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Friday, August 31, 2007
  Post It Notes and Marketing Art
post it note artNeatorama mentioned a story over at CNN about 19 year old David Alvarez. He has created a portrait of Ray Charles with more than 2000 colored Post-it notes.

"He spent three months constructing the mosaic, sometimes sacrificing schoolwork for his art. At least one of his papers for his summer English courses suffered, but he persevered so that he could participate in an art show." CNN Report

I think there's something to be learned from stories like this. Especially for artists that are working away in the studio, feeling unloved by the media, and looking for a couple minutes of fame. The media are hungry for gimmicky, throw away ideas that capture the attention of readers for a moment.

All you have to do is create some bold work in an unusual medium, (preferably something that will make people giggle or shock them) get some great photos of the work, learn how to prepare a press release that captures the attention of journalists, and send it to all the right people.

Artists like Mr Hirst have made a career out of using this process, but if you're just looking for a few moments in the spotlight, you only have to do it a couple times. Just make sure that you have your own website up first, so that you can try and capture a few of the curious onlookers from your moment in the sun.

I seem to be a sucker for posting stories about artists using unusual mediums. There's artists using toothpicks, chocolate, diamonds and skulls, dirty car windows, Lego, blood, NY rubbish, and trees doing the drawing.
>> Strange Art News, Marketing Art
 
Thursday, August 30, 2007
  Damien Hirst Diamond Skull Sells
diamond skullDamien Hirst's diamond skull (For the Love of God)has reportedly been sold for $100 million. The buyers were an unnamed investment group, which doesn't surprise me at all.

The BBC says that the investment group "planned to re-sell the artwork at a later date. Hirst also retains part-ownership."

Call me a skeptic, but I'm always suspicious of private sales that break records by large amounts. Both the artist and the buyer have an interest in publishing the highest price possible. If the seller is as business savvy as Damien Hirst and the buyer is an investment group, it just increases my suspicions.

Bloomberg reports that "The sale is expected to close in three to four weeks, when all the paperwork is finished, Dunphy said. The group of buyers would be required to show the skull for two or three years in museums around the world, he said."
>> Damien Hirst News, Art Collecting
 
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
  Three Years Old Today
BgArt News Blog is three years old today! If internet years are anything like dog years, ANB must be 21 years old (3x7).

Here's some posts of interest from the past few years..

Time seems to be speeding up as each year passes.. I wish it would slow down!
>> Art Blog News

 
Thursday, August 23, 2007
  Art Scam Avoided
I know that most artists that have been online for a while know how to spot an Email art scam, but there's also a lot of trusting artists out there that are still getting scammed.

"Anonymous" just posted a comment on this Art Scammers post which made me smile.. and feel useful! .. here it is..


My husband was contacted last week by Lisa Benson and we were ready to do business. She was busy with her twin sister's wedding and her husband had already sent the checks via Royal Mail from London.

We got the six $750 money orders, way over the asking price, and she asked him to give the excess money to the shipping company. Her last email was so insistint that we cash the money orders:

"Thank you for your mail about the payment you received kindly go and cash the payment, I will also get in touch with the shipping agency as well to get in touch with you for the pickup .
Kindly get back to me today when you have the payment cashed.
I cant wait to have my artwork here.
Thank you so much"


I am so glad I searched google for "art scams" because we were sooo close to becoming victims!
>> Art Scams
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
  William Dobell Drawing Prize 2007
dobell prize for drawing winner 2007
In Sydney at the Art Gallery of NSW, the winner of the Dobell Prize for drawing has been announced. Ana Pollak's "Mullet Creek" has taken first place, giving the artist $20,000.

I don't think drawing gets the credit it really deserves, so I love awards like the Dobell prize for drawing.

Artist and judge of the Dobell prize for 2007 said "This is an articulate and generous drawing that clearly refers to a river landscape. Also, the work says something about the general language of drawing through the quality of line - the juxtaposition of both relaxed and tense lines."
>> Art Competitions
 
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
  Kate Moss Sculpture
famous model kate mossThe UK model Kate Moss will soon be a 3 meter high bronze sculpture in a contorted yoga pose. Marc Quinn will enlarge his previous version of Kate Moss, which was done last year, and will show it at the "Beyond Limits" sale at Chatsworth House in September.

Kate Moss must be starting to feel like she is a life drawing model, rather than the internationally famous fashion model that she really is. Notable artists that have turned Moss into art include Lucian Freud, Banksy, Marc Quinn, Alex Katz, and Julian Opie.

Marc Quinn says "There must be something about her that has clicked with the collective unconscious to make her so ubiquitous, so spirit-of-the-age." Vogue

I also used a Kate Moss photo to test a morphing website here.
>> Sculpture, Famous Artists, Celebrities
 
Monday, August 20, 2007
  Artist Steven Campbell Dies
famous scottish artist steven campbellLast week the Scottish artist Steven Campbell died at just 54 years of age. After suffering from a ruptured appendix he developed septicaemia. The artist was in intensive care for about a month before passing away on the 15th of August, 2007.

