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£100m of Italian Baroque Paintings gifted to museums around the world--with viewing restrictions attached. See gallery of photographs here... more
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Vermeer really started something with his Girl With a Pearl Earring,
c. 1665: as well as inspiration for a film. Now it's setting new fashion statements, 'winking,' laughed at, or almost being copied -- by other famous painters... more
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Grayson Perry's "wry, self-satirizing humor"pays off -- but is his "reality" or "folk"-art? He hasn't been able to wear the same "dress" twice since winning the Turner prize in 2006... more
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France: During WW1, Henri Matisse headed south for his health, staying in various hotels around Nice "for the pleasure of painting nudes and figures in an old rococo salon" - and discovered a different manner of painting... more
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Despite new biographer Franco Mormando, critic Clive James lauds Baroque sculptor, Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s amazing works - especially those masterpieces showing at the Borghese Gallery, in Rome... more
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Nathaniel Popkin explores urban life throughout the ages in Colored Consumerism -- suggesting it's all just a matter of mass popularity from a standardized palette... more
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Award-winning author and art critic, Dave Hickey (e.g. The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty), threatens to stop covering contemporary art -- and he still believes art doesn't lend itself to education .. more

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Rachel Cohen, in The Believer: "...to my mind, what the work (Damien Hirst's platinum skull cast with 8,601 diamonds, called For the Love of God) represents, specifically, is not our artistic, or not only our artistic, but our financial life..." more
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Ever wonder why Robots aren't creative artists quite yet? Will affordable and safe manipulation of mobile robots generalize the right features, and be available soon?... more
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Artists in India remarkably raised their own funds to produce their first unique international show, the "Kochi-Muziris Biennal" now running in one of the world's most ancient sea ports until March 2013... more
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Artist copies work of photographers - "It's such blatant disregard for another artist's talents," gallerist Robert Fontaine told the Miami New Times. "I completely pulled all of his work. I don't want anything more to do with him..." more
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Author, Russell Banks, on "What it's like to be an Artist!" Like publishing a story, maybe artwork should also be given the name of a holiday? and, does it really take three generations for a family to produce an artist?... more
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Focusing exclusively on the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia, here's your chance to view highlights from their Triennial exhibition (slideshow)... more
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Versatile Bronze a hit at the Royal Academy of Arts, London -- proving that Where there's Art, there's Bronze -- "go compare" categories: Figures, Heads, Groups, Gods, Animals, Objects, Reliefs... more
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Franco-American collaborations are taking place in public and private venues across Southern California until April 2013, meaning French artists will finally be able to make their ­presence felt overseas... more
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CÉZANNE: A Life. Alex Danchev’s new biography takes the artist's supreme clarity, balance and pictorial logic for granted and explores his relations with a world that he shaped -- unlike what other biographers have created... more
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Two types of art have emerged in response to the great 2011 Japan Earthquake and the ensuing Tsunami: art made in benefit For the crisis, and art made About the crises (ambitious but often problematic)... more
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"Weaving Fabric with Paint" -- a Loom and Easel story. Sarah Parke and her husband, Mark Barrow, combine Textile Design and Contemporary Painting practices to create an unusual working relationship in New York... more
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Handcrafted "Alice Through the Looking Glass" chessboard, illustrated by Sir John Tenniel in 1875, discovered (see slide show). Hand produced, limited edition Replicas are now available... more
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Rare chance to view an exhibit of Raphael (1483- 1520) drawings, master of Italian High Renaissance art! From internationally renowned collections, at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt until Feb 2013... more
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Flooding and power cuts caused by Super Storm "Sandy" continue to affect art galleries and museums in parts of New Jersey and New York. Many dealers still sustained significant damage to art and property... more
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Prehistoric Art, from which one can learn a lot... take cave paintings and the human heart for example, and check out the prehistoric slide show from Slate... more
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Are we obsessed with viewing the human body? Are the British too prudish? the Dutch too flagrant? Daisy Dunn reviews the always entertaining The Naked Nude, by Frances Borzello. After all, artists do tend to break some boundaries... more
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"If there comes a day when all art is digital, artworks will subsist in some ether whence they may be conjured to appear and vanish at our convenience." Except for sculpture! says Barry Schwabsky, art critic of The Nation... more
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Abstraktes Bild (809-4), an abstract painting by the German artist Gerhard Richter has sold for £21.3m by Sotheby's, setting a new record for the price paid at auction for the work of a living artist... more
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The new Tokyo Station Gallery knows that "train travel inspires nostalgia"--a challenging imagery influencing a world of cinema, literature and art, while conjuring up memories of childhood... more
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A Step-by-Step Guide to Dressing Up as Cecilia Gimenez's "Beast Jesus" for Halloween The Spanish octogenarian's botched restoration of a 19th-century fresco gained worldwide fame last month, just in time to inspire scores of homemade costumes like this one... more
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What's a Fair Worth? Investigating the Economy of the New Event-Driven Art World by Julia Halperin "...art fairs that now compete for the eyes and the wallets of the collecting public year-round"... more
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"Unfortunately, too many artists have lost touch with the general audience and have retreated to an airless echo chamber," reports Camille Paglia in The Wall Street Journal. Read how Capitalism can save art... more

Here's a 5000-year history of British art -- in pictures! As assembled by critic Jonathan Jones... more
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ARTINFO executive editor Ben Davis wonders "How to live with the tremendous power of technology without being consumed by it?" and suggests that perhaps Artists can reboot humanism... more
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The perennial protest: should Old Masters in museums be replaced by Modern Art? That's being argued again by Conservators in Berlin... more
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American born, Paris resident, Oscar Tuazon creates architectural sculptures you are supposed to "play" with ...but the difference is, these are site-responsive in a Brooklyn park, not a gallery!... more
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Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger, will be published next month about Ken Perenyi, an American who lived in London for 30 years, creating embarrassment to those on both sides of the Atlantic... more

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Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger, will be published next month about Ken Perenyi, an American who lived in London for 30 years, creating embarrassment to those on both sides of the Atlantic... more
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The International Association of Pastel Societies has just announced a new level of professional recognition, which will be known as the IAPS Eminent Pastelist designation... more
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Inspiration for Titian: the Festival springs directly from Venetian Renaissance master painter, Titian (c. 1488-1576)--a celebration of colourful art, dance, music and poetry this summer at the Royal Opera House & the National Gallery, London... more
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"Did he really paint flowers with scissors?!" Kids react to works by Henri Matisse ...a new experience between kids and art at the Stedelijk Museum in in Amsterdam... more
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Turkey seems set on a collision course with many of the world's leading museums, situate in Paris, Berlin, London, New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Washington DC, by refusing exhibition loans because of antiquities claims... more
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Celebrating the anniversary of the Moderne Symbolist Artist's 150th birthday, "Gustav Klimt--the (rock) musical" opens in Sept at the Künstlerhaus in Vienna; and ten special exhibitions of his work will be hung in Austria's capital city... more
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"The artists of tomorrow (are) taking on the potential of good old pencils and paints." Referring to a crop of 2012 graduating students, UK art critic Jonathan Jones thinks that they just may become professionals with vision, purpose and clarity... more
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Gerhard Richter Painting, a 97-minute-long German documentary film, is about painting secrets. For 28 minutes, Richter brushes his marks in the unfolding creative drama of making a painting ... a revealing and insightful film more
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South Africa & France now set to share cutting-edge artwork in bilateral exchange spanning two years. Contemporary and dynamic works and workshops promise to embrace the diversity of each culture... more
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Standardized Testing. Should this measure be applicable to phys. ed, arts and music as part of a plan to evaluate and pay all teachers according to how well they “grow” student achievement? Who said it was possible? ... more
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From HG Wells to Google: What's Next? A "Library of Utopia?" Add your two cents to the many other opinions... more
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"Portrait sculpture can transcend the idea of what someone merely looks like," writes Laura Cumming, "people carved, cast, modeled in clay, or turned to stone." At the Holburne Museum, Bath... more
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1940: the cost of gas was 10 cents and a new car was $700 in L.A.-- and Ansel Adams was a photojournalist on assignment for Fortune Magazine. Now, those rarely-seen photos are on exhibit in Chicago... more
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Ever wondered what inspired Jackson Pollock's wildly expressive work? ARTiculations claims it was his precise departure from traditional ideas of correct proportion or well-resolved design... more
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And, keeping right on track, check out these fashionable Olympic (telephone)-call boxes in London, specially designed for the occasion!... more
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Designer Karl Lagerfeld fails to believe that Fashion is Art! The question is even the focus of an imaginary dialogue between Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli in the current Met exhibition... more
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When you wish you've done something with your life--other than make art--you'll want to read this article by Deborah Samuel! more
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Although Mexico's artistic traditions go back centuries, creative photography is one that only evolved in the 1920s after the Revolution. The mammoth show in San Francisco's MOMA is inspirational... more
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Fashion design appears to be a momentary phenomenon--but is it always new? Reviewer Cindi Di Marzo looks at Nostalgia in Vogue: 2000-2010... more
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Internationally acclaimed land artist Strijdom van der Merwe's favourite place on earth is a part of the Karoo in South Africa, where oil and natural gas seekers want to mine for "shell" gas. Learn his protest plans re the "fracking" intrusion... more
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A piece of one of the most significant modern archaeological discoveries, the legendary Terracotta Warriors--created more than 2,000 years ago with unprecedented craftsmanship--arrives from China in New York on rare exhibition (until August)... more
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This solo show is different! Sculptor Ernesto Neto has created fascinating images inside the human body--an idea of protected space--but also one filled with the serious fun of sensuality and sexuality... more
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Is bad taste (ala Damien Hirst's work) really good? Critic Woodward wonders about rather hyperbolic taste of rival critic Jones... you'll need to figure out whether you should be upset for yourselves... more
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Fabulous retro photographs by the famed Vancouver street photographer, Fred Herzog, still on display again at Equinox Project Space, an industrial reno celebrating Equinox Gallery's 40th Anniversary... more
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Last month, Brazilian M C Escher was announced as the world's most famous artist of 2011! His show of brilliant sidewalk art led the pack by welcoming a staggering average of close to 10,000 visitors every day it was open!... more
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Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister,’s 'Happy Show' now at the Institute of Contemporary Art offers visitors the experience of walking into the designer's mind as he attempts to increase his happiness... more

John Singer Sargent, an alla prima painter of people and landscapes, master of colours and values - see slides of his complete works here... more
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Andy Warhol deftly employed a computer to assist in creating portraits long before "Photoshop"--here is a YouTube video where you'll see a 1985 version of the master employing colour digitally using a Commodore Amiga... more
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Most popular art exhibit in Britain this year depicts Machines of War. Charles Moore asks, "Perhaps it is compulsory for artists who depict war or weapons nowadays to suggest that they are against them?"... more
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Are you an Artist without boundaries? Or have you learned that you need certain limitations-- as does New York's Cindy Sherman whose influence extends to many generations of artists... more
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Certainly, there seems to be something unique about the colour green as a creative catalyst, from Kermit the Frog and innovative thinking to a glimpse of vines and leaves stimulating interest in new ideas and insights... more
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The "best sky in art" isn't limited to Vincent van Gogh's stars--just have a peek at what Hiroshige did with a shower, how Constable perceived clouds, why Friedrich's sky glows on an Easter morning, and what Kobke illustrated over palace rooftops in Denmark... more
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Italian/American artist, Francesco Clemente: "I never imagined how similar the activities of reading Tarot (cards) and painting a picture are." Exhibited at Uffizi Gallery in Florence last fall, images (seen here) are now collected in his book published by Hirmer... more
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What Isn't For Sale? Interesting speculation--even for creative people! Harvard Philosopher Michael J. Sandel sums up the hidden costs of a price-tag society, ie: "selling space on your forehead to display commercial advertising"... more
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Tefaf Maastricht, the (mostly) Dutch art/antiques fair, celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. Often touted as the best show of its kind in the world, the fair promises to be of great interest to collectors and dealers alike... more
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How a quilter ended up in the pages of a particle physics publication: here's art teacher Kate Findley's article on how the Large Hadron Collider influenced pattern and colour for the Confluence of Quilting--and showing her gallery of slides... more
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The 17th-century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer became a master at portraying a person's secret interior emotions, as UK art critic Jonathan Jones points out... more
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Yes, it's happened! Scientists at Cornell U invent a new cloak of invisibility...which relies on rerouting the light of different colours to move at different speeds. What next?!... more
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What does Vancouver artist Kevin Schmidt and the Sloan boys (Barry, James & Garrett), amateur radio operators, have in common? In Sherwood Park, it's a balloon, a camera and high hopes... more
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The "Smiley Logo" :-) --invented by two Philadelphia brothers about 50 years ago... Who knew that smiling face would become a very "Happy Day" for Murray and Bernard Spain?... more
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2012 London Olympic posters revealed. Mark Hudson thinks they put the creative spirit back into the Games. What think you?... more
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All things Cotton are being celebrated at Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery, offering a multi-disciplinary show of texture, colour and mixed media--from textiles to totems... more
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Ever thought much about painting an official state portrait, vaguely Renaissance style or not? With Queen Elizabeth II now celebrating 60 years on the throne, it's fun to remember Italian artist Pietro Annigoni and how he came to render one very famous image... more
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Oh, to be an Artist in Berlin! Providing you can first deal with loneliness... Once crowned with success, it's like living in a dream!! Now's the time to grab a copy of Robert Walsar's "Berlin Stories" (having just been translated into English and re-published by NY Review Classics... more
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Ten things you didn't know about the late Lucien Freud and his controversial paintings...like "art that looks too much like art"... more
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Not only in Australia!...how to learn from the "Rescue Cat Art" movement to increase personal funds for vet bills...and maybe, just maybe, improve your own animal paintings... more
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"Morning people may be more creative in the afternoon," so writes Tom Jacobs of Miller McCune Mag. So, when do You feel more rested and alert?... more
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From "the glitter of paint" to "thoughts about food and fashion"-- "You can't impose austerity on the imagination," claims Guardian/The Observer critic Jonathan Jones more
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"New ways of seeing art as migration, as a continual flowing in from somewhere else"--Britain's Tate Gallery wants you to see that "migrant nature begins when you translate what you've seen into what you make"... more
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The HAJJ...a pilgrimage obligation of every Muslim believer to Mecca and its sanctuary, the Ka'aba--here is a review from the British Museum, and photos of some marvelous objects revered throughout the ages... more
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Showcasing American cum German, Lyonel Feininger--20th century painter, cartoonist, sculptor, and composer. Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal will also feature his music in their new concert hall along with the artwork... more
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Duncan Macmillan asks, "Can culture offer higher values to a society still obsessed with money?" ...How about making things, inventing them, or pursuing other kinds of enterprise--commercial, intellectual or educational... more
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Felix Salmon (a financial blogger for Reuters), argues that fine art Is Not an Investment (unless you have a great deal of money)! It does Not have Returns, it pays No Dividends, and "...the only way to find out the Market Price for an artwork is to sell it."... more
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Not feeling well? Have a "creative" sick-day...curl up with ginger ale and the latest DIY interior design books. Here are a few for your consideration... more

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Like to watch Goldfish swim? You ain't seen nothin' until you've watched Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori work his magic in "Goldfish Salvation"...sorry the ICU Gallery's show is over, but here's a short video!... more
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Interactive episodes of Sesame Street are being developed by its creators in conjunction with Microsoft, introducing the first truly interactive television show using Kinect technology... more
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European Resale Rights directive is now fully applicable in the United Kingdom! Resale rights now also apply across the E.U. to the work of artists who died in the last 70 years. Potential world market income threat outlined by Antony Brown... more
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A Year of Australian Culture in China, "Imagine Australia," closes with this international touring show of Aboriginal works being seen by a quarter of a million people from Shanghai to Wuhan... more
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The Joy of Quiet. Pico Iyer believes in slowing down (not only after the Holidays)...with yoga, long walks, music, books? Yep, painting's good too!... more
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2012: A Kiss Changes the World! The high culture of Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt, and the "Birth of Modernism" will be celebrated by exhibitions in Vienna, considered by many as Europe's culture & art capital... more
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Wanted: Iconographers and artists specializing in religious art. A 2012 competition is being launched by the Russian Orthodox Church to fill the empty walls of newly restored church buildings in Moscow... more
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The renowned Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative announces their mentors for 2012/13 in dance, literature, film, music, visual arts, and theatre--including South African visual artist William Kentridge awaiting young talent... more
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Both the late abstract expressionist, Helen Frankenthaler--whom many believe changed the face of American art, and her long-time gallery, Knoedler & Co., are now gone. What does this mean for the colour field movement?... more
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Vancouver: Distinctive Artworks from the private collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa continue to show at Vancouver Art Gallery until Jan 29--including masterpieces by BC artists, Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Frederick Horsman Varley and B.C. Binning... more
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"Beware the Over-priced Artist" screams Newsweek! Who are the price-boosters? Is bigger really better?... more
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Art Books make great last minute Christmas presents! Here are a few suggestions... more
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Toronto: Jean Paul Lemieux joins other post-war contemporary Canadians artists - Paul Kane, Emily Carr, & Lawren Harris - to top $2m at Heffel auction for one painting, entitled "Nineteen Ten Remembered"... more
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"Asphalt Renaissance: The Pavement Art and 3-D Illusions of Kurt Wenner," view "walk-on" illustrations for the new book by the former NASA space illustrator turned pavement artist... more

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If "Andy Warhol is now the god of contemporary art...the 'American Picasso'...or, if you prefer, the art market’s one-man Dow Jones," then just maybe the New York art experts canvassed by Bryan Appleyard are right... more
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Vancouver: "Artists and Gardens--A Growing Concern." Growing community gardens is a public concern here, not only for food, but as temporary public art works in shared spaces. Read all about it, here... more
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London: "Power of Making" describes a new Crafts Council exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum--using hands and experience to make everything from a life-size crocheted brown bear to custom-made coffins and bicycles or a 'coat hanger' gorilla... more
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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art just opened 11/11/11. Alice Walton, the Walmart heiress, and the Walton Foundation has built in downtown Bentonville, Arkansas something for all to enjoy. No admission... more
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You might not ever paint British royalty, but should you need a portrait guide, see Frances Spaulding's piece on how family portraiture has changed throughout the ages... more
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"Art, like magic, is hoax redeemed by awe." Batik artist Katalin Olah Ehling of Cave Creek, AZ has just published her book, Waxing Life, a 100-page memoir of her 50 years as an artist... more

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"The Economist" looks at creative people in America and how all kinds of highly entrepreneurial artists contribute to the labour market during a recession... more
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Have you ever wondered just how The Joy of Sex became illustrated by Chris Foss during the early '70s in Britain...well, here's the scoop!... more

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Canberra: There's much ado about moustaches these days while the date of portraits showing male facial hair is determined... more
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MFA's and Art Reality Shows: Here's the low-down from New York's Emma Allen re televised competitions in the contemporary art arena... more
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At the Cern: "Artists are just as fascinated by side routes and diversions as they are by the direction in which they are going. This is what makes artistic work really different from scientific work," says Dr. Michael Doser, experimental physicist... more
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Ottawa-based photographer, Andrew Wright, engages in the art of unpredictability--with the viewer seldom able to tell whether his images are evidence of an implosion or an explosion... more
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We've Always had art theft--take the "30 Years' War" for instance which we always thought was about religion--then unpaid troops in Prague took out their hunger and frustration... more
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Van Gogh--the world's most written-about Artist! If you care, here's yet another book: Van Gogh: His Life by Pulitzer Prize-winning writers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, who infer that the famous depressed painter did not commit suicide after all... more

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Southern Australia: critic Christopher Allen suggests that the Charles Saatchi Collection in Adelaide exhibition is what "Admen think ordinary people have come to expect of Art"... more
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Have a peek at the Cartoon Colour Wheel! Remember "Porky Pig" and maybe the "Pink Panther?" From blue "Smurf" and yellow "Simpson"...beloved animations in every hue possible!... more
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Gertrude Stein and family "saved" modern art with the likes of Matisse, Cezanne and Picasso...read critic Richard Dorment's account and see slides of the new Grand Palais show in Paris... more
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Joan Lintault, one of North America's finest Quilters, prefers to dye/screen print/paint her own canvas and then add quilting, appliqué and embroidery to create movement and depth. Slides from Shelburne Museum shown here... more
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"Spin Doctoring"--Qing dynasty style--presenting China's Last Dowager Empress, from Smithsonian photos... more
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A blog, Doodlers Anonymous, features the need for artists to draw, sketch and doodle, currently ranking third in popularity. Check it out here... more
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Future UK secondary school education could omit "Arts" courses from the curriculum following the introduction of the English Baccalaureate ranking which emphasizes five basic subjects... more
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The value of Western Art may not be ascending on the Chinese art market; demand falling short of expectations according to leading auction houses... more
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It's been 40 years since the late Canadian artist and filmmaker Joyce Wieland's "total art experience"--the highly controversial True Patriot Love show. Many folks believe it altered the course of Canadian art... more
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Paris: Rodin's restored marble sculpture (c. 1890) --La Faunesse à genoux (Kneeling Fauness)--an historical "piece of overwhelming beauty," sold at modern and Impressionistic auction for over a million dollars... more
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Cambridge U. hosts the UK's 2001 free Festival of Ideas this fall, featuring Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences--besides fun and a "dance" extravaganza, discussions will include human over-population, and the colour "pink" will be debated!... more
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If you are a "creative knitter," you'll sure want to see what Canadian fibre artist Janet Morton has come up with now!... more
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A hit in New York, The Affordable Art Fair now expands to the west coast and Los Angeles early this coming winter, boasting work by emerging artists... more
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The famous Venice Biennale art festival only happens every two years! As modern and far-out as one can get! You can view some of 2011's extraordinary entries here... more
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Bronzes by renowned British sculptor, Tony Cragg (currently director of the respected Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf) are now featured at the Scottish National Museum--one of many Edinburgh Festival exhibits... more
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Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz, and Cirque du Soleil set designer Gringo Cardia, are part of a creative consortium developing cultural initiatives to improve Rio’s Lapa area, introducing some pretty unique art initiatives... more
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"Fibred Optics: Cut From the Same Cloth," shows the relevance of soft-craft techniques in hard-nosed contemporary art this August, curated by Andrea Fatona for the Richmond Gallery (in the greater Vancouver area) this August... more
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The "artist's legal right to resale royalties" is discussed by Frank Stella, president of the International Council of Creators of Graphic, Plastic and Photographic Art... more
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Artdaily.org features a collection of 3-D images of famous sculptures and structures around the world... more
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Budapest: Hungary's Laszio Baan recommends two new museums, one to show Hungarian and European modernity through to the contemporary period, the other to promote Hungarian photography... more
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901), "a perfect painter of what then passed for modern life." Andrew Lambirth reviews the Courtauld exhibition (London), especially Lautrec's brilliant posters of his muse, dancer, Jane Avril... more
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"From Titian to Klimpt--the Habsburgs shaped the story of Europe-–and of its art"... from art critic Jonathan Jones' most recent blog... more
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Alex and James Turnbull started a blog called Google Sightseeing that shows art and ads drawn into the earth that can be seen from outer space... more
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Even if you could heist a 'small' (although very valuable) Rembrandt or Picasso...what would you do with it after you got away??... more
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London: Murdoch newspaper politics a big bore, you say?? Then simply switch your eyes to Kate Blee's wonderful colour block tapestry... more
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What do botanical-artist renditions of apples and pears...Dürer’s wood block prints...shredded wheat...and Tyson's tatoo...have in common? "Intellectual property disputes" which get odder by the day!... more
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"Every child deserves a name!" proclaims Neo Rauch, German painter and sculptor, insisting that each and every work of art requires a title... more
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London: A giant White Horse sculpture in England celebrating the new Ebbsfleet Intn'l train station will cost six times more than expected--but the cost includes graffitti removal for the next 80 years!... more
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What does the "Barbie" doll and one of Gustav Klimt's most famous works have in common?... more
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LA: Considering a Partner? Independent Art Dealers talk! Dominique Lévy and Robert Mnuchin discuss advantages to public as well as artist... more
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Mobility: the Fourth Dimension in Fine Arts and Architecture - If you missed it first time around, it's time to have a look at Gerd-Helge Vogel's essay on revolutions in the modern, post-modern, and pre-industrial world... more
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"Boredom is a Blessing!"--so says Peter Toohey. If you don't know what you're waiting for...read this... more
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Had a cold, uninspiring spring and now, summer? What you may need is a summer art trip with critic Laura Cumming inspired by Gauguin, Chardin and Hockney... more
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Metropolitan Museum accused again of deceiving public with Reproductions displayed as Old Masters hoax... more
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For those of you creative people who love gadgets and "toys"--Frank Moss's The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices is a book for you! more

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Venice Biennale: take a short photo trip through some other Pavilions--from an interesting rear view to extraordinary painted eggs...and even Mafia performance art!... more
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A mute guitar can be a symbol of visual art's power--consider the works of Vermeer or Picasso or Bosch... more
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Since disputed US court ruling, America joins Russia in banning art loans to the other country... and the diplomatic feud heats up with potential banning of fashion... more
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African sculptures need special treatment--and some works may be harmed by European conservation methods... more
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"Global climate change" may be the reason that Inuit art is more popular than previously... more
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Aboriginal art in Australia, originally considered "folk art," some feel represents innovation and individual expression--the very characteristics of art in the modern Western world... more
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Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Arts traces the development of street artists from the 1970's to the present... more
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Check out these backyard studios--They're doing it on both sides of the western border!... more
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Copyright Law infringement! How can artists stop dealers selling copies of works of famous modern and contemporary artists as substitutes for the real thing? Protect your legal rights... more
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Angela Barret's illustrations help make children's story books irresistible--respecting the intelligence of her readers. See slides and read about this Brit's work... more

