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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
Best, Weirdest, and Most Important Lists of 2007 - I really
can't believe that the end of the year is here already, but I can't
argue with the calendar. I think the earth might be spinning faster
each year as the years seem to keep getting quicker!.
Art Newspaper TV - The Art Newspaper is working hard to take
advantage of the internet, with a digital edition and an online TV
channel about to launch. It looks like it will be a paid subscription
model that will give you access to the videos and a full digital version
of their publication.
Artist's Magazine Online - The Artist's Magazine has started
publishing an online edition of their publication here. It's free
for now, but I can't see that price lasting.
Power 100 2007 - The first four influential arts people on
the list are the same as last year and Damien Hirst is the first artist
to appear (6th), followed by Jeff Koons (13th) and Richard Serra in
Singers that Paint - Lauren Cochrane is thinking about singers
and their art. Asking if we would take any notice if they wern't already
famous. They include Marilyn Manson, John Mellencamp, Joni Mitchell,
John Lennon, and David Bowie.
Johnson Quotes - ArtDaily has reported that a portrait by
Joshua Reynolds of Samuel Johnson has been attack by a homeless man
wielding a hammer at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Influential Work of Art - Newsweek has asked the question;
"Which Is the Most Influential Work of Art Of the Last 100 Years?"
Possible answers they offered were..
Art Watch Newsletter - Forbes has an interesting little arts
newsletter for those that are into all things art, antique and collectible.
The Forbes Art Watch newsletter is sent out fortnightly, with a summary
of news, reviews, and events from the art world. It's not comprehensive,
but it's one of the few newsletters that I always open.
Is Art? What is an Artist? - I have been thinking about the
word "artist" and what it means to be one. Obviously it's
a person that creates art, so why do we have to still get into debates
over whether a person is an artist or not? Why do some people still
believe that only the chosen few should have the title of "artist"
stamped to their forehead?
Art in a Mug - I like it when my passions cross over. Like
when art meets wine or when nature meets art. I have also recently
discovered that art has also met coffee! I wouldn't say that coffee
is a great passion of mine, but I can't ctop drinking the stuff, so
I must have some kind of connection with it.
Art Found in Caves - A team of researchers have found some
impressive new Buddha art in a cave in Nepal. There are 55 panels
depicting the life of Buddha and they date back to around the 12th
News Mondays - I'll link to posts on art blogs and articles
from art publications, so feel free to send me any interesting stories.
I probably won't link to you if you are just trying to sell something,
unless it's a VERY interesting product and you are prepared to send
me two truckloads of it (so that I can send them out to readers of
ArtNewsBlog of course!! ;-)
Day 2007 - I know the environment doesn't have much to do
with art, but you can't create art without an earth. So here's a poem
for Earth Day (April 22) by John McConnell.
Initials Paintings - In the manner of the money series by
Anthony White and the One Thousand paintings by Sala, comes the Art
Initials series by the artist Mart in Switzerland.
Art - Artist or Critic? - Ana Finel Honigman has asked an
interesting question over at the Guardian blog. She asks, Is an artist's
idea of what their work means more important than the viewer's interpretation,
or are they both valid?
10 List of Top Tens - Edward Winkleman has finished off his
year of blogging with a top ten list of top ten lists. It's a quirky
top ten that has something to interest most people.
Your Own Furniture - Cristopher Cattle in the United Kingdom
has come up with a way to train trees / plants to make furniture for
you. He has an online guide showing how to make a stool from 3 Sycamores.
It's not as convenient as popping into your local furniture store
for a few stools, as it takes about five years to grow into a strong
Rock Art Saved? - The Western Australian government has seen
the light and will no longer oppose the heritage listing of an area
in the Dampier Archipelago, which will save some of the oldest art
in the world on the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia.
in the Womb - I found this fascinating little piece of news
over at the BoingBoing directory of wonderful things. There's a new
documentary from National Geographic that goes inside the womb of
animals like never before.
from the Global Creative Leadership Summit - In New York recently
there was a Global Creative Leadership Summit where leaders from business,
technology, government, science and the arts got together to discuss
how their disciplines could work together and possibly benefit each
Your Own Furniture - This idea reminds me of that Picasso
video/photo where the little Spanish master is drawing a bull's head
or a face (I can't remember what it was) in the air with something.
