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  • The Nazis Obsessed Over Beauty

    12/24/2014 6:46:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 24, 2014 | Matthew Gault
    Frankly, the parade is exquisite. The marchers wear clean, crisp uniforms. They hold their banners high. Enormous sculptures of horses and men loom over the procession. It’s footage from German Arts Day—in 1939. A march in celebration of the Nazi aesthetic. “The government—half of which consists of men who once aspired to serve the arts—is conscious of the artist’s role as an intermediary,” the narrator says, quoting famed Nazi literati Hans-Friedrich Blunck.
  • Amazing Mona Lisa forgery by Muslim artist

    12/20/2014 4:46:11 PM PST · by doug from upland · 11 replies
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  • What Being a “Christian Writer” Doesn’t Mean

    12/18/2014 9:57:35 AM PST · by millegan · 10 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Daniel McInerny
    The phrase has become slippery. “Christian writer.” What does it mean? For some the phrase plays like a favorite old song, an evocation of the glory days of Greene, Waugh, Percy, O’Connor, et alia. Days long gone and sorely missed. For others “Christian writer” may spell an oxymoron, or at least refer to the kind of writer one would not like to meet at a Manhattan cocktail party. And for still others the phrase increasingly tends to serve as a signal that some exceptionally maudlin fiction is quivering like a bad cheese on the horizon. But even looking at the...
  • Churchill painting sells for record Ł1.8m: 'Extremely personal' Goldfish Pool work among collection

    12/18/2014 7:40:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 17, 2014 | Emily Kent Smith
    A painting by Sir Winston Churchill sold for Ł1.8million last night – a record price for a work of art by the former Prime Minister. The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell, labelled 'extremely personal' by auctioneers, had been estimated to be worth between Ł400,000 and Ł600,000. Of the 11 pieces of artwork sold at Sotheby's in London last night, at least five went to American buyers. Two were bought by UK buyers and a further four remained anonymous. A Sotheby's spokesman said: 'Churchill's exceptional ability as a painter was celebrated.'
  • Watercolorist Russell Black makes it Look Easy

    12/03/2014 2:43:25 PM PST · by Utah Binger · 7 replies
    Thunderbird Foundation | 12/03/2014 | Russell Black
    Here is a copy of the original line sketch on the watercolor paper. The starting point was in the lower left side, and this is one continuous line ending up with my signature in the lower right corner. You can also see "pause" points where I stopped (but never lifted the pencil off of the paper), to check spacing and dimension as I was moving over the subject. At no time was the pencil ever lifted off of the paper. Here is the finished product About Russell Black
  • Great Renaissance Art Thrived Amid Filth

    12/03/2014 9:15:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 3, 2014 | Nick Romeo
    As Michelangelo was finishing his famous sculpture David, a powerful patron appeared below the ladder on which he was standing and suggested that perhaps the nose was too thick. The artist came down and stood beside his patron to assess things. When the man looked away, Michelangelo quickly snatched a handful of dust and ascended again, pretending to tap his chisel and letting the dust slip between his fingers. Having altered nothing, he climbed down once more and waited for an opinion. The patron was delighted: “Oh, that’s much better! Now you’ve really brought it to life.” The anecdote is...
  • Lynching art project with live men at Sacramento State University stirs outrage [12/16/2013]

    11/29/2014 9:37:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/16/2013 | BY MICHAEL WALSH
    A college art project that had two men hanging from a tree branch with nooses around their necks has outraged and dumbfounded the student-artist's classmates and the outside world. Christina Edwards, a senior at Sacramento State University, defended the Dec. 4 performance/installation that was part of a series called "Restitution." "The purpose of this performance was to bring to light social injustices and the issues of inequality that impact me and my community as a whole," she wrote in an open letter to the school body, obtained by The Campus Culture. Edwards said that, as a young African-American woman, she...
  • Warhol's Elvis and Brando Works Fetch $151.5 Million at Auction

    11/13/2014 5:39:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 13, 2014 | Staff
    Christie's held the biggest art auction in history on Wednesday, selling $853 million worth of contemporary and post-war art, led by a pair of Andy Warhol works featuring multiple images of Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando. The impressive haul beat Christie's high pre-sale estimate of $836 million. It was the fourth successive time since May 2013 that the auction house's post-war and contemporary sale broke the record for the highest-ever total of a single sale.
  • Two Rothko paintings fetch over $76 million at auction

