Lovers of Banksy Thick – Lovers of Twombly Thinking People

I think one of the requirements for being an art critic of any importance (you could easily argue that no art critic is of any importance, but I think they have their place) is to enjoy poking hornets nests with sticks. If there was a manual on how to be a talked about art critic, Im sure it would say to make every fifth review a controversial review.Continue Reading

Most Popular Art Museums in the World

The Art Newspaper has released their annual list of the most popular art museums in the world, with the Louvre in Paris coming in first place with an estimated 8,300,000 visitors.

The most popular exhibition was at the Tokyo National Museum in Japan which attracted more than 10,000 people each day. It was more of a single painting than an exhibition, which makes the figure even more remarkable. Leonardo da Vinci‚Äôs painting “Annunciation” was loaned by the Uffizi gallery in Florence.Continue Reading

Tate’s Crack – People are Stupid!

Either people are on crack while visiting Doris’s crack at the Tate Modern in London or they are just downright stupid. How could 15 people hurt themselves in the first four weeks of the “Shibboleth” installation by Colombian artist Doris Salcedo?

I mentioned a story a couple of weeks ago where the first few idiots fell into the Tate Crack, but that figure has been rising each week.Continue Reading

Comments on Doris’s Crack

One of the things that keeps me interested in updating Art News Blog is the comments that people leave. In a recent post on Doris’s Crack at the Tate Modern, I said that artists can sometimes ramble on a little too much. And that is fine if you feel like reading an essay, but it shouldn’t be necessary to understand the work.

Anyway, some people left some interesting comments on the post. (not everyone reads the comments, so I’m re posting them below)Continue Reading

Crack at the Tate Modern – Doris’s Crack

The crack in the floor at the Tate Modern has swallowed its first victims.

The Guardian reported that an onlooker said “We saw the first poor victim, a young woman who went into it with both feet up to just below her knees. She had to be dragged out by her friends,”
“Unbelievably, as we watched to see whether she was OK, an older woman deliberately stepped on it (she later told us, amazingly, that she thought the crack was painted on the floor) lurched forward and landed on the ground. She had a sore wrist to show for it.”
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Lucian Freud the Great

I think it’s safe to say that Lucian Freud is the greatest living painter of the figure. Even his bad paintings are better than the best work of most other artists.

If you don’t think Freud is the greatest, you may still find the way he works fascinating.

He recently finished painting the 26 year old art handler for the Victoria & Albert Museum, Ria Kirby. It took 16 months of sitting for the artist, 7 nights a week, for 5 hours each night, and the sitter only had 4 nights off during that time. That’s more than 2,400 hours of sitting, or in this case lying down.Continue Reading