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Surrealist Salvador Dali's post-1940 "Jewish art" had the critics crying--now another exhibit in Atlanta by Dali from the '60s is being praised... more
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Art is one of the ways in which we say, "I am alive, and my life has meaning." Read musician Karl Paulnack's inspirational address to music students in Boston... more
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Walter Phillips spent his life as an artist paying homage to the beauty of nature. A new exhibition of watercolours and prints has been mounted by the Art Gallery of Alberta... more
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If you are tired of your work not being accepted, consider turning your rejection slips into Fine Art following Heather Passmore's example... more
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French photographer Patrick Cariou wins copyright suit against prominant artist for infringement of his work... more
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Illustration Masterclass: Nick Sharratt offers a basic lesson in how to draw simple characters for children's books, you may need a mirror... more
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Athens, Greece: George Economou collects art (2-3 per week) by "schooled artists who know how to draw," especially 20th century German and Austrian works along with some big name artists now on view... more
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"Portraits of the Poor: Dignity in Times of Despair" is a collection of fine art depicting the people and tough economic times of the late 19th century... more
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Billed as "The Biggest Week of Art in New York," the annual Armory Arts Week features contemporary and modern artwork from international art galleries in 31 countries... more
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The "iPad"... newest gadget on the world's trendy market. Here are some NY pros and cons on whether it will help sell artwork... more
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Following the continuing disappearance of cheap rental studios for painters, sculptors, printmakers and photographers in North America, it's also happening in other places--like Shanghai, for instance... more
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He may not actually 'define' Abstraction, but NY Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz thinks that all art is abstract--radical or not--and why it sometimes takes 30 years to understand... more
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Auction Art Sales around the world break sales records during 2010, some with best-ever statistics... more
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Here's a peek at slides of some glorious renaissance paintings by Jan Gossaert... a 16th century Flemish artist from Belgium, being shown at the National Gallery in London... more
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Woodcarving a dying art? Not in Russia! Take a gander at local genius, Kronid Gogolev's gallery!... more
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A temporary US painter-partnership is accepted in the Venice Biennale. Why not? Art collaborators have often produced winning work... more
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Where do you stand on the public being able to snap photos of your work in a gallery? This age-old question is being discussed in Paris's Musée d'Orsay... more
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Were recently excavated Mummies found in Western China originally Caucasian? Unfortunately, we won't know right away 'cause part of the Secrets of the Silk Road at Penn Museum has been pulled from display... more
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Is no one concerned about the recent thefts and mutilations of Egypt's antiquities? Jonathan Jones protests the nightmare scenario unfolding... more
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"The Eyes Have It"--A Vancouver show at the UBC Belkin Gallery, explores ideas of gender, race, class and history in the human face, proving that the face is both wall and window... more
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Dogs in Cars: here's a slide show of loneliness exposed by Martin Usborne... more
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Museum of the Weird, by Disney? one of the late Walt Disney's interests--a gallery of the creepy and bizarre--soon to be shown in a movie near you?... more
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Andy Warhol's Business Plan: "Making money is an art..." an interview with Andrew Goldstein... more
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Some 150 works by the celebrated American architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright will be shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum early in 2011, including some rare drawings... more
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Pablo Picasso's fabulous previously unseen works in treasure-trove collection of retired French electrician are revealed in this video, article also available... more
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Somerset (UK) artist David Chandler is moving his studio into Black Swan Arts in Frome on Nov 15 prior to his exhibition opening Nov 27th. Chandler will be completing his Image Wall of 100 painted canvases... more
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Armed with coloured pencils and a magnifying glass, botanical illustrator Wendy Hollender searches the world for rare plant subjects. Many of her drawings are now on display at the Smithsonian along with 40 other artists... more
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German Renaissance man Dirk Stewen "combines old paper, thread, watercolours and faded photographs to poetic effect" says Skye Sherwin in her "Artist of the Week" series... more
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Bottle-top tapestries by Ghana's El Anatsui are showing in his African retrospective at the ROM, blurring the boundaries between sculpture, installation, painting, craft and design... more
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Japan's Kasama Nichido Museum continues to feature outstanding art--from giant Koimari plates and palettes used by Ryusei Kishida and Tsuguharu Foujita, to exhibits of Claude Monet, the pointillist Seurat and the great Post-Impressionist Van Gogh... more
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Federico Fellini’s renowned film "8 ½ " has recently been transformed by Atom Egoyan into 8 ½ various-sized screens at the Toronto International Film Festival. A video accompanies the photos... more
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Drawing out letters by hand engages the brain in learning--key to memory and ideas. Even in the digital age!... more
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Fragile Nature meets Contemporary Design: Dutch designers, Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, create an award-winning chandelier for the London Art+Design Pavilion composed of LED lights and dandelion seed heads... more
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TAKE A LOOK AT THE BEST ART YOU'VE NEVER SEEN! From Benoist and Rubens to more restored art in China, Italy, France, Peru, Norway, India, and Denmark... more
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The Canadian and international art worlds lost a titan with the September 20th passing of dealer Mira Godard, one of our foremost contemporary art pioneers... more
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Only in China, you say? While there, visit replicas of the western world's great monuments (courtesy The Weekend Australian Magazine) more
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In 1949 Peggy Guggenheim collected some fabulous pre-war artworks by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. A Collection in Venice: showing 32 of these works will soon be displayed at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth... more
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Most inviting to best friends of cats and dogs, curator Kim Fullerton laid bare the ever-so-human desire for affection and companionship in the recent show, Do You Love Me? at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound... more
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London: A Danish artist, a Canadian shoemaker and a British textile manufacturer stage a mini-fantasia where fine art, luxury goods and classic design feeds off of and bestows particular kudos upon each other... more
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Fish Forms: Luminous Lamps, a fantastic blending of idea and material with translucent shards designed by internationally renowned architect, Frank Gehry are being displayed at The Jewish Museum in New York... more
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Whatever happened to the indispensable "quicksand" consuming bad guys in the movies? Looks like the quagmire has been sucked under by modern dragons, monsters and tsunami waves... more
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Australia's Freya Blackwood has snaffled one of the world's most coveted prizes for book illustration. Rosemary Sorensen interviews the artist... more
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Interested in a "near metaphysical experience--while checking out the fleeting nature of something?" Francine Keifer explains her fascination with the "wrapper" work of artist, Christo... more
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At National Gallery, Edvard Munch's 'Prints' reveal artist's methodical process. What's harder to recognize is that the craftily organized constructions worked out over years, sometimes decades, until Munch had exhausted the options they offered... more
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What is meant by "visual culture?" Being creative is not enough. As Karen Stanworth says, "Visual experiences are... open to a wide set of interpretations"... more
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Bucharest: Behind the Iron Curtain will showcase European artists headed by Romanian, Stefan Constantinescu, re-interpreting their memories of the cold war. Opening is planned for mid-2011... more
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"Rhythms of Modern Life," also at The Wolfsonian in (Miami Beach, Florida,) a print exhibition that showcases the speed and technology involved in everyday life... more
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Architect Frank Gehry proclaimed the greatest renegade plus authentic genius in modern architecture, and top spot winner of the last 30 years with the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. View bonus slide show... more
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The Bellagio Hotel Gallery of Fine Art in Las Vegas will feature the
exhibition "Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form"

showcasing figurative works from the late 19th, 20th and 21st centuries whose traditional and contemporary perspectives on figurative art helped to define the genre... more
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Fine Art presented with theatricality and panache! Guy Cogeval's conception of "drama and desire" at Toronto's AGO: dramatic staging of 1789-1914 artworks with readings by Stratford actors, provide a refreshing change... more
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Are books your memory theatre? As paper and print drift into obsolescence, what will the loss of libraries or even a personal bookshelf mean to you? Read Nathan Schneider's provocative essay... more
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Listen to the story of Eugene Boudin, a forerunner to the impressionistic movement and the man who inspired Monet... more
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Italian photographer Angelo Musco's next solo show Tehom in Chicago will feature a fascinating underwater world of nude bodies, see stills here... more
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Dead or Alive--New York's Museum of Arts & Design focus is on natural history, creating art from real birds, bugs and bones--read and see for yourself... more
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Doris McCarthy celebrates her 100th birthday on July 7th while Canadian art circles highlight eight decades of her work through a variety of exhibitions which continue her legacy... more
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Halifax: 2010 Sobey Art Award - 5 national finalists (each under 40 and a gallery curator) vie for the $50,000 prize, providing a new perspective on emerging Canadian art practices... more
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The National Gallery will present "Paul Gauguin: Maker of Myth" an
exhibition of 200 works exploring the role of Gauguin as a storyteller, a traveler, and an artistic myth-maker... more
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Artists have long been aware of the toxic dangers of cadmium. Then how come there were traces of cadmium found in McDonalds Shrek glasses’ cartoon designs leading to a total recall and a US investigation into children's products?... more
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Cybermuse, an award winning Art Education Research Site by the
National Gallery of Canada
where you can meet people from long ago, visit places you've never seen, and create masterpieces!... more
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Pencil vs. Camera: 8 hybrid works of (Drawing and Photo) Art = new ways of creating thought-provoking work and having fun at the same time... more
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Scorsese Produces "Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies". The film shows film and art at the turn of the 20th Century, helping us realize cinema’s continuing influence on the art of our time... more
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Japanese Netsuke are very small carvings made of ivory, bone and wood: "hard explosions of exactitude" according to potter Edmund de Waal. It may take a lifetime to figure out just what they mean... more
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Rotterdam: The late Dutch artist Han van Meegeren was a master of his craft: forgery; his specialty: fake Vermeers. An exhibition of his infamous work is on display at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in The Netherlands... more
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Pictorial: How the Russians cast giant replicas of famous statues and sculptures--like Michelangelo's Pieta for instance... more
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Author Ayn Rand thought she was "one of the greatest thinkers alive," in league with other creators like artists, scientists and inventors of the day who influenced readers to help change the world... more
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Exit Through the Gift Shop, the first film by the British graffiti genius Banksy, is as funny and devious as his artwork. What begins ostensibly as a documentary about the street-art movement as seen through the eyes of a quirky amateur videographer morphs into a biting commentary on artistic integrity and today’s money-driven art world... more
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"Are you a marginal or self-taught artist? Do people call your work strange, amateurish, obsessive, even ugly? Have you received a calling to depict new worlds?" This was the invitation of The Museum of Everything, an amazingly democratic gallery, currently holding Exhibition #2 at London's Tate Modern... more
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The Tate Modern Art Gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary by purchasing new works for its permanent collections from artists in the Middle East, Africa, Korea, India, and Cuba... more
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"JOY!" That apt expression for what we all crave--a positive attitude will help us experience it. One of the most joyous advocates of that experience was Louis Armstrong, "Satchmo," or just plain "Pops"... more
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Many artists strive to achieve reality in painting..it’s rare that the opposite is true – wherein an artist seeks to make reality look like a painting. Meet Alexa Meade, who paints subjects not on canvas but right on top of themselves, creating living paintings... more
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36 figures carved in alabaster, 600 years old, called “the most profound expression of mourning known in art, a funeral march in stone”, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: “The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures From the Court of Burgundy” is on view through May 23... more
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Is there really a need to design different Book Covers for different countries? Take a look for yourself at Harry Potter for instance... Tom Lamont explains so readers can judge... more
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"Claude Monet: Late Work", currently at the Gagosian, NYC. This significant gathering of Monet's late paintings focuses on the most important late subjects drawn from his gardens at Giverny—Nymphéas, Le pont japonais, and L'allée de rosiers—which are among the most treasured paintings of his long and prodigious career... more
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SOLD: Nude, Green Leaves & Bust by Pablo Picasso - for $106.5m by Christie's, NY. Obviously, "a work by a stellar artist that combines rarity, excellence, wall power and a fabulous provenance" according to The Economist... more
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New Masters & PhD programs will open this fall at Glasgow University, promising to regain the UK's Textile supremacy following recent closures of classes in London, Winchester and Southampton... more
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Versatile and prolific comic book illustrator, Frank Frazetta, dies
at age 82.
Mr Frazetta's work helped define the genre of the
musclebound hero... more
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There have been whales and eagles... now there are elephants... all Art and all about Good Causes. London has geared up for its biggest outdoor event on record: a parade of brightly painted, life size pachyderms. Have a look!... more
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Israel: Small group shows are featured this year during Tel Aviv's 3rd annual "Fresh Paint" contemporary art fair (Jaffa port). Sculpture joins paintings, photographs and film, and a secret "post card" exhibition is also featured along with a charity auction... more
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Breathless Days 1959-1960: art exhibition + series of screenings + public conferences mines the early intersections of poetry, jazz, philosophy and film that shaped modern culture - organized by UBC art history professors and students at Belkin Art Gallery... more
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What kind of Artistic--read "Creative"--Woman are you? This question is being explored through Shona Cole's blog, Wish Studio, a "virtual art retreat"... more
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New York: "All the Picassos in the Cupboard," Times critic Holland Cotter reviews both the good and the bad in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's latest Picasso retrospective... more
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"The Allure of the Automobile" is a new exhibition at the High Museum
of Art in Atlanta, GA, displaying rolling works of art built from
1930-1965... more
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According to Paris Journal, an "extensive art-trafficking ring" has been exposed at the most profitable auction site in France--Hộtel Drouot--including theft of several Chagall lithographs and a Courbet... more
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"Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Private Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg"
will be showing at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. from July 2, 2010 to January 2, 2011... more
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Ghana, Nigeria: African sculptor and teacher, El Anatsui, brilliantly weaves astonishing abstract tapestries (he calls them "sheets") out of bottle-tops which "ripple as if they were cloth." He has shows in San Francisco and Toronto this year... more
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Along with hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa boasts a collection of fine art this spring, from bronze "football" sculptures to contemporary artwork from 32 countries, bringing together fans internationally... more
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Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art--just one misery after the next? Here are gallery pictures of the highlights and Adrian Searle's review so you can decide for yourselves... more
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Canine as canvas? Check out this piece from the NY Times which shows how "creativity wags its tail" in the world of competitive dog-grooming... more
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Moscow: the late Alexander Deineka's larger than life "collective worker" paintings are found everywhere, from ceiling mosaics in a metro station to dozens of other 'Paintings, Graphics, Sculptures' now showing at the New Tretyakov Gallery... more
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Spain: Among the great artworks in the Church of Jadraque is Francisco Zurbanán's 1661 painting, Christ Gathering His Clothes After the Flagellation. Critic and illustrator Tom Lubbock discusses this work's importance... more
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New York: now Google may have committed copyright infringement regs in "borrowing" famous art and photographic images to enhance their Internet search engine website... authors and book publishers have been complaining for years... more
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Early works by established Chinese artists along with prominent Japanese and Korean artists expected to do well in spring auction sale offered by Sotheby's Hong Kong... more
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Can sketches rival paintings for power? "You betcha," says Jonathan Jones in his critique of the Italian Renaissance drawings at the British Museum from the Uffiza Gallery in Florence, as well as the Louvre... more
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Julian Beever is an English artist who is famous for his art on the pavements of England, France, Germany, USA, Australia and Belgium. Its peculiarity? Beever gives his drawings an anamorphosis view, his images are drawn in such a way which gives them three dimensionality when viewing from the correct angle. It's amazing !!! more
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Architecture's highest honour, the Pritzker Prize, has been awarded to Kazuyo Sejima, one of the most prominent female architects in the world, and Ryue Nishizawa, her (male) partner in Tokyo for the new Glass Pavilion at Ohio's Toledo Museum of Art... more
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Since computers have become a staple in every household, is Photoshop putting respected graphic designers out of business? or does it just lead to a lot of shoddy work in visual layouts, colour palette, typeface and negative space?... more
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With Easter a few days away we marvel once again at the beautifully decorated eggs of Ukranian Pysanka. Get out your paint brush and refresh your memory on the symbols and legends... more
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Roberta Smith, in the New York Times, asserts "FEW modern myths about art have been as persistent or as annoying as the so-called death of painting." and presents examples of art to support her views.... more

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Paris: American Cy Twombly only the third contemporary and living artist to be invited to install a permanent work at the Louvre: a painted abstract ceiling for the Salle des Bronzes... more
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NEW YORK: fans of the iconic American architect Frank Loyd Wright and his designs from 1943 to 1959, won't want to miss From Within Outward now showing at the Guggenheim... here's a photographic preview... more
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The Banff Centre for Visual Arts annually sponsers a number of thematic, creative and curatorial residencies as well as work-study opportunities--here's the 2010 list... more
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Design is one of ten qualities that makes fine art beautiful. Examples are everywhere--including Rome, Tuscany, Tunis, Amsterdam, France and Sicily... Here are some as shown on BBC from around the world... more
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Mexico's bicentennial of its independence is honored in LA this year with a rich display of art--tracing culture from the earliest Olmec peoples through Mayan and Aztec up to the most cutting-edge contemporary conceptual artists... more
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Enjoy saturated colour? Have a look at "The Most Colourful River in the World" photos. Very few tourists to this isolated place in Columbia, South America have seen mother nature's dazzling display of algae and moss... more
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Haida artist and master carver Robert Davidson this week scooped a coveted Governor General’s award in visual and media arts. Always pushing boundaries, see Davidson video footage on link to Canada Council site... more
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Hoping to Graduate From Guards to Gauguins - Guarding the art, art inspiring the guards. The guards at the Metro. Museum of ART (NY) have their own art journal called Sw!pe Magazine... more
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Collaged drawings, engravings, and digital images helps Eric Liberge's graphic novel On the Odd Hours present the Louvre in an imaginative way. The author persuaded the Louvre to let him research the gallery at night--by flashlight--before writing his commissioned story... more
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"Focus On The Masters" is a program that the community of Ventura, CA put together to recognize their artists. But it goes much deeper. This is the only program of its kind in the countrymore
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Head for The Hague and haute couture this spring if you love Chanel, Dior, Lacroix and Gaultier in an exclusive glimpse of rich history plus creations by today's top designers at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag... more
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Where do You stand? Are arts internships a chance of a lifetime--or just cut-price labour? Unpaid work has become the accepted route into the creative professions, but when does opportunity become exploitation?... more
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From London to Singapore, Henry Moore's sculptures are everywhere. Have his great bronzes become "everyday?!" The Tate and Toronto AGO present a retrospective for us to have a better look!... more
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Moscow: A timely exhibition of Livre d’Artistes during 2010, the "Year of France in Russia," focuses on a Russian-French literary and artistic connection and intricate correlation between text and illustration... more
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The scholarly middle ages declared there were 7 "fine arts": grammar, rhetoric, dialectic logic, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy & music. Science & art were separated...so What exactly is "fine art"? Shelley Esaak speaks... more
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VANCOUVER: Canadian Art magazine features SIX TO SEE: VANCOUVER'S OLYMPIC ART ROUNDUP at various venues during the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics this month and next... more
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LONDON (REUTERS) - Confidence has surged back into the art market faster than predicted say auctioneers, and they also predict that this week's sales will cement the recovery... more
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During Winter Olympics Vancouver Art Gallery boasts Leonardo da Vinci Drawings: The Mechanics of Man--on loan from HM The Queen for the first time echoing the athleticism of the games... more
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India Art Summit 3 opens in New Delhi January 2011, including an international speakers' form, and art fair for galleries with established and emerging artists in Asia, middle East, Europe and the Americas... more
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Is the "Art Market" undergoing fundamental restructuring? The Art Newspaper suggests that auctions might remain small, but perhaps there's hope for private sales. Check out the Index... more
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Western Front Society, with an international reputation as a centre for experimental art practice and performance, is "Learning From Vancouver." Fresh from New York, their Executive director Caitlin Jones talks about her learning experiences... more
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BERLIN: American artist Walton Ford studied John James Audubon's paintings, now will show his large-scale animal watercolour, Beastiarium, for the first time in Europe... more
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HOLT, NORFOLK, UK: Seven-year-old Kieron Williams' second painting exhibition sells out in 14 minutes! He already has 680 names on a list of people who want to buy his old-master-like artworks!... more
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"A-Maze-ing Laughter," an outdoor installation of delightful laughing giant bronze figures by China's Yue Minjung are part of the Vancouver Biennial 2009/11 sculpture festival. See them "in the round"... more
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“Sparse Coding Analysis” is a new, computerized mathematical approach to detect art forgeries. Researchers can cast artworks “in the mathematics of fractals” - patterns that repeat at ever-smaller scales. From the eggheads at Dartmouth Collegemore
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Bologna Art First 2010 curated by Julia Draganovic presents a series of "site specific" installations in unusual locations in the city's historical centre and its surroundings a week before Arte Fiera opens... more
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Acclaimed photographer Raghu Rai has recorded details of the changing face of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh for over four decades, chased donkeys, and judged World Press Photo awards... more
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A new online source for artists' listings worldwide. The Arts Map allows users to search by location, medium, educational opportunities, type of organization, etc... more
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Here's a visual lesson in Embossing relief designs by hand in precious metals like silver and gold--as well as copper, brass, aluminum and steel in Iran... more
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A researcher in Palermo, Italy, has a new idea: that Leonardo's La Gioconda, or the Mona Lisa, owes her facial expression to her health conditions. Blame her cholesterol... more
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Are you fascinated by the gleam of sartorial metal worn by heroes of yesteryear? If so, then you'll want to read Jonathan Jones' critique on personal armour and its value to artistic painting... more
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I stumbled upon this strange little photo essay in an online magazine called “English Russia”. The essay is almost wordless - the photos speak volumes. This humble Russian is doing his own Sistine Chapel in Crimeamore
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The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the only museum dedicated to the exhibition of mid 20th-century European modern art in the southeast, opened to the public Saturday, January 2, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.... more
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Cowboy-turned-artist Charles Russell's vision of the "old west" in America is alive and well at the Denver Art Museum--itself an example of architectural artwork and spatial functionality... more
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A closer look at El Greco's 'Repentant Saint Peter' at the Phillips Collection. But are we right to read a 17th-century painting -- this collection's second-oldest work -- through 20th-century eyes?... more
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"Art is our one true global language. It knows no nation, it favors no race, and it acknowledges no class. It speaks to our need to reveal, heal, and transform. It transcends our ordinary lives and lets us imagine what is possible." more
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According to editor Niccoló Milanese, although artist Ibrahim El Salahi was an early pioneer of Sudanese modernism, his black/white visual art designs now condemn civil strife in that country... more
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London: End of year auctions at Christie's and Sotheby's show Victorian and British Impressionists still greatly in demand and fetching high prices. Some dealers say quality always sells... more
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Want a chuckle while reading this holiday season? Try Art Women: A Guide by Polly Frost. She fearlessly dissects stereotypes from Curators through Fund Raisers to Docents while hilariously suggesting role models... more
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Are you in the dark about understanding the mental processes of autism as you long to express yourself? A new book of art, Drawing Autism, compiled by Jill Mullin, could help... more

