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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
  10 Things I Hate About Having an Art Blog
Sorry to have a public whinge, but I don't have a therapist, so this is the next best thing ;-)

Most of the time I enjoy looking after BgArt News Blog, but sometimes it really gets to me and I struggle to log into Blogger! So, here's ten things that I hate about having an art blog (there's easily 100 things that I love about having a blog, but I feel like having a whinge today!)..

  1. Web Hosts - Easily the most annoying thing about having any website, not just a blog. Every time I find the perfect web hosting company I start recommending it to any one that asks. Then the web host company is bought by a larger a company and becomes USELESS! On the weekend my account was suspended by my current web host because of "the amount of CPU and/or memory resources used" which is a ridiculous excuse to try and make me upgrade to a more expensive plan. I won't go into it further, but I'm looking for a new host.
  2. Comment Spam - Anything that looks the slightest bit spammy is deleted. It's a daily job and I doubt that I miss any, so they waste my time and theirs.
  3. Stupid Kids and Retards - Related to comment spam; some comments are just rude and/or stupid. Any one can express any opinion they want, as long as they're reasonably civil.
  4. Religious Nutters and Feminists - Some of the most offensive and rudest emails I have received have been from religious fanatics and feminist extremists. I used to take them personally, but I now understand that extremists of any kind are severely retarded, so all I can do is have sympathy for them.
  5. Hungry Beast - If you stop posting news, people stop coming. A blog is a hungry beast that is never satisfied.
  6. My Bad English - I'm often reminded that I should have paid more attention during English classes at school. Grammar isn't my strongest trait.
  7. Value a Masterpiece for me - I used to reply politely to requests from people wanting me to value a print/poster/painting/drawing that their long lost relative left them, explaining that I don't value artworks, but now I just delete them. I can't remember telling anyone that I'm an art valuer.
  8. Sell a Masterpiece for me - Another bizarre request that I regularly get is to sell artworks. I have had requests to sell everything from a brick wall with a Banksy on it, emerging artists offering a percentage of anything I can sell, to Andy Warhol works. What if I did sell it and it's fake?
  9. Rip Off Artists - Having a list of Rip Off Artists can make you a target for idiots.
  10. Sex is More Popular than Art - Why can't art be as popular as sex? Art is an obscure niche compared to the popularity of sex. If I mention vaginas or sex there is always an increase in visitors for that day.
 
Thursday, September 25, 2008
  Damien Hirst Shop - Other Criteria
Damien Hirst Pharmaceutical PrintI wasn't going to mention Damien Hirst again for at least a few months after the Hirst/Sotheby's auction and the hype that surrounded it, but I thought this news was interesting.

Damien Hirst's merchandising company Other Criteria is opening up shop next to Sotheby's in London. The Hirst shop will be open for business on the 6th of October at 36 New Bond Street, London.

According to Bloomberg there will be products from the Other Criteria website for sale, including things like a limited edition charm bracelet with 23 pills attached for 25,000 pounds, Hirst postcards, a series of gold sculptures, prints, posters, and other Hirst inspired merchandise.

I have joked that Damien Hirst should list himself on the stock exchange, but it's now a serious recommendation! I would be investing my money in the greatest business artist alive today. It's a safer bet than the financial institutions around the world that are currently falling down around our feet.
>> Damien Hirst News
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
  Why do we Create Art?
About once every 12 months I wake up and there's a giant WHY? in front of me. It follows me around until I give it enough answers. Sometimes it's hard to make WHY? go away, while other times I just laugh and the intimidating three letters and a question mark runs for it's life!

I give it vague answers like "life isn't just about bread and water" and "art is what makes us human" but WHY? can be stubborn.

Does WHY? ever visit you and how do you make him go away?
>> Being an Artist
 
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
  Giorgio Morandi at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Giorgio Morandi is currently showing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. If I was stranded on a deserted island and was allowed to take any 10 paintings with me, a Morandi still life would definitely be one of them.