    11/11/2014 8:06:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 93 replies
    AFP ^ | November 10, 2014 | Staff
    A pair of paintings by iconic abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko sold Monday for a whopping $76.5 million, the auction house Sotheby's said. Rothko's "Untitled," a blue and purple oil painting from 1970 sold for $39.9 million. It was estimated to earn up to $20 million.
  • Why the poppies at the Tower have moved the nation (Brits go crazy over massive poppy display)

    11/08/2014 8:08:29 AM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 92 replies
    The Daily Express ^ | Sat, November 8, 2014 | Stephen Pollard
    It’s rare that any piece of art – let alone modern art – captures the imagination, and the hearts, of the entire nation. In my near 50 years on the planet I can’t think of anything that has come close to the impact of the sea of poppies at the Tower of london. Earlier this week I saw for myself the astonishing spectacle of another sea – the sea of men, women, boys and girls who have queued up in vast numbers to see the poppies with their own eyes. But even the majority of us who have seen the...
  • Sotheby’s Auction Led by $101 Million Sale of Giacometti’s ‘Chariot’

    11/05/2014 12:58:49 PM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 4, 2014 | Kelly Crow
    Sotheby’s got New York’s fall auctions off to a rollicking start with a sale of Impressionist and modern art on Tuesday that totaled $422.1 million, the highest in the 270-year-old company’s history. Leading the charge was Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s 1951-52 bronze “Chariot”—depicting a finger-thin woman riding atop a chariot—that sold to a telephone bidder for $101 million.
  • Exclusive: L.A. Street Artists Hit Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown

    11/04/2014 5:03:49 AM PST · by Enterprise · 7 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | November 3, 2014 | Charles C. Johnson
    L.A. street artists hit Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown a day before the election. The photos show a cross-eyed Brown as if looking up from a toilet bowl filled with bullet trains. The artists have hit targets in Michigan, New Hampshire, and around Maxine Waters’s neighborhood this past week. They promise more “shenanigans” in the weeks to come. If you are interested in supporting their work, please earmark it in the donate button up top. We’ll get it to them.
  • Putin Spanks Obama in New Russian Propaganda Art Gallery

    11/03/2014 8:58:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Reason ^ | November 3, 2014 | Zenon Evans
    Vladimir "Putin is a gift to caricaturists," said Barry Blitt, a New Yorker artist, when he designed a Sochi Olympic-themed cover earlier this year, featuring the Russian leader in frilly ice skating attire. The caricature artists of Russia take a very different approach. On Friday a gallery titled "No Filters" with the work of about 100 cartoonists opened in Moscow, and just about all their images show Putin favorably: as a strongman, a political chess master, and a fighter against fascists and terrorists. In one conspicuously large work, Putin is spanking President Barack Obama, who has the body of schoolboy.
  • Lansing Pranksters' Street Art - LA style

    10/31/2014 1:35:34 PM PDT · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 28 replies
    RomanGenn.com ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 | Melissa Dawdy
    "Michigan is about as far away from the conservative LA art activism scene as possible, but anonymous pranksters in Lansing decided to make their voice heard with posters critical of Democrat Senate candidate Gary Peters. -By Editor" My comment: Lansing has never seen the kind of conservative LA art activism that brought us the famous "Ted Cruz with Tattoos" poster seen last year. (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/14/Ted-Cruz-Posters-Appear-in-Beverly-Hills) It's very exciting to see that conservatives are beginning to understand that art is very important in communicating, and are willing to stick their necks out for principles. No one has come forward yet to take...
  • Che Guevara poster vandalized at New Haven City Hall

    10/09/2014 5:22:36 AM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 82 replies
    The New Haven Register ^ | Oct 8, 2014 | Evan Lips
    David Greco, cofounder and executive director of ARTE Inc., said Wednesday he’s confident police will be able to identify the individual who vandalized one of the organization’s “Heroes & Icons” posters at City Hall earlier this week. The unidentified vandal scrawled the word “asesino,” the Spanish word for “murderer,” in black ink atop the shoulder of the Argentine Marxist-Leninist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Greco said a police report has been filed and City Hall security personnel are reviewing surveillance camera footage. The exhibit, which went up Sept. 22 to honor Hispanic History Month, includes approximately 40 posters depicting Latino historical...
  • Top Art Officials Receive Huge Raises While Running Deficit, Raking in Taxpayer Money