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Mike Nourse likes the idea that people can create art with something in their pockets: an iPhone. “I wanted everyone to shut up already about what their iPhone could do and show me what it does,” ... more
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Kiev: Ukrainian billionaire, Victor Pinchuk has created a new international contemporary art prize for artists under 35 years old. The Future Generation Art Prize will be held every two years and the winner will receive $100,000... more
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In the immortal words of my mother, “Clean up that mess”! Just because you’re creative, doesn’t mean your studio should look like a train wreck. Entertain the concept of a clutter-free work area in 2010... more
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Los Angeles based Fresco Painting School announces the release of its first DVD Video Tutorial “Buon Fresco Foundations”. This video introduces the student to principles and techniques of applying slaked lime plaster for True Fresco Paintingmore
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A good art fair, like Art Chicago, Art Miami, can attract 20,000-40,000 more visitors in several days than most galleries see in a year. Maybe 2010 is your year to consider a new sales strategy? more
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Australia denies visas to North Korean artists to talk about their work and is accused of censorship. 100 artists from 25 regional countries participate in the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art... more
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Tim Burton goes to the Museum of Modern Art. Fun for the whole family ... more
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Simon Brault says, "If we don't take drastic action to encourage broad-based, grass-roots cultural engagement, state support for the arts will face a crisis of legitimacy because everyday participation in the arts is declining"... more
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"Explorations in Black and White: The 1930s ~ 1960s" brings together paintings in black and white to show the developments among American abstract artists over four decades. Significant artists of the 1930s and 1940s period... more
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How Is the value of Art assigned in today's market? Complexities of art attribution have proven difficult from the time of the old masters. Bet the New York court currently involved in an alleged Andy Warhol work will wish it was easier... more
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Paintings by Canada's Group of Seven leader, Lawren Harris and his contemporary, Tom Thomson, set new auction records at Heffel's latest sale in Vancouver... more
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The soaring Frank Lloyd Wright Synagogue in Elkins Park, PA, a symbolic Mount Sinai made of concrete, steel and glass by the legendary architect, is 50 years old and now on exhibit... more
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Ben Lewis, writing in Prospect, tells about work by untrained artists operating outside the commercial art world...and also warns against what this art really is, or where it should go in the art scheme of things... more
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Germaine Greer says "Martin Sharp Sydney Artist" has invigorated the art scene in Australia and still influences today's emerging artists--a long way from his '60s poster of Dylan as Mr Tambourine Man... more
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Metropolitan Museum Reports $8.4 Million Budget Deficit - The museum’s annual financial report states that additional losses of as much as $20 million a year have been avoided through sharp cutbacks... more
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Colin Chinnery on the Future of ShContemporary - The fair director talks about the challenges of 2009, his plans for 2010, and how to get through to the elusive Chinese collector... more
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Jeanne-Claude Dies After Brain Aneurysm - Christo says he will continue their work together... more
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How the Mona Lisa Lost Her Eyebrows...and part of her Smile. Leonardo did paint them--but restorer Pascal Cotte's camera claims time and maybe a chemical reaction seem to have lost them... more
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"ABSTRACTION, not just mathematics, has its place in science as it does in art," argues Ronald Hoffman. Why should science mimic the aesthetic games of the world of art? Fascinating subject: try it, you'll like it!... more
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A giant copy of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, Mona Lisa, 50 times bigger than the original and covering a massive 240 square metres, went on display in Wrexham, Wales for one day only. Hundreds of people helped artist Katy Webster for charity... more
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Sesame Street celebrated it's 40th anniversary last week. Let's all remember the artistry of it's late creator Jim Henson as we admire the magic of Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, and Elmo... more
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In an unlikely combination, Salvador Dali began a collaboration with Disney studios in 1946 to produce a short animation piece called Destino ...due to financial reasons the project was shelved. In 2003, Roy Disney completed the project... more
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And the Greeks have it! Works by Spyros Vassiliou, Georgios Zongolopoulos, Constantin Xenakis, and Konstantino Byzantios send auction sales sky high at Sotheby's in London... more
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Paris: The Pompidou Center plans to fill a colourful circus big top with Picassos, Matisses and Calders instead of animals--bringing a roving museum of masterpieces to the people... more
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Before the invention of the loom, the discovery of metallurgy revolutionized the ancient world. Artists used materials like stone, wood, bone and textiles. "We've come a long way, baby, since then." See "The Genesis of Modern Art"... more
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In her latest video installation, World Rehearsal Court, Vancouver artist Judy Radul tackles troubling tensions between theatricality and testimony, artifice and documentation, currently on view at UBC's Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery... more
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MoMA and P.S.1 Tackle Global Warming -
The museums have picked four teams to study ways to protect the city from the effects of global warming... more
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A Marathon Tribute for Merce Cunningham -
Company members and alumni gathered for a tribute performance for the late choreographer at the Park Avenue Armory on Wednesday night... more
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The Best of Performa 09 - until relatively recently, performance art was imagined to be a minority interest, even among the art crowd...that is no longer the case. Here's a tiny sampling of the 2009 performance art biennial's massive offering of events... more
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After long delay, Zagreb's first new museum in over a century will open in December showing Croatian and international works, but contemporary collections in southeastern Europe will still remain under-represented... more
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Finger painting used to be the province of the preschooler. Now adults do it. Doodlers do it. Serious artists do it, like pop art master David Hockney. They do it--as we do nearly everything these days--with an iPhone application... more
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A GUIDE TO ART MUSEUM WOMEN: Check out role models that humourist Polly Frost suggests might apply--like Simone de Beauvoir as "Curator," Fanny Hill as the "Benefactor," Arianna Huffington as "Fund Raiser" or Sister Wendy as the "Docent"... more
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France Approves Wide Crackdown on Net Piracy setting global precedent for other countries to follow promising to convert copyright cheats into customers of legitimate online music, movie and other media services.. more
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According to critic Ben Lewis, Frank Auerbach's post-war London building-site paintings puts him on the front line of important and powerful European art (see Courtauld Gallery exhibition)... more
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View slides of the unique Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 09 presenting the work of ceramic artist Christyl Boger, fibre artist Mark Newport, glass artist Mary Van Cline, and ceramic artist SunKoo Yuh at the Smithsonian... more
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Israel: Going against trends to dump representational and figurative art in her landscapes, artist Efrat Galnoor says, "...you have to think completely abstract. And the more you can think abstract, the more you can be realistic"... more
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Danielle LaPorte says Muses... like to be respected. Dis' your muse and she'll stop dropping by. She's righteous. Genius is like that. In an interview with Neil Young, Charlie Rose asks about his muse... more
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Strasbourg, Germany: The European Studio Glass Art Association presents the works of contemporary artists using Glass as the main medium, attracting participants from Europe, Africa, America or Asia... more
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Art Factory - Peter Hessler talks about China's art industry and a group of artist who create western style art for export: New Yorker, Audio Slide Show... more
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Got $200,000 lying around? Seigneur, c'est vous, je vous reconnais is Rouault’s famous painting from his series, Miserer, and it’s for sale at Sotheby’s. Many old masters are being offered at their November 4 Impressionist sale… more
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David Hockney, at 72, with hearing aids in both ears, remains lively, gregarious and enthusiastic — especially when it comes to looking at the world, thinking about the world and making art out of what he sees... more
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Conceptual art has fought hard for its place as investment. Denis Dutton compares the work that is being done today, to that of Duchamp and even of prehistoric artists, in assessing whether contemporary conceptual art has investment value... more
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Art Basel Miami Beach: a favourite winter meeting place for the international art world in December includes top-quality exhibitions of new artwork and projects from North & Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa... more
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Chinese Contemporary Art Market Plunges - Auction houses have noticed a 50 percent drop in the sales of Chinese contemporary art over the past year... more
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Lehman Art Auction Prices on the Low Side - Next month's 283-lot sale is estimated to tally up to $760,800... more
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The Masterful Mr. Penn - Celebrated photographer Irving Penn, who died at age 92 on October 7, produced breathtaking images for more than 60 years. This February 2007 feature from the Art+Auction archive looks at the master's life and work... more
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The ghost of a fingerprint uncovers a beautiful "new" Leonardo da Vinci portrait! Montréal-based forensic art expert Peter Paul Biro uses new technology resulting in big payday for owners... more
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Critic James Hall is unconvinced that greed solely motivated the artist as claimed by recent biographer, Antonio Forcellino in his "Michelangelo: A Tormented Life"... more
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The New England Quilt Museum is featuring quilts made from recycled mens suits, shirts, neckties, pajamas, military uniforms, work clothes—even socks, this remarkable exhibition brings together over 40 intriguing antique quilts, from 1850 – 1950... more
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Further to our item "Egypt has cut all cooperation with France's Louvre Museum," we now note that France has avoided a cultural standoff by agreeing to immediately repatriate five sections of Egyptian tomb mural... more
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Sandefjord, Norway: New glass-walled museum devoted to housing sculptures by Knut Steen. Born in 1924, Steen continues to work in bronze and steel, as well as marble, granite and concrete... more
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"You're seeing the evolution of one of the most fertile artistic minds of our time", says curator Ruth Fine. She’s talking about the Jasper Johns exhibit at The National Gallery of Art, opening October 11... more
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Some artists are making their own oil paints. It’s not as hard as you might think, although safety must come first! Here’s a short but thorough video to help you decide if it’s for you… more
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Renoir in the 20th century”, at the Musée d’Orsay, takes another look at this little-known period, which influenced Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard and Maillol. The exhibition comes to Los Angeles in February, 2010 and Philadelphia in June… more
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CAIRO: Continuing vociferous campaign for the return of important works, Egypt has cut all cooperation with France’s Louvre Museum until it secures the return of “stolen” Pharaonic antiquities... more
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Smithsonian's Conservation Institute exposes problems with oil paint. The results of the 28 year study highlight major concerns for artists. "We think artists who use oil paints are going to have problems with their paintings..." more
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2010 Lifetime Achievement Awards in the United States announced by the Women's Caucus For Art. Collage Art Association in Chicago to host an award dinner in February, tickets available... more
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Jonathan Jones, "Art's shock of the new will never die." Avant-garde art has been obsessed for centuries in pursuing the shock of the new, but events like Frieze art fair can still surprise us from the cutting edge... more
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The Toronto arts extravaganza Nuit Blanche took over the city on Oct 3rd. CBC News presents some of the best gallery images for your enjoyment... more
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"Icons of the Desert: Early Aboriginal Paintings From Papunya" at the Grey Art Gallery, presents about 50 paintings, most made where it all began, in a remote settlement of Australia, in the early '70s. A slide show worth seeing... more
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Van Gogh's Letters, The Artist Speaks”, exhibits over 120 original letters, alongside paintings he was writing about. Important documents never before displayed due to fragility. Also available on internet, starting October 9, 2009… more
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Italians worship New York City so ArtForum reports that the recent “New York Minute” exhibition really attracted a hodgepodge of Roman high society, actors, fashionistas, and art-world denizens... more
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Abu Dhabi will host more than fifty masterful paintings from the collection New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Nov.--the work of over forty of the most important artists of the 20th century... more
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"Piracy" seems to have made a spectacular resurgence: from oil tankers in the Indian Ocean to the grey zones of cyberspace, where users swap ripped-off media. Theorists speculate on the reasons... more
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The Walt Disney Family Museum opened Oct 1 in the Presidio, San Francisco. 19,000 square feet of galleries in this new museum complex, a $110 million transformation of an Army barracks are devoted to telling the story of Disney’s life and work... more
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The Guggenheim Museum in New York is showing a retrospective of Vasily Kandinsky which continues until Jan 13. Here a look at his heirs... more
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Toronto's annual Nuit Blanche provides an eyeful of Canadian art even without Iain Baxter's colourful "Monopoly" money... with 130 projects by 500 artists you get to see the Top Ten here... more
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Andy Warhol's two great innovations were "to bring commercial art into fine art" and "to take printing techniques into painting." New York's Richard Dorment reviews three new books about this famous American artist... more
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Creative Leaders Discuss "Culture Beyond Borders" - Museum and art-world leaders gathered at the Louise Blouin Foundation's Global Creative Leadership Summit in New York to discuss the "Bilbao Effect" and culture's potential as a tool for change... more
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The Art of Politics - In Pittsburgh, two exhibitions of political cartoons present alternative approaches to the issues on the table at the G-20 summit... more
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The Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art promises to push African, Indian, Australian and Chinese modern art into the spotlight after good exhibits from Europe and North America, as part of the famous globalization movement... more
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Leif Neandross' murals from the 1920s--many in gold leaf--in NY's Empire State Building's cathedral-like lobby (covering about 1/3 of the size of a football field) are now restored and waiting to be seen... more
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Paris: At last, Artists harness the Internet, engaging ever more creatively with computers now, providing new sources of reflection and new subjects for social commentary... more
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The art of handwriting not only teaches us to control our hands and encourages hand-eye coordination--Umberto Ecco believes that humans need to rediscover beauty of form and thought...and to slow down!... more
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Jackson Portrait Painter Tells Collector to Beat It - Dick Zimmerman, who describes himself as "the most accomplished portrait artist of the 20th century," says he is not prepared to surrender his painting of the King of Pop... more
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Three Artists Win MacArthur "Genius" Awards - Mark Bradford, Camille Utterback, and Rackstraw Downes each win $500,000, joining a select group of artists who have won the prize... more
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September art market at Saffronart in Mumbai, India shows some market resurgence, mainly by post-war Progressive Group artists, with an untitled 1995 landscape diptych by Akbar Padamsee leading the bidding... more
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COLOGNE - Battered, shapeless, down-at-the-heel – the most hotly discussed shoes in art history: a pair of black boots that Vincent van Gogh painted in 1886 in Paris - to this day still debated philosophically... more
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What if you had something really important to say and wanted everyone to know about it? In Jerusalem, famous cartoonists use Caricatures in Conflict to communicate messages to people who usually don't hear them... more
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“Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction,” a vivid and surprisingly surprising show of more than 130 paintings and drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Slide show included... more
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Tom Marin says that lifting your brand to new heights is about getting people to look-read-connect and hopefully keep us in mind when they are ready to buy... more
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The creative energies of artists are found in many genres... as often in fiction as factual writings. Take Homer and the Poetic Origins of Art History for instance, which married verifiable historical fact and myth... more
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A reward of $1m is being offered this weekend for information leading to the recovery of a unique collection of stolen ANDY WARHOL silkscreen portraits of famous sporting figures... more
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In October, a rare exhibition of new blue oil paintings by Damien Hirst opens in the rococo Wallace Collection museum at Hertford House in the heart of London, often termed an international treasure house... more
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Here is a fascinating video of an artist, Mary Catherine Lamb, recently lost to breast cancer. She was an amazing collector, making compositions of ephemeral things through out her art, and her home... more
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O Muse! You Do Make Things Difficult! So what makes your muse flow? This article is mainly about writers, and is really bizarre at times, but it poses a question to painters and other visual artists... more
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Andreas Gursky is one of the world’s best-known contemporary photographers. Now, on the occasion of an extensive show at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gursky talks in-depth about his work—including a first-ever self-portrait—with critic Nancy Tousley... more
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Be the first to see an exhibition of new works by six artists from Saatchi artists online. Working from their own photographs – found or made – the artists have spun the images into unique and unusual works of art... more
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The Portrait Gallery of Canada is a gallery no more, shuffled into the programs branch of Canada's national archives. The move is part of a larger shakeup at Library and Archives Canada which will see the gallery lose its name... more
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Artistic trends never last, so after studying Western painting, Japanese artist Fuyuko Matsui finds her visual vocabulary in Nihonga (traditional Japanese-style painting) and her subject matter in Japan’s ghostly past... more
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Hong Kong: Sotheby’s Oct 6th auction includes established modern masters--highlighted by Lee Man Fong’s Magnificent Horses and Affandi’s Self Portrait, Eating Watermelon--as well as works by a number of young, up-and-coming artists... more
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The Rijksmuseum presents the first exhibition devoted to Hendrick Avercamp, the foremost painter of Dutch winter landscapes in the 17th century. Avercamp was the first Dutch artist to specialise in paintings of winter landscapes featuring people enjoying the ice...are they playing hockey?... more
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Continuing its tradition of collaborating with other Chicago cultural institutions to offer yearlong programming around a central theme, the Art Institute of Chicago announces its 2009-2010 season as "500 Ways of Looking at Modern." ... more
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British author and self-confessed 'Artoholic,' Charles Saatchi talks about his new book, why it's more important to back living artists than the old masters, collecting vs. art investments, and today's art world... more
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How and why artists do what they do is the focus of Soul’s Journey: Inside the Creative Process. It's an exhibit that features 22 significant, contemporary object makers... more
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This fall, things get wild at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, as it presents Sendak on Sendak, the famed author and illustrator who changed the course of children's literature forever... more
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Maira Kalman, illustrator, author and designer, writes an illustrated opinion column in the New York Times, "And the Pursuit of Happiness." It's about American democracy, appears on the last Friday of each month and is an unusual art contribution to the usually arid NYT editorial pages. more
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The opening of Beijing’s inaugural 798 Biennale, apparently chaotic in steaming 40oC heat, had some major works by Chinese artists widely censored by Chinese authorities. But that didn't affect the experience of the self-financed international contingent... more
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Six young Iranian artists prepare for a major exhibition of their work at the Royal College of Art, London. Having made the short list, now each finalist is vying for the international art prize. Magic of Persia, Oct. 15-17, 2009... more
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An exhibition in Clinton, N.J., features the work of 22 emerging printmakers, many using the medium in experimental ways. Titled “Up and Coming: New Printmakers Make Their Mark,” it is one of the best contemporary print shows seen in a long time... more
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Every artist needs a patron. Kickstarter is a start-up based in Brooklyn that's using the Web to match aspiring da Vincis and Spielbergs with mini-Medicis who are willing to chip in a few dollars toward art projects... more
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The marriage of painting and technology that is “The Wedding at Cana,” by the filmmaker Peter Greenaway, is possibly the best unmanned art history lecture you’ll ever experience.... more
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Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring provides a fine example of how a model should be posed for a painting. Professional photographer, Daren Rowse, offers advice for the set up process--his techniques work for portrait and figure painters, too!... more
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Princeton University Art Museum has recently acquired Circus Acrobats sculpture by George Segal, (American, 1924–2000). These "flying" plaster figures swoop gracefully from the ceiling, directly above the museum's entrance, joining a suite of reliefs and sculptures... more
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Hitler Watercolors Hit the Block. Three signed works by the Nazi tyrant will go up for auction in Nuremberg in September... more
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Activists Oppose Sotheby’s Sale of Aboriginal Busts. The auction house counters that the sculptures are only one pair of multiple sets and says Monday's sale in Melbourne will go on... more
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In L.A. an art project will recreate the Berlin Wall for the 20th anniversary of the historic barrier’s fall. In Berlin another public art project: "Write the Wall" invites locals and tourists to write, draw, and paint on a remaining part of the Cold War icon... more
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Remember taking the time to watch the cumulus clouds, seeing the forms that take shape and identifying the pictures they make? Here's a good exercise for artists of all ages! ... more
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Some successful middle-aged artists acknowledge Mad Magazine as the key influence in their lives. Robert Fulford asks if Harvey Kurtzman (1924-93) and his Mad colleagues realized they were making history... more
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Muicca Prada employs her extraordinary fashion expertise in New York, Tokyo and San Francisco to create a new dynamic museum organism in Milan, uniting all the Prada interests: fashion, architecture, film and art... more
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Arthur Dove, an American modernist, was eclipsed by friend Georgia O'Keeffe. The Clark Art Institute exhibit demonstrates that without Dove’s art there might have been no O'Keeffe. She said he helped her "find something of my own"... more
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Bringing together an oddly diffuse group of artists, Edinburgh's current International Festival hosts an art exhibition which puts 21st-century artists in dialogue with 18th-century ideas. Jonathan Jones claims its "quiet intensity will win you over"... more
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What Is Art: a very tricky thing to define. Sixteen-year-old Sarah Schwab, a gifted student, suggests what criteria an untrained art observer could use in making judgments about whether something is or is not art... more
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Rocco Landesman, chairman of NEA, plans to draw artists into the center. Art Works, a slogan that highlights art’s role as an economic driver, shows that working artists are a critical part of the economy... more
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It does take two to tango, and now that Uruguay and Argentina have buried the hatchet over the whole who-invented-the-tango question, that's high art! (View 3-min YouTube)... more
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We will better understand the differences between "linear" and "painterly" art by studying Embroidery: The Artist's Mother (1882–83) by Georges Seurat at the MET... more
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Artful documentation by Canadian, Scott Conarroe, combines trains and photography in North America--snapped in a painterly manner... more
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Meet the Mozart of painting: child prodigy Jan Lievens. The Dutch artist didn't progress as far as his friend and contemporary, Rembrandt, but he was that rarest of things, a superbly gifted young painter... more
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Tarzan is the subject of a summer show at the Musée du Quai Branly that mixes old comics and film clips with children’s action figures, a stuffed crocodile— only in Paris... more
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ALEC SOTH has created a photographic career out of trolling for strangers to befriend, and to photograph. He explores the idea of retreating from the world through the habitats of monks, hermits and survivalists ... more
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Art, nature and music rule in the Berkshire Hills, MA. This summer, see work by American icon Georgia O'Keeffe along with abstractionist Arthur Dove at the Clark Art Institute -- then picnic on Tanglewood's lawn to the Boston Pops!... more
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Wooden “nested” matryoshka dolls are valued by Russians and tourists alike -- but, horrors!, the painted Russian folk-art dolls appear to have been inspired by the Japanese! ... more
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Andres Amador has been producing sand art on Ocean Beach in San Francisco for five years and has completed more than 100 pieces. An amazing slideshow... more
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Elevator for Grain, Reinvented for Art, this 105-foot-tall structure is one of the strangest new homes for contemporary art, a place that feels like a Lower East Side gallery transplanted into a treehouse... more
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Think of “Judith Leyster, 1609-1660” at the National Gallery of Art as a 400-year-old answer to the art historian Linda Nochlin’s famous question “Why have there been no great women artists?”... more
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If you're a cartoonist, you know about the National Cartoonists Society. Or maybe you don't. Maybe you just doodle and you LOVE cartoons but you've never thought you might seriously try cartooning as an art form. Check it out ... more
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Restoration of World's largest collection of Dutch painter Pieter Cornelis "Piet" Mondriaan (1872-1944) canvases underway at The Gemeente museum in the Hague... more
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Vancouver vs Seattle: Which city has better contemporary art/artists?! Compare Seattle critic Jen Graves' universe of issues, peculiarities, styles and ideas for yourself... more
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Budapest-born photographer André Kertész gained inspiration for many of his best shots through his preoccupation with reading. His work is celebrated in a new exhibition, On Reading, at the Photographers' Gallery, London until 4 October 2009... more
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The Sketchbook Project. Art House Coop brings art to the world. Gathering artists from everywhere through their projects, any artist can participate. Fun and in the spirit of global unity, check it out! more
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A charity auction at Sotheby's on 21 September will tie together a group of artists from South Africa with the British contemporary arts scene hoping to raise more than £500,000 for African charities that fund the care of vulnerable children in South Africa... more
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"Iron-cross" folds promote your invitation or educational brochure. Watch a short, super cool video from Graphic Arts Magazine Finishing Editor, Trish Witkowski, president of Foldfactory.com... more
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Attend "The Wedding at Cana" in Venice as a guest in the midst of the throng of wedding guests, architecture and blue skies that make up Paolo Veronese's spectacular composition! Filmmaker Peter Greenaway is the magician... more
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"What is Art and When is it Craft?" words heavily laden with cultural baggage. Ginger Lee Hendler asks if it's time to move beyond the limitations separating our appreciation of creative action (online-magazine Art Times p.10)... more
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Ilana Yahav is a world-renowned sand painting artist. Some of you may have seen her videos on YouTube. This is her website. Her artwork is inspirational, performance-based and combines graceful movement with music to create textural dimension storytelling ... more
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It's been a bad year for the art market, but Rick Friedman, founder and executive director of the art fair ArtHamptons, now in its second year, is bullish. The new trends are decoration, trompe d'oeil, and soft porn... more
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Part art installation, part opera, artist Anselm Kiefer collaborates with composer Jörg Widmann to mount The Bible marking Opéra Bastille's 20th anniversary in Paris. Broken stones and bricks create a lot of dust... more
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The third annual Asian invitational exhibition, ShContemporary, is scheduled for September in Shanghai, bringing galleries and emerging artists from the last two decades together in a theme of Discovering Contemporary... more
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Want a surprise? Beginning in September, Scuderie del Qiirinale exhibits Colors of Ancient Rome... retracing the central role of "painting" in the Roman civil society, emphasizing through theatrical installation the ancient as a colored world... more
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If you've not seen Banksy, first check out the trailer. See also photos of his work, now appearing in Africa... more
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"Marine Abramovic presents" requires artists and visitors to surrender phone and handbag, don a white lab coat, and participate to earn the "certificate of accomplishment" after enduring four hours at the Manchester International Festival... more
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The eyes have it. Check out these fascinating portraits, starting with a page of celebrity eyes by Kristin H. Eyfells. They are in the Famous Faces Exhibit at The Longview Museum of Fine Arts ... more
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present Adventures in Modern Art: The Charles K. Williams II Collection, an exhibition of approximately 100 paintings, sculptures, watercolors, and drawings from the early decades of the 20th century... more
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MICHAEL ARTHUR draws in pen and ink. Each drawing is a live reaction to the moment, an attempt to make something ephemeral last. He draws dancers of American Ballet Theatre at Lincoln Center... more
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Anna Somers Cocks (in The Art Newspaper) asks, "Are We colonialising Middle Eastern Art?" claiming "no one needs western-style fine art with some orientalist flourishes" ... more
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In August, the India Art Summit 2009: this country's 2nd modern and contemporary art fair showcasing works from Asia, Middle East, Europe and USA as well as India. International speakers will participate in seminars and films... more
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Human-Centered Design Toolkit. Enjoy a great article about methodology that empowers organizations and design firms. The key ideas are: collaboration, self-publishing, sharing information outside organizational walls and learning new communication skills ... more
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Buying and selling art on Ebay? Read about benefits and problems both art lovers and artists have using Ebay as a vehicle for selling art. A comprehensive sharing with lots of links to ponder and explore ... more
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Jumpstart your imagination! Poets shape words to create unique imagery--as can idioms and sayings. A line or two can provide an idea for a painting the next time you're wondering what to paint. Here are 31 painting ideas from poetry... more
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Have a look! In an international collaboration of information and images, manuscripts, paintings, textiles and artefacts from The International Dunhuang Project: The Silk Road is now available online in various languages... more
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The "Dove/O'Keeffe: Circles of Influence" exhibition adds a chapter to the Georgia O'Keeffe story. It explores the role of American modernist painter Arthur Dove as key figure in O'Keeffe's development of abstraction... more
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Here's one artist woman who is impressive in her success, underscored by her work ethic. Annette Polan of Northwest Washington is no struggling artist. Last year, the 60-something pocketed $200,000 for painting portraits... more
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It is well known that Rembrandt painted himself throughout his lifetime. Now, a portrait of the artist has been unearthed, which is the earliest depiction of Rembrandt as a hopeful teenager of 16 years more
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A self-portrait by the Renaissance genius Michelangelo has been discovered in his final painting, the Crucifixion of Saint Peter in the Vatican's Pauline Chapel. See Michelangelo by Michelangelo... more
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The art of Dr. Seuss now on tour! From July 17 through August 8, Storyopolis Fine Art in collaboration with The 4th Wall Gallery in Dallas present a retrospective and national exhibition celebrating the life and art of Theodor Seuss Geisel ... more
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"A painter cannot use paint like glue to fasten down the world. The tubes of paint are like fingers; they work only if, inside the painter, the neural pathways are wide and clear to the brain." (Annie Dillard - The Writing Life)... more

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The Art Students League of New York: Main campus is in Manhattan, 15-acre Vytlacil Campus is in the lush Hudson River Valley, 1/2 hour from NYC. Apprenticeships, Residencies, Teaching, Gallery & Exhibitions. Oportunities for artists worldwide... more
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People with visual talent will benefit from the economy, one that has turned artsy outsiders into insiders, gotten young creative juices flowing, and been the source of major innovation and entrepreneurship... more
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Cosmic Imagery: Key Images in the History of Science by John D. Barrow is a fascinating read. The fact is that much science has been prompted or promoted by images - particularly of interest to artists who will find browsing these pages inspirational... more

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Mosaic art brings beauty to life! Museums around the world offer exhibitions displaying the splendor of this art form. Israel recently opened a mosaic museum in the West Bank ... more
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Australia’s Northern Territory is home to a wealth of Aboriginal art that reflects the spirit of the people. From rock art through to more contemporary bark paintings, each piece offers a glimpse into the rich history of the Aboriginal people... more
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Outside the frame: How Asia changed the course of American Art. Beyond a mere formal influence, the East had its most profound effect on the philosophies of art, especially in the development of abstract painting. ... more
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Why are more artwork exhibitors insisting viewers take part? According to ARTnews, a viewer can walk away from a painting--but it is harder to detach from an experience. May take an eyewitness, or an artist, to make sense of it... more
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The Return of the Yellow Peril Exhibit: "It's as though my parents made a pact not to talk about it," Shimomura says. "By not talking about it, they seemed to think that they could erase this moment from history”... more
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Good enough to eat....Song Dong's performance piece Penjing at PaceWildenstein’s 25th Street, NYC: installations consisting of foodstuffs, the foodstuffs bearing an uncanny resemblance to traditional Chinese landscape paintings... more
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New Yorkers can be tough to impress, but this Friday, they will be. Fifty pieces of work by self-trained artists will be displayed in Bergdorf Goodman's Fifth Avenue windows, thanks to Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museummore
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You cannot trust what you see. Your eyes are not cameras taking pictures - your brain has to interpret the jangled mess it gets fed. Colors, shapes, objects are not what they appear. See for yourself... more
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When art moves, speaks, sings and dances, and especially when it tells a story, it touches the heart like no other. From Fx Goby, Matthieu Landour & Edouard Jouret ... more
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Rubens and Michelangelo are getting inundated. Following unusually heavy rains, Vienna's Albertina Museum, home to landmark Impressionist works by Monet and Renoir, will start removing 950,000 artworks from its leaking underground depot... more
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No time to travel this year? ...take a quick online trip to France and visit some of Paris' best museums. See the most famous exhibit at the Pompidou Centre modern-art museum - the building itself... more
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In Jim Jarmusch's new film, Spanish paintings by Juan Gris, Roberto Fernández Balbuena, Antonio López García and Antoni Tàpies play as much of a role as the actors do. Curves and shapes of violins and guitars echo throughout... more
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Whether its your basic DNA sequence, a mass of digital pixels, or a binary code, they’re all visual systems and codes, both modern and ancient, used to pass on information. A New Zealand grid artist explainsmore
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Featuring 35 rare etchings by Rembrandt Van Rijn, Sordid and Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt’s Etchings focuses on a subject the artist frequented in his formative years: the beggar... more
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Emily Johnston interviews Paul Russo in Amsterdam who finds "endless creative possibilities" in creating non-representational abstract paintings and mixed media pieces in black only, one task at a time... more
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Rows and rows of dummies... Where are we here? - in the Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Ky, which is dedicated to the art of ventriloquism. The slide show is peculiar, each listener gawking in silence... more
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Art is underfoot... The 6emeia project by Anderson Augusto and Leonardo Delafuente was created to brighten up the streets of São Paulo, Brazil. Over the years, their painted storm drains have turned into popular tourist attractions... more
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Meet Frank Romero, a member of the 1970s Chicano Art Collective, Los Four, and listen to his comments about art and the treatment of minorities while you watch him paint quickly and without mistake, using bright and happy colors... more
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What it’s all about – a short video about the Sand Dancer’s joy of creation (do NOT miss this one!)… more
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A few simple tricks for hanging artwork, for dummies (like me) who hate to measure. This short video takes the guesswork out of hanging multiple pieces,... No rulers,… No templates,… No hasslesmore
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An Artful Craft reveals both the art and the craft of Bookbinding, from medieval examples to contemporary masterpieces, and from European to Islamic bookbinders. The Oxford, UK exhibition at the Bodleian borrows the best until Oct... more
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Sorry, Paul Simon. Kodak is taking Kodachrome away. The Eastman Kodak Company announced Monday it would retire Kodachrome, its oldest film stock, because of declining customer demand in a digital age... more
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Wanting to change the scenery a bit, create new surroundings for your muse, find a way to travel in an affordable fashion and still have time to make art? Here are some sites with good ideas!... more
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Can't make it to view the ancient marbles in the new Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece right now for the Opening? Have a one-minute peek at what you may be missing... more
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Listen to gallery owners and artists discuss Art and the Recession. Roland Augustine, Tracy Williams and Chuck Close comment on how the economy is affecting the art world... more
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The new contemporary art museum of Venice, Punta della Dogana, opened just in time for the Venice Biennale. It is said,"Occasionally you feel like you are walking through a show of the greatest hits from the best galleries in the world ... more
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What? Medieval monks could draw? Which may explain why “Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art feels startlingly full of light. You may find yourself rubbing your eyes... more
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The current exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, elles@centrepompidou, is entirely devoted to the works of modern and contemporary women artists— a first for a national museum of art... more
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Clare Plug, NZ artist, continues to push quilting decisively into the realm of modern art. "Look South" considers broad themes: the challenges and heroism of Antarctica’s explorers, the power and vulnerability of the implacable landscape... more
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Alright, let’s take this outside. Painting en plein air means in the fresh air. All you need is some bug spray, sun block, a hat, and… an easel! Think lightweight, small, foldable and easy – some tips... more
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Javier Marin, the remarkable Mexican sculptor of expressive and tragic figures in the tradition of Rodin, has just opened a show in Amsterdam. "It is magnificence, soul, dignity, profound strength, compassion and suffering"... more
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Jonathan Jones thinks that "The Torment of St. Anthony," a rediscovered 15th century painting of a monk tormented by devils attributed to Michelangelo, is a masterpiece. What do you think? more
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Launching your new website? Usability guru Dr Jakob Nielsen claims "You don't need a fancy or glamourous look" - See the data that Mark Ward on BBC shares on what makes websites different today than they were a decade ago... more
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Commercial art fair, non-commercial biennial, a blurring of the boundaries. Paco Barragan provides insight into the various art exhibitions and the role of the curator... more
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Where will you find "a maze of live rats amid a chaotic display of stuffed animals and photographs of Nazi soldiers, pornography and overflowing toilets.."? At Muac, Mexico City's huge new museum of contemporary art... more
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Adam Weinberg, director of the Whitney Museum said Jessica Stockholder's installation was "somewhere between painting and sculpture and environment. The work draws on the whole history of art from Matisse to Rauschenberg, Smithson and Matta-Clark"... more
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Did you ever want to run away to the circus? This is your chance... Cirque de Soleil's spectacular, interactive and free performance is happening at Toronto’s waterfront this weekend... more
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Copies of great works of ancient Khmer on silk done with fine brushes, it would seem contemporary art is limited and tenuous - but it does exist in Cambodia, as revealed recently at the Visual Arts Open in Angkor, Phnom Penh... more
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The impressive 2009 Guanlan International Print Biennial exhibits at the Guanlan Museum, Shenzhen, China until July 14. Prize-winners were chosen among entrants from some 70 countries and regions. Guy Langevin (Canada) claims winners were received like "kings!"... more
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The Prado in Google Earth - an ‘up close and personal’ view of paintings in Spain's Prado museum. Get close enough to examine a painter's brushstrokes or the craquelure on the varnish of a painting... more
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In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous Bed-in, held in Suite 1742 of Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel, made headlines around the world. Forty years later, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts celebrates this legendary event... more
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Robert De Niro’s father was one of America’s most prominent painters, a friend to Jackson Pollock and Tennessee Williams. Robert talks about his father’s work and SoHo studio that he’s preserved as a shrine... more
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Roxy Paine works in stainless steel making “dendroids.” He just finished one called “Graft,” a 27-foot steel tree that will be the first modern piece in the National Gallery’s Sculpture Garden since it opened... more
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The London Times invited readers to vote on who are the greatest artists working since 1900. After 16 weeks, the votes are in — all 1.4 million of them. Here are the results of the poll... more
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The new Art Institute of Washington is now taking enrollment. Bachelor degrees in Advertising, Media Arts and Information, Web Design, Fashion and Retail Management, Graphic Design, Photographic Imaging, Interactive Media and... more
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Golden Ratio, Rule of Thirds, or rabatment? Just as it isn’t clear why the Golden Ratio conveys a pleasing composition, no one knows why using the rectangle’s rabatment gives harmony and unity to a composition... more
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Set your prices according to what you need, not just to survive, but to thrive. By pricing your work appropriately, you’ll have more time for your art, thereby increasing the quality of your work overall... more
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YouTube video considers the position of artists in humanity. The Dalai Lama offers his thoughts to artists in all mediums: "Your job as an artist is to give hope"... more
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A new iconography has shifted emphasis from form to material. More and more theses on the meaning of materials in contemporary art have originated at the Art History Department in Hamburg... more
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Can limitations stimulate creativity? If we are restricted in supplies or space or stringent guidelines, do we dig deeper in order to find a way to make art? Here's one man's solution... more
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As creatives, we make connections almost everywhere. Business cards can offer a first impression - clever, beautiful and artistic reflections of our work, our personalities, our art. A picture's worth a 1000 words... more
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Sometimes the message is in a metaphor. Sometimes you have to escape, relax, watch a movie. Sometimes you search and the answer is right in front of you. Watching this video could be just what you need!... more
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Nature has inspired artists since time began. Creating a Nature Journal can be not only relaxing and redirective, it is a beautifully artistic expression! The Smithsonian offers this free download with information and guidance to begin... more
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Founded by artists, the Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists' and writers' Residency Program, hosting 50 artists and writers each month. Extraordinary international opportunity open to all, application deadline June 15, full fellowship awards... more
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"The most cutting edge art in the world" is to be seen at the Venice Biennale 2009— includes dead men in swimming pools and headless horses. Open to the public next Monday for six months... more
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Free digital textures! We don't always have time to scan and create our own backgrounds with an organic feel. Free dowloads here!... more
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With Bowler hats and green apples his trademark, Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte's style inspired pop and conceptual art. Still appreciating his humour some 40 years after his death, over 100 paintings are being showcased in Brussels... more
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What the heck. Try painting on an alternative material, like maybe stainless steel for a change. Explore. Experiment. Get out of your comfort zone. Take a little mind trip (without the drugs…) just for fun... more
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Is the face of art changing? The exhibition “Younger than Jesus” currently at the New Musem, New York, shows the art created by Generation X, those born before 1976..works by 50 artists from 25 countries... more
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The 17th Biennale taking place around Sydney's harbour next year – ‘The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age’ -- will showcase international and Australian contemporary art from May to August, 2010. You can download the brochure... more
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From the cave drawings of Lascaux to the Berlin Wallgraffiti is an age-old and diverse art form. Urban street art has evolved from “John was here” to intricate and sensitive images. It’s hard to believe it’s “only a wall”… more
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Does Art matter? In "pick(ing) up the box, shake(ing) it and rearrange(ing) the pieces," artists teach us ways to investigate the changing world and challenge us all to find solutions. Here's a celebratory reprise by Christopher Waterman from the University of California ... more
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Icon of feminist art, Judy Chicago (of The Dinner Party fame), is showing her most important contributions in cloth at The Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto. When Women Rule the World: Judy Chicago in Thread is on until Sept 7... more
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All museums compete for prestige, endowments, and public support. But The Nara in Tokyo has broken the record for attendance, with 17,926 visitors/day. Indeed, Japan has held 4 of the last top 10 shows... more
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posse: n. a large group, often with a common interest. The Brooklyn Museum of Art offers online readers a chance to sharpen their tagging skills while helping viewers identify elements in paintings displayed at the museum. Join the Posse! ... more
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New to art competitions? Want to win Best in
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? (or is that for dogs?) The jury process, standards, nuts and bolts, things that work against you, inside the jurors’ minds... more
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Are we fascinated with forgery because it's fake--or maybe because someone got away with fraud? Was Han van Meegeren the most successful forger of all time? If so, how did he do it?... and why? Errol Morris' investigations tell all... more
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Since 9/11, America works to create a memorial at the World Trade Center. In what was once Yugoslavia, artists de-construct the past to create a new present and re-define who they are, together... more
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Framing the Message of a Generation. How does cultural history get written? Who chooses which portraits will hang in the hall of fame, which art will live on in museums? Moral and universal are concepts up for grabs... more
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This book is one of the fundamental art reference books. Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones (1809-1874) is an encyclopedia of worldwide pattern, contrasts and color harmony. See 112 plates available to download in jpg format... more
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Do comic books really help us realize moral, social and ethical values? Does the world of superheroes like Spiderman interpret our lives? Danny Fingeroth talks about his characters who worry about "the right thing to do"... more
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Just for fun! It will look like a blank screen. Move your cursor and begin painting. Click to change colors. Now, put on your favorite music and become a performance artist like Jackson Pollock!... more
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Instead of flying to Italy for the Venice Biennale, how about visiting Ottawa this summer to view “From Raphael to Carracci: the Art of Papal Rome” with its more than 150 paintings and drawings by Michelangelo, Titian, El Greco... more
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Small cities, big on the arts! If you're looking for a new place to settle, but fear all the artsy communities have already been discovered (read, too expensive) some up-and-coming places might surprise you... more
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"The real need for art is like mathematics, to discover the utterly unseen." A whimsical and thought-provoking combination of words and pictures to stimulate the mind and muse... more
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Munich's Branhorst Museum, itself a work of art with 36,000 glazed ceramic rods in 23 hues, reopens soon featuring works by American artists Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol, plus other positions with artists such as Katharina Fritsch, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons... more
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An artist's response to the style of the time can be historically significant. The dispassionate still lifes of Luis Meléndez open a fascinating window onto his time and culture. Consider this still life artist, described as high-def's primal ancestor... more
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Tech theorist Linda Stone famously coined the phrase "continuous partial attention" to describe our newly frazzled state of mind. Is it time to retire the never-ending list? Do you start each day with a list that has more on it at the end of the day?... more
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Interested in Russian Church Murals or Icons? Check out Theophanes the Greek! His beautiful colors and pure forms made him a remarkable artist who played a great role in laying the foundations of mature Moscow icon painting... more
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This website lists over 200 funding sources for artists. Primarily in the United States, the listings are arranged by state and they link to individual sites for submission guidelines and information. Easy and succinct! ... more
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Einstein was not only smart, he was creative. Brain measurements of a "creativity chemical" are revealing a complex interplay between ingenuity and intelligence. This chemical actually favours the smart... more
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Need a Muse? She's a little harder to find these days according to Lee Siegel writing in the Wall Street Journal - Where Have All the Muses Gone?... more
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Every five years since 1955 one of the most important contemporary art exhibits in the world, DOCUMENTA, takes place in Kassel Germany. Hear a video introduction to this extraordinary 100 day art-fest... more
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Robin Pogrebin looks at the difficulties artists have in a shrinking economy, with examples of how some artists are coping. It turns out there's an artistic renaissance and the commitment to work is increasing. Article, video... more
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Director Jim Jarmusch's latest film The Limits of Control is a gorgeous visual poem on art, music, dance and filmmaking. Watch the trailer... more
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British school kids are recycling paper to make artwork that they sell, raising funds for charities. Turning trash to humanitarian treasure makes everyone rich. What’s your neighborhood school recycling these days?… more
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Peter Doig is one of the most expensive living artists in the world... He paints solely from photographs, but they seldom very much resemble the finished work. A perfectionist living in paradise, there is a serene power embodied in his best work... more

