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Sunday, September 25, 2005, 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."
Friday, September 23, 2005
  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 Picasso

This is an often quoted one from the Spaniard, and so true. A child always thinks their art is great..
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Pablo Picasso

I like this one too.. about the artist stepping up a level.. creating rather than just imitating nature.
"There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun." Pablo Picasso
Monday, September 19, 2005
  Spencer Tunick in France
spencer tunickNew 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.
France bares all for sake of art
"Tunick told the crowd he saw the port as representing the mystery of commerce, the AFP news agency reports.
The point where the rivers Saone and Rhone joined was a meeting point that he liked to think of "as like the legs of a woman", he said.
He also recently did a project in Belgium. See some more of Spencer Tunick's nudes over his website here.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
  Naked Disabled Woman Sculpture
disabled artist Alison LapperA 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.
London unveils disabled woman's statue
"It is so rare to see disability in everyday life," said Lapper, "let alone naked, pregnant and proud."
"For me, Alison Lapper Pregnant is a monument to the future possibilities of the human race as well as the resilience of the human spirit," said Quinn. CNN
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
  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.
Friday, September 09, 2005
  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!!

Here's the mail, sent from "Precious" using this email address

I came across your work while searching for good artworks and I will
like to buy some creative artworks out of your stock.
Busy Life
91 x 101 cm
Oil on linen
(Artist collection)

Shimmer Cliffs
115 x 130 cm
Oil on linen
(Artist Collection)

Snowny Mountain View
91 x 101 cm
Oil on linen
(Artist collection)

I will be happy to have these selected artworks hanged in our new
home. What are the prices? We are traveling from our USA home to our
new apartment in Belgium ASAP.

On Payment,I will like to pay you in US travelers checks
that can be easily cashed at your
bank,Please let me know on how to pay for the artworks.

I will be looking forward to your response on how to proceed.

Take Care,

(it then had my email address at the bottom; dion at

There's a list of scammers posted over at ArtQuest here.
Check out Edwin's paintings too.. they're quite good.
Monday, September 05, 2005
  National Gallery of Australia Kandinsky Painting
kandinsky Sketch for Deluge IIIf 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.
Gallery turns down offer to buy $35m Kandinsky
"Mr Mitchell says if a benefactor could be found to fund the purchase the gallery would reconsider its decision.
"We have to build something that is wonderful and uplifting, which the purchases of the gallery has always done," he said.
"We always have to look as high as we possibly can and if one of them is to find someone with a lot of money, which would help us all with that, I'd be the last one to say no to that." ABC News
Friday, September 02, 2005
  "Modern Art Movement" exhibition in Iran
pablo picasso paintingA 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.
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
"The inheritors of the world’s ancient civilization, such as that of the Iranian plateau, have sometimes complained, with good reason, about the way the treasures bequeathed by these have been plundered to fill the great museums of the West. These works of art have, however, not simply been trophies, they have had a vivifying effect on the cultures to which they have been transported. The collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is perhaps the first which attempts to reverse this process. It makes available to a non-western public the great achievements of European and North American art, created during the recent historical period when western influence was, for both good and ill, paramount throughout the world. The works are not offered for purposes of imitation, but for their own sake, as major achievements of the human spirit, attempting to speak a universal language. The Museum acts as custodian of these works, not simply for the Iranian people, but for the whole of mankind." Edward Lucie-Smith
There's also a review and some photos of the exhibition over at the Iranian art blog KolahStudio.
  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.
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