Here's the exhibition blurb from the museum..
"This is a comprehensive survey—the first in this country—of the career of Giorgio Morandi, one of the greatest 20th-century masters of still-life and landscape painting in the tradition of Chardin and Cézanne. The exhibition presents approximately 110 paintings, watercolors, drawings, and etchings from his early “metaphysical” works to his late evanescent still lifes, culled mainly from Italian collections, including those formed with Morandi’s help by his friends and by renowned scholars of his art. Accompanied by a catalogue." Met Exhibition


giorgio morandi still life painting

Giorgio Morandi (Italian, 1890–1964)
Still Life (Natura morta), 1951
Oil on canvas; 14 1/8 x 15 3/4 in. (36 x 40 cm)
Museo Morandi, Bologna
© 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE Rome


giorgio morandi still life painting

Giorgio Morandi (Italian, 1890–1964)
Still Life (Natura morta), 1953
Oil on canvas; 8 x 15 7/8 in. (20.32 x 40.32 cm)
Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection.
© 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE Rome


giorgio morandi still life painting

Giorgio Morandi (Italian, 1890–1964)
Still Life (Natura morta), 1954
Oil on canvas; 10 1/4 x 27 1/2 in. (26 x 70 cm)
Mart, Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto,
Collection of Augusto and Francesca Giovanardi
Archivio fotografico Mart
© 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE Rome


giorgio morandi still life painting

Giorgio Morandi (Italian, 1890–1964)
Still Life (Natura morta), 1956
Oil on canvas; 9 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. (25.2 x 35.2 cm)
Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, B.A. 1929
© 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE Rome

>> Museum Exhibitions, Famous Artists
 
Monday, September 22, 2008
  Art Scholarship Competition for Students
MyArtSpace is looking for entries for their art student scholarship competition. There's $16,000 up for grabs and it's open to art students worldwide.

student art scholarship competition

First Prize:
$5000 for undergraduate student
$5000 for graduate student

Second Prize:
$2000 for undegraduate student
$2000 for graduate student

Third Prize:
$1000 for undergraduate student
$1000 for graduate student

MyArtSpace.com has created a scholarship program for students of artistic merit wishing to continue their education in an approved MFA, BFA or higher level degree program for the arts. The scholarship is intended for students who exhibits exceptional artistic excellence in all mediums of the visual arts including photography and video, both contemporary and traditional in nature. The scholarship arises from the commitment to supporting artists who are committed to their skill and development as an artist. For two years myartspace has been availing opportunity in the arts on the web and in global events. Myartspace is providing a 3 scholarship prizes for undergraduate students and separately 3 scholarship prizes for graduate students.

The deadline for registration and online submission of work is November 21, 2008. You must upload your JPEGS/videos into a myartspace online gallery. Up to 20 images can be submitted for consideration.

Art scholarship winners will be announced on December 19, 2008.

Find out more about the art scholarship competition on the MyArtSpace page here.

>> Art Competitions
 
Friday, September 19, 2008
  Being an Artist - Hazel Dooney
Australian artist hazel dooneyOne of the best ways to learn how to be an artist is to talk with other artists.. people that are in the trenches and know how to survive. It's fine to listen to a university lecturer talk about being an artist, but they're at best an artist/teacher hybrid, which is also fine if you enjoy teaching. But if you want to paint during the day and relax at night (rather than teach during the day, paint at night and have no life), you should learn from those that are doing just that.

I read artist biographies, artist interviews, collect artist quotes, and pick the brains of any successful artist that comes within talking distance of me. Artists are generally an open bunch of people that aren't good at keeping trade secrets, so you just have to ask if you want to know something.

The Australian artist Hazel Dooney has been making quite a name for herself nationally and now regularly has works appearing for sale at major auction houses around the country. She also has one of the most interesting artist blogs online and is very open with her experiences as a working artist.

Hazel has kindly allowed me to share some excerpts from her diary. It's a small insight into some of the challenges that an artist faces when he or she becomes a full time working artist..

A Year Of Thinking Dangerously
Excerpts from a Journal - Hazel Dooney

11th February
I was getting impatient for the base coats to dry on a large enamel piece, so I started work on a new series of watercolours on paper. I am really bad at doing nothing.
Putting down the first marks of a new work is always hell. I suffer a flood of anxiety and self-doubt, and the initial effort is always terrible. I try too hard. My lines are tight. I am hesitant about how and where to use the paint. I waste a lot of time pacing around instead of working. I have to force myself to finish the damn thing. Then I lie it face down and try to forget about it.
When I'm not happy with my art, everything in my life is fucked. When it's going well, everything is perfect. It’s irrational and unpredictable, and it's downright unpleasant for everyone around me.

