10 Famous White Paintings

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I was just thinking about the painter of black, Pierre Soulages and then started thinking about white paintings. I do admire artists who latch on to one color, one topic, one style and run with it their entire career, but I also wonder why they would choose to do such a thing. Is it the money, the lack of imagination, fear of change, or an obsessive compulsive thing? I like chocolate but I wouldn’t like to eat chocolate and nothing else for the rest of my life. Anyway, I went looking for white paintings.Continue Reading

Child Prodigy Marla Olmstead Now

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Remember child prodigy Marla Olmstead? She was the 4 year old painter that captured the media’s attention back in 2004. She sold a whole bunch of paintings and prints, had a few exhibitions, was on 60 Minutes, and there was also a documentary made on her called My Kid Could Paint That. I believe her larger paintings were selling for amounts in the tens of thousands but I couldn’t find any record prices that she sold for. Well anyway, that was 10 years ago which would make her about 14 now.Continue Reading

Cityscape Paintings

newcastle cityscape painting

I have a love/hate relationship with cities but I have always loved cityscape paintings. Cities are like giant still life pictures with ants crawling all over them. Ants in cars, ants in buildings, ants on phones, ants crossing the street.. they’re everywhere. They’re usually as ugly as they are beautiful. Anyway, enough rambling, here’s some cityscape paintings by artists from around the world..Continue Reading

Record Christie’s Auction

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The auction lots may not have been surreal but the prices most certainly were. The Christie’s post war and contemporary art evening sale on Tuesday made a record $744.9 million. That’s close to a billion dollars worth of art sold in one night! If you combine the Monday and Tuesday sales there was $879,574,000 worth of art sold. An $80+ million Francis Bacon and an $84+ million Barnett Newman were the two most expensive lots to sell. How does one start a hedge fund? I think I’m in the wrong game ;-) Continue Reading

Julian Schnabel at the Gagosian Gallery

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Julian Schnabel is currently showing at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings, 1989-1990 is a dozen or so large abstract works, some billboard sized, from 25 years ago. No plates but plenty of big gestural marks that rely on chance and accident, with a bit of texture, some collage, and text thrown in for good measure. I still think the best thing Julian Schnabel has done is the Jean Michel Basquiat movie. Continue Reading

Andy Warhol’s Digital Art

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The Andy Warhol Museum has released a few recently discovered digital images by the pop artist. Warhol created them on his Commodore Amiga computer back in 1985. The computer company commissioned Andy to do some works to show off the Commodore’s graphic arts capabilities. Among the images are doodles, Warhol classics like the soup can, a banana, portraits of Marilyn Monroe, and various photographs. Continue Reading

George Condo Drawings at Skarstedt London

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George Condo will be showing a group of new works on paper at the Skarstedt Gallery in London from the 11th of February. It will coincide with a painting exhibition by the American artist at the Simon Lee Gallery in London. It looks like it’ll be a really nice show. I wish London was a little closer to Australia ;-) Continue Reading

Philip Guston at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

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A selection of late works by Philip Guston will be showing at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt gallery in Germany. The Canadian born American painter would have been celebrating his 100th birthday this year. The exhibition has borrowed paintings from the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.Continue Reading

Sylvester Stallone at the Russian Museum

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Sly the painter will be showing at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg at the end of this month. There will be paintings from 1975 through to 2013 on display. I’m not saying he shouldn’t be showing in a museum as some of his paintings are pretty good, but I do wonder if the paintings of Sylvester Stallone would be there if Rocky Balboa and John Rambo never existed?Continue Reading

Painter Lyle Carbajal

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One of my favorite painters in the world at the moment is the American artist Lyle Carbajal. If I was sent to a deserted island for the rest of my life and I could only take 20 paintings from one living artist, it would be his. The way he uses paint excites me like very few other artists. His paintings look like they have grown, like they have lived a life to reach this point on the wall.Continue Reading