Campbell's wife told the Scotsman "He was like a 19th-century artist, like all the greats he loved. He believed, like them, that if you truly dedicate your life to art, and give it every ounce of your being, you will make a difference." There's more of a tribute published here.

Note: I couldn't find Steven Campbell's exact date of birth, but he was born in 1953. So, the BBC reports his age as 53 and the Scotsman newspaper reports his age as 54. Regardless, it's still a very young age.

Campbell was referred to as one of the New Glasgow Boys, along with other famous painters like Ken Currie and Peter Howson.

There's a portfolio of Steven Campbell paintings online at the Marlborough gallery in London here.
>> Artist Obituaries
 
Saturday, August 18, 2007
  Cold Bare Bums for Global Warming
photographer spencer tunick in switzerlandNearly 600 naked people braved the cold on the Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland for the New York photographer Spencer Tunick recently. 600 people may not sound like much when compared to the amount of people that got naked for Tunick in Mexico, but the weather was probably a little more bearable in Mexico too!

Spencer Tunick and Greenpeace teamed up to make a point about the vulnerability of the environment and people.

Greenpeace says "Without clothes, the human body is vulnerable, exposed, its life or death at the whim of the elements. Global warming is stripping away our glaciers and leaving our entire planet vulnerable to extreme weather, floods, sea-level rise, global decreases in carrying capacity and agricultural production, fresh water shortages, disease and mass human dislocations." Greenpeace

Greenpeace has more information on the day, along with a short video here. There's more info on Climate Change here.
>> Spencer Tunick News
 
Thursday, August 16, 2007
  Scam Artists
Vu en ville has shared an example of an email from a scam artist trying to scam artists in the comments of the art scammers post here.

The emails were from a "Lisa Benson" using this email

Here's the first scam email:

Hope this message finds you well
I came across your web page while searching for good artworks and I will like to buy some of these creative artworks directly from you which i think will be great for my walls
Alreay-made - Pantin, In between spaces.
Leisure disaffection

I will be happy to have these selected artworks in our new home. What are their prices exclusive of shipping cost? We are travelling from our Alabama home to our new apartment in London, I will appreciate an earlier reply. Thanks.
Best Regards

The second message was as follows:

Thanks so much for your response to my query about those creatives works. .
I am presently away in London for my twin sister's wedding even though it comes at a time when i was preparing for a big move and also expecting a baby but it means so much to her. I should back in some few days.

Yes, i will like to proceed with the purchase of the all the present avalible artworks .
I think they are lovely works that will add alot of colours to our new wall.

Meanwhile, i will like you to forward your mailing address and phone number so i can inform my husband to send you payment by a cashier check asap for the payment for those creative artworks.

And also I can also forward your contact info to the local cartage company that will be moving all our house decors so they can get in touch with you to arrange shipping details. They can arrange pick up FedEx pick up of the artworks from your gallery.

I will look forward to hearing from you so i can know how best to proceed. Cheers.

Best Re gards


>> Art Scam News, Avoiding Artist Scams
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
  The Art of Invention : Atomic Art!
worlds smallest art ibmThere's an exhibition at the United States Patent and Trademark Office Museum (USPTO) which may require you to take your glasses along with you. "Art of Invention - Invention of Art" opened on the 15th at the Museum in Virginia.

On display will be two of the smallest works of art in the world; "The Quantum Corral" and "The Search For Quantum Chaos." The atomic-sized images come out of the labs at IBM, using their low temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM). There's an online gallery of more works and information on the process of how they are made (which I didn't understand) at the IBM website here.

Made in IBM Labs: The World's Tiniest Art on Display
"While experimenting with materials that might make up future computer chips and storage components, IBM scientists built beautiful structures out of individual atoms using a specialized microscope whose invention won two IBMers a Nobel Prize in 1986." CNN Money

There's also an interview with Don Eigler over at the American Scientist website, where he explains the process of making an image "We used a scanning tunneling microscope, in which a metal needle under computer control is made to move along the contours of the surface being imaged. The height of the needle at each location on a square grid of points is recorded as a number in the computer. This sequence of numbers representing the height of the surface at each point on the grid is then rendered by the computer to look like a three-dimensional solid."
>> Art Exhibitions, Willard Wigan Sculpture Post
 
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
  Artful Blogging Magazine
artful blogging magazineStampington has released a new quarterly magazine called "Artful Blogging". It's a magazine that focuses solely on artists publishing creative blogs and online journals.

Their first issue looks at the work and blogs of more than 35 artists. Here's a few artists that I liked (with links to their blogs)..

Kellene Giloff of Stampington says "Most magazines today are moving to the internet, not the other way around. We're excited to cut a new path by taking these online art adventures out of cyber space and putting them into beautiful, full color print, giving blogging fans, artists and crafters something permanent to hold in their hands."