    09/30/2014 8:10:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/28/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Soon after voters approved a three-county $230 million millage for the Detroit Institute of Arts, its top two officers received increases of $58,415 and $98,564 in compensation. Graham Beal, director of the DIA, saw his total compensation increase from $455,453 in 2012 to $513,868 in 2013, a 12.8 percent increase. In two years, Beal’s total compensation has increased 20 percent from $426,699 in 2011 to the $513,868. Annmarie Erickson, executive vice president of the DIA, saw her total compensation jump 36.3 percent as it increased from $270,802 in 2012 to $369,366 in 2013. Erickson was recently given an additional title...
  • Art and its Discontents

    09/27/2014 8:13:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Every year the annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center is something to see, if only to think on a) how much art has changed, and b) how much we have. For the one sure indication that we're looking at art, good or bad but never indifferent, is its power to send us into reverie. Walker Percy understood. He called such an experience a repetition. "A repetition," his hero and alter ego Binx Bolling explained in "The Moviegoer," "is the re-enactment of past experience toward the end of isolating the time segment which has lapsed in order that it,...
  • Why is Modern Art so Bad? (video)

    09/02/2014 6:32:10 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 76 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 9-1-2014 | PragerUniversity
    For two millennia, great artists set the standard for beauty. Now those standards are gone. Modern Art is a competition between the ugly and the twisted; the most shocking wins. What happened? How did the beautiful come to be reviled and bad taste come to be celebrated? Renowned artist Robert Florczak explains the history and the mystery behind this change and how it can be stopped and even reversed.
  • Foster The People Mural Will Be Painted Over Despite Mayor’s Intervention

    08/01/2014 9:31:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 1, 2014 9:04 PM
    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A mural that spans 125 by 150 feet across the side of a historic building in Downtown L.A. will be painted over despite efforts by Mayor Eric Garcetti to intervene. The painting, awash in teal and green and featuring a cartoon-like woman slumped over and surrounded by cameras, was funded by pop band Foster the People in celebration of their sophomore album, “Supermodel.” The colossal mural stretches over a side of the Santa Fe Lofts building at 539 South Los Angeles St. When word first got out that the building’s owner was planning to paint...
  • Man commits suicide by leaping into giant bonfire at Burning Man-style festival in Utah

    07/14/2014 7:25:02 AM PDT · by redreno · 105 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | 07/14/2014 | BY Philip Caulfield
    A man killed himself at Burning Man-style arts festival by leaping into a towering burning art structure in front of hundreds of horrified onlookers, authorities and witnesses said. On Monday, scores of "burners" - who commune in the Nevada desert every August for Burning Man -were mourning the doomed festivalgoer after he dove into the flames during a moonlit bonfire ritual at the Element 11 fest near Salt Lake City late Saturday.
  • Russia Bans Swear Words in Art, Films

    07/04/2014 5:55:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    A hugely controversial Russian law banning curse words in films, theatre, the media and arts came into force on Tuesday, part of a Kremlin-backed drive to play up traditional values and root out swearing. The legislation, wich was signed off by President Vladimir Putin in May, imposes hefty fines on offenders -- up to 2,500 rubles ($72) for individuals and up to 50,000 rubles ($1,460) for businesses. Movies featuring obscenities will not be issued a distribution licence, while traders will now be obliged to warn consumers about swear words.
  • Artist Tracey Emin whoops as her "My Bed" fetches over $4 million

    07/03/2014 4:07:57 AM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 21 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 7/2/2014 | Sarah Young
    <p>The auction house said it was very rare for an artist to attend an auction, and it demonstrated the connection Emin felt to the highly personal work.</p> <p>The price reached for Emin's work, described by the auction house as an iconic piece of 1990s British art, quadrupled her previous sale price record, but Christie's said the market was not overheating.</p>
  • 'The Scream' Appears in a Tree Stump

