we live in depends on us having a set number of problems to keep the majority of us on our knees. This awesome idea solves too many problems and improves the lives of too many people in one fell swoop to be allowed. Imagine solar roadways combined with electric cars! The oil and electricity industries wouldn’t stand for it. So, go support solar freakin’ roadways at Indiegogo and at least give this idea a chance… now!!!Continue Reading

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Opens Up with 400,000 Images Online

The Metropolitan Museum of Art digital images

This is such a great way to lose an hour or two online! The Metropolitan Museum of Art has grown its image archive online by 400,000. The museum is allowing free access to the images and free non-commercial use. They’ll be Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) which means they’re freely available to use for scholarly and academic publication. My only question is what took you so long? It’s 2014!Continue Reading

Victor Rubin Exhibition to Close Eva Breuer Gallery in Sydney

eva breuer gallery closes

Another art gallery in Sydney will close at the end of this month. After twenty years the Eva Breuer gallery will close its doors for the last time with an exhibition of works by Victor Rubin. Nicky McWilliam, the daughter of the late gallery founder says she no longer has the time required to run the business the way it should be. Coincidentally, Queen’s “Another one bites the dust” song just started playing on my iTunes shuffle!Continue Reading

Funny Animal Portraits

zoo portraits by yago partal

Some of these creations by Spanish photographer Yago Partal are much more successful than others. The Zoo Portraits project humanizes animals, making a cow look less like beef and a pig look less like bacon. I think we’re meant to relate to the animals, but it’s just as much about smiling too. They’re fun. Their outfits generally match the character of the animal.Continue Reading

Cityscape Paintings

newcastle cityscape painting

I have a love/hate relationship with cities but I have always loved cityscape paintings. Cities are like giant still life pictures with ants crawling all over them. Ants in cars, ants in buildings, ants on phones, ants crossing the street.. they’re everywhere. They’re usually as ugly as they are beautiful. Anyway, enough rambling, here’s some cityscape paintings by artists from around the world..Continue Reading

Record Christie’s Auction

alexander calder sculpture

The auction lots may not have been surreal but the prices most certainly were. The Christie’s post war and contemporary art evening sale on Tuesday made a record $744.9 million. That’s close to a billion dollars worth of art sold in one night! If you combine the Monday and Tuesday sales there was $879,574,000 worth of art sold. An $80+ million Francis Bacon and an $84+ million Barnett Newman were the two most expensive lots to sell. How does one start a hedge fund? I think I’m in the wrong game ;-) Continue Reading