Tenement closes. Glasgow artist Frank McNab documents the communal entrances sans nostalgia or sentimentality. Gets it just so damn right! His 'Thoughts' and 'Projects' need a little more work however.
posted by Wrick
on Nov 17, 2007 -
a New York painter
who reshaped Modernist abstraction into a high-spirited, cartoon-based, language of form whose subjects included domestic life, relationships and the nature of painting itself, died yesterday at her home in upstate New York. (Images)
posted by R. Mutt
on Aug 12, 2007 -
Ever wondered what it is like to have your portrait painted? How would you pose ... "sidelong glance, coy grin, gazing into the distance, serious and stylish"? Here's an interesting perspective on the subject
, describing the process start to finish, written by a sitter, but published on the website of the painter
, together with his added commentary on the process. And how did the subject like his finished portrait? "In a word, the painting makes me uncomfortable. ... It must be a terrific portrait."
posted by woodblock100
on Jul 26, 2007 -
Photographs of the dancers, actresses, cafe-life figures and prostitutes who were the subjects of Toulouse Lautrec's paintings,
including such luminaries as Sarah Bernhardt
, "La Goulue
" (Louise Weber; remember this
?), and Jane Avril
, who was the model for this last, iconic, Lautrec poster
. View pages of the art matched up with photos, here
, and here
, and go to this page
to rummage around in even more collections that include photos of Lautrec, his friends and family, street and location scenes, and lots of other tidbits. [Spanish language site; NUDITY]
posted by taz
on Jul 5, 2007 -
A Hidden Picasso:
Will Shank always suspected something was buried beneath Picasso's Scène de Rue
, a somber street scene painted by Picasso in the fall of 1900 during his first stay in Paris. X-rays revealed a second painting: a nightclub scene which appeared to be the prototype for Picasso's Le Moulin de la Galette,
a 1900 painting thought to be the first Picasso made in Paris. Technicians extracted the colors visible through the cracks in the surface of Scène de Rue
and transferred them onto a black-and-white radiograph.
posted by fandango_matt
on Mar 27, 2007 -
A hoax that embarrassed the art world: Pavel Jerdanowitch and the Disumbrationist School of Painting
. This "joke on the art critics" was perpetrated by Paul Jordan-Smith, a former pastor who had left his calling after being charged with heresy. He went on to become a writer, editor and journalist, and in 1924 he decided to commit blasphemy against "the strange gods of modern art." The Pavel Jerdanowitch Painting Contest
was inspired by the hoax. "The challenge is to produce the worst painting every painted."
It's not too late to submit your own entry for 2007. You can check out last year's entries
, including the "loser" (winner), for inspiration.
posted by amyms
on Mar 24, 2007 -
. Almost everyone knows that the phrase comes from the story of the assassination of Julius Caesar, most familiarly in the Shakespeare version
, although "The Life of Augustus,"
written by Nicolauas of Damascus, contains what is thought to be the earliest narrative of the plot to murder Julius Caesar, based in part on eyewitness accounts. But, not everyone knows that The Ides Of March is also a band [flash intro]
(best known for the song "Vehicle"
, an epistolatory novel by Thornton Wilder
(with forward by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.), an instrumental song by Iron Maiden [YouTube]
, and two paintings, one by Edward Poynter
and one by Andrew Wyeth
posted by amyms
on Mar 15, 2007 -
. "The subjects, anonymous men in T-shirts and jeans that Wiley approaches on the street, are given the mantle of authority and grandiosity bestowed on figures such as Napoleon
in Jacques-Louis David's famous depiction with a rearing steed or the holiness of saints." (via
posted by desjardins
on Mar 7, 2007 -
"Another useful analogy might be with a clearing in the jungle.
The web is certainly a jungle, and without a few clearings it is hard to see how the innocent can stay sane in there, and it might soon be hard to see anything at all." The words of poet and essayist Clive James
, whose eponymous site is an online galley/anthology of breathtaking writing, art, and video interviews. My favorites include Ophelia Redpath's paintings titled after Shakespeare quotes
, Laura Noble's photos of rusty things
, and, of course, a collection James's outstanding poetry
posted by eustacescrubb
on Mar 3, 2007 -
This time-lapse video of an oil-painting being created
by Pablo Picasso is brief, but captivating. The clip is a scene taken from the 1955 French documentary "The Mystery of Picasso
," in which director Henri-Georges Clouzot filmed the artist painting 20 different pieces. Bizarrely enough, almost all the art created for the film had to be destroyed upon close of production due to contractual obligation. Via
posted by jonson
on Jan 1, 2007 -
Beauty in bitmaps-
Some artists work in watercolors, some oils, and some with clay. The 'artists' at tacoholic express themselves in the universally accessible medium of really bad MS Paint drawings. Its public so you can submit your own masterworks.
posted by AVandalay
on Aug 18, 2006 -
Fascination with ground and figure
carries on in various fields after The Rubin vase / face Illusion
, M.C. Escher
, and Marshall McLuhan
Besides being extremely important in the fields of photography
, the figure/ground relationship is important to physicist Paul Davies
, who says "the true miracle of nature is to be found in the ingenious and unswerving lawfulness of the cosmos, a lawfulness that permits complex order to emerge from chaos, life to emerge from inanimate matter, and consciousness to emerge from life."
Also, Peter Grundy and Yiang Yan discuss how contextual ground relates to linguistic figure
in Bill Clinton's famous apology,
plays with the distinction between sound as environment and sound as music, and W.C. Richardson creates paintings
in which "positive and negative spaces seem unstable; figure becomes ground, ground becomes figure."
posted by Aghast.
on Aug 12, 2006 -
Bali is an island in Indonesia that attracted Walter Spies
, a Russian born, German artist who settled in the colonial Dutch East Indies from 1923 on. Adored by the Balinese, Spies was the co-founder of the Pita Maha
artists' cooperative, he shaped the development of contemporary Balinese art and established the West's image of Bali that still exists today. [more images and background inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Jul 29, 2006 -