    07/01/2014 6:21:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    “I felt as though a vast, endless scream passed through nature,” painter Edvard Munch famously wrote. But he didn't mean it quite as literally as this. 'Scream' tree brings angst to US Christmas (04 Dec 13) Scream loses place as priciest painting (13 Nov 13) Hundreds gather to 'scream' in Munch tribute (15 Aug 13) Munch Museum sees 40 percent surge in visitors (31 Jul 13) "I was just having a walk along the river here, and I just happened to stumble over this stump," Kjell Marius Mathisen, who works with cultural heritage for Oppland county council, told The Local....
  • Pope Francis, Chagall And Asher Lev

    06/17/2014 4:23:28 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    The Jewish Week ^ | 06/17/14 | Noam E. Marans
    Chaim Potok captured the strain of transition from religious traditionalism to artistic expression in his fictional character Asher Lev. As a young boy, Asher, a painter prodigy and the son of a chasidic luminary, is drawn to a Brooklyn museum where he surreptitiously views crucifixions and nudes. He subsequently paints such scenes. Asher’s mother tries to understand her son’s artistic longings, yet says in exasperation, “Your painting. It’s taken us to Jesus. And to the way they paint women. Painting is for goyim, Asher. Jews don’t draw and paint.” Asher responds, “Chagall is a Jew,” but his mother cuts him...
  • Art World in Review (Fine ART -the bankers' new toilet)

    05/28/2014 5:37:17 PM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 3 replies
    Art World in Review ^ | May 28, 2014 | Peter Dobey
    It is a rare occurrence for conversations about contemporary art to happen outside of the insular circles of the art world. Contemporary art, by and large, exists as a bubble. So it should come as no great surprise that other “bubbles” are the only thing that may collide with contemporary art. Like, for instance, the elite insider world of high finance that purchases much contemporary art at auction. Last week, one such collision came to light when Credit Suisse was criminally convicted for assisting tax evasion and further revealed what more and more people realize: art can be quite the...
  • Up and Away: Berkeley Freedom Allows French Photographer to Float

    05/28/2014 5:01:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, May 28 2014 | Jonathan Curiel
    The dream first happened in 1994, when Maia Flore was just 7 years old, and it continued on and off for the next nine years: An older man is pushing Flore toward the sea — pushing, pushing — and Flore, almost airborne, gets closer and closer to the water that she's deathly afraid of. It was as if Alfred Hitchcock himself were orchestrating Flore's nocturnal stirrings. In the dream, Flore would always wake up before she entered the waves. "At first, I wondered why this nightmare was coming back. Why did I have just this one nightmare?" says Flore, who's...
  • Prehistoric hunting scenes unearthed in Spanish cave

    05/25/2014 8:52:16 AM PDT · by Renfield · 11 replies
    The Art Newspaper ^ | 5-23-2014 | Belén Palanco
    Antiquities and Archaeology Conservation News Spain Prehistoric hunting scenes unearthed in Spanish cave Threat of vandalism puts ancient paintings at risk By Belén Palanco. Web onlyPublished online: 23 May 2014 A cave painting of a bull, with colours accentuated by archaeologists. Credit: Courtesy of Ines Domingo A series of hunting scenes dating from 7,000 years ago have been found by archaeologists on the six-metre long wall of a small cave in the region of Vilafranca in Castellón, eastern Spain—but it is being kept a secret for now. A layer of dust and dirt covered ten figures, including bulls, two...
  • Norman Rockwell’s Art, Once Sniffed At, Is Becoming Prized

    05/23/2014 5:13:41 PM PDT · by windcliff · 100 replies
    NYT ^ | 5-23-14 | James B. Stewart
    Rockwell’s greatest sin as an artist is simple: His is an art of unending cliché.” In that Washington Post criticism of a 2010 exhibition of Norman Rockwell paintings at the Smithsonian, Blake Gopnik joined a long line of prominent critics attacking Rockwell, the American artist and illustrator who depicted life in mid-20th-century America and died in 1978. Norman Rockwell was demonized by a generation of critics who not only saw him as an enemy of modern art, but of all art,” said Deborah Solomon, whose biography of Rockwell, “American Mirror,” was published last year. “He was seen as a lowly...
  • Now Trigger-Happy University Students

