Restricted Areas in Russia by Photographer Danila Tkachenko

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Danila Tkachenko’s ‘Restricted Areas’ project is a look at once important areas in Russia which are now deserted. Abandoned government projects, hidden cities, forgotten science, and empty buildings that were a part of a technological push forward. The cold Russian winter and the lens of Tkachenko have teamed up to remember these areas and make them beautiful. White is my favorite color :-) Continue Reading

Kostya Lupanov Self Portraits

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Just another great painter on my facebook friends list: Russian artist Kostya Lupanov. He seems to really love playing around with paint. He mostly sticks to portraits but anything he paints is almost always freaking awesome. I thought I would share some of his self portraits as I love the tradition of artists painting themselves. Do friend him on facebook if you like how he throws paint around as he paints much more than self portraits. 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

That Ain’t Shock Art, This is Shock Art! – Alexander Brener

Arts editor Tom from Spoonfed in the UK recently went to a lecture at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London to hear a talk called “Violence to Endurance: Extreme Curating.”

I’ll let him explain what happened during the lecture..
“Periodically they are interrupted by a 50-year old man with a thick Russian accent saying ‘Bullshit, this is not shocking.’ Then, this man stands up and walks to the front of the room (it’s not far – he’s sitting on the front row). He undoes his belt, drops his trousers and takes a shit into his own hand. He does his trousers and belt up, walks up to the man in the centre of the panel and deposits the shit in his glass. He then sits back down, a slight look of triumph on his face.” Continue Reading

Marc Chagall Birthday

Google has celebrated the birthday of Marc Chagall with a new logo on their homepage. If I didn’t know it was supposed to say “Google” I wouldn’t know there was a word there, but I think it’s one of their better logos. It represents the artist more than the Google logo.

Marc Chagall born 7 July 1887 – died 28 March 1985.Continue Reading

Vladimir Tretchikoff Dies at 92

The artist that painted the best selling art print of all time recently passed away. I hadn’t noticed it until a reader (Irv) pointed out an article in the New York Times.
Vladimir Tretchikoff painted the popular “Chinese Girl”, also known as the “Green Lady” or the “Blue Lady” in 1950. Throughout the 1960s and 70s his prints hung in many living rooms worldwide.Continue Reading

National Gallery of Australia Kandinsky Painting

If Australia was outraged at paying $1 million for a Jackson pollock in the 70s, I can’t imagine the controversy of paying $35 million for a Wassily Kandinsky painting “Sketch for Deluge II”. The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) were thinking about buying the important work by the Russian expressionist/abstract painter. The NGA has decided the price is a bit out of their league, but would love some large benefactors to come forward and help with the purchase.Continue Reading