, Going, going, staying..

“Economic fatigue” is troubling the great daily art news site ArtDaily again. Art Daily nearly shut up shop twice before due to finances, or lack of them, and thankfully they’re going to keep going again.
Art Daily’s founder Ignacio Villarreal is handing the “Art Daily” reigns over to his son Ignacio Jr. (and senior writer for the past 5 years at ArtDaily).
“I think that if our readers keep supporting us with their visits, the museums with their very valuable information, and future advertisers, the party, because editing ArtDaily is a true party, must continue.” Ignacio Villarreal
I think its hard for many artists or those involved in the arts to take money for something they’re passionate about, but while ever we need money for food and rent, we should happily commercialize our passions. If it means a painter learning about business and marketing to survive, or an art newspaper having to look more like the New York Times to survive, than so be it.
I love this quote by the art dealer Mary Boone.. “I had reservations about making art a business, but I got over it.”

Artist Quotes

After browsing around the internet looking for art news and coming up with nothing much, I decided to just add some favorite art quotes. One can never have too many inspirational artist quotes!

Picasso seemed very aware of the pitfalls of success, and seemed to reinvent himself whenever he started to become too predictable..
“Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.” Pablo PicassoContinue Reading

Spencer Tunick in France

New York photography Spencer Tunick had the French naked with their legs in the air last week. Fifteen hundred French got their threads off in the French town of Lyon to participate in Spencer Tunick’s latest nude fest. Participants were arranged by the artist working from a crane on the waterside port in Lyon, surrounded with multi-colored shipping containers.Continue Reading

Naked Disabled Woman Sculpture

A 12 foot/3.6 meter tall marble sculpture of a disabled pregnant woman is challenging people’s ideas of beauty and what public art is in Britain. The sculpture will be on display in the popular Trafalgar Square for the next 18 months.
British artist Marc Quinn depicts fellow artist Alison Lapper, who was born with no arms, stunted legs, and was 8 months pregnant at the time of posing for Quinn.Continue Reading

Australian Art Forum

artists forumFellow Australian artist and painter Lauren Perkins has started a new forum for artists over at Australian Art Forum. There’s a focus on the Australian art world, but there’s just as much international art chat happening. It’s only pretty new at the moment, but growing each day.

Art Scammers

I noticed that art scammers are even taking the time to give titles to the paintings that they want to steal from you. I received an email from “Precious”, traveling from his/her home in the USA to their new Belgium apartment, and they want to purchase artworks.
It was almost believable until an artist friend Edwin sent me the same email, wanting to buy paintings from him, but it had my email address at the bottom of their lies!!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

"Modern Art Movement" exhibition in Iran

A very impressive collection of modern paintings have gone exhibition at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in Iran. “Modern Art Movement” has major works from many of the most important artists of the 20th century. Works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and many others are on display. The museum has a good selection of the works online to view here.
The collection has mostly been in storage for the past 25 years because of the government’s opposition to influences from the West.Continue Reading

Damien Hirst buys Gothic Manor

The contemporary British artist Damien Hirst will soon become lord of his own Gothic manor after purchasing a 3 million pound Gloucestershire residence. The 300 room Gothic mansion is reportedly in very bad condition, which could cost as much as another 10 million to bring it back to its former glory. Hirst will turn the building into a centerpiece for his contemporary art.
He may need to first build a couple pharmacies to cover the costs. :-)
Hirst snaps up rotting Gothic manor
“Adam Stanford, a historian and archaeologist who has written about the house, said: “It’s an eerie sort of place which I could imagine would chime with Hirst’s imagination.
“It’s the sort of building which needs someone with vision to restore it. The fear was that it would be turned into some sort of corporate venue” Guardian

Blogger being Sued

seo bookThe risks of having a blog can be seen over at, where the blogger Aaron Wall is being sued for comments left on his seobook blog. The company suing him has a very bad reputation and is trying to improve its reputation by suing people that are critical of them. I could think of better ways to improve a reputation than suing people.. like giving good service.. or doing the right thing.. and letting people know you’re doing the right thing.
Anyway, Aaron is fighting them and is accepting help from anyone interested in the cause. There’s more info here too.