4th April
I spent at least half this day sick or sleeping off the effects of using enamel paint. My tolerance to it has declined in the year or so since I last used it. Tomorrow morning I'm going to my favourite industrial paint store to buy a protective suit and some fresh chemical filters for my mask. I'd take a photo of myself in all that gear here but it’d feels too ridiculous. Then again, the ramifications of not taking it seriously are anything but ridiculous.
I've been reading about the German-born American sculptor, Eva Hesse. She worked with lethal material and was diagnosed with a brain tumour, probably caused by the carcinogenic fumes wafting around her studio. She died in 1970, aged34. I love her work: she made impermanent, unbeautiful media incredibly tender.
I think I understand – maybe too well – why she didn't change materials even when she understood their toxicity, even when she knew, in the end, they were killing her.

15th June
At the opening of my solo show, I overheard two young women, both artists, discussing my work. One of them was visibly upset by the graphic sexuality of some of the images, and the undercurrent of violence. She wondered aloud about my mental and emotional stability. “Well, I guess we all feel that way from time to time,” her friend replied. “We just don’t feel the need to paint it like she does!” Which got me wondering, if an artist wants to avoid the conflicts and contradictions of their interior life, what’s the point of making art at all?
The conceptualist American artist, Jeff Koons insists that art has been too subjective in the past, too concerned with the messy, emotive sprawl of self-expression, as opposed to what he calls objective art, art so sanitised of the germy interior life of the artist that his or her only role in its creation is an idea. The actual making of the finished work, the elements of craftsmanship, are, for him, best left up to others, preferably others who have no real interest or engagement with the artist other than interpreting his instructions with as much technical precision as possible
I am so not into this approach. The work I’m drawn to most often – in art, photography, music, literature or film – is intensely personal and inextricable from the artist’s every day life: if anything, the more diaristic it is, especially when it comes to words and images, the better.

1st September
Lately I've received a lot of emails from strangers. They begin by telling me they are "fellow artists", then, on that tenuous basis, they ask me to help them market and sell their work. I've been trying to figure out why I've found these requests so offensive, especially as I am not exactly a shrinking violet when it comes to self-promotion.
Then it clicked. There's nothing in their emails that is actually about art, theirs or mine, and they imply that my focus is more on marketing and sales than creativity and plain old hard work.
Well, f##k 'em. I make art not only because of a passionate desire to communicate but also a jittery compulsion to make real what resides only in my imagination. And when I have a body of work that is ready to be viewed, finding an audience for it is sure as hell very different to launching a healthier breakfast cereal or a gentler washing-up liquid. There is no demographic research you can (or should) do to identify a consumer niche. Whatever some people think (including an increasing number of critics and curators) it is not about brand development and key selling propositions.

11th October
Yesterday, I accepted three commissions for large-scale paintings which, on top of several other private commissions and exhibition commitments, have closed out my schedule for the rest of the year. I will now have to tell clients and galleries that I'm unable to look at any new projects before 2009 – and maybe later, if I decide to spend Christmas, next year, in Brazil, where I want to join a samba school and dance in one of the Carnival parades.
I am still a little gob-smacked by how quickly all this has happened. Eighteen months ago, I was working part-time in a clothing shop to make ends meet. I was living with my father and trying to recover from a debilitating mental breakdown. I hadn't touched a paint brush in almost six months and at least a couple of artists and gallerists I knew were already talking about my career in the past sense. Hell, I was, too. There was nothing in my life then that suggested any reason for optimism.
What got me off my self-pitying ass was the opportunity to paint... a skateboard. Thanks to the American artist, William Quigley, I was the only foreigner among 75 artists and celebrities – everyone from Julian Schnabel, William Wegman and Tony Alva, to Peter Beard, Robin Williams and 50 Cent – invited to submit a hand-painted skateboard to be auctioned for the benefit of the Boarding For Breast Cancer charity. The boards were exhibited in a show entitled Style Sessions at Milk Studios on Manhattan’s lower West side and mine attracted one of the highest bids.
A month after the auction, I quit my job. I decided to leave Melbourne, too. For better or worse, I was committed to the idea that I was an artist. As I packed up my few possessions, I couldn't help thinking of this passage from Goethe:
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one element of truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans – that moment one commits oneself, then providence moves all.
"All sorts of things occur ton help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have dreamed could have come his way.
"Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin in it now."


See Hazel Dooney's Self Vs Self blog for more of her writing and art. I have also previously mentioned her Porno exhibition and Free artist prints to download.