    05/20/2014 11:33:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Academia is hell. In the latest higher-education fad, students want "trigger warnings," according to The New York Times. It appears that some students are so fragile that they want university staff to protect them from big bad ideas. Students around the country say they want "explicit alerts that the material they are about to read or see in a classroom might upset them or, as some students assert, cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in victims of rape or in war veterans." An Oberlin College draft -- now "under revision" -- for trigger warnings suggested faculty "be aware of racism,...
  • Wal-Mart Money Builds Wonderland of Art

    05/09/2014 7:54:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- When Alice Walton, the Wal-Mart heiress and second richest woman in America, decided to build a Museum of American Art in her hometown deep in the Arkansas Ozarks, no one questioned her ability to spend money. Her daddy, Sam Walton, had left her a lot of it. Forbes puts her worth at $34.9 billion. What they questioned, expressed with bicoastal sneer and snark, was her ability to know what she was getting for daddy's money. When she called the museum "Crystal Bridges," commemorating a natural stream to be traversed on bridges leading visitors to the art,...
  • Detroit Should Sell Some Paintings

    05/02/2014 11:53:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 21 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/29/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    As the prospect draws closer of a state bailout of Detroit at the expense of other critical needs, voters might want to examine more closely politicians’ skittishness toward selling off city assets. In particular, artwork owned by the city’s museum, an institution sustained by tax dollars (including a regional property tax favored by many of those same politicians in 2010). Lawmakers should reject a bailout and instead insist that Detroit — whose problems are the product of its own fiscal malpractice — take responsibility for cleaning itself up. It is fundamentally unfair to make other Michigan residents pay for such...
  • Conservative Artist Tony Pro wins International Competition at Portrait Society of America

    05/02/2014 8:07:52 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 18 replies
    Portrait Society of America ^ | April 30/2014 | Editors
    Rarely do we get a chance to promote one of our own. Tony Pro opened with a show in southern Utah last night. Tony's words regarding his Cowboys and Cowgirls show: "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return." Genesis 3:19 From the day I started this project, my goal was to visually describe the people of Long Valley, a place of beauty and wonder that I fell in love with last year upon my first...
  • Late Brooklyn Artist’s Mystery Solved

    04/16/2014 2:38:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | Doyle Murphy
    Marty Resnick installed his sculpture on the grounds of Kingsborough Community College before moving in 1975 to live off the land in Southeast Ohio. The origins of the scrap metal artwork puzzled faculty members for decades.Friends of an enigmatic artist have solved a Manhattan Beach whodunit that has stumped locals for four decades. A rusting sculpture on the campus of Kingsborough Community College has puzzled faculty members who long ago had lost the identity of its creator — if they had it to begin with. “When they were doing the inventory they had no record of the sculpture,” Kingsborough Art...
  • Saltz on George W. Bush's Painterly Promise Unfulfilled

    04/08/2014 4:31:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/8 | Jerry Saltz
    When I look at the paintings of George W. Bush, it’s like seeing an incubus on America, as freakish and off-putting as his presidency was. Yet the art critic in me has to grant that if I stumbled on three or four of Bush's paintings in a flea market by an anonymous artist, I'd snap them right up. The first batch of his paintings we saw, in 2012, were of landscapes, churches, Bush himself in the bathtub, and other scenes, and I liked them for their sheer weird obliviousness, their zonked-out earnest attempts at figuration, the odd feel for form...
  • The art of George W. Bush

    04/06/2014 2:56:02 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 79 replies
    politico ^ | 4 April 14 | Adam Sneed
    Former President George W. Bush has painted dozens of portraits of world leaders he worked with while in office. His paintings are on public display for the first time at "The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy,” an exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. Before the exhibit opened, Bush said none of the leaders in his display had seen their portraits, but he predicted they would react favorably.
  • State Department Insures Artwork for $200M

    02/24/2014 12:23:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/24/14 | JERYL BIER
    The Art in Embassies program of the U.S. State Department just turned 50 last year, but its growth in the last decade has been particularly dramatic if the insured value of the artwork is any indication. Although Art in Embassies purchases original works, such as the $1 million sculpture for the new U.S. Embassy in London, much of the artwork on display at various State Department installations throughout the world is in fact borrowed. In 2002, the State Department maintained a $20 million policy for artwork. By 2010, it had grown to $65 million. This year, the agency is looking...
  • Obama administration spending $400,000 on camel sculpture in Pakistan

