Art news and reviews of exhibitions in France and worldwide of working contemporary and famous French artists and photographers.

Art Plus Pinterest Equals Awesome!

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I haven’t been posting much on Art News Blog lately as I was lost in a cave, but I’m out now and the art sun is shining, so I’m sure I’ll be out there looking for all sorts of arty things to talk about and share in the coming weeks. Something that I have discovered and fallen in love with just recently is Pinterest!! I have had an account for ages now but it just never clicked with me, I didn’t know what to do with it. It is THE social media platform for artists.Continue Reading

Some Expressionist Painters – Just Because

expressionist painters

Here’s some paintings about paint, just because. After the emails and comments from yesterday, I thought I would make today a little less controversial. No pictures of baby killing and no mention of genocide, just good old fashion chunky paint applied by great painters. I love most types of painting, from super-realism through to minimalism, but a good expressive work with paint slapped on and dripping off the canvas will always make me smile the widest :-) Continue Reading

Gilbert Legrand Sculpture Out of Tools and Everyday Objects

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I love these quirky sculptures made from everyday objects by the French artist Gilbert Legrand. He uses knives, scissors, door hinges, paint brushes, cork screws, zippers, and all sorts of other household items to create little people and animals. Art, like life, is too often serious and weighed down with issues. We need more fun art :-) Continue Reading

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

10 Famous Black Paintings

ten famous black paintings

In the name of balance and harmony it’s only right to do a list of ten famous black paintings today! Gallery owners will tell you that darker paintings are generally harder to move as a product but we artists seem to do as many black paintings as we do white paintings. With not much more than a color change we move from the purity and light of white to the somber, serious, and melancholy suggestions of black. Lets start with the most famous of all famous black paintings: Goya’s black paintings.Continue Reading

Jean Dubuffet at the S|2 in New York

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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

French Artist Bernard Lorjou

I like discovering interesting artists that I have never heard of before. French artist Bernard Lorjou (1908-1986) is one of them. I still don’t know much about him but I like his work.Continue Reading

Masterpieces from Paris in Canberra

Probably the best exhibition I have seen in Australia (coming from a fan of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cezanne). Masterpieces from Paris has 9 Paul Gauguins, 7 Van Goghs and 8 Cezannes. So it’s more than one or two good paintings thrown in with a bunch of weaker paintings like the usual “blockbuster” exhibition. The Van Goghs alone are worth making the effort to see the exhibition.Continue Reading

Top 200 20th Century Artists?

The Times and Saatchi gallery have compiled 1,461,523 votes from the public to come up with a list of the 200 top artists of the 20th Century. It’s a method that has flaws as some artists will be missing and other artists will get more attention than they really deserve, but any list compiled by anyone is flawed as lists are an art rather than a science. They’re not meant to be taken too seriously.

1 Pablo Picasso 21587

2 Paul Cezanne 21098

3 Gustav Klimt 20823

4 Claude Monet 20684

5 Marcel Duchamp 20647

6 Henri Matisse 17096

7 Jackson Pollock 17051

8 Andy Warhol 17047

9 Willem De Kooning 17042

10 Piet Mondrian 17028Continue Reading

Claude Monet and the Impressionists in Sydney

On Sunday I spent the day in Sydney and visited the Claude Monet and the Impressionists exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. Impressionism was never my favorite art movement, but when a whale of an artist like Claude Monet comes to town it’s hard to find an excuse to not see it. Australian museums aren’t exactly overflowing with masterpieces from around the world, so any decent traveling exhibition is a must see.Continue Reading