>> Being an Artist, Contemporary Artists, Australia
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
  Vaginas
The British sculptor Jamie McCartney has developed a technique to offer an "internal pussy casting service." He is said to be the only person in the world to offer such a service.

vagina casting

From the BizarreMag in the UK "The process is a secret, but involves the same material dentists use to cast teeth,” Jamie told Bizarre. “It’s a goo which sets into rubber in a few minutes. As for how I get it in and out of the vagina – well, you’ll have to use your imagination, but it isn’t rocket science! To get a good result it’s important the model is relaxed and feeling sexy, so she’ll need to spend time alone or with her partner, ‘preparing’."

I went to the artist's Brighton Bodycasting website to look at more of his work and found his "Design a Vagina" project. Below is a detail of a wall piece he is creating. The artist is also looking for volunteer vagina models if anyone is interested. He has cast 120 vaginas so far but needs another 40 to finish his study of the female bodypart.

vaginas sculpture

I have previously mentioned a penis exhibition and a guy that uses his penis as a paintbrush for those that are interested in different kinds of body parts.
>> Nude Art News, Weird Art News
 
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
  Business Artist Damien Hirst
The Damien Hirst circus is over and was a great success. The first night of the Hirst auction raised about 70 million pounds and the second day raised 40,919,700 GBP, which works out to be about $200 million USD in 2 days.

I don't care what we think of his art.. love it or hate it.. Damien Hirst is a genius! He makes Andy Warhol look like a hippy with no job or credit card.

Warhol said "Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art." If Andy was right, Damien Hirst is the greatest artist of all time as he is without doubt the best business artist alive.

Damien Hirst Auction at Sothebys
I usually only get 15 or 20 people each day looking for "Hirst" on BgArt News Blog, but on the 16th of September there were 515 people searching for the British artist. Quite a few searched for "Hurst" too. There was even a few people looking for Damien Hearst.
>> Sotheby's Art Auctions, Damien Hirst News
 
Monday, September 15, 2008
  Damien Hirst Auction
Damien Hirst may have a pile of unsold artworks sitting in a gallery and Robert Hughes may think his work is "tacky," but there's still plenty of rich collectors willing to bet their millions on the British artist. Financial crisis and all, Hirst still sets records.

The first night of the much talked about Damien Hirst auction (Beautiful Inside my Head Forever) made about £70 million, which is 8 million pounds above the high estimate by Sotheby's.

Traditional galleries of major artists worldwide must be feeling a little nervous after the Hirst auction success. Very few artists could pull off something as grand as Damien Hirst, but I don't think we have seen the last of artists dealing directly with auction houses.

Here's a few lots from the Hirst auction..

The Kingdom by Damien Hirst

The Kingdom (lot 5, Evening sale)
tiger shark, glass, steel, silicone and formaldehyde
solution with steel plinth
214 by 383.6 by 141.8cm.
executed in 2008
Sotheby's Estimate
£ 4,000,000 - 6,000,000
€ 5,060,000-7,590,000
US$ 7,900,000-11,850,000
Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 9,561,250 GBP

The Golden Calf by Damien Hirst

The Golden Calf (lot 13, Evening Sale)
calf, 18 carat gold, glass, goldplated steel, silicone and
formaldehyde solution with Carrara marble plinth
398.9 by 350.5 by 167.6cm
executed in 2008
Sotheby's Estimate
£ 8,000,000-12,000,000
€ 10,120,000-15,180,000
US$ 15,800,000-23,690,000
Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 10,345,250 GBP

Spot Painting by Damien Hirst

Aurothioglucose (lot 7, Evening Sale)
household gloss and enamel
paint on canvas
172.7 by 274.3cm.
executed in 2008
Sotheby's Estimate
£ 400,000-600,000
€ 510,000-760,000
US$ 790,000-1,190,000
Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 668,450 GBP

>> Sotheby's Art Auctions, Damien Hirst News
 
Sunday, September 14, 2008
  Jesus Christ in Art + Controversy
One of the easiest ways for an artist to get a little media love is to make fun of a religion. People usually take their religion a little too seriously, so it's a proven method to create some controversy and to get your brand out there. It's probably better to pick on religions like christianity, buddhism or maybe even judaism though as you may have to go in to protective custody if you go picking on islam (they really take their religion seriously).

I have been noticing Jesus Christ popping up quite a bit lately..

The German artist Martin Kippenberger upset Pope Benedict with his Jesus Christ frog sculpture hanging in the Museion museum of modern and contemporary art in Italy. The green frog is nailed to the cross with a beer in one hand and an egg in the other. The work is called "Zuerst die Fuesse" or "Feet First." The pope called the work blasphemous.

