4 year old art prodigy?

This story below made me think of this quote from the art critic Clement Greenburg..

“In visual arts, prodigies don’t count. In music and literature, yes, but not in art.”

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Visual artists mix paints and prints with politics

“From the art capital of New York City to the nation’s midsection, visual artists are participating in partisan politics with a vigor not seen since the 1960s.”

“While a majority of the activism appears to be directed toward unseating the present administration, there are supporters of President Bush and his administration to be found within the art community.. they’re just a little harder to find.”


Discount for buying art nude..

“A gallery owner has created a stir by encouraging visitors to an exhibition of nudes to strip off to help them to feel closer to the art, he said today. Kevin Money, 39, is offering 25% off any purchases of works from the Bodyline exhibition at Gallery 39 in Swindon, Wiltshire, to anyone who bares all. But so far, local residents have shown an indifference bordering on hostility to the offer.”

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You call that art? A chimp could have painted it

“It is said that, given enough time, a chimpanzee at a typewriter could produce the works of Shakespeare. So how many years would it take for one with a brush and palette to turn out a Picasso?

Three ground-breaking Canadian artists aim to prove it might not be as long as you might think. The painters – Billy Jo, Tom and Toby – will be showing their work in their first British exhibition next month and won’t be offended if critics pronounce their creative sensibility ‘ape-like’. For they are all chimpanzees, who have been painting away for several years in a sanctuary just outside Montreal, where they live with 10 fellow chimps.”


Nude Descending a Staircase Painting

Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2 by famous French artist Marcel Duchamp. Painted in 1912.
In French: Nu descendant un escalier no. 2
147 x 89 cm or 57 x 35 inches
Oil on canvas
Located at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, United States of America.Continue Reading

Vatican wants £2m to restore Michelangelo’s last frescos

“The Vatican is hoping to raise £2m to fund the restoration of Michelangelo’s last two frescos, which are hidden from the public in a chapel where the Pope prays and reads mass to private audiences.

The frescos – the Crucifixion of St Peter and the Conversion of St Paul – are faded after being exposed to dust and soot over centuries of candlelit prayer in the Pauline chapel, close to the better-known Sistine chapel.”


How the Laughing Cavalier keeps an eye on everybody

“From second-rate horror films to episodes of Scooby-Doo, ominous paintings whose staring eyes follow a character around the room, no matter where they go, have been used to spooky effect. But now a team of scientists believe they have solved the mystery of how they do it.

A group working on how our brains interpret images found that as long as a character in a painting is looking straight ahead, our brains will perceive they are staring at us, no matter the angle from which we view the painting. A striking example is The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals, the 17th century Dutch painter. ”


Poppies Blooming Painting

Poppies Blooming by famous French artist Claude Monet. Painted in 1873.
In French: Les Coquelicots.
50 x 65 cm or 19 x 25 inches
Oil on canvas
Located at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.Continue Reading

Campbell’s Soup Cans Painting

Campbell’s Soup Cans by famous American artist Andy Warhol. Painted in 1962.
Also called 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans.
32 canvases at 51 x 41 cm or 20 x 16 inches
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, screenprints
Located at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, NY, United States of America.Continue Reading