    04/04/2014 11:57:32 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11:43 AM 03/31/2014 | Alex Pappas
    The Obama administration wants to spend $400,000 on a camel sculpture for a new embassy building in Pakistan, according to a report Monday. BuzzFeed broke the news that the State Department has plans to commission the camel sculpture from John Baldessari, an American artist. The art is called, “Camel Contemplating Needle.” According to a government document posted by BuzzFeed, the sculpture is a “large 500lb fiberglass aluminum, stainless steel, acrylic and painted contemporary art piece.” “Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominately Islamist country,” the document states. While the United...
  • Ted Cruz Posters Spawn More Pop Art (1:20 video)

    03/17/2014 1:35:06 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 92 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | 4 hours ago | By Kira Davis
    Ted Cruz has been earning himself somewhat of a “bad-boy” reputation in political circles these days. He’s been characterized as a bully by his colleagues and the left has demonized Cruz as a rogue Tea Party Terror bent on destroying the fine, upstanding, hard-working men and women of Congress. Recently mysterious posters of Cruz photoshopped onto a tattooed torso with a cigarette in his mouth began popping up all over Los Angeles..... Apparently Sabo’s art has inspired others to pay their own form of tribute to the GOP’s bad boy. This work of art popped up on YouTube just this...
  • Art Lovers and Artists: Your Attention Please!

    03/08/2014 12:56:22 PM PST · by Auntie Mame · 23 replies
    The Master Secrets Summit ^ | 03-08-14 | Auntie Mame
    A painter friend of mine is putting on a web convention of famous contemporary artists. It includes interviews with Marvin Mattelson, Albert Handell, Fernando Freitas, and many other Masters in the art world. I apologize for not posting this sooner, as it's been going on for a week now and is only available until March 26, 2014. There have been six interviews released with a new one every day. If you are an artist or art-lover, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to gain information and inspiration to help transform your own art or hear from the masters. This is really...
  • Cleaner Mistakes $14K Worth of Art for Trash, Tosses It

    02/20/2014 12:26:43 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 44 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/20/2014 | By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
    Debris scattered on ground was actually part of display (Newser) – Whoops: A cleaner at an art exhibition in Italy threw away some pieces of cardboard, cookies, and newspaper that were strewn on the floor ... not realizing they were actually part of artist Sala Murat's display. She assumed the debris was trash left behind while the display was being set up; security noticed pieces of the work were missing when the exhibit opened yesterday, but by then it had already been given to trash collectors, the BBC reports, citing local media. A rep from the cleaning firm says...
  • Subpar: Anti-Obama Street Art Covers Santa Monica

    02/18/2014 2:34:51 PM PST · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    An unknown artist is covering the streets of Santa Monica, Calif., with posters declaring President Obama to be “subpar.”
  • Ai Weiwei vase worth $1m broken in local artist protest

    02/18/2014 4:33:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/18/14
    ...A Florida artist is facing criminal charges after deliberately dropping a vase by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in an apparent protest. Maximo Caminero, 51, was charged with criminal mischief after breaking the $1m (Ł600,000) vase on Sunday in Miami. Police say Mr Caminero told them he broke the art work in protest at the Perez Art Museum Miami's failure to exhibit work by local artists. Mr Ai said he did not support artists destroying other artists' work.
  • Realistic statue of man in underwear freaks out women's college

    02/06/2014 7:52:51 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 94 replies
    KRMG ^ | February 6, 2014 | Rick Couri
    300 students have signed a petition to have the creepy, yet lifelike statue removed. In part, the petition reads; "This highly realistic sculpture has, within just a few hours of its outdoor installation, become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for many members of our campus community. While it may appear humorous, or thought-provoking to some, it has already become a source of undue stress for many Wellesley College students, the majority of whom live, study, and work in this space." The Boston Globe reports the piece is called "Sleepwalker," it was put up to...
  • 'Superpope' artist acclaims Pope Francis as a true hero