Martin Kippenberger's Jesus Christ Frog

There's also Jesus Christ with an erection by Chinese artist Terence Koh. After being shown at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Britain, the gallery is being taken to court by Emily Mapfuwa for "outraging public decency and causing harassment, alarm and distress to the public."

Terrence Koh's Jesus Christ Erection

Adam Cullen's Corpus Christi (Women Only Bleed) entry caused one of the judges of the annual Blake Prize for religious art in Australia to quit. The judge says he quit because the painting was so ugly though.

Adam Cullen's Jesus Christ Blake Prize Entry

I have previously mentioned the Chocolate Jesus Christ, the gay Jesus Christ play, and a naked Jesus Christ riding a Surfboard.
>> Art Controversy News
 
Monday, September 08, 2008
  Interested Your Artworks... Kindly remove my name from you List ASAP
One of the problems with trying to do something good is that the people trying to do something bad don't like you. Having an artist scammers list means that artists will appreciate it, while art scammers won't.

I have received emails and someone left a comment about a person called "Bikram Shrestha" sending them the usual scam letters, so I listed the person and their email on the list. The artist said that a "whole group of woman artists" received the same letter from this email

The comment that the artist left went like this..

Subject: Artworks Enquiry...
Hello,
I came across some of your masterpiece while surfing the internet at http://www.xxxxx.com website and I am interested in purchasing some of your artworks for our new apartment in Malaysia. I will like you to send me some pictures of your recent porfolio so I can select from your stock. Also let me know the price range of your artworks.

I will look forward to hearing from you soon.
Regards,
Bikram.

Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, so I slapped the duck label on it.. and I'm still confident that it is a duck.

BUT.. according to an email that I received from the duck today, he or she isn't a duck!! In the email, it also includes the email that "Bikram Shrestha" sent to the artist.. and the reply of the artist.

Here's the email that "Bikram Shrestha" sent to the artist..

From: Bikram Shrestha
Subject: Interested Your Artworks
Hello,

I am interested in the purchase of the following masterpieces for our new home in Malaysia.

"Your Earth Child #3" , "Your Earth Child #1" , and Falling Empires 1


I will like you to get back with your asking price for each artworks excluding the shipping expense because the artworks will be shipped with my other house items by the cartage company handling the shipment of our house items.
On Payment, I will be happy to pay you with a USA Certified Check which is as good as cash for payment.

I will look forward to hearing from you soon.

Regards,Bikram.


Ticks all the boxes of a scam email. So nothing there changes my mind.
In his email to me, Bikram also sent the reply of the artist, which made me laugh.

Here's the artist's reply..

oh I can't wait till I can fill your wonderful home with my "masterpieces." what a poor lucky artist I am.
http://buygazette.com/2008/05/list-of-artist-scammers-and-fraudsters.htm


So, that prompted the angry Bikram Shrestha to send me this threatening email..

Subject:
Fw: Re: Interested Your Artworks... Kindly remove my name from you List ASAP


To Whom It May Concern.

I made enquiry for paintings from this artist and this is what I get in return. I am a very reputable person and I am ready to take this up with you guys. This is very irrational and maybe you idiots should do your research before listing people's ID on your website. I am giving you 48 hours to remove my name and address from your scammers list. Failure to do so will result in me pressing charges against you for defamation of character at the court of law. I belief you have a better understanding of what that means. Consult your lawyer(s) fast for a legal advise because I will be getting free million of dollars from you guys in court.

Also, I require a letter of apology for your foolishness.

- Bikram Shrestha.



I would be very happy to take his name and email off the list if I hated artists, but I don't. I hate people trying to take advantage of others. I have seen at least three emails from Bikram Shrestha, including the one above from him, and they all fit the format of every other art scam email that I have ever received.

Apology? For calling a duck a duck?
Good luck with getting the "free millions of dollars" too as I am an artist!

So if posts slow down on BgArt News Blog, blame Bikram Shrestha as we'll be in court fighting over my "millions of dollars"..lol.
>> Art Scams
 
Thursday, September 04, 2008
  Prisoner Executed and Fed to Fish
I couldn't work out if I found this story funny, revolting, or just insane.. it's probably a little of all three.

Chilean born Danish shock artist Marco Evaristti has made a deal with death row inmate Gene Hathorn to be fed to fish after his death.