Around the world, networks such as Arts in Health encompass all aspects of the arts including literary, musical, performing and visual arts, as well as arts therapies. Explanation of current program and 5 minute video... more
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This week, a New York museum brings green design down to earth in opening the aggressively au courant exhibition Design for a Living World. See the results of 10 artists sent to fragile ecosystems around the world... more
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In this age of economic crisis, Chicago offers new approach at the Chicago Art Fair. More accessible works than in previous years, at dramatically reduced prices, were brought in by nearly every gallery, broadening access to art... more
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Psychologist Dan Gilbert analyzes the nature of happiness, notes how we synthesize it and talks about our psychological immune system and the freedom to choose. The unanticipated joy of being totally stuck. Lecture, 20 min... more
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So you think you have trouble exhibiting your work? Read how the Impressionists had to struggle to get their work seen. The Private Lives of the Impressionists by Sue Roe gives real insight into their battles with selling their art... more

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Once it was Paris, New York or London. Today, twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Berlin has become the world hot-spot of contemporary art. It lives, breathes and eats art... more
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Sir Ken Robinson questions the way we're educating our children and how our systems fail to nurture creativity. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to acknowledge multiple types… This is a very entertaining but also moving talk... more

Women now invited. Two hundred treasures from 20 Greek monasteries now at the Petit Palais, Paris. The male-only Orthodox enclave of Mount Athos has banned women and some female animals since 1045... more

Elizabeth Gilbert presents "genius" as something you HAVE, not something you are, and muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses. A brilliant and freeing insight... more
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Dr. Mardy Grothe captures metaphorical language in the world of art. You will find in his books that artists' descriptions of the art world are often so creative they can be considered artistic creations as well... more

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Australian sculptor Andrew Rogers has moved tens of thousands of tons of stones over the last few years in places like Sri Lanka, Bolivia and Nepal. See his latest geoglyph, built last year in Slovakia... more

How to write a personal artist’s statement to accompany your works of art or launch a career. The ideas of Marion Boddy-Evans. Some no-nonsense advice here… more

Fiona Robyn offers some ideas for those who want to slow down and smell the daisies. Simplify your life and practice the art of "concentrated slow." There's really plenty of time... more

The boom is over. The overblown art market is now toast. Formerly centered on New York, it has changed forever, and probably for the better... more

Australian tonalism is different from western traditions. With no under drawing, it is based on a rapid and direct recording of tonal impressions in the order they meet the eye. Interesting concept... more

In Tokyo there’s a unique gallery scene called “kasha-garo” and “kikaku-garo.” It’s about penetrating the bamboo curtain and the rise of virtual art museums... more

Jonathan Jones asks “What’s happened to figurative art?” Declaring that “When it comes to modern art, craft is dead,” and that “painters who know how to paint are relics from another world.” more

“The arts may be one of the many adaptively useless byproducts of a complex brain that evolved to perform other tasks.” An intelligently conceived revue of Dennis Dutton’s The Art Instinct... more

Dealing with a female's drooping breasts and an aging male’s paunch, Artists and Photographers face the truth while tackling the inevitable... more
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"Old Age may not be for sissies" ... BUT Paul Cézanne (at age 65) knew, "the knowledge and means of expressing our emotions is no less essential, and is only to be acquired through very long experience" more
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Fernando Botero wanted to be a bull-fighter, but soon began making successful paintings of them instead = lessons for finding successful (and artistic) career directions are out there lurking... more
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2013 Competitions CALL FOR ENTRIES : Richeson School of Art & Gallery have created the Richeson75 International Art Competitions.Next deadline: Feb 4th... more
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In Madrid's Ciaxaforum, Mind Mapping is the subject of the current exhibit Contemporary Cartographies where 75 artists have imagined new ways of organizing the world!... more
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Looking for a cure for post-holiday doldrums? Staffers at San Francisco MOMA offer playful ideas for creative inspiration in the new year -- quotes, start-up exercises and lots more... more
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In Seoul, Korea: (Im)Possible Landscape by fourteen artists from different generations and diverse backgrounds use various mediums to explore the meaning of "landscape" (usually meaning "mountains and water")... more
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The Hi-Line (Park in the Sky) by New York architects Diller Scofidio & Renfro, still putting the public at the centre of their work with imaginative projects that defy conventional notions of 'building'... more
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East German artists are finally emerging -- so why have they have been hidden all these years since the Berlin Wall came down? Two big exhibits showcase their work in Jan and Feb... more
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Tracey Emin discusses employing yourself as model when you draw Nudes... at age 50, this London-based artist explores new territory around the world... more
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M.I.A. opens first contemporary art Indian biennial set to take over the southern city of Kochi for the next three months, a region where artists often complain the art scene is too market-focused... more
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John Richardson continues to discover former secrets about Pablo Picasso -- and share them -- in his 4th and final Bio about the artist ... some as relayed by Françoise Gilot, Picasso’s mistress and the mother of their two children... more
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Simon Beck creates giant 'crop circles' in the snow by painstakingly walking around for 10 hours at a time. The intricate patterns are huge - some span the equivalent size of six football pitches. Beautiful pictures!... more
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Drawing by Renaissance "Old Master" Raphael sells for record £30m ... a black chalk work, c.1519/20, now the most expensive work of art on paper ever... more
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"Tolkien imagined his otherworld of hobbits, elves and wizards in pictures, as well as words," claims London critic Jonathan Jones. As Tolkien wrote the story, he mapped and sketched it too -- have a look for yourself... more
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Artist resale rights in Canada still slow, despite Resale-royalties legislation now existing in 59 countries worldwide... more
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Artist-residency programs are ways for artists to obtain fresh experiences. A recent Japan-hosted conference of Res Artists also held that residencies need to be considered part of the larger infrastructure supporting artistic production and exhibitions... more
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Is any medium more beautiful than paint? The new version of Paper released last week, has you mixing colors with your fingers, just like it's paint. ... more
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Art or Vandalism? Toronto grapples with "grafitti" and what to do about it. The Council has already blessed "Graffiti Alley," a series of colourful backstreets only a few blocks from City Hall... more
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"Sana," a new gallery in Singapore, dedicated to Middle East art, offers works that record the impact of recent political upheavals in the Middle East on individuals, and challenges society... more
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New York: Free Public Presentation on conserving works of art damaged by flooding to be held at MoMA, Sunday Nov. 4 more
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George Lucas: visionary genius of the digital revolution, an innovator who embraced technology! Camille Paglia calls him the "Greatest Artist of our time..." Do you need to learn why?... more
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Artists had insights into the mind that Freud did not have and that enriched and corrected what Freud taught us." An interview with Eric Kandel, considered one of the world's most important neuroscientists... more
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Lucy R. Lippard was among the first writers to recognize the "dematerialization" at work in conceptual art and was an early champion of feminist art. In this video, she reflects on her life, the Brooklyn Museum show, and her recent work about Galisteo, New Mexico... more
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The Sketchbook Project is a traveling library of artists' books created by thousands of people from across the globe. The 2012 sketchbooks have already been exhibited throughout the USA. Now the British and Australian artists are being exhibited in
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Whose Masterpiece triggered your inspiration to paint? From a milkmaid bathed in light by Vermeer, to dust breeding by Man Ray--leading British Artists help us decode what inspired them... more
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Going Negative: How Artists Are Engaging With the 2012 Presidential Election by Sara Roffino - "In the next few weeks, three election-related shows will take place in New York"... more
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Meet the UK's Top 10 Contemporary Art Collectors by Coline Milliard, ARTINFO UK ...illustrated Who's Who of the British collecting world, see slide show... more
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Costco, the giant discount retailer, returns to the art market after a six-year hiatus prompted by the sale of two disputed Picasso drawings online... more
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"The enduring importance of tradition"--according to American editor and critic Roger Kimball on intellectual history, contemporary politics, fine art, and architecture from his new book, The Fortunes of Permanence... more

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Maybe you're not into Games, Olympic style, but The Politics of Art in that connection are providing more political controversy... more
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As newspapers and magazines fold, what does this mean for Arts News and Advertising? Who will shoulder the burden of timely local arts coverage? Re-read New Yorker András Szántó's comments on the subject... more
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Artists wishing to be philanthropic don't necessarily need to "endow" a private foundation any more--there are other options for bequests that don't require a fortune... more
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Is Karen Atkinson (Huffington Post) right about poor results being suffered by students having participated in "business of art" workshops, classes & lectures? Are artists really being taught to fail?! more
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Crowds have stood on line in London and New York, Venice and Yokohama, Los Angeles and Sydney, waiting to see Christian Marclay’s single-channel video The Clock. So, be sure to walk in when you have time!... more
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All My Relations --the 18th Art Biennale of Sydney, Australia (on historic Cockatoo Island) opened to international acclaim this week. Many artworks explore the two theme of cultural diversity and water... more
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Have you always wanted to be a new book-cover designer? Well, here's a hint or two from Illustrator Jon Gray, taking his cue from author JK Rowling’s forthcoming adult novel, The Casual Vacancy... more

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Red Sky at Night: Atmospheric Pressures--the theme of Mercer Union's current group show by nine international artists seems most timely as temperatures in greater Toronto and other areas down the Atlantic seaboard push past 30 degrees... more
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Albrecht Dürer, come to be seen as a compelling personification of German history, may very well be their most famous artist. An exhibition of his work at the National Museum in Nuremberg closes in Sept... more
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The 18th Biennale of Sydney presents "All Our Relations"--employing wind chimes to flapping feathers, and hoping to "recreate a greater harmony between the spheres.." (slide show included)... more
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Travel Photographer of the Year 2011 images from rain forests to cold inhospitable Arctic regions, are on show at London's Royal Geographical Society, from 22 June to 19 August 2012. (6 minutes of stunning winning slides included here)... more
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The second edition of Conversations from the Toronto Art World is being offered by the Toronto University this fall featuring guest lectures from a leading local artist, gallery owner, curator, arts journalist or critic... more
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When in London: discover New Ways to learn about Western European Art; plus blind and partially-sighted visitors are invited to take Learn About Art verbally descriptive sessions at the National Gallery... more
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Despite the blockades on their work, Gaza artists Simon Rawles, Noah Payne-Frank, Mona Mahmood and Mustafa Khalili continue to produce impressive works -- often related to conditions in which they live... more
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"The Perfection of the Paper Clip. Invented in 1899, it hasn't been improved upon since." Sara Goldsmith writes about evolution of design in our lives... more
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Answers to legal attribution questions, even at scholarly conferences, haunts art world historians--especially to do with Degas-- so, where does a prospective buyer turn for authenticity?... more
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Curator Bice Curiger brings together some 100 works of Riotous Baroque art from the 17th century and the present day in Kunsthaus Zürich's exhibition: From Cattelan to Zurbarán. Manifestations of Precarious Vitality... more
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In 1512, Raphael was commissioned to paint the Sistine Madonna. This year a major exhibition at the Staatliche Kunstsdammlungen Dresden celebrates the renaissance anniversary and its related mystery ... more
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If art has "always been part of the ideal," are London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic posters really putting creative spirit back into the Games? View for yourself... more
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Breaching copyright regulations continues to be serious business--take these recent cases in the U.S. ... more
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For Da Vinci fans...Alice Roberts in The Observer writes about Leonardo's anatomical drawings--where some of his minute details show "the man wanted to know everything"... more
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For those interested in the symmetry of patterns, the current exhibition of Canadian artist Luke Painter: The Ornamentalist at Toronto's LE Gallery should provide an education... more
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A ruined Soviet-era restaurant in Gorky Park, Moscow, is set to become the unlikely new home for one of ­Russia's hippest arts centres... more
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Canada's National Gallery is more than a repository for a collection of fine art, eg. if you don't know your 'aerial perspective' from your 'vanishing point', check out their handy A-Z Glossary online to demystify art terms... more
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Belgrade: In a dramatic rescue, Serbian and Swiss police recover The Boy in the Red Vest by French impressionist, Paul Cezanne, originally stolen from a Swiss museum in 2008... more
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David Shrigley, an artist best known for his "doodles," a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, is featured in a retrospective show at London's Hayward Gallery... more
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"Outrageously talented" Michael Schindhelm dares to speak out loud about why the world cultural centre planned for the United Arab Emirates in Dubai didn't happen (Book Review by Anna Somers Cocks)... more
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"Architecture: Design as Land Art"--here is Denton Corker Marshall's winning design for the new Australian pavilion in Venice's Giardini della Biennale, part of the very prestigious Venice Biennale... more
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How much change is acceptable in conservation of aging art works which have long since left an artist's studio? eg: the large-scale Keity Yaring mural in Australia. Will Shank suggests more compromise is needed, and the melody plays on... more
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Thomas Kinkade dies at 54 'Painter of Light' worked to project 'serene simplicity' but his life was neither serene nor simple... more

Is Success dependent on the Art, or is it mostly due to the Hype? Are Dealers right or have they gone toooooo far? Here's Adam Lindemann's take on contemporary art... more
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Australia's prestigious Archibald Prize for Portraiture has been won by painter, Tim Storrier, for his self-portrait The Histrionic Wayfarer (after a faceless painting by Hieronymus Bosch in 1510 called The Wayfarer)... more
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Are Artists being muzzled? Does anyone seem to know just what some contemporary artworks mean? Richard Dare thinks we've drifted too far away from meaning... more
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More funding for arts and other culture groups as the Brazilian economy surges forward, unlike cutbacks in other such organizations around the world. It's a matter of taxation... more
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Mark Jenkins creates art that will really stick with you... more
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Some museum directors readily admit that they are "in the entertainment business," and with 3,500 art museums in the USA alone, some folks really believe that museums have finally grown from "being about something" to "being for somebody..." more
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"A muggle's-eye view of Hogwarts!" Warner Bros.' Studio tour in London attracts true wizard film fans of Harry Potter...read Sam Jones' comments behind the scenes, and check out the pictures... more
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ARTINFO UK's Coline Milliard claims that "without the influence of Pablo Picasso, there would be no Francis Bacon, no Henry Moore, no David Hockney" and, even then, that the "cubist" revolution was a little late in making sense of it all... more
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Canadian Artists awaiting Ottawa's legislation on resale rights will be interested in the launch of a "secondary market" scheme for contemporary Canadian art announced by Waddington Auctioneers (Toronto)... more
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Young Chinese artists, no longer politically isolated from the rest of the world, are now potentially as creative and competitive in the international market place as any one else, producing a new kind of pressure... more
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Rijksmuseum Museum seeks just the right 17th century frame for Vermeer's Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, recently restored to its original deep blue hues before touring Japan (article and picture gallery)... more
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"Get Unstuck!" Reawaken your enthusiasm for creating something new...challenge your skills...doesn't have to be perfect...check out author/editor/creator Noah Scalin's blog... more
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"In Banff, the mountains are really close to your head..." Halifax artist, Jan Peacock, wins 2012 Governor General's gold in visual and media arts, "...place is an important thing in video art"... more
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Vancouver, Canada has one of the most high-rent districts in the world--so artist Samuel Ray-Bois advertised rent-free space in one of his installations at Langara College--and found a willing tenant!... more
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Are new collectors primarily interested in 'flipping' paintings by overnight sensations rather than following continuing contemporary art trends? Take the case of artist Jacob Kassay's "silver-plated" paintings... more
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Public Murals: save and preserve forever? Over time, who has the last word--the artist or the conservator? Whatever happened to compromise? It's obvious that results are the key, and they're widely varied... more
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Is provocative nude art still OK in Egypt?" Weaam El-Masry explains why she thinks it isn't, that Artists may once again be fearing the psychological process of censorship... more
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Famed for their brick carving, artists in Shanxi, China, developed sophisticated techniques depicted in their lively sculptural images. Theater, Life, and the Afterlife: Tomb Décor of the Jin Dynasty exhibit opens at the China Institute Gallery in NY... more
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Is India "open" for the next big art market? Or are the big international galleries and auction houses going to absorb all the profits?... more
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Williamstown, MA: "Exploring the line between innovation and imitation," the Clark Art Institute examines the art of copying original works of art by other artists... more
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Mona Lisa's fresher-faced and younger "twin" is discovered at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain... more
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American Installation artist Sarah Sze explains how important Drawing-- the use of line--is in all her intricate hand work. Her new show opens in London in June, at the Victoria Miro Gallery more
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The Art Institute of Chicago wants you to imagine one million Madagascar "golden orb" spiders creating a dazzling gold silk textile! Here's a behind-the-scenes video... more
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Tom Thomson was never an actual member of the Group of Seven in Canada, but his paintings live on with theirs. London's Dulwich Gallery just counted over 41,000 visitors to the latest showing in Britain... more
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Renaissance Portraits: the very beginnings of "people-pictures" in Western art. Stunning--but what were they, really?...And how and why were they made? Slides from the New York Metropolitan Museum... more
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Being a fairytale illustrator/ photographer brings some very odd characters and strange props into Lorna Freytag's Scottish home studio...all very edgy stuff... more
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View long lost photos of the iconic "Tower Bridge," in London over the Thames, completed in 1894. Designed by architects Horace Jones and John Wolfe-Barry...Who Knew that under the instantly recognizable high level stone-cladding was a solid steel structure?!... more
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Art Stage Singapore's Lorenzo Rudolph talks about why he left China, and what most Westerners don’t understand about the Asian market... more
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Paris: "Capturing the Model": 300 ink & w/c figure drawings (from 1890-1917) by the iconic French sculptor Auguste Rodin are showing at Musée Rodin--open until April 1st, 2012. View some featured works here... more
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Prof. Stan Persky fears decline in serious reading that’s coinciding with a worldwide fascination with touch screen games, YouTube trivia and Facebook updates, creating much less effective participants in making a better world... more
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"Paper art"? No, not "Origami," "papercuts" or "works on paper!" Paper Art is a fairy tale paper sculpture fantasy created by Sum-Sum Tse--opens in Hong Kong, based on characters by Hans Christian Anderson. View slideshow here... more
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Creative Art Therapy explores healing and therapy catalysts--Dr. Deah Schwartz' blog shares new inspiration and practical exercises... more
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Nicholas Carr warns us to be cautious about believing what we read on the flickering screen. Digitalized electronic books can be constantly edited... and movable type easily abused, not only by the author!... more
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Finalists announced in 2012 Art Revolution Taipai--international competition. Artists from 48 countries competed in this inaugural edition. View best works here... more
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Always complicated and controversial, the late portrait artist Lucien Freud "painted an enormous cast of characters." In 2012, his unfinished last work will show with 100 others at London's National Portrait Gallery... more
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"Creativity Springs From Careful Copying," claims William Patry, senior copyright counsel at Google, stating that creative people must copy and imitate others...and that copyright laws should be changed to reflect this reality... more
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Washington: Brainstorm blogger, David Barash, charmingly explains "the arts are more unique" because "they are disconnected from the 'real' world in a way that science isn't"... more
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London: Art Exhibitions concurrent with 2012 Summer Olympics Shakespearean costumes, drawings, paintings & other vintage objects (British Museum) plus outstanding examples of 16th century goldsmith's work pertaining to sharply pointed swords etc... more
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"Alongside an intricate sketch of the Holy family, Da Vinci presents designs for practical machinery." Guardian's critic Jonathan Jones has an interactive guide of Leonardo's images from the National Gallery's current showing... more
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As Anselm Kiefer's biggest UK show ever opens, the celebrated "pro-European" artist argues "Buying Art is Not Understanding Art. Art is difficult--it's not entertainment!"... more
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A Scot, Martin Boyce, is winner of Britain's annual $40,000 Turner Prize - "famous for sparking fierce debate about what constitutes art." First time being held outside city of London, the exhibition is at Baltic Centre in Gateshead... more
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Art Basel, Miami Beach, features more paintings for sale than sculpture this year, with one gallery director stating, "There is a tremendous energy in painting right now, particularly abstract"... more
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Malmo, Sweden is a bright, exciting spot for Canadian animation artists, Sarch Jane Gorlitz and Wojciech Oleinik, although it is close to the Arctic circle and devoid of much daylight in the winter... more
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Stockholm: Objective 2016. A network of museums, galleries, artists, designers and craftsmen are joining forces to combine plans for the very first time... more
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"Sketch Noting" What's in a word? Designer/Teacher Craighton Berman describes how to organize your thoughts and concepts visually, both for yourself and to connect with others... more
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New Orleans Update: two years after "Katrina" the city's artistic renewal shines with an expanding biennial model, inserting artworks in concert with jazz and the blues, and getting ready for Mardi Gras!... more
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Ottawa: The politics of displaying a newly discovered painting--even if it is by the famed Caravaggio! The National Gallery of Canada points the way... more
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If dampness has caused your pictures to ripple, or fungus has already taken hold, heed some framing advice from the Fine Art Trade Guild... more
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New York: James Polchin views the early drawings of Picasso in the Frick Collection's basement and sees the influence of Cezanne, Michelangelo, and Greek sculpture... more
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Good News from Turin: The Dictionary of Contemporary Art in Italian Sign Language contains a collection of 80 signs created to guide the hearing-impaired through the contemporary art world... more
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Paris: Leonardo a Smoker? Well, maybe not, but the Louvre's conservators are stirring up some controversy these days about cleaning one of da Vinci's precious paintings!... more
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"Both Bacon and Rembrandt were fascinated by ageing and mortality..." Simon Willis explores Rembrandt's influence on Francis Bacon at Irrational Marks, an exhibition at Ordovas in London more
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Cancun, Mexico: Brit employs 400 underwater life-cast sculptures as base to encourage growth of new coral reef. See video about Jason de Caires Taylor's installation opening next month... more
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Every Marc Chagall fan this side of the Atlantic seems to be excited by the shows Colour My World and Chagall and the Russian Avant-Guarde (courtesy Centre Pomideau Paris) at the Art Gallery of Ontario... more
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In Times of Struggle, People like things that make them feel better. At the 2011 Frieze art fair some dealers seem nervous about attracting collectors when showing political pieces... more
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What does Occupy Wall Street mean for art? Read Martha Schwendener's article in New York's Village Voice... more
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Pedestrian Signals around the World! No, they're not just the same ... in some countries, pedestrians wear hats... but you may enjoy the Danish flavour via Hans Christian Anderson!. Have a 'boo and see for yourself... more
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Christian Hohmann: one "gallerist" who takes pride in getting up & coming artists into his gallery, then following them and building them up in the German tradition... more
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Scientists are "colliding" with Artists in Geneva at CERN, the European physics lab, who will sponsor residency programs starting with digital arts, followed by performance and dance. A new cultural board for the Arts has been appointed... more
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The Royal Academy features British abstract sculptor Nigel Hall-- observational and working drawings made in Switzerland, Japan, Italy, Australia and (N) America... more
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The great Russian artist Vasily Kandinsky's retrospective at the Met is the subject of New Yorker critic Peter Schjeldahl. An audio video is on view here... more
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How do artists "illustrate the passage of time"--Karen Archey comments on a highly personal experience... more
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David Hockney: will his Yorkshire landscape exhibit planned for the 2012 Summer Olympics add "greatest living painter in Britain" to this lofty artist's reputation?... more
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Examine landscapes of Norway's Svalbard archipelago, photographed by Sarah Anne Johnson, the result of an Arctic circle expeditionary residency... more
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Video blogger, Kim Aronson, and recycled-materials artist, Gregory Kloehn, combine talents to create a short film on designing housing from unusual beginnings... more
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Asia's oldest--and one of the largest--air fairs, Art Taipei, came out on top in last month's contemporary market...in spite of challenges from Southeast Asia and the Chinese mainland... more
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Neon and LED: big city lights compete to motivate, inspire and even sometimes create art!... more
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"Draughtsmanship is still fundamental to contemporary art practice." In conversation with Jack Southern, British artist Dryden Goodwin reveals how personal thoughts and feelings are communicated visually... more
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Australian artist, Margaret Olley (1923-2011) won a number of prestigious Awards, but many folks will first remember Wm. Dobell's portrait of her in a white (parachute silk) dress... more
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See a pictorial abundance of contemporary work by "RA's"--The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2011--showing in London right now... more
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THE MENTION of a signal art work, and the precipitous price paid for it in the same breath, inevitably diminishes our intuitive response to it." So says critic, Patricia Anderson... more
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Established artists join the locals in Upstate New York as it becomes the newest "up and coming" area for new show-place galleries and collectors... more
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Know what Monet, Degas, Rembrandt and Georgia O'Keeffe had in common? Poor eyesight!...like cataracts and macular degeneration, which greatly affected their palettes as they aged... more
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"If artist Tom Thomson had never existed, Canada would’ve had to invent him," according to gallery director Virginia Eichhorn... more
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Still a Mystery: What happened to paintings by Chardin (1699-1779) owned by Henri de Rothschild? Were they really sent to England for safe-keeping during WW2?... more
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Want to learn how to successfully illustrate children's books? Take a look at this summer's "How to Draw..." series published by The Guardian... more
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What tunes help inspire Your Muse? Maybe you'll be surprised what sort of music affects others artists, e.g. Johnny Cash... Beethoven... Jazz... or even the chirping of crickets!... more
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Always wanted your artwork to show on Broadway?...rejection happens all the time in the art world, but it’s rarely so visible... more
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Your Paintings aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings and the stories behind the paintings--a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation and participating collections and museums from across the UK--a lot to look at... more
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To understand the Fine Art of Body Language--search out some Thomas Struth photographs of people studying fine art... more
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Theo Jansen's wind-powered kinetic creatures roam the beaches of Holland... more
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Before accepting commissions works of art, the Fine Art Trade Guild provides hints on subject matter, technique, media choices, budget considerations and your time... more
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West Bank and East Jerusalem Cultural Heritage sites--Israeli or Palestinian? Big talks proposed to provide solutions which may determine ownership... more
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Is Public Art--e.g., the "upside-down church"--always controversial? Dennis Oppenheim explains how a new camaraderie of artists "make work with people in mind"... more
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Elizabeth Taylor learned about fine art from her art-dealer father, Francis Taylor. Her collection of impressionist and modern paintings will tour the world along with other effects prior to Christie's auction... more
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During the late 19th and early 20th century, the Cone sisters collected the art of modern masters "floor to ceiling" in their apartments. A sampling of this 3,000 piece collection is on display at the Jewish Museum in New York... more
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Curious about what makes you curious? Here's all you need to know about opening up a world of new possibilities... more
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I love Kandinsky, but it appears that babies love Picasso! Who knew? These days every one's an art critic!... more
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British art columnist Jonathan Jones believes that snooping into the personal lives of great artists isn't just a guilty pleasure--it brings their works to life... more
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Latin American art from Mexico, Cuba and South America is huge in New York auctions--check out artists Botero, Tamayo, Lam, Camargo, Torres-Garcia, Soto and Klein... more
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Canadian art & architecture critic John Bentley Mays writes about this year's Venice Biennale's manifold modes--and of its visitors, including pigeons... more
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If you can get past the Advertising Sign, have a look at Steven Shearer's art installation in the Canada Pavilion of this year's Venice Biennale, coordinated by the National Gallery... more
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Want to enjoy your creativity along the lines of Robert Genn and his art friends? Suggest you take a look at So you think you know Why Animals Play... more
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LONDON: Next year's Frieze Fair plans to promote an "old masters to modern" show at the same time as the 2012 contemporary edition of "cutting edge" art... more
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Paris: The phenomenon of artistic globalisation has been taken up by "Paris-Delhi-Bombay" at the Pompidou Centre--on all summer... more
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Have you experienced "gallery rage?" Some tips to prevent same are offered by London's National Gallery--in preparation for their upcoming Leonardo da Vinci blockbuster... more
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Speaking of "colour," when was it that baby girls had to wear Pink?... more
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Luke Johnson claims that being a Poet is a real job ...and it reads a little like being an Artist... more
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Rabbit images aren't only for Easter! Jonathan Jones checks out bunnies from Titian through Durer to Koons and Looney Tunes... more
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What is "True Art?" Jones' essay suggests that fashion and/or food aren't nearly enough... more
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Clowns and Stage Performers a Dying Profession! (Does that mean machines will likely replace Painters too?) Read Stephany Anne Goldberg here... more
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China has a newly renovated National Museum in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square--their resurgence echos the shake-up in 18th-century Europe!... more
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Yes, "it's fun to read about rich people"--especially the Rockefellers when they fund Art! Suzanne Loebl's book America's Medicis: The Rockefellers and their Astonishing Cultural Legacy tells all... more