Ok, I didn't explain that properly, but those that have seen it will
know what I mean!
Magazine's Power 100 - The ArtReview magazine has released
its annual list of one hundred powerful people. There has been quite
a bit of movement on the list this year with a whole bunch of people
moving up, down, on, and off the powerful 100.
a Saatchi - The advertising man and art collector Charles
Saatchi is renting out a selection of 600 works from his collection.
Works by contemporary artists like the Chapman Brothers, Chris Ofili,
Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Stella Vine, Tom Hunter, Gary Hume, and
Gavin Turk are among the rentals.
Art, and Life - It's called Anatomy for Beginners, with Dr
Gunther von Hagens doing the dissecting of the bodies and pathologist
Professor John Lee (nicknamed the "Walt Disney of Death")
explaining how we work in health and in disease.
an Art Gallery - Over at ArtInfo.com they have attempted to
outline what it takes to start an art gallery and why you should start
an art gallery.
Year Old Portrait - A 27,000 year old portrait drawing has
been found in a cave in France, which makes it the oldest ever discovered.
The Modigliani/Picasso-esque head is from a time where man was much
less developed and was probably chasing big Mammoths around, but it
wouldn't look out of place sitting a modern art museum.
Paintings - I recently asked Anthony White some questions
about his money paintings, and have come across an artist in Zürich,
Switzerland doing something similar. Maria pointed out the one thousand
paintings site, where Sala is creating 1000 numbered works for sale
Art - Martin White from the United Kingdom will soon create
an installation called "Spilt Milk". The dairy hygiene inspector
is pouring 5,000 liters or 8,800 pints into a dish and will wait for
it to go off.
Goma BBC Interview - A few days ago a guy went into the BBC
for a job interview and found himself being interviewed live on a
worldwide broadcast. The funny thing is it was the wrong "Guy".
Art - A man in California liked the look of his Lamborghini
Countach so much that he has done a Marcel Duchamp with it. The Californian
millionaire Richard Moriarty has bolted his 1974 sports car to a wall
in his house and called it art.
Art Vending Machine - The more I think about the Art-o-mat,
the more I like it! It's a vending machine that sells affordable original
Sue NYC over Anti-Graffiti Law - A group of seven artists
and the fashion designer Marc Ecko are suing New York City for being
too hard on graffiti artists, claiming that their "constitutional
right to free speech" is being violated.
from Photographs Update - The recent post about painting from
photographs created some friendly debate. Some believe it is fine
to use photographs as they're just another useful tool for the artist,
while others believe it's almost cheating, or certainly taking a shortcut.
from Photographs - The ARTnews magazine has asked a question
that has been around for a while now.. "Why should a painting
based on a photograph be considered a less legitimate work of art
than one painted from observation or one that is simply abstract?"
Hart - The art Mafia doesn't like me - This week the Australian
artist Pro Hart died, so there has been quite a bit about him the
media. Most reports seem to highlight the fact that he was never collected
by any important art museums in Australia.
Art Fakes - Over at Worth1000.com there's a competition to
make famous works of art look fake. The idea is to use Photoshop to
manipulate paintings from any period by changing or adding details
to the work.
Gallery in Chelsea - With a bit of a boom going on in the
contemporary art market, the Gagosian Gallery is expanding in New
York's Chelsea area. Gagosian already has a gallery in Chelsea, so
there must plenty of activity in the buyer's room. They also have
galleries in London, Beverly Hills, and currently two in New York.