    01/30/2014 6:04:10 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | January 29, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Artist Mauro Pallotta. Credit: Andreas Dueren/CNA. Vatican City, Jan 29, 2014 / 10:02 am (CNA).- Artist Mauro Pallotta revealed that his viral depiction of Pope Francis as a superhero was done to portray how the pontiff uses his papal authority “for the good.” “I thought of representing this Pope, Francis, as a super hero of the Marvel (Heroes), simply because, according to me, he is one of the few people who, having a real power as a Pope, he uses it for the good like the superheroes of the American Marvel,” Pallotta told CNA on Jan. 29. Pallotta, 41, is...
  • The Fall of a Worthy Foe-The Dying Gaul:Attalos I of Pergamon, National Gallery of Art

    01/27/2014 7:37:58 AM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 24 ,2014 | Catesby Leigh
    During the 230s B.C., Attalos I of Pergamon in Asia Minor decisively defeated marauding tribes of Gauls. Known for their muscular physique and the feral appearance imparted by the thick, manelike locks of hair they washed with water and lime, these Celtic warriors were at various times a terror to Greeks and Romans alike. In 387 B.C. they had plundered Rome itself. "The Dying Gaul," on loan to the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, from Rome's Capitoline Museum through March 16, is a superb antique copy of a sculptural masterpiece originally intended to commemorate the Pergamene triumph. Attalos I...
  • Woman who 'bought rare $100,000 Renoir for $7 at flea market' must hand it BACK ...

    01/11/2014 12:58:24 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 98 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 11, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    to Baltimore Museum where it was stolen more than 60 YEARS agoThe story began with one of those improbable tales of an artistic masterpiece uncovered at a flea market. It concluded Friday, the painting still a masterpiece but the story about the flea market all the more improbable. A federal judge has awarded ownership of a disputed Renoir painting to a Baltimore museum, citing 'overwhelming evidence' that the painting had been stolen from the museum more than 60 years ago. The judge's decision rejected the claims of a Virginia woman, Marcia 'Martha' Fuqua, who maintained that she bought the painting...
  • Paintings of a Pope

    01/11/2014 5:45:50 AM PST · by matthewrobertolson · 13 replies
    The Catholic Dormitory ^ | 11 January 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Pope Alexander VI, the great-grandfather of St. Francis Borgia and one of the most prominent popes in history, is unfairly mistreated. The man was a defender of Jews, a steward of liturgy, a good leader, and the one who spread the Faith to South America. But all of this is, unfortunately, often overshadowed by his sins of the flesh. This artwork by Pinturicchio shows the pope's obvious devotion, as well as his strong interest in increasing the temporal powers of the Church. This painting of the pope kneeling before Christ and the Madonna (Italian, "My Lady") is my favorite: The...
  • Sacred Art Class at The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

    01/04/2014 4:41:23 PM PST · by annalex · 10 replies
    The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts ^ | DECEMBER 30, 2013 | David Clayton
    Sacred Art Class at TMC by David Clayton on December 30, 2013 A chance to learn sacred art whatever your level, and to subsidise TMC students so that they can attend for free. I will teach this and it is offered free to Thomas More College students (who have to pay just the standard weekly charge for room and board in the dorm. Even though I am Artist in Residence at the college it is difficult for the students to get intensive tuition. To learn art properly needs blocks of time and this is difficult to organise in the packed...
  • Ancient Spider Rock Art Sparks Archaeological Mystery

    12/21/2013 8:34:45 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    LiveScience ^ | December 20, 2013 | Owen Jarus
    Archaeologists have discovered a panel containing the only known example of spider rock art in Egypt and, it appears, the entire Old World. The rock panel, now in two pieces, was found on the west wall of a shallow sandstone wadi, or valley, in the Kharga Oasis, located in Egypt's western desert about 108 miles (175 kilometers) west of Luxor. Facing east, and illuminated by the morning sun, the panel is a "very unusual" find, said Egyptologist Salima Ikram, a professor at the American University in Cairo who co-directs the North Kharga Oasis Survey Project. The identification of the creatures...
  • The British Library Have Released Over a Million Images Onto Flickr Commons

    12/21/2013 6:00:03 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    British Library ^ | December 12, 2013
    We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain.The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of. Which brings me to the point of this release. We are looking...