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Kurelek: A documentary by Wm. Pettigrew about self-taught painter William Kurelek told through his paintings. Scenes from the Ukraine; early days of struggle on a prairie homestead and the growing comfort of family life... more
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Considering a career in Art & Design Curating? Then this Canadian Art School video will be of interest... more
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London critic, Jonathan Jones asks, "Is Retirement an option for creative artists?"... more
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Witness amazing "Turn-of-the-20th-Century" photos by Russian, Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii--taken before computers, Picasa, Photo Shop, Print Shop, or even colour film... more
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The Cairo Biennale: Political Prescience (2011)--a reflection of convert activism? Canadian artist Yvonne Lammerich offers a review... more
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Enthusiastic amateurs invited to enter the Sunday Telegraph's Watercolour painting competition, "The Great British Landscape"... more
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Dr. Seuss is everywhere! His creative Cat illustrations and his tales still resonate with his intended audience!... more
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Calgary teenagers are becoming inventive "do-it-yourself" exhibitioners in their community-based art scene!... more
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"Playing a Work of Art": like honing your painting skills, owning a Stradivarius means practicing every day to also preserve the instrument... more
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Are you into avant-garde political art, always seeking the newest inspiration? Then you'll want to read Ben Davis' article concerning the way the art world thinks... more
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INDIA: Art Scene announces its first-ever international Kochi-Muriris Biennale in 2012... more
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Notwithstanding floods and cyclone Yasi disasters, art galleries in Queensland reopen with a splash!... more
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The Chinese invented paper, porcelain and pyrotechnics, with Cloisonné Enamelling a relatively late import--but look what they did with it!... more
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Wanna see the recent protests of Egypt and Iran in a new light? Jonathan Jones suggests you check out Eugene Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People at the Louvre in Paris... more
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Time only to view online? The Google Art Project now allows us to examine artworks and discover museums from Amsterdam to Versailles to NYC to St. Petersburg and more...one work at a time... more
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In an age of visual technology, the photographer's "darkroom" seems to be fast disappearing--see Richard Nicholson's video... more
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Tried using your ever-ready iPhone and iPad as an instant drawing pad? Everyone's doing it, even David Hockney!... more
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Shapes in the Yorkshire Snow: sculptures by artists such as Henry Moore take on a different look in The Bleak Midwinter (see slides)... more
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Celebrating Ageing! Explore the subject with Degas, Moore and Renoir and other master-class paintings... more
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Madrid: It's definitely in the eye of the beholder, but one would think art thieves would be able to tell the difference between scrap metal and sculptures by Chillida, Picasso or Botero... more
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Can money buy taste? Have a peek at the Prince of Brunei's Erotic Statuary... more
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Moscow artists Oscar Rabin, Oleg Tselkov, and Dmitry Krasnopevtsev had paintings flattened by bulldozers and burned. Now some of their Expressionist still lifes and landscapes are now being shown in London... more
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RCA Secret 2009 - Do you know which member painted what! Check it out by viewing a selection of postcard-size artwork offered for sale by the Royal College of Art... more
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Sydney’s annual Sculpture by the Sea may be in trouble... all due to commissions split proposal by founding director David Handley... more
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Marc Chagall (1887-1985): A slide show of some of his best known paintings, courtesy world-wide collections, show the unique richness of his abstract post-impressionist style... more
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Vienna and Brooklyn: current exhibitions focus on the previously unacknowledged role of great women Pop artists, neglected since the 1960s, now "outstanding feminist pioneers"... more
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When it's good, short term "Public Art" enables some artists to realize their dreams. Ann Pasternak believes these short-term solutions solve a permanent problem... more
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The Guardian-Observer newspaper's "Portrait of the Artist" series, from architect to actor to musician et al, currently features award-winning film director, Baz Luhrmann--a man of many parts, except art collector... more
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The Japanese woodcut print profoundly influenced Western art during the era of impressionism. Witness the influence of composition, colour and imagery of these prints at The Legion of Honor (San Francisco)... more
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Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works launches the late artist's elegant spirals, web-like patterns, and free-wheeling approach to sculpture at the new Hauser & Wirth gallery in Saville Row, London, designed by Annabelle Selldorf... more
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Like Degas and Rodin, Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz (1953-2001) used the ambiance of the human figure to activate the physical space we share. Use your own experience in viewing a video and photos of his work, now at the Clark Art Institute... more
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Softcore Hard Edge: the Power of Suggestion--Abstraction reigns with Painters from Calgary and Los Angeles! Co-curated by LA Times critic David Pagel and AGC senior art curator Marianne Elder, to Jan 2011... more
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"Disposable Art": Here is a pictorial of examples following up on Robert Genn's Twice-Weekly letter of Oct 1, 2010... more
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Treasures from Budapest: from Leonardo, Rembrandt, and Delacroix, to unfamiliar works by Hals, Signorelli, Brueghel, Menzel and Schiele, from the Museum of Fine Arts, Hungary, at the Royal Academy, London... more
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Who knew that King Herod had a private theatre box in the Judean desert in 15 BC? Israeli archaeologists have excavated a 400-seat theatre with lavish paintings and plaster mouldings--first time this painting style found in Israel... more
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Rembrandt. "Painter of Stories" opens at the Prado Museum. Here's your opportunity to drool over a photo gallery of this Old Master's work held around the world... more
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This fall, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria presents Todd Tremeer's Little Wars (Make Me) installation, inviting visitors to collaborate (read "play") with 16th century woodblock designs on the gallery's mural-sized background... more
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Collector Marek Roefler has opened an unique private art museum in a Warsaw suburb to show his extensive collection of Ecole de Paris works, mainly by artists of Polish descent brought back to Poland... more
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Psychogeography: a term coined by curator Richard Rhodes as he talks about the 2010 Alberta Biennale of Contemporary Art, "Timeland": a landscape where "pasts, presents and futures are in motion all at once." At the Art Gallery of Alberta... more
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St. Petersburg: Costumes designed for Nureyev and ballet partners on display at Sheremetyev Palace allow fine art of fabric and design to shine... more
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Visual Highlights of the 2010 Edinburgh Art Festival provided by Agnieszka Gratza; plus a review by Jonathan Jones...and his explanation of why artists must fight as rivals!... more
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Dead or Alive? Apparently, "creating art from birds, bugs, and bones" is all the rage. So claim over 30 artists at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York... more
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Encounter with Art Blogs: Puerto Rico and Beyond is set for July 29th in San Juan, celebrating the Museo de Arte de Ponce's 50th Anniversary. Check out current attitudes and expectations of blogs and art journalism... more
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Matisse-designed religious vestments and large-scale drawings will be featured by the Vatican Museum in a room specifically designed for this purpose... more
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"Art and Design in the Modern Age 1885-1945" at The Wolfsonian (Miami Beach, Florida) explores the way design of art, furniture, and appliances have evolved for the modern world... more
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Realizing that we're sharing this with the culturally converted, here are some thoughts from Robert Hewison on Why the Arts Continue to Need Funding--even in an era of austerity... more
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A decades-long gender bias at MOMA in New York seems over with this summer's exhibits by women artists, bringing the "art history narrative to life in ways it never has before"... more
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Drawing from the heart, sort of. Man acquires drawing skills through heart transplant... more
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How's this for an art studio?! Behind the Scenes at England's National Theatre lies the scenic workshop (known as "the paint frame")--take a tour... but you'll have to use your imagination for the range of smells... more
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The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. will present 120 German watercolors and drawings from 16th century mannerism to 19th century realism... more
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Beg, borrow and steal! Young Australian visual artists and writers challenged to generate new ideas from work originally created by others at Perth Contemporary Institute for the Arts... more
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Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries--an exhibition of incompetent copies, botched restorations and outright fakes is revealed at The National Gallery in London, forged signatures, synthetic pigments and all... more
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"Droit de suite" plays prominently in art news these days. Through resale royalties, artists earn a cut of the profits in secondary market sales. But how exactly does it work? Many countries have a version of this system but will the rest agree to play?... more
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Sydney Biennale: The Beauty of Distance; and Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age. "Together, the artists’ works oscillate between magic and myth." Read Candice Hopkins' riveting review of an extraordinary exhibit... more
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Known as a "premiere high modernist," Françoise Gilot's very recent Monotypes--the most painterly form of printmaking--are showing in New York at BLT Gallery. The artist was a friend of both Matisse and Picasso... more
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"Gardens as evocative as paintings are among Britain's greatest contributions to world culture," critic Jonathan Jones checks out Chiswick House's gardens uniting architecture, landscaping, sculpture and pictorial vistas... more
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Saving flood-damaged Cultural Heritage in Italy is getting a big restoration grant from the Getty Foundation. Giorgio Vasari’s work, The Last Supper, 1546, is currently undergoing a difficult conservation project... more
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Imagination. We become magically transported by it. Professor and author Paul Bloom claims using imagination techniques can transform reality into a more interesting and powerful experience... more
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Louise Bourgeois, the French-born American artist who gained fame only late in a long career, when her psychologically charged abstract sculptures, drawings and prints had a galvanizing effect on the work of younger artists, particularly women, died on Monday in Manhattan, where she lived. She was 98... more
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Your "Artist's Statement" should pass the litmus test of compelling visitors to stop reading and to look back at your work, advises Alison Stanfield in "The Do's and Don'ts of writing your Own Artist's Statement"... more
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Oil dependence in North America and its horrific lingering legacy are incredibly revealed in Edward Butynysky's photographs. His images are on exhibition now in a Gallery near you... more
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Photography Collectors are warned to beware of inherent instability in early 1990's "colour prints" (particularly cyan blue) and those bonded to acrylic glass using Diasec techniques... more
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Far from being marginalized, Thomas Hart Benton's work had a strong influence on generations of American painters... especially Modernists, including Jackson Pollock... more
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Amid the bustle of Fifth Avenue New York City, an oasis for contemplation and reflection. The Frick Collection includes some of the best-known paintings by the greatest European artists...the three Vermeers alone are worth the trip... more
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Vancouver: On Saturday, May 29th, the Canadian Art Foundation advises details of free Gallery Hop 2010 afternoon guided art gallery tours and talks in Gastown, downtown and other centrally-located commercial galleries involved... more
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After the Earthquake: Since five centuries of Haiti's rich culture is in danger of being lost, projects to "rescue, recover and help restore Haitian art work" are being headed by The Smithsonian Institute and other organizations... more
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A crowded bookshelf of tomes out there advise you just how to become more successful. But before you grab the latest one, Ann Hulbert confides "what the new success books don't tell you about super-achievement"... more
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The so-called “Cola Wars” have gone global, with battles for soft drink supremacy being waged around the world with flavors you wouldn’t think would be possible. An interesting look at Pepsi marketing worldwide... more
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Benjamin Moore presents Hue Awards... get ready to paint... it's all about Colour! Architects and designers out front show the way... more
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Does the public Really Care about cuts to culture funding??? Grayson Perry: "Being creative is all about being unselfconscious; being prepared to make a bit of a fool of myself." Do taxpayers really know just what we're aiming for?... more
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Digital applications help make COMIC BOOKS incredibly collectible! eg: $1.5m paid for a 1938 Action periodic featuring Superman!--the highest sum ever fetched for a single issue, sold by an online auction resource... more
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"THE MESOAMERICAN BALLGAME" sculptural exhibit forming part of the FIFA World Cup celebration in Johannesburg next month features pieces made out of terracotta, stone and alabaster from Totonaca, Maya, Mexica and Western Mexico... more
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The Artists' Pensions Trust (APT) hopes to "maximize selling opportunities and produce a return to artists that invest in themselves" by maintaining 8 hubs around the world where curatorial committees recruit emerging & mid-career artists... more
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Columnist Germaine Greer asks why this year's Wynne Prize "for the best landscape painting of Australian scenery..." should prove a scandal for winning artist Sam Leach, even if it seems a copy of a 17th century painting by Adam Pynacker... more
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Our mentor has been in Ottawa again... which got the Group of Seven landscape nostalgia building in me again as well, I'm sure, as in many of you. So have another look and enjoy!... more
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London: Did Christie's auction-house err? They sold what they thought was a 19th century German work for less than .01% of what others believe was a Leonardo da Vinci drawing and should have gone for $100-150m!... more
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DRAWING & ILLUSTRATION: definitely collectible forms of art! Here's a brand new website and blog featuring gleanings from a number of artists... more
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Forms of "Mother's Day" are celebrated in 46 countries, including Canada, USA, Mexico, UK, India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, China, Japan and Belgium... not necessarily on May 9th... more
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Wonderful hand-drawn maps showing more than "how to get there" are often superior to the ones designed by the pros... So claims Julia Turner, in Slate!... more
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Ladies Day at Art Dubai, the biggest contemporary art fair in the Middle East: a select group of women is always given a chance to preview and learn about the art on their own, without men... more
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Some know that when "in the zone" an artist may paint with both hands at the same time... it's just "motivated multitasking" according to Katherine Harmon in Scientific American... more
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If you were in Sonoma or Marin County, CA during the 1970's, you'll remember a huge outdoor art installation called The Running Fence, by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Christo talked about the making of it before the present Smithsonian exhibit opened... more
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"London for Loners"--According to Peter Kindersley, "even sights you know well can turn into something strange and new on Sunday Nights." Witness his extraordinary photo essay from More Intelligent Life... more
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"Picasso at the Met" proves this master's works never get old--several "hidden" paintings are revealed through the use of infrared reflectography and radiography... more
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But is it Art? Is creativity a universal human trait? Hear a lively debate between New Zealand philosopher Denis Dutton, American psychologist Daniel Goleman, and Burmese author Wendy Law-Yone. From the latest edition of The Forum from the BBC... more
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Haiti: Premonitions of Disaster? Haitian visual artists take up their brushes to depict their land, some begun days before Haiti's devastating EQ. Includes photo gallery of their artwork - "vibrant, fantastical and brilliantly coloured"... more
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Los Angeles: folk art and David Hrobowski are no strangers--have a look at the photos of his functional furniture and accessories built of popsicle sticks!... he claims one of the biggest hurdles is patience!... more
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Are you a creative Scrabble player? Then you may be interested in the newest edition revising rules--including the use of "proper" nouns and possibly "texting" English! Don't worry too much, this new game in only available in Britain!... more
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New York: the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is housed in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building, reason enough to visit... but their opportunities and collection of art findings, among other treasures, is astonishing to any researcher... more
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"Arts and Education bring Governments Together," claims Carla Bruni-Sarkozy as a new program for disadvantaged American and French art students, funded by a US-funded private initiative, is announced... more
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"Film that develops in the palm of your hand." Why does the new PX Instant Film sound so much like the old-fashioned Polaroid?! Sean O'Hagan thinks it's just a case of processed nostalgia... more
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Australia: Here's a photo of First Class Marksman by Sidney Nolan, sold for $5,400,000 in March 2010, (now part of the Art Gallery of New South Wales' collection), plus more slides of the Top 10 record art sales... more
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Creative talent required here? You betcha! Scores, scenery, costumes, choeography--think of the artistry required in theatre and dance. This fall Victoria & Albert is showing Ballet Russes along with Picasso and Matisse... more
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Toronto: How to Grow Patrons of Contemporary Art. Curators at the AGO get together with young professionals for discussion and to experience today's arts and culture. It seems everyone is doing it... more
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Iceland's ever changing northern landscape and traditions of craftmanship inspired 19th century textile designer and poet William Morris. Today Morris' journeys have influenced composer Ian McQueen's newest work for orchestra and chorus... more
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Ever dreamed about being a published animation cartoonist? Take a look at "how to" articles by animator Nat Falk's History of Animation and Walter Lantz's How I created Andy Panda in the ASIFA-Hollywood: Animation Archive website... more
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London: Market Street Scene, considered the masterpiece of South African painter Gerard Sekoto (1913-1993), highlights this season's auction at Bonham's' for its lively depiction of Capetown's people during the 'forties... more
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AMSTERDAM: view a preview of the Pioneers of Modern Art: Matisse to Malevich opens for a long run at the Hermitage Gallery... and, if you like, add a bicycle tour of past interesting spots related to the Russian links with the Netherlands... more
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London critic Richard Dorment reviews a huge retrospective of the Armenian-American artist, Arshile Gorky, now at the Tate Modern. Gorky was the link between European Surrealism and American Abstract Expressionism... more
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Japanese thriller movie-maker Takeshi Kitano has become a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in France. A collection of his colourful comic paintings Gosse de Peintre is installed at Paris' prestigious Fondation Cartier. See video... more
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"A stroll through the Louvre's awe-inspiring Grande Galerie and its magnificent history paintings will make you rethink art!" so claims London art critic Jonathan Jones. France's national museum exhibits a cavalcade of revolution and romance... more
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Miguel Norambuena, a Chilean psychiatrist working in Geneva and in Moscow, is also an artist inspired by the Mapuche natives. His new creation of hand-carved totems also features a humble sound track from the wood... more
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Are art fairs really necessary? Do art lovers really care? Critic Ben Luke concludes that whether in London, Glasgow, Berlin or New York, commercial galleries can't do without them... more
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If both traditional and avant-garde colour saturation attracts you, you'll want to have a look at four new books featuring Indian imagery, reminding us of the extraordinary layers of artistic creativity in that complex Asian country... more
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Not everyone can be an artist... but critic Jonathan Jones dares you to name a masterpiece created by a committee or even communal consensus! If good art is the product of talent, are there any virtues that make sense in interactive art?... more
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This month’s issue of "American Style" magazine features Tennessee artist, Herb Williams. His medium? Crayons. Yup, from Crayola. You remember those. Only he doesn’t color. He sculpts with them, wrappers and all. Take a look!... more
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New York's 2010 "Gallery Week[end]" in May showcases 50 major solo exhibitions, artist's talks and gallery tours, and discussions, along with an unprecedented concentration of scores of free events and programs... more
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Enjoy beautiful slideshow presentations, complete with music, of your favorite "Masters of Art" - Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Dali... more
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"Modern Art" - What does the term mean to you? Like critic Jonathan Jones, do you have to dig back into your deep and distant past just to find it? And is that as far back as 1880, 1920, 1960 or...yesterday?... more
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If you plan to visit the Arctic to work on winter scenes, you might want to take lessons from painter and sculptor Nasser Azam. He's been testing out artistic materials in a London freezer at minus 20 degrees C... more
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As Peter Lennox says, "All chickens are not born equal." But, in common with painters, they learn by discovery, doing, copying and sometimes even adapting and improving. Eventually, older ones end up teaching younger ones!... more
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Are you curious to learn what the ten most expensive works of art ever bought at auction in New York and London are? Then you've come to the right place. The Daily Mirror has the list... more
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Blake Gopnik says Renoir's still life Luncheon "...is poised... between obvious artifice and successful illusion..." that the painter "plays games that come close to deceit." You'll want look for yourself... more
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Does contemporary art engage science in an intelligent way? Jonathan Jones thinks we need artists who are scientists and scientists who think like artists. Take Leonardo da Vinci for instance... more
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Dublin, Ireland: Promoting visual arts for and by those with disabilities, "What Happens Next is a Secret!"--The Irish Museum of Modern Art features a special exhibition from their collection... more
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If Britain is the "world's leading art capital," with London this century's Paris or Manhattan--why are so many British artists leaving the Isle and choosing to live abroad? Let Jonathan Jones' tell you... more
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HAITI; Georges Nader, Sr. and his wife safe, but their collection of twelve thousand artworks--believed to be the world's largest repository of Haitian art--was lost in the January earthquake... more
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AUSTRALIA: Besides adopting edgy acronyms, Arts Festivals in Hobart, Tasmania develop new funding ideas with a former rock band bass player and a professional gambler... more
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This video shows the winner of Ukraine's Got Talent, Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand
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showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Mesmerizing to watch... more
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A Matteo Ricci woodblock on rice paper 1602 World Map of rare and epic proportion is on display at the Library of Congress, created by the Jesuit priest /cartographer for the Emperor of China... more
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The market for contemporary African art is heating up. The continent has been underrepresented in galleries and at auction, but it looks like collectors eager to try something new may be developing an appetite... more
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Pablo Picasso played a pioneering role in the development of cubism, surrealism and other important art movements. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is showing his inventiveness from 1905 to 1945... more
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Remember Polaroid films? Now that everything is digital, unique polaroid prints seem to only provide "instant nostalgia"--no longer a spontaneous painting or sculpture reference... more
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Fuller Craft Museum Presents the dazzling art quilts of Nancy Crow, considered the founder of the contemporary art quilting movement, have transformed a tradition-bound medium into one of bold improvisation, composition and technical innovation... more
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Working drawings and color studies provide a glimpse into abstract painter David Reed's process. They display experiments with color, and form. The working drawings provide a diary of each painting, recording struggles with the work... more
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2010 promises major exhibits worldwide: see guide for Sydney's Asia-Pacific Triennial; Houston's Photo-fest Biennial; Sydney's Biennale; Bucharest's Biennale; Carrara's International Sculpture Biennale; and Venice's Architecture Biennale!... more
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After farming in Cornwall for 25 years, the art of Terence Coventry's bronze and steel sculptures is magically captured in this video showing animals from pigs to dogs, and rooks taking flight in the field... more
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What’s cooking in Competitions, Shows and Galleries for 2010? Get off the couch and get to work! Here are a gazillion opportunities BUT start now. Pick one and go for it! (And bookmark this link…!) more
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"Creative Impulses" series to start this month on BBC-TV will reveal world history through objects created by man down through the ages--including the first hand-axe now resting in the British Museum... more
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"Art is like chocolate for the brain," claimed psychiatrist Gene Cohen, who recently died. His many books on creative aging suggest that as we age we actually think better... more

