Aerial Photographs of Beijing by Trey Ratcliff

the forbidden city from a DJI Quadcopter

I have been browsing the web for quadcopters and the aerial photography that can be taken with them and came across the story of Trey Ratcliff in Beijing. He was using his ‘New DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse H3-3d 3-axis Gimbal and Gopro Hero 3+ Black Edition‘ quadcopter to photograph the Forbidden City in China and was detained by Chinese authorities. They released him and confiscated his equipment but luckily for us he had already been filming Beijing for 5 days. Here’s some of what the photographer captured..Continue Reading

John Olsen: The King Sun Documentary

john olsen documentary

John Olsen is like our art grandfather in Australia. At 86 he keeps on keeping on, producing art and enjoying all the pleasures that life brings with it. In a film directed by Tony Williams to document a new mural 6 meters by 8 meters (20 x 26 ft) in size we see Olsen’s body looking a little rickety but his mind and spirit is as youthful and cheeky as ever. The giant 8 panel mural is his second largest artwork ever, with only his Sydney Opera House mural “Salute to Five Bells” being larger. Continue Reading

Jay Z’s Picasso Baby Performance

jay z picasso baby

During my 3 year hibernation I was still keeping up with what was happening, but my slothful ways always won out when I would sit down to learn how to move the blog from Blogger to WordPress. During one failed Art News Blog comeback, which was motivated by my falling asleep while browsing art news, I came up with an excellent tagline for ANB: More Art, Less Masturbation!Continue Reading

Basquiat – The Lost Prince

Basquiat is my favorite movie about an artist, period. Made by an artist himself, Julian Schnabel. It also has one of the best soundtracks ever!Continue Reading

Australian Art Connoisseur

Here’s a distinguished Australian art expert talking about art. Please don’t watch this video if the F-word offends.

The actor is Heath Franklin (not Eric Bana) and he’s playing the role of career criminal Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read. The Vincent/ear thing is worth noting as Chopper cut off his own ears.. and I believe he was shot several times also. The last artwork is of the Australian artist Ken Done for those that don’t know (most people outside of Australia I would imagine).Continue Reading

Home by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Home is worth the long wait if you have a slow internet connection. The makers of the film have more videos on their YouTube page.

I stopped reading books and news on the environment a while ago as they’re just too depressing, but with this one they at least throw in a little hope towards the end. Even if you’re not interested in the environment and think the planet is doing just fine, it’s worth watching for the spectacular landscapes. We do live on an amazing piece of rock.Continue Reading

And, umm.. Lucian Freud Interview

Easily the best living painter in the world.. in my humble opinion.

Before seeing or hearing Lucian Freud speak I thought he might be a more forceful person. I figured that the man would have been much less delicate than he is in person as his paintings are so strong and self assured.Continue Reading

Paper in the Wind

Simple, everyday things amuse me. For example, a piece of paper blowing in the wind..

It was made by Sydney based artist Gary Deirmendjian.

1. a wondering through city fringe laneways;
2. a scrap of paper torn from a nearby skip;
3. a breeze; and
4. a pocket camera aimed with the hope of catching something interesting.Continue Reading

Between the Folds – Origami Art

Greenfuse films has released a film called “Between the Folds” which looks at a group of paper folders or origami artists.

Here’s their introduction to the film..
“Between The Folds” uncovers the stories of 10 fine artists, intrepid mathematicians and theoretical scientists who have abandoned careers and scoffed at hard-earned graduate degrees – all to forge unconventional lives as modern-day paperfolders. As these eccentric and provocative characters converge on the unlikely medium of origami, they reinvent an ancient art, and demonstrate the innumerable ways that creativity and ingenuity come to bear as they struggle to understand and honor the world around them. The film paints an arresting portrait of the mysterious artistic and scientific threads that bind these exceptional minds, bringing forth a rare mix of sensibilities towards art, expressiveness, interpretation, and meaning.Continue Reading

Marla Olmstead Documentary – My Kid Could Paint That

I finally watched the Marla Olmstead documentary that people have been commenting on in earlier Marla posts here, here, and here. The comments that people have left on earlier posts are very FOR or AGAINST the little “child prodigy” with very few neutral opinions on the whole saga. I still think the art critic Clement Greenberg got it right when he said..

“In visual arts, prodigies don’t count. In music and literature, yes, but not in art.” Clement GreenbergContinue Reading