Frankenthaler Gum Painting Cleaned - The Helen Frankenthaler
abstract painting titled "The Bay" has had the piece of
gum removed successfully. Alfred Ackerman rated the job a 6 out of
10 for difficulty, and was happy to report that all is now well with
the 7 foot high painting.
Gallery Debts - According to this report by the Guardian newspaper,
the company that was set up to run the Saatchi Gallery in South Bank,
London has has found itself in court for not paying a debt of £1.8
Frankenthaler with Gum - A 12 year old boy recently decided
to discard his gum by sticking it to a painting by the New York abstract
painter Helen Frankenthaler.
Art Trends - The new ARTnews magazine for February has an
interesting article about the top 10 art trends in contemporary art.
It mentions the similarities that contemporary art has with historical
movements like Mannerism or the Baroque period (If its sweet
and sad, sentimental and repulsive, cute and creepy, it must be postmodern
Murdoch Portrait Painting - The British portrait artist Jonathan
Yeo has finished a portrait of one of the most powerful men in the
media industry. The Australian born, American adopted media mogul
of the News Corporation company (yes, he owns the Simpsons cartoon
too!), Rupert Murdoch sat for Yeo in his London studio.
Quinn to do Kate Moss - The English artist Marc Quinn plans
to imortalize the supermodel Kate Moss as the "Aphrodite of our
age", with five bronze sculptures.
Prodigies - I've noticed a few child art prodigies popping
up on the internet lately. Marla Olmstead has been mentioned before
on artnewsblog, as the 4 year old art prodigy, and for being featured
on 60 Minutes.
But there's also Akiane, the 11 year old internationally known child
art prodigy. That's her pictured on the left, appearing on the Oprah
Your Art Online - Here's an article over at Linkism.com discussing
a couple reasons why and how to put your art online.. (I think most
artists have already done that, right?)
Harris's Portrait of the Queen - Australian expat Rolf Harris,
now based in the United Kingdom caused a bit of a stir with his portrait
of the Queen.
David makes people go Crazy - According to a psychiatrist
in Florence by the name of Dr Graziella Magherini, great works of
art can make people feel anything from disorientation and queasiness,
to temporary panic attacks, and even moments of madness in sensitive
or cultured onlookers.
no1 on ArtReview List - The ArtReview magazine has released
its fourth annual listing of the art worlds most powerful players.
British artist Damien Hirst was number 78 on the list of 100 last
year, making it quite an impressive jump.
and Gromit Studio Fire - The studio home of Wallace and Gromit
was burnt to the ground this week. The Aardman Animation studio in
Britain was engulfed by fire, losing many sets, plasticine figures
and sketches from the popular Wallace and Gromit movies.
Going, going, staying.. - "Economic fatigue" is
troubling the great daily art news site ArtDaily again. Art Daily
nearly shut up shop twice before due to finances, or lack of them,
and thankfully they're going to keep going again.
Quotes - After browsing around the internet looking for art
news and coming up with nothing much, I decided to just add some favorite
art quotes. One can never have too many inspirational artist quotes!
Tunick in France - New York photography Spencer Tunick had
the French naked with their legs in the air last week. Fifteen hundred
French got their threads off in the French town of Lyon to participate
in Spencer Tunick's latest nude fest.
Hirst buys Gothic Manor - The contemporary British artist
Damien Hirst will soon become lord of his own Gothic manor after purchasing
a 3 million pound Gloucestershire residence.
Sickert and Jack the Ripper - Crime novelist Patricia Cornwell
has pointed the finger at the German born English painter Walter Sickert,
claiming that he is Jack the Ripper. Historians have labeled her claims
as "far fetched" and "Circumstantial". Sounds
like great marketing to me.
Tunick Nudes in Belgium - Nearly 2000 people put on their
birthday suits in near freezing weather recently in Bruges, Belgium
for the photographer Spencer Tunick.