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"Healing Art is being born as we speak. The concept is catching fire, is awakening in people's spirits…Artists, musicians and dancers are realizing their imagery has meaning….that their imagery heals them, others, their neighborhood, or the earth." more
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What a way to end the year! Last night, someone snuck into the Cantini and stole a painting called "The Chorus" by Edgar Degas. It's worth around $43 million. That's quite a heist. Parisians are pissed... more
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Chicago: It may be illegal to sell art on downtown streets but artist/activist Chris Drew finds having to buy a license to sell ... and keeping quiet while peddling his art ... just too much!... more
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Roger Scruton thinks there are a lot of designers quick to seize our attention but give nothing in return--with Architecture clearly illustrating the social, environmental, economic, and aesthetic costs of ignoring beauty... more
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The bones of Italian Renaissance artist Caravaggio (who pioneered the Baroque painting technique of chiaroscuro) are being examined again as scientists seek reason for his mysterious death... more
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Is your teaching style visual, auditory or kinesthsetic? If you're not sure, fear not--according to a paper published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, there's no need to match learning styles any more... more
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Surrealist Man Ray became the first American embraced by the Parisian avant-garde, no small accomplishment in 1921 according to Robert Fulford... more
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Job swapping is an interesting theoretical exercise--especially when it involves positions in the Arts. The director of Britain's Tate galleries sits in as headmaster of the stimulating Thomas Tallis school--"you have to tune in really quickly"... more
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Is your website a snore? Wake up your visitors with some javascript. Get free web tips, scripts, tutorials and forums to help perk up your web gallery and sell more artwork. Get cyber-creative...! more
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A wisp of air,... a plume of smoke,... a slim thread of light. Capture these silken elements with a camera, and voila, you have “Smoke Art”. Check out these amazing new photographsmore
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Ross King's new book Modern Spirits on the Group of Seven points out that until 1916, to paint a Canadian landscape under snow was "unpatriotic, untactful and unwise"--suddenly artists Jackson, Harris et al were shocking the community with arresting displays of colour... more
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Visual Art Review of the Decade: UK's Adrian Searle: "Bigger was better in the noughties." Including painters German/Polish Gerhard Richter, Albanian Anri Sala, German Tomma Abts, and sculptor Richard Serra; the Tate Modern; and Frieze plus other international Biennales... more
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Richard Wright, won the Turner Prize. Wright paints large patterns on walls, then insists his work be destroyed. Painting on canvas were "rubbish" and didn't represent who he was... more
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Canberra's National Gallery has post-impressionist works leaving Paris for the first time: Masterpieces from Paris: van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond, and there's a lot on in other Australian galleries... more
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A new near-perfect Blue pigment based on manganese has been discovered by graduate student at an Oregon State University lab, seemingly with no problems with safety, toxicity and durability... more
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The art markets are opening for artists from around the world, overcoming the 20th century dominance of the American aesthetics, acconding to this article on the Globalization of Art... more
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Called Vectorial Elevation, a quiet, contemplative choreographed display of light sculptures will reign over English Bay in downtown Vancouver as part of its cultural Olympiad during the 2010 Games... more
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Charlie Chaplin fans have a treat in store: his last home on Lake Geneva, Switzerland was chosen over Los Angeles and London to become a museum on the life and times of this film art great... more
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Online survey shows the pain of Recession for artists. More than 5,300 practitioners in fields like painting, filmmaking and architecture participated in this survey (NY Times)... more
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The town of Grande Prairie in Northern Alberta, constantly wrestling with management of a resource-based economy and the ethics of giving the world the energy that it wants, has a stunning new exhibition space... more
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Deitch Defends Dakis Joannou Show at the New Museum - The dealer, who curates the billionaire businessman’s collection, fired back at critics during a panel discussion at the Fashion Institute of Technology last night... more
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MoMA, a Few Shades Darker - Director Tim Burton's friends and fans ventured to the Museum of Modern Art last night to celebrate a new exhibition devoted to his work... more
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Daniel Baird reviews the recently renovated Art Gallery of Ontario, in "AGO Transformed: What Museums are For" ... a "must read" article if you can't get to Toronto to see for yourself any time soon... more
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While vibrant and cosmopolitan, the city of Bamako situated on the Niger River doesn’t have much of an art scene. But Africa is emerging as one of the most important stops on the global contemporary photography circuit... more
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AURORA BOREALIS! If you've never seen the Northern Lights--or if you have and yearn for more--here are YouTube photos that make your hands reach for your palette, plus your pink and green pigments... more
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One of the finest private collections of Northwest Coast Indian objects from Vancouver Island to Alaska’s Yakutat Bay has been gifted by Estelle and Morton Sosland to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City... more
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The Greek philosopher Artistotle once proclaimed, "Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish." That is certainly true of Landscape painters. See Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's "Into the Wild: it's in Our Nature"... more
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Minimalist sculptors Neil Dawson, Anish Kapoor, Andy Goldsworthy, George Rickey, and Richard Serra create enormous outdoor pieces in Australia--have a look at these slides!... more
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Critic Jonathan Jones reveals secrets about the lost wax art of bronze casting first used in ancient China, later deployed by Greek and Roman sculptors to create their lifelike human figures... more
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Breaking barriers, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, calligrapher Julie Seltzer uses a turkey feather quill to write out on parchment a new copy of Judaism's most sacred object... more
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Near the Bay of Biscay, a fantastic new Guggenheim Museum is planned - similar to, and a satellite of the futuristic Bilbao one. The Guggenheim believes that "this is the time to make important investments" (with public money of course)... more
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The Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam made available online all of the 902 letters from and to Van Gogh, richly annotated and illustrated, with new transcriptions and translations. A fascinating trip to the creative process of the artist!... more
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Vandals Attack Banksy Work Up for Vote -
A neighborhood council had been holding a vote to determine whether to keep the piece on display... more
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The Brooklyn Museum celebrated its new rock and roll photography exhibition Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present with a Blondie concert... more
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Winslow Homer watercolours are on display in rare exhibition at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, MA, including his important painting The New Novel shown in the 1877 AWS annual exhibition... more
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In Cape Dorset, a younger generation of Inuit artists is pushing past Arctic wildlife and mythological creatures. Lisa Paul reviews the new exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa revealing just how much Inuit art and life has changed... more
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Pioneering Research Project on Acrylic Paints - Findings Revealed. The Tate AXA Art Modern Paints Project (TAAMPP), has now been completed, providing vital information for conservators and artists about the properties of acrylic-based paints... more
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San Francisco-based Artist, Teacher and Activist, Wendy Testu, talks about galvanizing one community around its social and environmental history through a youth-created art installation... more
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"Damien Hirst's paintings reveal everything that's wrong with contemporary art," says British critic Jonathan Jones, "coldly ignore traditions of painting, drawing and sculpture"... more
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Artist Stephen Wiltshire looks at his subject for a few moments and then not only renders it in accurate detail, but with a loose and vibrant line. This week he went to New York and took a 20-minute helicopter ride. Now he's buckled down a the Pratt Institute making a panoramic drawing of the entire city - from memory. more
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The Glenn Gould Foundation is a registered charity embracing the future, celebrating brilliance, unlocking creativity and transforming lives through the power of music and art. Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistma in Venezuela will receive it's 8th prize... more
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2012 Cultural Olympiad: British Style! includes a pair of 10m-high crocheted lions for Nottingham and a floating island from Svalbard, Norway among 12 art commissions celebrating the London Olympic Games... more
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Lawrence Weschler discusses new drawings that David Hockney has been making with the Brushes application on his iPhone. The video clip is amazing. Take the few minutes to view it... more
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Taubman Museum of Art awarded the 2009 International Architecture Award from hundreds of submissions received from architectural design firms in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas... more
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“We didn’t expect a dead fair,” said dealer Iwan Wirth, of Hauser & Wirth, with branches in London, Zurich and New York. “But we didn’t expect it to be as lively as it is”… more
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ARTISTS take your mark,... get set,... GO! to the ARTWORKInternational website to learn about the $12,000 grant available to any visual artist, at any age, any stage, in any medium, from any country or background… more
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The Brain that Changes Itself, based on the best-selling book by Toronto psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Norman Doidge, presents a strong case for reconsidering how we view the human mind... more

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Looking to artists who explore experimental and imagined social formations, the German critic and curator Nina Möntmann considers the disharmonies and unities that are central to collective organization in the exhibition “If We Can’t Get It Together”... more
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Are you infatuated with 3-D movies? Roger Ebert takes exception, particularly with action movies, but it looks like animators will continue to have jobs in cartoon studios if Jeffery Katzenberg of DreamWorks studio has his way... more
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Whitney Proceeds on Plans for Downtown Branch - The museum has up to four years to close on the land’s purchase and five years to begin construction... more
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Rotterdam Architecture Biennale Explores the Open City - Platonic ideal or pragmatic goal? Six sections of exhibits address an urban planning idea but offer few succinct answers... more
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Fashion Photographer Irving Penn Has Died - Photographer and Issue Project Room founder Suzanne Fiol has also passed away... more
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Was Claude Monet really an amateur astronomer as claimed by Baker & Thornes? Check out his painting of London's "Houses of Parliament" for yourself to see if you agree with Alun Salt's theories... more
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An exhibition of Vincent van Gogh's personal letters and drawings demolishes long-held myths about his madness--he's now called "the James Dean of the 19th century"–-and you can even read them on your iPhone... more
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Want to become more involved with a museum or take classes to learn a medium firsthand? We’ve compiled a sampling of young collectors organizations and schools across the country to help you get started… more
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New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has launched a new initiative allowing patrons to prod and scratch at the classic paintings in its revered collection. Is this "going the extra mile" just to boost attendance and support?... more
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Offering a narrative potential, Vancouver photographer Eric Deis’ large-scale images read like visual storyboards that gather in the entirety of everyday cityscape and architectural dynamics... more
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A modern White House reflects the Obamas’ taste in art. Exhibited are abstract canvases by Josef Albers, American Indian scenes by George Catlin and paintings by Alma Thomas, the African-American Expressionist painter... more
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Art:21, the documentary series about art and artists in the 21st-century, starts a new season tonight on PBS. Each episode is organized by a theme--humor, romance, paradox. Interesting video intro about, among other things, "artists as creative role models"... more
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Fifteen artists' stories are brought together at the Kohler Arts Center in "American Story," an exhibition of artists whose diverse backgrounds make for striking comparisons of what it means to be an American. In Sheboygan, Wisc., through Dec. 30, 2009... more
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KABUL: More intangible than roads, dams or hospitals: British charity is helping the Institute for Afghan Arts & Architecture to save and restore traditional woodworking, jewelry, ceramics and calligraphy arts and crafts skills... more
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The Frits Lugt Collection Of French Drawings is now at The Frick in NYC. Don’t miss this important collection of French Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century works on paper by Watteau, Degas, Boucher, David, Ingres, Delacroix, Fragonardmore
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Chinese copies of Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington were denounced by the artist, desired by collectors, and ended up in some important museums, creating an "international exercise in intrigue"... more
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Notorious British potter Grayson Perry has turned his hand to textiles, producing a vast tapestry decorated with human figures and hundreds of brand names relating to modern life: The Walthamstow Tapestry, on exhibition in London... more
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There is something brave about the Tate Modern staging an exhibition that examines the links between modern art and commerce. Andy Warhol once claimed that "Good business is the best art" but... the fact that the two go hand in hand remains the elephant in the room in curating circles... more
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Spielberg, Lucas, Rockwell...a unique combination. Film directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas share a passion for the works of illustrator Norman Rockwell. They will unite their collections in an exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum... more
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Are those Brits making fun of us again? Seems London's Tate Modern is pouring a little controversy into the pond. Even Scotland Yard is getting into the act! And what’s this about a “naked Brooke Shields"?... more
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The 19th annual Printemps de Septembre, a huge "festival of exhibitions," has thoroughly taken over the city of Toulouse, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and thirty more venues across additional towns in France... more
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Never been to the Louvre? Wondering if you should visit? Here's a three-minute slide show to tempt you to Paris... more
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Need a helper around the studio or house? It's hard designing a "humanoid" Robot--the creation of indistinguishably human-like movement and behaviour seems still beyond the current state of the art... more
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The Florence International Antiques Fair certainly has plenty to offer in terms of ambience. 90 dealers bring a superb collection of paintings (chiefly Italian and Old Masters), plus medieval and Renaissance works of art and the result is a spectacular event... more
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Charles Band was a childhood friend of Lawren Harris and other Canadian Group of Seven luminaries and their friends. Also a noted collector of their art, 15 works will be offered in the Heffel Fine Art Auction next month... more
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Where does the self begin and the rest of the world end? The show in Toronto by South African-born, Berlin-based, artist Candice Breitz asks this question by exploring the lives of twins and triplets... more
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Brandeis President to Step Down - Jehuda Reinharz says the Rose Museum controversy did not influence his decision to step down... more
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Realizing an American Dream - Collectors John and Mary Pappajohn have partnered with Des Moines’s Art Center and City Council to bring their impressive outdoor sculpture collection to the public... more
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Mary Reid Kelley in New York - The artist brings historical and art-historical themes to life in quirky, stylized videos... more
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To attract young people to cultural events in Russia, you need to combine them with quality marketing, such as hosting art history lectures at trendy cafes or in modern art centres--but the quality better be good... more
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Polymath defines most highly creative people who enjoy and excel at a range of challenging activities. Canadians Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein discuss the importance of recognizing the breadth of creativity in children for Scientific American... more
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Dazzling gossamer silk from harnessed female golden orb spiders spun in Madagascar for an almost-Victorian extraordinary work of art--now showing at the American Museum of Natural History... more
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Toronto artist Edward Burtynsky's magnificent photographs in surreal colours still seem post-apocalyptic or even primordial as they reveal energy development and commercial manufacturing around the world... more
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Celebrity Self-Portrait Collection Goes to Bid - The auction sale includes self-portraits from Robert Motherwell, David Hockney, and Woody Allen, who all gave them to the collector for free... more
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Dutch Discoveries in New York Harbor - The Kingdom of the Netherlands hosted a two-week design fair on Governors Island to celebrate 400 years of friendship with New York... more
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Copying works of art is still being done on a large scale in China. Read Mark Callaghan essay in the current Art Times: Faking it in Shenzhen: the pleasures and dangers of mimesis... more
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Sand artist Kseniya Simonova's performance on the TV talent show Ukraine's Got Talent does what the political debates of our times often don't—politics, history, human suffering during war. (watch Kseniya Simonova's sand art performance)... more
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Are you an Artist that doesn't do any financial planning for your old age? If so, you may want to learn more about the Artist Pension Trust (APT) operating in several countries that provides some financial security... more
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Here's a brief slide show about Kandinsky, narrated by Roberta Smith. The exhibit is at the Guggenheim Museum... more
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On the eve of multiple exhibitions, Belgian artist Luc Tuymans firmly believes that art should not be political, nor should it be an "ism" such as modernism or post-modernism; that the whole practice of painting is about two things: timing and precision... more
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Born and raised in London, now living in Amsterdam, artist and film-maker Steve McQueen says he's fed up with the art world--that it's boring and too money-focused, claiming "the effort needed to bring an idea to the surface can be epic"... more
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Vanessa Thorpe's Art Beat: this week includes features on artist-now-poet, the Bruiser; Bronte Sisters-like novels with "parsonage power"; Pink Floyd; and two new extraordinary sculptures... more
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Many renovations later, a WW1 "TORPEDO FACTORY" on the waterfront in Alexandria, VA now houses a plethora of artist studios, museums and workshops that some call a sanctuary of art... more
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A kind of Exploratorium with many concepts put together by Dick Termes for students to learn about total visual space. This display is traveling around South Dakota. Video 9 min... more
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ART REVIEW | 'MONET’S WATER LILIES' The Museum of Modern Art is putting all three of his beloved waterlily paintings on view for the first time since 2001. Devotees of late Monet can rejoice... more
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September is Mark Lewis month in Toronto, with a full slate of shows opening at different galleries and screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival. Works promise viewers insight into Lewis' successes in Venice... more
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Annie Leibovitz,legend of portrait photography,whose works appear regularly on the covers of Vanity Fair and Vogue and whose subjects include Queen Elizabeth, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and Michael Jackson is broke... more
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Amazing Crop Art Work From Japan--Agricultural Artistry--using different colours of rice plants, most stratigically and precisely arranged, to create enormous and awesome murals... more
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Work by British-based, Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE, explores the relationship between African identity and European colonialism, best known for visual symbols, especially the richly patterned Dutch wax fabric... more
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Now in Brussels, Luc Tymans' work has been exhibited all over the world. He calls his images "Authentic Forgeries." Fragments, but never fragmented, this painter employs a film technique focusing on virtual reality--without any sense of reality... more
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Opening in October 2009, The Museum of Everything is London’s first and only public space for the display of art which has been created by artists living outside the boundaries of mainstream society... more
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Bauhaus turns 90 this year and Berlin is celebrating with "Bauhaus: A Conceptual Model." The retrospective includes models, studies, paintings, photographs and furniture--sometimes described as a constellation of modernism, design and architecture... more
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This exhibition of drawings dating from 1900 to 2007 showcases the Allen Memorial Art Museum's diverse collection. Included are works Close, De Chirico, De Kooning, Dine, Diebenkorn, Kandinsky, Klimt, Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Pollock, Rauschenberg, and Wegman... more
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Jane Dunnewold is a woman of the cloth — art cloth, that is. The process of “making” is powerful. Using the tools of surface design is one way an artist can explore inner and outer worlds... more
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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will showcase a selection of key paintings by Joaquín Torres-García, one of the most influential Latin American artists and theorists of the first half of the 20th century... more
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Guardian (UK) art critic Jonathan Jones says we're living in catastrophic times, but things are no better - or worse - than they ever were. Remember, for instance, the Italian Renaissance... or the words of Charles Dickens... more
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Important Australian art auction at Sotheby's interrupted by protestors. Demonstrators led by Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre staff claimed art was "racist." and wanted busts returned to the Aboriginal community... more
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Coming soon!a new reality show where artists will be making and unveiling portraits of celebrities--hundreds have auditioned in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and now in New York... more
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Are we blinded by a fear of fakes?
The art world is riddled with forgeries, terrorising experts with the threat of lost reputation and corroding our appreciation of beauty. Should we let fakes spoil our appreciation?... more
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What are you going to do when you have a lot of time on your hands? You are CREATIVE and you happen to have access to a TON of empty Tic Tac containers. Tic Tacs sponsored this young man's project. Another tribute to contemporary creativity. YouTube video 2 min... more
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Kristin Paulson's watercolours are rich in colour, depicting daily life in China, Tibet, India and Singapore through her solo exhibition, Asian Inspiration--regions of endless inspiration and ones that teach us about endless serenity and natural beauty... more
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They say that "those who can, paint; and those who can't, write." So you can't paint. Want to learn to be a bona fide Art Critic? Then read The Fine Art of Criticism: A How-To Guide for Aspiring Journalists to get all the tips... more
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What separates painting or photography from film and video? Why, "moving images" of course. Making film for galleries--not cinemas--Marc Lewis, born in Canada, now working in Europe, works with film as if with sculptural material... more
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Christie’s Drops Plans for Art-Investment Fund, Loan Division. What would have been a separate financial division of the auction house was intended to compete more directly with Sotheby's Financial Services... more
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Tate Modern Worker Loses Illness Claim. An employment tribunal dismisses her claim that working conditions, such as low temperatures, made her sick... more
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Art imitates art, imitates life? “With Friends Like These…” an exhibition of recent pastel portraits by artist Karin Bubaš at Vancouver’s Charles H. Scott Gallery. Each portrait in the exhibition focuses on a star from The Hills, a popular reality program... more
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The Mona Lisa in coffee cups? The amazing offering this has for an artist - beginning or seasoned - is how easily this picture illustrates shading, contour, definition. Try drawing this famous picture from the one pictured here ... more
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Until the early 20th century, old age had a permanent place in art history as a subject for artists. How come this changed? Check out Golden Agers & Silver Surfers exhibit in Basel, Switzerland... more
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"Modern Materials: The Art of the Quilt" is introducing many to the concept of quilt art. "People may be expecting to see quilts, not a 3-D Ferris wheel made of quilted material"... more
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“Honestly, I never strove to be an Edison,” said Les Paul in a 1991 interview with The New York Times. “The only reason I invented these things was because I didn’t have them and neither did anyone else.” Les Paul was a musician and guitar innovator, and the father of the multi-track recorder... more
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Priceless Art 'on the Go.' Ever wonder just how museums negotiate a blockbuster exhibition... get treasures safely to auction... and, ensure fragile artifacts survive to trip? Curators around the world share their precious secrets... more
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Does the Louvre care enough about its priceless treasures to take adequate care of them? Leonardo's MONA LISA was attacked again! Or is this another tempest in a tea(pot)? more
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If you are looking for how strapped the University of California, Los Angeles, is for cash, consider that its arts and architecture school may resort to holding a bake sale to raise money... more
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Contemporary public art in South Africa means no more big men on bronze horses. The feelings people invest in art are becoming radically different, sometimes expressing a seething urban landscape... more
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How do you picture evolution? For inspiration, Tom Lubbock starts with the prehistoric sequence of Disney's 1940 Fantasia cartoon, and Rudy Zallinger's line of primates evolving to man illustration in The March of Progress... more
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"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - (Ferris Bueller). Director John Hughes had a happy American childhood, made comedic movies exploring it and, in the process, made an indelible mark on teenagers... more
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The use of words in art has been gaining ground over the last century. With a new book coming out this autumn on the subject, take a look at the different ways in which text has been used by contemporary artists ... more
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What exactly are we looking for when we roam as tourists around museums? At the Louvre, many stop to snap but few stay to focus. Many people no longer feel the same urgency to look... more
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Here's inspiration: compulsive doodler with no formal art training, former theatre professor Michael Arthur realigned his priorities and is now a free-lance artist drawing musicians, actors and dancers... more
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For the 1st time in the West, the Schirn Kunsthalle will show the spectacular Chinese Sculptural Group "Rent Collection Courtyard," 114 life-size clay sculptures. If you're there, you'll want to go to Frankfurt... more
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Western bias against Asian art diminishes: Canadian painter Matthew Carver tracks his personal experience in the Chinese contemporary art movement -- from Beijing to London... more
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Why do some paintings need to be covered up? Titian's Triumph of Love, currently at the National Gallery, was painted as a "cover" for another painting. It was not that rare a practice in the Renaissance. But why?... more
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"People don't really like Indians," declared Fritz Scholder (1937-2005), whose taboo-breaking, colorist images of fellow Native Americans now showing as Indian/Not Indian at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) still provoke controversy... more
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Ken Johnson writes: "The exhibition 'Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820-2009' at the National Academy Museum includes some compelling works but on the whole does not make a persuasive case for a figurative revival." Do you agree?... more
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Unusual Media. Listverse displays creations by artists who have explored new mediums utilizing unusual substances in making art: Bread, rubber tires, keyboards and mice are just a few ... more
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Imagine having a stroke, a severe brain injury or a tumor and suddenly waking up one day to find you’ve developed artistic talents to rival Picasso. Check out Stroke of Genius... more
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The former home of German artist Otto Dix, one of the most important artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit, in the Southern German village of Hemmenhofen is to become a museum, renovated and run by the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart... more
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A.D.79— the eruption of Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii but also the resort of Stabiae. Finally Stabiae’s riches — especially in fresco paintings— will be exhibited in Ravenna until Oct. 4, and then will travel to Toronto, Melbourne, Sydney, Madrid and Valencia... more
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Check out printmag.com! The URL below takes you to the page that features the 20 new artists for 2009 selected to be featured in the online magazine. Be sure to click on 'competitions' and 'jobs' (if you're interested) ... more
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In 1845 the National Gallery bought a forged painting; its director was forced to resign. Now the director, Nicholas Penny, announced the first ever exhibition of fakes, copies and imitations. "It's not a bad idea to have duds and fakes"... more
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For the new South Australia Water headquarters in Adelaide, Frost Design created a major environmental scheme as part of the interior, signage and graphics design which together showcase sustainability while celebrating the beauty of water... more
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The Kréyol Factory, Paris exhibition, is built around Creole culture. A highly creative mix of techniques and media from 60 Caribbean, Indo-Oceanic, African and American artists share ideas including slavery and colonization - including vodoo... more
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Mind wandering? Some psychologists say our minds are not thinking about what we're doing 30% of the time...UBC's Jonathan Schooler speaking at U of C explores the idea that mind-wandering promotes creativity... more
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Creativity abounds! The digital world is bringing seemingly endless possibilities, inspiring new explorations in the digital and organic art world. Check out the latest in business cards ... more
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Belgium artist Luc Tuymans continues his research of illusion and manipulation of images in Brussels show. Check out the remarkable close-up, framing and other visual principles demonstrating his cinematographic point of view... more
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So you want to be a wood carver? Half the secret of carving, Hugh Wedderburn says, is in how you maintain and sharpen your chisels... and it's a little harder than a bit of amateur whittling, each piece takes several months to perfect... more
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Are you aware of The Art Loss Register? Burglary or Theft of an artwork needs to be reported to local police as well as your insurance broker... and if you're wise, registered with the international database which alerts dealers and auction houses of a lost item and may lead to recovery... more
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Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum present watercolors, pastels, and drawings. Preparatory sketches can be spontaneous creations that reveal the artist's thought processes and working methods... more
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Andy Warhol's 1984 Portrait of Michael Jackson Temporarily Pulled from Auction in New York... worth $10mm?... more
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If you like grotesque, the Haifa Museum of Art wildly examines the idea of the exaggeration of the body by 35 Israeli and international artists including Erwin Olaf, Michal Yaniv, Boyan and ZeroCents... more
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Should we expect every old Venetian 'timpano' (portrait) painted during the Renaissance to represent some risqué meaning? Well, check out the recently restored allegorical painting Triumph of Love by Titian... more
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Traveling on foot, by raft or canoe, and weathering extreme climates, English artist Tony Foster creates watercolors in great wildernesses. For more than 25 years, he has been painting large-scale works ... more
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The book, Seven Days in the Art World is an account written by a freelance writer, Sarah Thornton. The book is about the strange subcultures that make, trade, curate, collect, and hype about contemporary art... more

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Unrest in art vs marketing seems to be everywhere: read about mass resignations from the board of the Temporäre Kunsthalle contemporary exhibition space in Berlin planned for 2011... more
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The (London) Times Top 200 Artists of the 20th Century to Now is lead by Picasso, Cezanne, Klimt, Monet and Duchamp... plus some others you may not have heard of but want to find out more about... more
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Mac Apps! Check out 10 Mac apps to make life easier, and more fun! For Mac users only. There's something for everyone so don't miss this one ... more
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Why should Artists blog? Links to numerous discussions and ideas on the subject are offered here. You can find out about popular topics, platform descriptions, books about blogging, how to improve your art blog and much more! ... more
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It's too late for emerging artists living outside the UK to compete for the 2009 Cartier Award--but details of how to apply to the Frieze Foundation in the future are published here... more
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Interested in working abroad? The Irish Museum of Modern Art has established a Residency program open to artists of all nationalities working in any medium who get to meet with museum visitors... more
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With unreliable certificates of authenticity, and “rediscovered” works by artists lost to history, forgers are flooding galleries and auction houses with Russian avant-garde fakes. An investigation reveals that inauthentic works now outnumber authentic ones... more
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For a brief, personal look at Edouard Manet, and some of the life-shaping incidents he experienced, as well as seeing the struggle he had in exhibiting his work, take a look... more
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Does Plastic Art Last Forever? Not even close. Recent information about the use of plastics is cause for concern for artists and collectors. Plastic sealant may damage a painting... more
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Reality TV to Tackle the Art World - the Bravo network is working on an art-based reality show. Artists will compete against each other for various prizes including a gallery showing... more
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Jean Shin creates sculptures from castaway objects such as old lottery tickets and broken umbrellas.
Her new show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, "Jean Shin: Common Threads, gives recycling a whole new meaning... more
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American mega artist Jeff Koons shows his latest stuff in London. Critic Jonathan Jones thinks Koons "is underrated as a fantastic chronicler of the modern world"... more
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Artist retreats! Asia, Africa, Australia, The Middle East - a list with links and some have a description of programs, studio space, requirements... more
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An intriguing show, “Universal Code,” is the Power Plant’s latest exhibition. Curated by gallery director Gregory Burke, the exhibit features 23 international artists and their reflections on ideas of the universal, the infinite and the everlasting... more
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The Cleveland Museum of Art has opened a new wing as part of a multi-phase renovation and expansion - 22 new galleries show Impressionism, European avant-garde and American modernism. See post-war work not on view since 2005... more
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Pastels are made by mixing a gum solution with pigment, shaping into sticks and allowing it to dry. Find instructions and a list of binder solutions and pigments that work well together ... more
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Denis Dutton's title, The Art Instinct, is also his conclusion. He demonstrates that aesthetics are linked to our biological and cognitive prehistory, and that our "tastes" emerged in the Pleistocene, and haven't changed since... more

