Art Everywhere in the US

edward hopper early sunday morning

Art Everywhere is coming to the United States in August. Started in the UK by Richard Reed the organization aims to flood the streets with great art. Tens of thousands of posters displaying famous American art will be on advertising billboards, bus shelters, and subway posters from one coast to the other. The 58 works of art chosen to be shown were voted on by the public from a selection of 100 works that were put forward by 5 leading art museums. Continue Reading

Surfing Photography of Will Adler

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As much as I love beaches and the ocean, I rarely ever go out into the water. I’m afraid of sharks, stinging jellyfish, fish with spikes in the sand, and rip currents! Everything is trying to kill you at the beach. My friend is a surfer and talks about sitting out there on his board while sharks calmly swim past. I’ll stick to the sand until I grow gills and sharp teeth ;-) Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked. Will Adler is showing some of his beautiful beach culture and surfing photography at the Danziger Gallery in New York. Continue Reading

Jeff Koons Whitney Retrospective

jeff koons whitney museum

It’s cold, windy and miserable here in Australia today so I’m going to complain about the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York that everyone is fawning over. On a good day, a more optimistic day, I would probably notice all the positive things about the man and the art as he is a great success. Obviously there are different flavors of success, but the success that says the money value of a thing is a measure of it’s true worth says Koons is the most successful artist alive. Other flavors of success that don’t take money into account could paint Koons as a complete and utter failure, but I think he’s somewhere in between the two extremes.Continue Reading

Abstract Painter Jeffrey Cortland Jones

abstract painting exhibition

A non-artist friend recently asked me why I like abstract art, because obviously anyone could paint pictures of nothing. I told him I don’t necessarily like abstract paintings, but what I do like is paint and good design. So if an abstract painting doesn’t make me drool over the paint and how its applied or the design of it is pretty average, then I don’t like it either. It’s the same with figurative paintings, I care less about what it’s a painting of than I do about how it’s painted. I like how Cincinnati-based abstract painter Jeffrey Cortland Jones paints. His exhibition opens later this month at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York City.Continue Reading

James Ensor at the Getty Museum

the scandalous art of james ensor

The Scandalous Art of James Ensor has opened at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California. More than 100 paintings and drawings will be on display, including the Getty’s own Ensor masterpiece, Christ’s Entry Into Brussels in 1889. It’s a look at the bizarre and most interesting period of the Belgian artist’s work, where everything’s strange and everyone’s ugly. Shit happens in them, sometimes literally, they zing with energy, and then his work mellows to almost boring.Continue Reading

Banksy Retrospective – Unauthorized of Course

banksy unauthorised retrospective

Banksy The Unauthorised Retrospective in London opens today at Sotheby’s S|2 gallery. Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s agent up until 2008 has curated the exhibition which includes some of the artist’s earlier works through to more recent paintings. More than seventy Banksy artworks will be on display which will make it one of his largest formal gallery shows. I thought I would have been tired of Banksy by now, but I still find him interesting. I like that he has one finger up at the system while most other artists are very obedient and drone-like little creatures. Some urban artists will even tell you to be obedient and OBEY your masters. Continue Reading

Jean Dubuffet at the S|2 in New York

french artist jean dubuffet

The Jean Dubuffet exhibition at Sotheby’s S|2 gallery in New York finishes up in the next few days. It’s a nice little summary of the artist’s work from the early days through to his last works. The art brut daddio is definitely one of my top ten all time favorite artists. If I was a billionaire I would walk through this exhibition with a shopping cart and come out the other end with it full! ;-) Continue Reading

Chairs as Art

art chairs exhibition

Chairs as Art is showing at the Lois Lambert Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. It’s a group exhibit of more than thirty artists showing one of a kind and limited edition chairs. I wish I could make it to the show as I love chairs almost as much as I love paintings! If I ever become ridiculously wealthy I would like to hire a team of craftsmen to create my chair designs as I just don’t have the skills required. Here’s a few beauties from the chair exhibition..Continue Reading

Queen of England does a Poo

queen taking a shit on toilet

The paparazzi are not really photographers, they’re not really people either, they’re more annoying mosquitoes than anything else. But people keep lapping up their voyeuristic wares and the paparazzi continue to put food on their tables. So they’re just giving us what we want and you can’t blame them for wanting to make a living. A guilty pleasure I admit to is when they capture the rich and powerful ruling elite of the world in compromising situations. Like the queen of England with her pants down, reading a magazine on the toilet, taking a crap.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