They're also accepting submissions from artists to be featured in upcoming issues of the Artful Blogging magazine. Their two requirements are that your blog has been online for more than 6 months and that you have high resolution images of your work available. There's more details towards the back of the magazine.
>> Blogging News

 
Sunday, August 12, 2007
  Samuel Johnson Portrait Attacked with Hammer
samuel johnson portrait by joshua reynoldsArtDaily has reported that a portrait by Joshua Reynolds of Samuel Johnson has been attack by a homeless man wielding a hammer at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The 44 year old Mark Paton admitted to repeatedly hitting the painting with a hammer, which has been estimated to be worth about 1.7 million pounds. It's unsure why he did it though as he didn't have anything against the painter or the sitter of the portrait.

"The glass was broken and part of the canvas beneath damaged. We will not know until next week the cost of the repair. Because of the fame of the sitter and the artist it is one of the most important parts of the collection. It is a criminal investigation so we cannot speculate on the motive" Art Daily

Samuel Johnson is probably one of the most quoted people around, so here's some quotes by the man..

I love the following quote about critics.. or insects as he refers to them..

"A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still." Samuel Johnson

"A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself." Samuel Johnson

"Wine makes a man more pleased with himself. I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others." Samuel Johnson

"Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment." Samuel Johnson

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." Samuel Johnson

"No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money." Samuel Johnson

"It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time." Samuel Johnson

There's more quotes and a biography of Samuel Johnson here.
>> General Arts
 
Thursday, August 09, 2007
  Haiku for You
haiku poemsDanny de Zayas and his fiancee have started a collaborative internet art project called Haiku for You.

Danny says "Visitors to the site submit stories or topics which are then turned into miniature works of art in the form of visual haiku. The finished pieces are a mixture of illustration, painting, photography, and digital art, and the juxtaposition of approaches and content makes for an engaging potpourri of styles and sensibilities. I'm personally fascinated by the creative potential and interactivity of the internet and am really excited to be producing this in conjunction with our users."

For example, the haiku pictured above was inspired by a guy that had to apologize to the neighbors below his apartment for leaving his shower on and flooding them.
>> Art Blogs
 
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
  Art Scam Emails
I haven't been getting any of them art scam Emails lately, but I still get Emails and comments from people that have been getting them, so they're still at it.

Thankfully they leave enough clues to make it pretty easy to pick them.

They will even take the time to list the name of each painting they want to buy (they usually choose about 3). To see some examples, see the previous posts and comments about art scams, more art scams, George Craige Art Scam, and Dr Dave Frank the Art Scammer.

art scammersArtScams.com has a check list of things to do to keep safe online, along with links to more resources online. Here's a few of the things they suggest..

Read the rest of their tips over at ArtScams.com.
>> Art Scams News

 
Sunday, August 05, 2007
  New Van Gogh and Not a Van Gogh
vincent van gogh fake?I mentioned this Vincent van Gogh painting last year when experts were unsure about the authenticity of the work. It turns out that it isn't a Van Gogh painting, nor is it a forgery.

"Gerard Vaughan, insisted after tests by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam concluded the oil-on-canvas work was not painted by the Dutch master, as believed. But Dr Vaughan made the point that it was not a forgery. "There is no evidence to suggest that someone produced this picture at a later date to pass it off as a work by Van Gogh." Sydney Morning Herald

The National Gallery of Victoria in Australia says that it's still a "fine and interesting" painting and it will still be hung in the gallery.

But while one Vincent van Gogh disappears, another appears! vincent van gogh fake?

An 1889 drawing by the Dutch master of Wild Vegetation (pictured to the right) was suspected of being a copy of one of his paintings. It has now been discovered under "The Ravine" painting which is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

I couldn't find a picture of the x-rayed painting online, but the drawing will be on show at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam from the 13th of July through to October 7.

The Washington Post writes more about the work.. "Meta Chavannes, a conservator at the Boston museum, said she revealed "Wild Vegetation" by "pure chance" while compiling information for some visiting scholars. Chavannes said she became a "little bit obsessed" with the painting, and took the X-ray with her when she went home to Holland on vacation. There, she showed it to Louis van Tilborgh, a Van Gogh Museum curator."
>> Vincent van Gogh, Australia
 
Thursday, August 02, 2007
  Anselm Kiefer Work to be Removed
famous german artistIn Connecticut, a collector of the German artist Anselm Kiefer has been ordered to remove an outdoor sculpture by the artist.

The 2002 work called "Narrow Are the Vessels" is 80 foot long, 6 tonnes in weight, and consists of 17 pieces of concrete.

Collector forced to remove Kiefer sculpture from his property
"In June, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the work could legally be classed as a “structure” requiring approval from the HDC (Historic District Commission) because it was “affixed to the land” by its own multi-tonne weight and gravity." Art Newspaper

The Art Newspaper says that the collector Andrew J. Hall will not fight the case in court, where only lawyers win, but will loan the work to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Hall also said "Having read the court’s ruling, we note it is their opinion that the HDC very likely does not have jurisdiction over sculpture that can be moved ‘relatively easily’. We plan to replace the Kiefer work with sculptures that can be moved relatively easily."

I absolutely LOVE the paintings of Anselm Kiefer, but some of his sculptures or installations leave me scratching my head.
>> Famous Artists, Sculpture, Art Controversy
 
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