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Francis Bacon’s reputation as a romantic outlaw has allowed him to achieve the most over-inflated reputation of the last half-century, says Jed Perl. Good painter or bad boy?... more
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With the slow economy, some artists may be making ends meet by selling artwork via eBay and other online services. The IRS is fixing to wield a big new weapon to get its cut… more
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A major retrospective of work by Pre-Raphaelite artist John William Waterhouse opens at the Royal Academy of Arts, London and attests to the renewed interest in these artists... more
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James Ensor exhibition, NYC Museum of Modern Art: “His work is credited with presaging the Surrealists and German Expressionists in the early 20th century. Sixty years after his death he’s making his mark on the 21st”… more
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Was Leonardo right? Does Keeping it Simple translate into the ultimate sophistication? What's the trade-off? Seems to be some controversy here. Read engineer Joshua Porter's thoughts ... more
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The PBS online news hour offers information for teachers and students in arts/media. The archives pages is a great place to start! From there, browse the categories for reading current voices as well as sharing your own thoughts ... more
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Small scale hits the big time: Miniature prints are becoming as valued as their larger cousins. This week some of the finest contemporary work from around the world goes on show in Leicester, England... more
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What do Georgia O'Keeffe and Albrecht Durer have in common? They are both represented in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. A video introduction to the holdings of this remarkable museum... more
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How to spot bogus "rave" reviews! Those gushing praise, advert-like qualities and/or repeated key phrases could be leading you down the garden path... Check out some great advice from the BBC... Power to the People!... more
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A rich archival collection of the New York photography firm Juley & Son is now accessible online. Photographs of 1,074 works of art by Henri, Luks, Sloan, Shinn, Glackens, and Bellows (Ashcan School) are featured… more
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Graffiti Art has its own charm and so often tells a story. This one is a love story, and a musical one at that! ... more
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“The painting is a mirror. It shows us the divine part of ourselves.” Tom O'Neill and Bruce Dale bring to light the intricate and lavish 1500-year-old murals on a cave wall in India... more
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Never deterred by Parkinson Disease limitations, the late great and revered Haida artist, carver and goldsmith Bill Reid is captured in life and philosophy by the National Film Board of Canada. Watch a half-hour video of his design and work... more
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35,000+ years ago, in the last ice age, the sound of music filled a cave in what is now southwestern Germany. A bone flute has been discovered, the earliest known flowering of music-making in Stone Age culture... more
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Recession or not... with 1000+ visual and performing artists Artomatic 2009, Washington DC's premiere local artists' event, is more huge than ever... more
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Twitter + Art =? Read the article by Ruth Jameison "just what exactly are artists doing on Twitter?" and then check out the follow-up by Shelly Esaak. Both worth reading ... more
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I’m hearing that artists are liking Multimedia Artboard. It’s lightweight for plein air. It’s easy to cut, it doesn’t warp, and it’s affordable. Plus it can be used for almost any medium. One blogger’s review… more
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Fascinated with comic strip characters? Join formerly glum commuters in London's subway system where David Blandey has collaborated with a group of teenagers to create some super heroes derived from their personal stories in Art on the Underground... more
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For 36 weeks, a sketchbook was sent in random order between 4 artists: 2 in Brooklyn, 2 in Belfast. What a wonderful way to create! Feed your muse ... more
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Do a lot of research? Here are 10 websites to bring you up-to-date. Noticeably missing is the latest search engine, created by Microsoft and hoping to rival Google, it's called Bing.com. Enter and sign in... more
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And now, ladies and gentlemen, a bit of wisdom from one of my heroes, Jim Henson! A little something to brighten your day ... more
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Does an artist have to "make it big" to live comfortably? Is the only alternative poverty? Check out Kevin Kelly's latest post on marketing and find out more... more
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A new type of art show at London's Barbican gallery -- is it Science Fiction or Nature Reality? Read Skye Sherwin's ecological review in The Guardian of "Radical Nature Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet"... more
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New Acropolis MuseumGreece’s answer to British argument that there’s nowhere in Greece to house sculptures taken from the Parthenon’s frieze to Britain 200 hundred years ago. Museum opens June 20, sculptures are still in Britain... more
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Uncopyright... If you decided to allow anyone to use and reproduce your work without permission, what's the worst that could happen? Writer Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares his philosophy... more
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The new Museum Brandhorst, recently opened in Munich's art district, has an impressive collection of the works of Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol as well as other contemporary great artists... more
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Laderman, “the new figuration” (a look back)... Linear versus painterly? Moral clarity versus sentimentalized expressionism? No, on the contrary, we're talking about dutiful rendering versus emotional honesty! Picasso's neoclassical period? Work done in bad faith! NYC, 1969... more
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The original prefab house, built by design pioneers Ray and Charles Eames, is 60 years old. It took just one-and-a-half days for 8 workers to build. The walls were made from prefabricated panels with factory windows. In 1949 it cost $1 a square foot… more
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So it’s perfectly understandable why Google should use artists’ work FOR FREE on their Chrome pages, right? After all, Google only cleared $1.42 billion in profits in the first 3 months of 2009. Huh?... more
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Have you heard of tape art? These artists have no interest in seeing their art survive 100 years. Impermanence is in the nature of the medium; public art and healing at its roots... more
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Like Impressionism, Pictorialism was an art of atmosphere, one that privileged the 'subjective eye' (Augeneindruck - Hans Watzek). Art of the Photogravure captures the magic of hidden modernism at the turn of the 20th century... more
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Art vs. Craft – What is the main difference? “Oh, about $1,000.00”... The discussion goes on, while the distinctions between the two are beginning to blur along a continuum. Here's what some artists are saying... more
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Art/40/Basel, which offers the world's best modern and contemporary art for sale, sees "business a little bit down." But $6 million for a Miro is not too bad... more
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Do you paint people? Here are some of the contestants for this year’s BP Portrait Award currently on view at the National Portrait Gallery until 20 September... more
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The work of George Ohr, an American Master of ceramics, can be seen at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto—labeled “brilliant,” he is “the first modern, or Jackson Pollock, of ceramics”... more
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Who knew? Instigated by Zika Ascher, the famous Czech textile manufacturer, the prolific British artist Henry Moore began designing textiles during the 1940s - resulting in silk squares, dress and upholstery fabrics, and wall hangings... more
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MOMA has included a modern work by El Anatsui, and has a YouTube interview and installation of "Between Earth and Heaven" in their African and Oceania collection. Sculptural, beautiful, and meaningful... more
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Step Away From the Brush!
As artists we know that, often, less is more. Artist Duane Keiser talks about Mound of Butter by Antoine Vollon and that moment when you have to put the brush down... more
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In India, a burgeoning rank of affluent professionals seeks young artists, even those right out of art school, and collects their work with passionate interest. Their sustained commitment is quietly transforming the Indian art world... more
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At the Art Basel, bling is out. “Buyers want work that demonstrates intense labor on the part of the artist. They like things that look handmade, not as if they’ve been farmed out to a fabricator”... more
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The National Gallery of Art features a cyber-tour through three centuries of still life painting with a Dutchman (Bosschaert the Elder), a Spaniard (Luis Meléndez) and an American (Raphaelle Peale). Explore their different meanings... more
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Learning something new helps refresh the artist's palette. When it's in a different medium, we not only learn a new skill, we get ideas that might transfer to other works of art! Try copper plating and etching... more
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NASA Art Contest Winners are announced! Students winning overall and first place awards will be recognized as part of a celebration at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington marking the 40th anniversary of the first Apollo landing... more
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Artist, Kevin Macpherson, has an exhibition in Middletown, Ohio, Reflections on a Pond, featuring daily paintings from his home in Taos, New Mexico. Over 500 paintings in 5 years. First time seen in the east (video)... more
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Famous British artist David Hockney always carries his sketchbook and brushes but ponders that conventional painting is dead. Are iphones really the future for art?... more
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Business Advice for Artists From Artists! Business Week hosted an article in 2008 offering advice to artists on how to boost sales and to promote themselves. This advice is basic and solid... more
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Take a break and do some graffiti painting online. Fun to do with the kids or to simply fulfill that secret desire to spray paint the side of a building... more
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Artists sigh, send up, stage direct and garden their way through the greatest art exposition in the world. From smirky nudges to the all-out snake eating its own tail, a cliff's notes on this year's Venice Biennale... more
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Could your iPod be tax deductible? IRS rules have changed. Learn more about what artists might be able to write off against their taxable income. Keep receipts for everything. Don’t be careless... more
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How to photograph your artwork indoors and out, including step by step instructions on how to use Photoshop to edit out reflections from shiny surfaces (like oil paintings) - 5 helpful tips... more
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The art of relaxation doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Experiencing constant stress is counterproductive and debilitating. Read about 7 Powerful Relaxation Techniques and feel better!... more
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When we FEEL GOOD we DO GOOD WORK! A fun site that boldly reminds, positively inspires and creatively offers tips for success. Read and pass it on... more
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Summer is the perfect time to try your hand at the age-old craft of paper-making... it can be a messy process! An introductory video that shows you how... more
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I haven’t found the perfect paintbrush yet (that’s why I have 483 of them). What have synthetic paintbrushes got that brushes made with real hair don’t? Well, for one thing, they don’t have split ends... more
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What do Hockney, Kirkeby and Long have in common? Why, Landscape Art of course! Kirkeby paints amalgamations of near nature motifs, Hockney's individual canvases make up wall-sized views in livid colour, and Long's worldly work sometimes is literally mud!... more
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Beetles eating Belgium? Quarantine initiated? Well, not really, but sort of… When the exhibit “From Van Dyck to Bellotto,” at Palais des Beaux-Arts was taken down, some wooden frames were found to be infested... more
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The Twelve Dancing Princesses--Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen (1886-1957) gained his first success with this book, during the golden age of illustration. Gorgeous, fantastic, dreamy, sensitive pictures in full colour. Art Nouveau line-work and Japanese pastels... more
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Influenced by an environment that fosters the blurring of boundaries separating all the arts, Dale Chihuly's "hot glass" sculptures are by now legendary - his team's installations in numerous countries explore colour, line and assemblage. If you missed the latest exhibit in Phoenix check out his inspiring website ... more
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Pretentious art-speak? “I love black. It’s so… dark.” For a good laugh, read more jibberish spoken by the elevati in today’s art circles to see if you can understand what they’re saying (I sure can’t)… more
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Is the art produced in China today significantly different from what is produced in America and Europe? A video introduction to Chinese contemporary art by Melissa Chiu… more
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Earl Joseph Martell has found a way to keep his art alive, while working at a mundane job. The key is to never let your primary passion - your art - become secondary to your job... more
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Love the Surreal? then the new Magritte Museum— the largest in the world— which opened June 2, 2009 in Brussels, is a must-see. With 200 works, this is the world reference centre for Rene Magritte... more
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Previously known as a forum for the under-represented artists of the world— Latin American, Caribbean, African, Asian— the Havanna Bienniale 2009 opens its doors to North American artists for the first time... more
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Art For Animals, a group of artists donating a portion of art sales to various animal shelters and vet clinics. Join them if you like, or maybe start your own group. Cool idea... more
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Picasso made use of the accidental discovery of Prussion Blue during his "blue period." The colormaker Diesbach, some time between 1704 and 1705, was in fact not trying to make a blue, but a red... more
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The commission that came back to haunt: One artist's "barnyard series" strutted its way back to roost--in the middle of his career path. He warns, "Think twice before you paint 'just for the money'"... more
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It wasn't self-mutilation – and Gauguin was to blame, say German art historians. Could Vincent van Gogh have lived to be 100 if Gauguin hadn't sliced off his ear? A new, controversial interpretation... more
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"Artists are instinctive neuroscientists," declares Dr. Semir Zeki. He believes beauty is in the brain of the beholder, and that artists intuitively understand how the brain sees. "Artists are fated to find this visual language"... more
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They're debating again in Italy whether Michelangelo carved it--a wooden sculpture just 40 cm (16 inches) high, a Renaissance piece of art from around 1495 when the artist would have been about 20... more
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Camilo José Vergara shoots storefronts straight on, in unmoody light. We see many changes, but we aren't asked to feel good or bad about them. We're meant to think: Look what life does... more
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Francis Bacon at the Met. Perhaps the most famous figurative painter of the 20th century--bold, austere, often violent or nightmarish work--love him or hate him? Have a look at some of his paintings from current retrospective... more
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If you've never tried to paint abstract art, it might be kind of fun to experiment. What the heck... no one has to see it! Here are a few simple guidelines to get started... more
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And now...Women only! Suzanne Muchnic takes a look at a huge show at the Pompidou in Paris where 200 selected women artists only are exhibited. What's to prove? Implications for feminism. Intelligent article... more
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Most controversial in 1910, the British Bloomsbury Group of creators, including author Virginia Woolf and avant-garde painters Roger Fry and Vanessa Bell, struck a modern chord with American collectors and still does. Witness the recent exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art... more
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As a POW, Ben Steele was recording history while cellmates scrounged for paper and stubs of pencil for him. After his work was lost at sea, and for more than six decades, Mr. Steele has been recreating his art from memory... more
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Who is the real sitter for the new "Shakespeare" portrait? The “Cobbe” portrait is a splendid painting and the colours have benefited from recent restoration. But did Shakespeare really permit himself to be portrayed in such grand array?... more
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What's Working for you these late Spring days? Take a lesson from Monet, Renoir, Thomson, Homer et al... en plein air or 'in the open air' painting gained popularity in the 1870s with the introduction of paints in tubes... more
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Line, Shape, Color, Space, Texture, Balance, Emphasis, Movement and Rhythm! The Artist's Toolkit has everything you need to explore the basics of creating a picture. This multimedia site is easy and fun for kids and beginning art students ... more
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A video project, Floating Coffins, features the out-sized ship graveyard in Mauritania, a place where the world's ocean currents all conjoin and where hundreds of dead bodies and broken ships wash ashore. See gallery show,Currents of Time... more
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Your artist statement: explaining the unexplainable. And, yes, your statement is essential, but keep it simple, a basic introduction to your art... more
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Kandinsky could see music. Brain scans now prove it. The involuntary ability to hear colour, see music or taste words results from an accidental cross-wiring in the brain that’s found in one in 2,000 people... more
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Gnomes, heroes and maidens. One of the most amazing children's book illustrators of all time, Swedish-American Gustaf Tenggren (1896-1970) had a skill for beautiful composition, sensitive colour and fantastic characters. Website with illustrations... more
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The big, soft toilet still rules. A laid-back, 80 year-old Claes Oldenburg reflects on his current exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art... more
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Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale: Sotheby’s May 5th 2009. See auction results for Picasso, Renoir, Matisse, Pissarro, Lauge, Gauguin, Caillebotte, Chagal and many others... more
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Collaboration with nature—the art of Scottish artist Andy Goldsworthy. See his ephemeral environmental sculptures created all over the world, usually in solitude–his process documented in the film Rivers and Tides... more

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Is your web site a snore? Lose the ho-hums with some free creative fonts! In fact, Google "free fonts" and you'll find lots more fonts available that are search engine readable... more
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Creatively Speaking: Sir Ken Robinson speaks on the Power of the Imaginative Mind.
The creativity guru shares his vision for a new direction in education. How creativity and connective thinking begins to decline at a very early age. Video, 6 min... more
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If you agree that Art today is the result of what other artists have produced before us over the centuries, you may be interested to have at least a brief overview of the History of art. "The Story of Art" by E.H. Gombrich is one of the classics on this subject... more

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Shedding new light on Old Masters - David Stork, a physicist, solves the mystery of how painters depicted reality with amazing clarity. He's been through Vermeer's looking glass and seen the other side... more

With artistic scams on the rise, The Art News Blog offers a heads-up on some tips and tricks to help protect your artwork and your money. Don't get ripped off... more
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Amazon review of a wide ranging, clever book that combines brain science with art. Proust Was a Neuroscientist is a new spin on Whitman, Cezanne, Stravinsky, Gertrude Stein, etc., and some predictions on the future of art. Intellectual… more

Study: Artists and loggers have greater respiratory risk. On the surface, they don't seem to have much in common, but workers in the creative arts, such as artists and designers, have work-related asthma rates five times higher than average, while... more

Do we still have a male-dominated world in dance/choreography? "I have to choose the best," says artistic director... or is this an erroneous description of one of the people interviewed? Read... more

Keith Gunderson's listing of an ArtSentinal article visually comparing unrestored and restored paintings of masters, lends some credence to the question of whether current day art restorers know what they're doing... more

On the crusade to tidy up art, Ursus Wehrli shares his vision by deconstructing the paintings of modern masters into their component pieces, sorted by color and size. Very funny video by this Swiss Comedian and cabaret artist... more

Take a look around a Baroque church in Vienna, Austria. The Piaristenkirche (Maria Treu) has eight chapels with remarkable sculpture and is decorated with frescoes painted by Franz Anton Maulbertsch in 1752-53. Art lives... more

Finding it harder and harder to concentrate lately? Do you sometimes feel stupid? Laura Miller’s review deals with this commonplace quandary… more

How art killed our culture. All the shallowness of modern mass culture began in avant-garde art 40 years ago. Jonathan Jones... more

If art is part of life, why haven’t there been more great women artists? Germaine Greer thinks she knows why women are now taking over... more

Curator David McFadden exclaims, “Don’t bother!” when asked to draw the line between art and craft. His new museum’s dazzling galleries eradicate boundaries that separate fine art and design... more

For more than 30 years, Roger Scruton has been an eloquent admirer of ordinary beauty, and his new book is a lucid and often graceful compendium of his reflections on the aesthetics of everyday life... more

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The robbery at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was the largest art theft in history (not counting those perpetrated by the Nazis) The theft has never been solved... more

Darwin had little to say about aesthetics but his Theory of Evolution prepares the way for a comprehensive understanding of what art is and why we make it... more

Jed Perl questions that Chinese dissident, Ai Weiwei, is more than a political activist--but reasons that he has little aptitude for art... more
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"After decades under a Soviet stranglehold of rote learning, Lithuania’s schools are opening the doors to creativity," so claims Greg Klerlox, co-founder of Nimble Fish arts company, "creating openings for (new) ideas, and a revolution of the soul!" more
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Henri Matisse aka "Henry Hair Mattress" in 1913 -- as students in Chicago "tried" him for “artistic murder, pictorial arson, artistic rapine, total degeneracy of color, criminal misuse of line, general esthetic aberration, and contumacious abuse of title"... more
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Spontaneous icy but cultural and artistic "Warm Up" in Burlington, Vermont --(reported by Cathy Resmer) -- see for yourself... more
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Challenging contemporary art forms and exploring possibilities beyond the traditional, new postwar art exhibitions from Japan are showing around the world... more
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After a decade, new Artwork from the former East Germany has started to emerge -- both official State art and the work of dissidents -- allowing other folks around the world to join the debate.. more
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Stolen Matisse Saved After Quarter-Century: The 1920 Henri Matisse painting Le Jardin, a canvas valued at $1 million, stolen in 1987... turned up in Essex last month when a Polish collector tried to sell it to local gallerist... more
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"Identifying an art work’s maker, school, date, iconography or religious function... immeasurably deepen and enrich the experience of looking at art." Richard Dorment, UK art critic: see "Art 2012: review of the year" in The Telegraph, London... more
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Controversy over contemporary art rages on... take Art Basel Miami Beach for instance... are "letters of protest" and high prices really necessary to indicate serious appreciation?... more
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If we believe that the significance of the shapes of things within our visual field is fairly obvious, then why is the significance in colours of things much less obvious? Mark Changizi alerts us to various brain experiments... more
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Art+Auction's Power 2012: Every 12 months, the editors of Art+Auction assemble a list of the individuals who have stood out in the art world over the last year, and publish results as their Power List... more
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If "great art is the harvest of what came before," as proclaimed by John Rewald, then "Cézanne definitely succeeded in adding a new link in the chain to the past." See review of Cézanne: A Life by Alex Danchev... more

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"How Art changed my life," writes Barbara Stuart, from Australia, who found her way following the nightmare of an institutionalized life. Watch her 5-minute video... more
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Bored with most art museum exhibits? Maybe "olfactory" shows will make a difference... Chandler Burr suggests a whiff of Eau de protection fragrance... designed to bridge crafts and fine arts of every kind... more
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Wanna make some extra change by painting a Faux? According to Jerry Saltz, it's a little more difficult to fake a Richter than it seems. Learn from his adventures... more
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Take a look at this brilliant advertising cartoon for "Twitter!" Make sure that Charis Tsevis' illustration(s) is/are big enough for you to read all the ads used in creating the image(s)! more
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Much of London's contemporary art world chases the new and the young ... but the Piper Gallery now represents older and established non-figurative art veterans, presenting great work that hasn't been seen in a while... more
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Vital Resources for Artists recovering from "Sandy" and requiring financial or other assistance -- here's a useful list from ARTINFO... more
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The Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, with Michelangelo's frescoes, celebrates its 500th anniversary -- But, huge numbers of visitors may have to be limited due to pollution damaging the priceless art works... more
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Fake art works, fake sales, and fake auctions in China continue to damage investor value as well as Chinese art’s reputation on the international market, leading to Bejing considering legal protection for buyers of these works... more
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Alexander Creswell, British watercolourist supreme and official artist to the Royal Family illustrates his prowess in this difficult medium through a recent video interview... more
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With Hallowe-en only days away, now's the time to review the 10 best scary paintings of all time! The Observer art critic observes that "The world of fine art is rich in horror!"... more
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German hippie and self-taught painter, Wolfgang Beltracchi (formerly Fischer), masterminded one of the most audacious and lucrative art frauds in postwar European history. How? Read on in Vanity Fair... more
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One of the most influential Chinese artists coming out of the 1990s, Lin Tianmiao, creates vivid contemporary textile installations shimmering with emotion. A retrospective shows at Asia Society Museum, and solo show opens at Galerie Leong, New York... more
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Photographs from "Frieze 10" contemporary art fair, with exhibitors from 35 countries this weekend in London, including galleries from Argentina, China, Columbia, Hungary, India, Korea and South Africa... more
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The Women of Ikea Catalogs: Now You See ‘Em, Now You Don’t. Trends in photoshopping are a cultural mirror, as arbitrary as our ever-changing tastes... Swedish paper Metro published a side-by-side comparison of the Swedish and Saudi Arabian versions... more
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Gallery Girls Post-Mortem: What I Learned From the Art World's Bad Object by Chloe Wyma - Chloe has been documenting Bravo's "intermittently outrageous and largely dull" docudrama, Gallery Girls... more
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Carter Cleveland, 25, dreamed up Art.sy when he was a senior at Princeton University and couldn't find a cool piece of art to decorate his dorm room. He said, "All the world's art is going to be free to anyone with an Internet connection"... more

"Ebru:" Paper Marbelling technique--here's a video showing artist Seyit Uygur inventing intricate patterns for your reference and playtime... more
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In the modern Olympics’ early days, creative painters, sculptors, writers and musicians battled for gold, silver and bronze ... So, What Happened??... more
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2012 Festival features Arts and Culture showings in London and all over Great Britain during the Olympic Games... more
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Strong sales at the top of the art market scale indicate a buoyancy bearing little relationship to the problems in the global economy... more
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Critic Richard Dorment describes a "pivotal moment in the history of art" in Performance Art: The Tanks at the Tate Modern, London... involving permanent film, sound, projection and performance... more
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Show Me The Monet has a group of mainly amateur artists (from age 21 to 50) battling to get their artwork shown in the Mall Galleries in London. Click through to see pictures of the artist involved and their artwork... more
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Almost anyone interested in art has noticed Andy Warhol's preoccupation with food-- i.e. paintings of Campbell's Soup and Coca-Cola... but did you know about his films and commercials on food as well?... more
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Critic, Fabiano Marques, compares SP-Arte, the São Paulo Art Fair in Brazil, with the Frieze Art Fair in New York and London, concluding that "the more we see the more we want to see"... more
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How to tell a real painting from copies or fakes, using Martin Dieterle's scholarly "Corot" method. Unfortunately, French artist Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1895) still "has the distinction of being the most frequently forged painter in history."... more
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Restoration work on "The Gates of Paradise," sculpted & gilded doors by Italy's great master artist, Lorenzo Ghiberti, has finally been completed. Once adorning the Battistero di San Giovanni in Florence, you'll have a chance to see them in Sept... more
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NY Times columnist Charles McGrath asks, "Can Bad people (people who think and behave in ways most of us find abhorrent) create Good art?" Think carefully how you answer this... more
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2012 Finalists of the RBC / Canadian Art Foundation's "Canadian Painting Competition" have just been announced. This unique initiative helps nurture and support promising new Canadian artists in the early stages of their careers... more
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Scottish artist, Christine Borland can take a forensic attitude to a beautiful thing without destroying its magic! A former Turner Prize winner, Borland is now the prestigious Baltic Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Northumbria... more
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Has the sculpted head as the "Real" likeness of a human subject fallen out of favour today? Read about UK's Celia Scott and her impressions today... more
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Are you hep to "GOOGIE?" Inspired by Space Age ideals and rocketship dreams, it's a post WW2 word born in southern CA for the modern architectural styleof the day--some continuing to flourish... more
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The giant "Shard" is transforming London's skyline: get a 360-degree view from it here! ...and read what the Italian architect, Renzo Piano is telling the critics ... more
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Turn-of-the-century French painter Edouard Vuillard used a wild palette in the depiction of domestic interiors and their inhabitants to tell multiple stories that "mean much." At the Jewish Museum, New York... more
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Glass artist Dale Chihuly's huge "garden of glass" now featured by museum devoted to his work, opening May 21st in Seattle Center. View sneak peek... more
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Take Whistler's 1858 etching of The Music Room... heads weren't yet buried in our cell phones then...but isn't it interesting to witness how three people can be in a room together and not communicate?... more
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Almost everyone loves Horses--especially Queen Elizabeth (...and painters). As part of her Jubilee, an exhibition of the animals from Arabian chariot-pullers to Ascot thoroughbreds is showing at the British Museum... more
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After years of neglect, contemporary African art is coming into its own at auction in London and festival in Manchester--with a spotlight on the game of football... more
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Freedom of artistic expression in South Africa seems severely limited these days--take the case of whether an image of its President should be shown to the public... more
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"Some of the most popular and affecting works of literature, art and music are, in fact, unfinished, or finished by other people." So claims Britain's news writer Philip Hensher... more
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Stephen Wiltshire, the incredible cityscape drawing artist from the UK, portrays Sydney, Australia in his latest trip abroad. See YouTube rendition of three days' work in three minutes... more
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Compare style, handling & subject of exquisite Renaissance bronze & gold sculptures by "Antico" Pier Jacopo Alari de Bonacolsi (c.1455–1528), now at the Frick Collection in New York until the end of July... more
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At Johns Hopkins University, research emphasis is changing from books to online materials and group-project work. A new 12 x 7 ft. hi-res video library wall has been designed to get people's heads out of their (own) computers... more
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"Prospect 3" (the third edition of New Orleans' art biennial) will "explore the distinctions between self-taught art and academic art," but has been delayed a year to the fall of 2014... more
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Artist and traveller, Tim Storrier, wins Australia's 2012 visual arts' "Archibald Prize." See images by prizewinners and finalists here... more
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American portrait artist and social activist, Martha Rosler, shows her photo-slides of 30-years-ago Cuba (then censored under American politics) and explains her points of view to Daniel Kunitz... more
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Canadian-trained painter, Monique Mouton, now working in Los Angeles, continues to explore what's new in Abstraction--learning to put forth a new perspective in communication with paint... more
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In the UK, an artist often needs very deep pockets to succeed in a case of Copyright Infringement... the test is whether the defendant has copied the whole or a substantial part of the claimant's original work, and "substantial part" is a matter of quality not quantity... more
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Artwork: collateral for Cash Loans? Maybe you'll do better via Cash for Art loans! Value fluctuation is a problem, but ARTINFO explores navigating money markets around the world... more
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Iconic Canadian author and artist Douglas Coupland makes time to discuss Canadian art and identity (between scheduled appearances at art fairs in New York and Dubai) with ARTINFO Canada... more
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Tokyo Art Fair focuses on portraits and figures this year (see slides) following last year's EQ & Tsunami -- however, next year Japan will be inviting more galleries around the rest of the world to participate again... more
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In a new form of street art, Dutch artist Max Zorn has revolutionized the use of brown packing tape to form detailed portraits. Demo video attached... more
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As Germany prepares for potential EU-requested tax hike on fine art, visual artists and collectors alike shudder along with galleries and cultural institutions... more
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Often a mess of paint, plastic or pottery...why think of an audience in your art studio? A dozen creative British artists share their secrets in this slide show and a new book called Sanctuary... more

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Harvard Prof. Eric Kandel's life work has led to the study of memory, particularly with respect to both traumatic and pleasurable experiences. You'll be fascinated to learn how this led to the study of Gustav Klimt's erotic painting, Judith... more
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Suppose you walked into a New York gallery, bought a painting that appeared to be influenced by the great Leonardo, and later found out that it may very well have been painted by the master himself...seems like a pure urban myth, eh? Read on.. more
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British art lawyer Simon Stokes explains "What you Can and Cannot Copyright" - investigating boundaries between the expression of an idea which copyright protects vs the underlying idea which cannot be protected... more
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Black and white photography has always been one of the most demanding arts...just have a look at these Mexican Monochrome Masters showing at Metivier Gallery in Toronto... more
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The Puppet-Master, showing at the Quai Museum, Paris, deliberately restores Vietnam's unique and ancient art of "water puppets," saving from oblivion a tradition dating back to at least the 12th century... more
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Egyptian artist Alaa Awad discusses the political mural he has been designing in Cairo; a memorial to the martyrs who died in Port Said following a football game at the beginning of February... more
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Recent awards announced for writing and illustration of Children's Books in editor Harold D. Underdown's interesting and useful Guide to Publishing website, The Purple Crayon... more

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An artist refusing to sell his work! Really? Read about "the man who couldn't stop drawing"--Percy "Bob" Kelly cum Roberta Penelope (and check out his intriguing slide show)... more
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Artworks by American Impressionists, including John Singer Sargent and the 'Duvanet Boys,' will be shown in Florence from spring through early summer at the Palazzo Strozzi... more
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Art vs Politics: 2012 ...
"If an artist had something important to say about the world, would anyone really listen?" Can art really have political impact on issues like poverty, injustice and global crises?... more
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"People are more likely to be moved and intrigued by abstract paintings if they have just experienced a good scare." Tom Jacobs thinks fear heightens appreciation when viewing abstract art. Read more about the experience here... more
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Book cover Illustrations! Now who would have thought there would be such difference between the US and UK - generated? Have a look and choose!! Perhaps you'll agree with editor C. Max Magee... more
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Hope, Peace, and Amor became abstracted Art Projects of visual New Jersey artist Franck de Las Mercedes--one Priority Box at a time--challenging the recipient to influence change... more
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A Monster in Paris, if you enjoy creative, costumed and colourful films,--charmingly animated in 3-D, here are trailers for this French film (now dubbed in English)... more
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Children's Book Illustrations: Furry animals, puffy clouds, and eager boys and girls enjoying adventures in the wild are increasingly being replaced by "built" environments and fewer dogs and cats... more
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Capturing Achievement and Inspiration on film--check out "Lomography"... more
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Art works by HM, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark--a traditional painter in her own royal right, and known for her watercolours and acrylics--are showing at the Museum of Modern Art more
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The 4th India Art Fair in New Delhi is on now! includes sculptures, installations, and interactive art projects meant to "bring about a spontaneous connection between art, spaces & people"... more
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The Louvre in Paris has only four American paintings in its permanent collection...this will change with a new exhibit titled, New Frontier: American enters the Louvre, a collection of early American landscape paintings.... more
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Something different: Berlin artist Matthew Davis's oil technique includes slowly dripping paint from his brush into small pools, creating a surreal effect on the canvas... more
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New York elite art writer Irving Sandler learned about Abstract Expressionism in the '50s by hanging out with the artists in Lower Manhatten. Having "seen it all," Sandler continues to believe that art of real quality will always rise to the top... more

