Free Digital Art Books Online

cezanne in the studio ebook

I like free stuff, especially if I don’t have to jump through hoops to get it. The J. Paul Getty Museum has a whole bunch free art books to view online. Hundreds of them! You can read them online or download the pdf files to keep on your computer. Obviously it would be nice to have big shiny hardcover copies of them all delivered to your door for free, but hey, I’m not complaining. At least go and browse the book on Cezanne’s watercolors, that man is a genius. 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

10 Famous Artists that Died

Dead artists

Since abandoning Art News Blog back in 2010 there have been a lot of great artists pass away. The two giants of paint, Lucian Freud and Cy Twombly were the biggest trees to fall. Here’s my little list of ten dead artists.Continue Reading

Writers Need Religion Too

After my Religion and Art rant earlier in the week I have been coming across articles on the topic everywhere I look.

One report in the Time magazine on the controversial writer Salman Rushdie talks about the necessity of religion for writers, even atheist writers. Rushdie said “When I’m writing books, something weird happens; and the result is the books contain a large amount of what you could call supernaturalism. As a writer I find I need that to explain the world I’m writing about. As a person I don’t need it and as person I do. I would agree, that tension is irreconcilable. But it’s just there. It’s just so.”Continue Reading

Death of the Art Critic

The Guardian’s art critic Jonathan Jones is questioning the role of the art critic in a recent blog post..
“What has passed away is a certain kind of revered and influential critical voice, it is sometimes said: where are today’s equivalents of the poet and critic William Empson, the art critic Clement Greenberg, the critic of the novel FR Leavis?”Continue Reading

Sports Writers become Art Critics

Last post I mentioned that the art critics at the Guardian newspaper were reporting sports stories for the day. Now it’s the sports writers reporting on the arts.

Rugby Union columnist Thomas Castaign├Ęde does a report on Puccini’s Tosca at the Royal Opera House, tennis correspondent Steve Bierley talks about the sculpture of Louise Bourgeois at the Pompidou Centre, sports writer William Fotheringham goes to see the electropop group Metronomy at Esquires in Bedford, golf correspondent Lawrence Donegan does classical music with Yefim Bronfman and the San Francisco Symphony performing Brahms at the Louise M Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and football writer Kevin McCarra does a story on contemporary dance with Tero Saarinen’s Next of Kin at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.Continue Reading

Art Critics become Sports Writers

Today in the Guardian the art critics have become sports writers for a day, while tomorrow the sports writers will become art critics for the day (after reading that sentence, I just wondered why the sports writers are called “writers” and the arts writers are called “critics”.. does art have to be criticized to be written about?)

Anyway, it’s a fun idea! I’m looking forward to seeing how the sports writers go tomorrow. Today the dance critic Judith Mackrell wrote about horse racing, the theatre critic Michael Billington wrote a report on darts, rock music critic Caroline Sullivan wrote about cricket (something like baseball for those that don’t know what cricket is), critic of classical music Erica Jeal did a report on motorcycle racing, and the visual arts critic Jonathan Jones wrote about football (soccer).Continue Reading

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 Expensive Living Artists at Auction

Update: Lucian Freud is now the most expensive living artist at auction with his Big Sue painting.

Over at the Art Newspaper there’s an interesting story about the most expensive living artists at auction, with the baton being passed from Jasper Johns, to Damien Hirst, and now Jeff Koons.Continue Reading

Banksy Mania

Jonathon Jones of the Guardian has wrote a piece on the hottest artist in Britain at the moment.

Best of British?
“Banksy is a comic artist, as opposed to the tragedians who try to impress with their sublimity. He doesn’t take himself or his rats seriously. Not even the ones who are trying to blow up parliament. They crouch low behind the cover of the wall of the South Bank walkway, preparing to fire a mortar shell over the Thames at the House of Commons. Continue Reading