Year Old Sex Scene - Archaeologists have found what could
possibly be the oldest depiction of porn in the world. The 8cm high
clay figurine of the lower part of a male figure (nicknamed Adonis
von Zschernitz) was recently found in Germany.
Faces Prison for Blasphemy - Austrian cartoonist Gerhard Haderer
may be facing prison time in Greece for blasphemy!. Haderer was not
even aware that his satirical book was even published in Greece, but
has received a summons to appear in an Athens court.
Art - Art made of blood has been taken off Ebay. The online
auctioning mega-portal does not accept the sale of human body parts,
and classifies the works in this category.
Olmstead on 60 Minutes - I did not see the episode on 60 minutes
recently, but it's interesting to see what people have to say about
it. See the two previous posts on Art News Blog and the comments that
people have had.
Resale Rights Levy - Britain's booming contemporary art market
may be affected by the new "droit de suite" tax or the artists
resale rights levy when it is introduced next year. Artists or their
families will receive a percentage of the sale of their work for up
to 70 years after his/her death.
Barrier Art - Big ugly grey concrete walls in Baghdad, Iraq
are beginning to come to life with art. The walls are to protect important
buildings from mortars and suicide bombers.
Offended - An interesting post over at The Art Life blog,
where an artist gets nasty over a little criticism. Sure I have been
offended, possibly even hurt by criticism before but it was unconstructive
and hurtful criticism, certainly nothing as mild as this.
Year old Marla Olmstead - The so called "Child Prodigy"
Marla Olmstead is in the news again, gaining more international exposure
than most veteran artists. Her work is now selling for up to $15,000
Pain = Better Art - French conceptial artist Amelia Gentleman
believes that her best art comes from her lowest times. Particularly
bad relationship break-ups have inspired her to create some of her
Urinal - Marcel Duchamp's ready-made urinal has been voted
the most influential work of art of all time by 500 art experts. Pablo
Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" and "Guernica"
paintings must have felt a little peeved at missing out on the top
spot to a toilet.
God - It's an interesting theme to tackle for artists.. depicting
God. Probably too difficult a task to accomplish with paint.
Ancient Paintings - The problem with having such a rich and
plentiful source of archeological treasures is that it's so much more
difficult to look after every site. I remember in Turkey some of the
early Christian paintings in Kapadokya had initials scratched all
of Vincent van Gogh Killed - I've heard of people being verbally
abused or even imprisoned for their art, but being killed for your
art is a little extreme.
Mona Lisa Smile - It's the most famous painting in the world
and a must-see for anyone visiting Paris. But most people fight through
the crowds to spend a mere 15 seconds in front of it - just long enough
to grab a snapshot. So why do they bother?
in the Art World - The ArtReview magazine has released its
list of what it considers to be the top 100 people in art. They include
gallerists, artists, curators, and art collectors from all parts of
in Iraq Video - A video showing the beheading of an American
hostage in Iraq and a photograph of a man masturbating have divided
students and challenged administrators at Watkins College of Art &
year old art prodigy? - A four-year-old girl is wowing the
New York art world with paintings that are drawing comparisons with
Jackson Pollock and Wassily Kandinsky. Marla Olmstead, from Binghamton,
in New York state, has been painting since just before she was two
call that art? A chimp could have painted it - It is said
that, given enough time, a chimpanzee at a typewriter could produce
the works of Shakespeare. So how many years would it take for one
with a brush and palette to turn out a Picasso?
the Laughing Cavalier keeps an eye on everybody - From second-rate
horror films to episodes of Scooby-Doo, ominous paintings whose staring
eyes follow a character around the room, no matter where they go,
have been used to spooky effect. But now a team of scientists believe
they have solved the mystery of how they do it.
David didnt use Pilates.. - Alan Herdman, who brought the
Pilates exercise technique to Britain more than 30 years ago, has
chosen the 500th anniversary of the statue's unveiling to pronounce
David a prime candidate for the fashionable body-conditioning regime.
News Online - Some excellent sources for art news online..