Evaristti told the Art Newspaper that "My aim is to first deep freeze Gene’s body and then make fish food out of it. Visitors to my exhibition will be able to feed goldfish with it."

The 47 year old Gene Hathorn is on death row in Livingston, Texas, USA after being convicted of killing his father, step-mother, and step-brother.
>> Controversy News
 
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
  Dakis Joannou's Jeff Koons Yacht
Dakis Joannou's jeff koons yacht
The Greek billionaire businessman and art collector Dakis Joannou has had the exterior of his 114 ft luxury yacht designed by Jeff Koons. The owner called his yacht "Guilty" after a Sarah Morris text painting according to the Monaco Eye website.

Joannou launched the yacht with get-together that included art world notables like Nicholas Serota, Jeffrey Deitch, Larry Gagosian, Marian Goodman, Maurizio Cattelan, and Ashley Bickerton.

Dakis Joannou's jeff koons yacht
The closeup of the luxury yacht looks more Roy Lichtenstein than Jeff Koons, but the artist said he was more influenced by WW1 camouflage patterns.

It's different. I'm not sure Jeff Koons would be my first choice if I had a giant yacht to paint. I might choose Jeff Koons to trim my hedges into giant puppy dogs or to hang hoovers and household items on the wall, but I wouldn't let him touch my yacht. I would probably call in a minimalist artist and tell him or her to paint it white.
>> Jeff Koons News
 
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
  Baby Tattooville Art Retreat
baby tattoovile art eventI have always thought of art fairs as money events rather than art events as it's all about selling and making commercial contacts. If I had to organize an art fair, I would first doubt the sanity of the person that put me in charge, but then I would try and put something together like Baby Tattooville.

It's an annual event where a small selection of artists and art collectors spend the weekend together. 50 tickets are sold which gives you access to the event, the artists, accommodation for the weekend, talks, demonstrations, and "surprise collectible gifts." There's also art for sale, but it doesn't seem to be the main reason to go to Baby Tattooville.

Some collectors may just want art to hang on the wall and have no desire to learn anything about the artist, but for those that want to get to know the artist behind the art, this is a good opportunity.

The 2008 artists include Ana Bagayan, Glenn Barr, Dave Cooper, Bob Dob, Joe Ledbetter, Brandi Milne, Daniel Peacock, Shag, Amy Sol and Michael Whelan.

Their blurb seems to explain it better than me.. "Baby Tattooville provides a unique opportunity for a small group of celebrated artists and serious collectors to spend time together in a relaxed yet creatively stimulating environment. Without the time constraints of a typical personal appearance, or the crowd control issues of a standing-room-only event, artists and collectors will have a weekend-long opportunity to discuss and explore their mutual interests. Original work will be created and celebrated around-the-clock. No one will leave empty handed. Only 50 event packages are being offered."

Tickets are $2000 which also includes the hotel room and a goodies package. The Baby Tattooville art retreat is held on the weekend of October 3-5, 2008 at Mission Inn and Spa, Riverside, CA, USA. There's currently 16 tickets still available. Find out more on their website here.
 
Monday, September 01, 2008
  Marc Quinn's Solid Gold Kate Moss Sculpture
Mark Quinn's gold Kate Moss SculptureI know this is old news, but I have been away from the desk for a bit. The British sculptor Marc Quinn has continued to use the muse of all British artists at the moment; Kate Moss. Miss Moss is now a life-sized solid gold sculpture titled Siren.

Marc Quinn has previously placed Kate Moss in an interesting bronze yoga pose. The teaser photo of the solid gold sculpture that every media outlet seems to have gives little away, so it could be a giant head for all I know.

In a BBC report Mark Quinn said "I thought the next thing to do would be to make a sculpture of the person who's the ideal beauty of the moment. But even Kate Moss doesn't live up to the image"

Marc Quinn is the artist that used his own blood to cast a frozen portrait of himself, which is quite eerie. His marble sculpture of a disabled pregnant woman (Alison Lapper)was also a little different.

Lucian Freud and Banksy are among the many artists to use Kate Moss as a model. This Italian page here has a small gallery of other notable artists that have used the British model for art.

Coxsoft news and Balhatain also mentioned the Kate Moss sculpture on their blogs.

The gold Kate Moss sculpture will be shown in an exhibition at the British Museum called "Statuephilia: Contemporary sculptors at the British Museum" from the 4th of October through to the 25th of January (3 days before my birthday!). Sculptors showing will include Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Ron Mueck, Marc Quinn and Noble and Webster.
 
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