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Who is Your Favorite 20th Century Artist?
The Times Online and the Saatchi gallery have put together a list of 200 twentieth century artists and is asking visitors to vote for their favorite. They include famous painters, sculptors, photographers, video and installation artists.
You can vote for your favorite artist/s on the TimesOnline website here
I was boring and voted for Pablo Picasso, but painting would also be less interesting without the likes of Paul Cezanne, Francis Bacon, Marc Chagall, Lucian Freud, Alberto Giacometti, Philip Guston, Wassily Kandinsky, Anselm Kiefer, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and a few others.
There's quite a few artists on the list that I have never heard of. Here's the list of 200 artists arranged alphabetically..
Bas Jan Ader
Art & Language
Bernd And Hilla Becher
George Wesley Bellows
Thomas Hart Benton
Alighiero E Boetti
Brassai (Gyula Halasz)
Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller
Dinos and Jake Chapman
Giorgio De Chirico
Christo And Jeanne Claude
Willem De Kooning
Theo Van Doesburg
Kees Van Dongen
Fischli & Weiss
Antonio Lopez Garcia
Gilbert & George
Alexei Von Jawlensky
Ed and Nancy Kienholz
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Komar And Melamid
Percy Wyndham Lewis
Walter De Maria
Noble and Webster
Nam June Paik
Niki de Saint Phalle
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Nicolas De Stael
Maurice De Vlaminck
Jack Butler Yeats
Piero Manzoni's Shit and all things Poop
Over at the Artopia blog is an interesting post
on shit. I don't know why it's interesting to me and I probably should stop mentioning shit
on this blog before I develop some kind of shit fetish. I just thought I should point it out as John Perreault has obviously spent some time thinking about the topic.
He focuses on the shit of Piero Manzoni, the Italian artist that is best remembered for his canned artist shit, but also mentions the shit of a few other artists like Andres Serrano and Paul McCarthy.
To be honest, I only know of Piero Manzoni because of his canned shit, but according to the post over at Artopia
, the artist produced more work..
1. All-white paintings initially made of clay-soaked canvas.
2. Balloons containing the artist's breath.
3. Living sculptures signed by the artist.
4. Pedestals for "living sculptures" -- and one for the earth itself.
5. Very long lines inscribed on scrolls and sealed in tubes.
6. Most notorious and victorious, his very own canned shit.
Shepard Fairey Sues The Associated Press
Shepard Fairey's Barack Obama campaign poster is still in the news even though people now refer to the subject as President Obama. Fairey has filed a lawsuit against The Associated Press, requesting the judge to state that he is "protected from copyright infringement claims."
The Barack Obama photograph used in the Fairey poster was taken by freelance photographer, Mannie Garcia for The Associated Press in 2006. The A.P. recently demanded a portion of any money made from the image and now the artist has decided to the let a federal judge figure out if the matter is a copyright infringement.
A lawyer for Fairey, Anthony T. Falzone said the Garcia photograph was transformed into a "stunning, abstracted and idealized visual image that created powerful new meaning and conveys a radically different message."NY Times
has more on the copyright lawsuit. Brian over at MyArtSpace blog
has a more in depth post on the Fairey case too.
Shepard Fairey is also currently showing at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston
Sleep and be Art
If you like sleeping and like art the New Museum
of Contemporary Art in New York is looking for you. You also have to be female, be between the ages of 18 and 40, and be prepared to take a sleeping pill before your performance.
The sleeping women are an installation by the contemporary Chinese artist Chu Yun
. Yun will be showing at the New Museum's "The Generational: Younger Than Jesus" exhibition of emerging artists, from April 7 to June 28.
If you don't mind people watching you sleep and want to be a part of the installation, contact the New Museum
asap. Details can also be found on the Idealist website here
Doodle 4 Google - Population Control
Doodle 4 Google is a competition open to school kids, giving them an opportunity to design a Google logo. The theme for the competition is "What I wish for the World."
So I did my own crude Google doodle in Photoshop expressing what I
wish for the world!
What I wish for the world is some kind of radical population control as we're a disease killing our host (what happens to a disease when the host dies?). So I have a ban on fertile sperm, the pill and a condom pictured in my Google logo.
Kids, don't be influenced by my Google doodle as it's crude on a few levels and people don't like being told to stop breeding, so you wouldn't win the competition.
Schools and students can find more information on the doodle for Google competition here
ANB on the Encyclopaedia Britannica Blog
Art News Blog will now have an article posted on the Encyclopaedia Britannica Blog
from time to time. I even have my own profile page here
. I have a little giggle to myself when I see my name on a list of real writers
. Most of the others on the list seem to have books published and/or have "Ph.D" after their name. So I feel a tiny bit inferior as I didn't even finish my arts degree and have never wanted to be a writer.
I do like a challenge though, so if you see me starting to use words that you have never seen before, just know that it's me trying to look more important. I'll keep the dictionary close by and do twice as much fact checking before I click publish on each post now. I wonder if I should get an editor in or maybe even a ghost writer too. ;-)
Here's some posts of interest on the Britannica Blog (not by me)..Cybercrime on the Rise
- Online theft is estimated to cost $1 trillion per year!Art in the Eye of a Needle ($20 Million Worth)
- The tiny sculpture of Willard Wigan
.Architecture: The Year in Review (2008)
- A look back at some notable buildings.Body Art, Wallpaper, & More
- Emma Hack shows some of her body art.