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Are books, as we knew them, dead?! Canadian writer/composer/sculptor, Guy Laramee's creative carvings are inspiring! If it's a crime to "alter books," what would you call "carving a group of books?"... more
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Beirut: The "Face A Face" exhibition lets various European artists show just how body language unveils apparent contradictions! At the downtown Aida Cherfan fine art gallery into Feb... more
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Master American Portrait Photographer, the late Eve Arnold, knew a lot about discrimination and injustice--as this sensitive slide documentary shows... more
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Europe's art market remains strong even in the present economic situation--although bets being laid on contemporary and modern vs impressionist... more
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"The Tomb of Unknown Craftsmen!" Contemporary artist Grayson Perry shows remarkable masterpieces by anonymous artists at the British Museum in London (slides included)... more
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Education courses through Christie's (London, New York, Hong Kong) investigate today's art market; discover jewellery; explore contemporary and/or Asian art; study dress in paintings... more
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London's Saatchi Gallery sets and expects controversy this winter with their new painting & sculpture exhibition, Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art from Germany --political, satirical, experimental but not a commodity!... more
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Jan 19, 2012: Judy Chicago's performance art Disappearing Environments will transform 25 tons of dry ice. Originally performed in 1968, revival scheduled for international contemporary art fair, Los Angeles... more
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Breckenridge, CO prepares to welcome 22nd Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships of 2012, where fifteen 5-member teams from around the world compete using only hand tools (eg. carrot scrapers?!) for 5 days in January... more
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Always wanted to learn to draw Dragons and other monsters???? 2012 could be the year--check out award-winning children's book illustrator Emily Gravett's images... more
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Rotterdam: Mummies in the Netherlands? 21st century methods make burial rituals of ancient Egypt more fascinating. Investigate for yourself through the Kunsthal facilities... more
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Gingerbread Architecture "inspired by artists," meant for Christmas, but of interest all year 'round... more
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Can You identify the difference between a "real" portrait by Rembrandt and that of a fake? Check out your aesthetic judgement... more
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Newsweek asks, "Why is Art So Damned Expensive?" An interesting and provocative look at the art market and some provocative pricing... more
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The Bold Art and Haiku Poetry of John Morse keep New York City streets Safe... more
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Yinka Shonibare built "Nelson's Ship in a Bottle,"--the biggest model in a bottle ever built-- currently rests in a plinth in Trafalgar Square, London. Wanna contribute to the £650,000 campaign to keep it in England?... more
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"Ocean Soul" by artistic photojournalist Brian Skerry will be on display at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. through February... more
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New York: The logic underlying conceptual art, eliminating subjective content, is often difficult to grasp. Sol LeWitt's current showcase of one- and three-dimensional objects shares the artist's self-imposed instructions... more
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South Africa: "Artistic adaptations of books are still rare and relatively new," claims art historian Rory Bester. Author Lauren Beukes visits the art museum inspired by her novel--a new venture for Art Curators... more

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Mount Rushmore: 70th Anniversary provides an opportunity to look back at sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his famous mountain monument of presidents in the Black Hills of South Dakota... more
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"Not all my pupils will become musicians, artists and actors," argues Barbara Elliott, "[but] don't strip the curriculum of subjects that matter!... more
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Prospero's blog: In praise of handwriting, a dying art..."The rot started when keyboards were allowed in schools"...now a personal commitment to quality?... more
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Vancouver: Philanthropist Michael Audain's art-giving generosity is legend--as is his own spectacular art collection showing over two floors at the Vancouver Art Gallery until January... more
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China: Artist and political activist, Ai WewWei's contemporary work shows around the world--from Taiwan and Hong Kong to the UK, Venice, Germany and USA--have a look... more
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American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell at the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio includes paintings, drawings, studies and 323 Saturday Evening Post covers spanning 47 years... more
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UKRAINE: "Young people in Kiev have shown great thirst for modern art." A new larger contemporary art space is planned and will be financed by Victor Pinchuk to introduce "international" ideas and modernize "thinking"... more
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Critic Peter Schjeldahl rates abstractionist Willem de Kooning "the greatest American painter of them all." Here are slides of the painter's retrospective at MOMA... more
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"When did the visual arts become so encrusted with words?" and "When did it get so hard to look at art?" Read reviewer Mike Barnes' remarks about artist's statements and The Automatiste Revolution... more
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Mummy Portraits...who knew? In Egypt, Ashmolean conservators heat up their paraffin while the Museum gears up for their newest show... more
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Craft & Folk Art thrive in Southern California, revealing how "craft practices in furniture, jewelry, pottery and textiles parallel the influences and concerns of their fine art counterparts"... more
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London: The Jerwood Drawing Prize has been awarded since 1994 for excellence in drawing, set to a variety of standpoints, and often a great technical achievement -- but not without humour... more
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Australian artist, educator, and historian Donald Richardson reports on The Problem of Aboriginal Art, by first asking the question "Has it every really been discussed?"... more
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Paperwork in 3D ...from origami, cut paper, pop-up books and graphic novels, to the mathematics of paper engineering, sculpture, and fashion ...also featured at Shelburne until the end of Oct... more
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Writer Rachel Toor discusses "what looks like productivity"...daily quotas...and self-determined deadlines. Sounds familiar?... more
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Bob Dylan accused of plagiarising art--not that fans no longer consider Bob Dylan a musical genius--some of his paintings resemble other artists' works.... more
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Was Impressionist Edgar Degas' interest in movement really related to a search for modern formulas? Even though he spent years investigating the Old Masters...and the Paris Opera ballet... more
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Critic Peter Schjeldahl covers Francis Alỹs, a Belgian artist/conceptual performer living in Mexico, and his crowd-pleasing retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC (+ slide show) ... more
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Art Berlin Contemporary 2011: The Best and Worst of the fair as represented by 120 galleries, according to Alexander Forbes, plus ABC Berlin slide show... more
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Video: Installation of Will Ryman's sculpture, The Roses near Park Avenue, on the front lawn of the Phillips Art Museum, 58th Street in New York... more
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Was Dutch artist Frans Hals a "man before his time" in the 16th century? He didn't paint much "religious" art and seemed to glorify the secular world. The Impressionists appreciated him for his looser style and the "timelessness" of his portraits... more
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The "technology of seeing"--try David Hockney's approach to choosing what there is to paint while driving down the road... more
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Has Street Art become too respectable?? In London, critic Jonathan Jones discusses why it is Dying all over the world... more
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Has Art "Crime" increased that much in N. America? OR have you, I and other members of the general public now just become more aware?... more
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Group of Seven Lawren Harris' paintings evolved from Canadian landscape reality to non-objective abstraction, as can be seen at the new Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton 'til mid-September... more
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BERLIN: Adaptive reuse is all the rage! As Kyle Shaka puts it, "pretty much anything can be converted into an art experience." For instance, "Kulturbahn"--a plot to turn an amusement park into art... more
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Art Theft and The Case of the Stolen Turners, a new "undercover" art recovery tale authored by Sandy Nairne, and, written with remarkable permission from The Tate... more
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Ever had an urge to be an Art Critic?? Well, before you take the plunge, have a boo at the Chronicle's Brainstorm page to find out who or what is driving the art market... more
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The Cartoon Colour Wheel as presented by Slate, interactively!
A beautiful color wheel showcasing the entire cartoon character spectrum... more
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Provincetown, Conn: America's oldest continuous art colony features great painting talent in a little seaside town... more
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Andy Warhol once belonged to a stable of freelance artists, making a living designing book covers and illustrating dry business books for Doubleday? Learn more here... more
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Is yours a city where "creative" people feel at home? What makes a city a community? Europe continues to debate this cultural subject... more
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"Why would anyone want to do that?" asks New York's Irving Sandler, who has always been interested in "new" art, and figuring out what's significant, and trying hard not to prematurely judge it... more
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Melbourne: Works by acclaimed Aboriginal artist John Bulunbulun, along with those of Chinese-Australian artist Zhou Xiaoping, headline Trepang: China and the Story of Macassan-Aboriginal Trade ... more
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Paint a portrait in four minutes? A video of French performance artist, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, shows us how he recently did one of Roger Federer in Zurich... more
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Munich: the annual Schmuk show exhibits contemporary work by jewelery designers around the world. UK's Kath Libbert talks about the entries and this year's particular theme... more
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Ever wondered just how the Mona Lisa became the world's most famous painting? Check out the outrageous 1911 Paris theft, as outlined by The Smithsonian Museum... more
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Wondering just what Installation Art is? Fresh from the Venice Biennale, Mike Nelson explains what he found out and why his work is now permanently at the Tate Modern... more
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Helsinki: New art park will celebrate Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala when it becomes "World Design Capital" next year... more
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Dublin: the Irish Museum of Modern Art celebrates 20 years of looking good with an exhibition of paintings, sculptures, installation and film... more
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New Zealand: Artist Paul Hanrahan paints a charitable tribute to earthquake-torn Christchurch... more
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Sweet potatoes and an old blanket-- an easy recipe if you've never made an art print! with help from Christine Schmidt, the author of Print Workshop... more

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Proper appraisals and insuring your artworks will help avoid market value fluxuations. Really!... more
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Certainly not a feminist, American artist Lee Krasner didn't seek the limelight with her abstract expressionist paintings--but then, her husband was Jackson Pollock... more
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View some finely etched lines of Germany's Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)--an artist ahead of his time in depicting science and technology in the Northern Renaissance... more
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Venice Biennale again: here are ideas of what you can take in on June 3rd...and a map to help you get around... more
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Writers and artists and fairy tales often serve as being the agents of hope--the Bros. Grimm knew this and so did Walt Disney. Consider Snow White and grease your creative spirit!... more
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The Canadian Sobey Art Award is about to be given and a total of $70,000 up for grabs-- check out contemporary works on the short list to help you decide whom you'd award the prizes to... more
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"Kitsch, bourgeois lyricism and brutal satire collide" in the latest classical paintings of Huang Zhong Yang. Born in China during the Cultural Revolution, he now lives in Regina, exhibiting at MacKenzie Art Gallery... more
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Special evening exhibitions and art classes are being offered in Moscow during Night at the Museums this weekend--some culture events even last until the early morning... more
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Animals at Somerset House by Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, opens in London this week--the first outdoor public sculpture installation by the artist... more
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Designer Lotta Jansdotte's new book, Open Studios compares 24 artist spaces in Brooklyn, Stockholm and Tokyo. Check it out here... more

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Curators of the Biennale de Montréal 2011 believe that "chance" has inspired many works of art in the past and will continue to do so now at the École des beaux-arts... more
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Teachers may inadvertently prevent students from learning! Nate Cornell believes struggling with the material has value--sometimes the hard way proves easiest... more
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Paris: Art to Get its own Stock Exchange --Based on a stock market model, collectors get to own pieces of art through shares, galleries approve of the investment idea... more
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Edouard Manet just may have invented modernity--that's the conclusion of Laura Cumming about the show at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris... more
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Terry Eagleton finds the views of various 20th century avant-gardes demolish the whole conception of art. Read his article in the London Sunday Times... more
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We all agree that Leonardo da Vinci was a genius--even if he did slip up mathematically from time to time... more
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April Fool's Day is upon us! And what hoax or surprise do you remember?!... more
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Forgetting just how to remember? Guess we need to sharpen our brains with Joshua Foer's new book, Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything... more

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Is the art world in trouble with lack of omnivores? According to Mark Stern for the National Endowment for the Arts, cultured gallery, museum and concert patrons are fast disappearing... more
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Here's an audio slide show of men playing cards by Cézanne from the New Yorker's Peter Schjeldahl... more
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Art Project: an amazing new Google website allows you not only to see some of the great works of art at an incredible fidelity, but you can also take tours around some of the best museums the world has to offer!... more
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Do you admire Satirical Illustrations about modern society and life? Then check out these by Pawel Kuczynski (1976- ), a famous Polish artist... more
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Is information found on the Net making you Smarter, Happier, More Productive? Jim Holt discusses ways your computer may or not add to your creativity... more
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A rare snowfall in London results in Harry Chapman's charming illustrated report of a wet but magical bike ride through the city and giant snowballs... more
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Eye-candy slide show: Liz Markus presents "10 Painters, 10 Palettes: New York," starting off with Jackson Pollock's floor... more
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China shortens their unique "SECRETS OF THE SILK ROAD" show (including mummies), leaving Philadelphia wondering "why?"... more
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Newfoundland artist David Blackwood chronicles the unflinching story of a vanished life in his home province. An AGO retrospective of his etchings show survival struggle against hostile elements... more
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Painted portraits bring the sitter's personality to life: Richard Rand compares some "Eye to Eye" portraits at The Clark with current celebrity faces... more
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More than just Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's "Organic Architecture for the Twenty-First Century" architectural influence continues to influence us... more
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In celebration of Spain-Russia Year, the celebrated Prado and Hermitage Museums are swapping their best for shows this year featuring work by El Greco, Goya, Titian, Rubens, and Valázquez for Carravaggio, Cézanne, Kandinsky and Matisse... more
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Travels with Norman Rockwell features his wife's photographs taken between 1962 and 1975, along with his related work are being shared publicly for the first time in Stockbridge... more
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Racism: Uncomfortable questions still plague Cuba and much of the world about race, discrimination and identity--see the contemporary show at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh... more
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Charlie Chaplin scores at The Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne. The collection of his photographic archive of vintage prints and negatives starting 1910 is now theirs and yours to see!... more
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Women and Flowers Hybrid Wallpaper? Here's the controversial scoop from French photographer Valérie Belin herself... more
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Ever Thought You'd Like to be a Lighthouse Keeper? Works by Rodney Graham and Tacita Dean show how to expand the limited amount of space... more
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Roman Woman Appears on Israeli Shore near Ashkelon, and she could be 2000 years old!... more
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"Stealing the Mystic Lamb"...the new Book by Noah Charney details how the Ghent Altarpiece became the World's Most Frequently Stolen Artwork...with both art and artist cloaked in mystery... more

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Playwright/author Somerset Maugham donated his major collection of theatre paintings, including works by Johann Zoffany, to the National Theatre and will finally be shown at the Holburne Museum in May 2011... more
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The National Gallery of Canada has staged a provocative 'biennial' travelling show: Is it What It Is: Or Is It? Your chance to determine whether they're right about representing the best of art now in this country... more
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Technicolour accents!! South Africa shows us how to liven up an old neighbourhood hotel, both inside and out!... more
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Hawaiian born, Neil Fujita, dead at 89, greatly impacted the field of graphic design, revolutionizing the concept of album covers for Columbia Records and book jackets for authors such as Truman Capote and Mario Puzo... more
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Toller Cranston's artwork paid for his figure skating--from lessons to Olympic glory. This Canadian icon now lives and creates in Mexico. Melissa Leong writes about his "Battle of the Brush"... more
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From Milan, Giuseppe Eskenazi talks about his 50 years in the Chinese art market, his illustrious clientele, what moves in the art market, and how to survive the current downturn... more
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Are photographs worthy of being deemed "fine art?" The controversy continues to rage. Read John Gapper's take on the woes of Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz for instance... more
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"Prints are becoming increasingly popular with collectors as they gain new respect from scholars," claims Eileen Kinsella. And buyers are certainly becoming more aware of their value... more
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Simon Schama writes about the 'beastliness' of modern art cropping up in Britain in time for the Frieze Art Fair, eg. Mark Wallinger's Angel of the South, and reminds us that bestiary is still popular in British theatre... more
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"An Ideal Life of Drawing!"--renowned for his New Yorker cartoons, children's books, and Shrek movies, a major exhibition of William Steig's work starts in Nov at the Jewish Museum... more
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Buffalo's biennial exhibition event, Beyond/In Western New York, opens with a high wire walk by a Frenchman, and features 100+ artists... more
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South Africa Fashion Week--a combination of art, music and design--headlining satirist Eduardo Cachucho as he deals with "sculpture on a body"... more
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Gauguin at Tate Modern: a video explores the artist's transition from conventional family man to avant guarde pioneer and leader of the post-impressionist movement, based on his letters to Van Gogh, Pissaro and others... more
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Norman Rockwell's paintings were much admired in North America: a Telling Stories exhibition (American Art Museum) explores kindred spirit connections between him and film-maker's George Lucas and Steven Spielberg... more
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Girl with an iPod by Michal Ožibko, an artist from Prague working in oil and acrylic on canvas, captures the Visitors' Choice award in the BP Portrait exhibition at London's National Portrait Gallery... more
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Winnipeg's Kenton Smith discovers that the narrative art form of "comics" provides a unique form of visual communication. Perhaps comics have never been as diverse, vibrant and exciting as now... more
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Certainly Not Boring: here's a wonderful gallery of winning entries to The Jake and Dinos Chapman G2 Colouring Competition for kids 6-13. Each won a colouring book signed by the artists!... more
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The main technical problem of watercolour is the "reserve," the use of the white paper as an element in design. Rediscover watercolour with Robert Linsley, featuring Cézanne and David Milne... more
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Correggio's Io (or Jupiter and Io) (1530), is celebrated as one of the masterpieces of European erotica. Read critic Tom Lubbock on this great work at Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna... more
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Minor Shockwave? Steven Shearer's work selected by the National Gallery to represent Canada at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Bryne McLaughlin thinks this may be smartly subversive... more
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Food portions have became increasingly generous over time in still life paintings--even in the case of those depicting the Last Supper. Ann Landi questions the trend... more
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British printmaker Sir Peter Blake's works are for sale at Christie's in London. His 60-year interest in print media and technological advances is legendary ... more
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A video shortlisting architects for the Stirling Prize (£20,000 ), shows off the best new building designs in UK & Europe 2010... more
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Exhibition Offers Unprecedented Reassessment of Pivotal Moment in Henri Matisse's Career. This article provides a thoughtful analysis of Matisse's development as an artist... more
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"Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917," an exhibition that opens next week at the Museum of Modern Art, offers a new understanding of how Matisse made significant revisions as he painted... more
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Wonder "how to" authenticate a masterpiece? Sometimes a single fingerprint can make the difference...it helps if you are an art connoisseur and have a "sixth sense," like Martin Kemp, the late Thomas Hoving, or Peter Paul Biro... more
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The current debate over BP's sponsorship of the arts is becoming hotter--take the Tate Gallery's stated ambition to demonstrate "leadership in response to climate change" for example... more
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Claude Monet often moved in the middle of the night to avoid angry landlords... until he spotted the village of Giverny, and made it his home... more
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A place to visualize and create art in: the Svalbard archipelago islands just north of Norway "where the sun never sets!" Hurry, before the Arctic ice melts... more
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Reality TV (Bravo) finally spotlights art and artists. American art auctioneer Simon de Pury mentors 14 emerging artist contestants on Work of Art: The Next Great Artist with host Sarah Jessica Parker... more
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The extraordinary architectural design of the UK's Norman Foster is applauded around the world. Here are some photos of buildings from Kazakhstan to Barcelona, and there's a new Bio... more
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Gallery: Here's a slide-show of all 40 album cover art on the 2010 Polaris Music Prize longlist... more
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"Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917" showcases little known works at the Art Institute of Chicago by Henri Matisse that depict his attempt at reinvention during war and the onset of modernism in art... more
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Vancouver Art Gallery showcases many French drawings that have never left France before by Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Other Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris... more
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Photojournalism as an art form is explored at The L.A. Getty Museum's
"Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties,"
beginning in late June... more
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St. Petersburg is opening its first private museum of art. Novy Museum will be devoted to Soviet underground and Russian contemporary art in the form of paintings and photographs... more
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Who Knew that luxury bathtub creations would become more than a place to "soak in style"... or restricted to bathrooms. Maybe you'll need one to chase inspiration in your studio?... more
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"Picasso: The Look of Desire" shows his compulsive work, as he tries to appropriate the female body, the object and beauty" while he deconstructs it, "Picasso becomes permanent synthesis and antithesis of himself." more
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"Art is a conversation between and among artists, not a patent office." Author David Shields also claims, "Artists continue to feed off one another's work (as they have since the beginning of time)." Does everybody steal?... more
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Listen and watch an artistic floral tribute to poet and avid nature
lover Emily Dickinson
in Emily Dickinson's Garden: The Poetry of Flowers at the New York Botanical Garden... more
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What the recent UK election means for Arts and Culture: in forecasting the importance of sustaining the cultural sector, are cuts being under-reported?... more
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Albert Barnes understood that the ancient Greeks, Titian, Rubens, Renoir, and Matisse--far from disconnected--are links in today's chain of living art. But, Lance Esplund doesn't believe that the Barnes collection should be moved to Philadelphia... more
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In Canadian artist Brendan Tang’s ceramic artworks, it seems as if ancient Chinese porcelains battle futuristic robotic prosthetics. Meditating on his recent show in Lethbridge, writer Anne Dymond finds Tang’s hybrids funny, beautiful and ever so tempting... more
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Renowned Marble sculpture and other priceless antiquities from the Near and Far East will be displayed again in new galleries at the Cleveland Museum of Art following a five-year hiatus. Look for the reopening in June... more
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The City of London's red Routemaster buses are being replaced! Read about the new modern design by Thomas Heatherwick, and have a virtual peek via YouTube... more
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Towers that seem alive, an alien-like blob that looks like a UFO after dark: these are homes, hotels, museums around the world.To say these bizarre buildings are unconventional would be putting it mildly... they're almost too strange to be real. Have a look... more
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Have a look at the works of the artists on the Turner Prize shortlist 2010: Dexter Dalwood, Angela de la Cruz, Susan Philipsz and The Otolith Group. The winner will be announced on 6 December after an exhibition of works at Tate Britain from 4 October... more
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New York: Roving Art Galleries--With gallery owner Amy Smith-Stewart, you never know where one is going to pop up! No long expensive leases required and not to be taken for granted... more
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Marina Abramovic, the empress of international performance art, sits silently at a small table in the soaring atrium at New York’s MoMA. You can take the chair opposite her and face the artist for as long as you can bear to return her unwavering gaze. Performance in a museum setting, a must-see? Through May 31, MoMa retrospective, “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present.”... more
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The recovering Asian art market in Hong Kong will attract visitors from around the world to FINE ART ASIA 2010 in Oct. Both art and antiques will be featured, traditional and contemporary, from international dealers... more
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"THE ART OF CONVERSATION" in London and Berlin--this month, Designers from across Europe collaborate through a creative chain of invention and re-interpretation in any form from sculpture to performance, photograph to text... more
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France: Smurf's house? Chinese sun hat? Magic lantern? The latest architectural wonder Centre Pompidoux Metz in the north-east part of Lorraine, is a tent-like structure designed to awaken culture with exhibitions from Centre Pompidou in Paris... more
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What do master artists Salomon van Ruysdael, Giovanni Bellini, and Salvador Dali express in common through their landscape paintings? Read art critic Jonathan Jones' blog on Still Waters... more
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Stunning crop art has been springing up in the fields of Japan. As summer progresses and plants begin to sprout up, the detailed artwork begins to emerge... more
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Connecting the past to the present: From political campaigns to birth control, author Sheila Rowbotham's new book Dreamers of a New Day describes US and British radical thinkers in the puritanical atmosphere of the early 20th century... more

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Russia: In the city of Khabarovsk, wooden sculptures of Russian traffic cops mix urban reality with fairy-tales--including witches!... more
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Can You Judge a Book by its Cover?--read Katy Guest's article... then check out cover artists' illustrations for yourself to see how good you are in guessing the titles... more
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London: When Iceland's volcanic eruption stranded critic Mary Reid, she visited John Gibbons' Bringing Abstraction to a Head sculpture exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery... more
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Contemporary Australian Modern Art, established in Sydney last year, moves permanently to London in May with "5 x 5", the premiere exhibition of five artists at Menier Gallery... more
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The great Broadway dramatist, Neil Simon, has made a very good living observing society "and selling escape to the American public," according to The New Yorker. Other creative people might borrow a leaf from his book... more

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Bored with accommodation provided by the usual hotel chains? It may be time to check out something unique: read Adam Roberts' description in The Economist of "Stone" in Italy; "Vegetation" in Kenya; "Salt" in Bolivia; "Mud" in Mali; or even "Ice" in Sweden!... more
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Cologne: Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss win the 2010 Wolfgang Hahn Prize for "a wild range of media" in their Airport series, carefully composed of everyday scenes to radiate a curious calm and tranquility... more
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From Money Man to Mythmaker--former stock broker Paul Gauguin taught himself to paint... but it took the French financial crises of 1882 before he decided to paint full time in Tahiti... more
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The Art of Choosing, a new book by Sheena Iyengar, psychologist for the famous jam experiment, is reviewed by Virginia Postrel. "Science can assist us in becoming more skillful choosers," Iyengar cautions, "but at its core, choice remains an art"... more

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Toronto: Canadian artist Adam Matak creates work depicting the inattention and indifference of viewers in "The Lookers" exhibition. Writers to the Globe & Mail claim the show "brilliantly amusing, caustic and sometimes enraging"... more
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London: "Let's get [contemporary visual] artists into our churches," pleads Rachel Campbell Johnston, "to continue stories of faith and culture." Throughout the ages, artists have always responded to religious commissions with some of their greatest work... more
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Ever since the Renaissance, folks have been arguing about who was the greatest classical artist: Michelangelo or Leonardo? After taking a look or two, UK critic Jonathan Jones offers his opinion. What do you think?... more
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More than 300 artists are participating in a gigantic printmaking festival in Philadelphia, PA, called Philagrafika, that shows the impact of printmaking concepts and methods on contemporary art... more
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Check out the "Working Methods" chart concerning habits of the famous for their arts--composers, musicians, painters and writers alike--news from Clapham's Quarterly... more
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Prior to "being exposed to great beauty on a citywide scale," creative people will want to review the people and their history--even if the geographical location is Paris! Graham Robb's new book is not all about accordions, flowers and cobbled streets... more

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The silky ears and golden eyes of Labrador Retrievers may beg you to try the product, but do they deliver the goods? This could help you learn what brew of artwork delivers the taste for more... more
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Do rock and the vivid colours and shapes of arid places give you a thrill... but allergies stop you from visiting (or you can't afford to go there)? Then take a look at these photos and drool... more
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Atlanta: Salvador Dali went through a radical change--embracing Catholicism, developing the concept of nuclear mysticism and, in effect, reinventing himself as an artist. New show of work in the late 1930s scheduled for the High Museum of Art... more
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Melbourne: Artist reputations being eroded as dealers in Australia claim fake artworks continue to undermine the market. Well known figurative painter Robert Dickerson fought back in supreme court last week in a case against a dealer... more
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Seeking protection against purchasing lost or stolen art? Check out titles or ownership with The Art Loss Register. Have you recently suffered an art theft or burglary? In addition to notifying your local police, you may want to list it internationally at The Art Loss Register... more
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MADRID: the Museo del Prado hosts Rembrandt: Painter of Stories, a masterful show of paintings by the master celebrating the artist's activities as a history painter, from European and US collectors on loan... more
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A Banff symposium for Curators, Critics and Artists will discuss whether "curating" is a profession, if they follow a code of conduct, and what "being professional" really means (November 2010)... more
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On loan from Nigeria, the British Museum shows rare West African sculptures from the Kingdom of Ife--and the quality is once-in-a-lifetime flabbergasting! Read the review and see the slides... more
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Were the plaster-cast sculptures discovered in Athens a century after his death really made from Degas' wax originals during his lifetime? The Degas Sculpture Project provenance debates rage on as the Tel Aviv sale of bronzes looms closer... more
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If the great art form of Lewis Carol's Victorian world was "caricature: a blend of political and social satire, mannerist exaggeration, and subversive wit," it's little wonder that he recognized that all life (and art) involves role playing... more
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"I don't think art can actually change things, but I do think it can create a community of thought." — Janet Cardiff. Check out "A Murder of Crows" in Edmonton's new Art Gallery of Alberta--something to crow about!... more
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New Zealand's Brian Boyd points out that through evolution, comics "communicate across cultures--to Japanese and French, to Fijians and [North] Americans." Art craves attention, and, if successful, ensures it... more
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Despite numerous gallery closures, The Art Newspaper (International Edition) would have us believe that a record number of Fairs are happening this spring around the world from New York to Berlin--all concentrating on Art without the trimmings... more
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The idea that genes and culture co-evolve has been around for several decades... but only recently has it started to win converts: there's evidence of genetic change in diets for instance, while genome scans suggest genes have been shaped by cultural forces... more
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Why the monsters called "critics" are really not very different from teenaged music fans... according to art critic Jonathan Jones, "To be really serious about {an artist} is to make a strong critical choice... more
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Spanish-born Pablo Picasso moved permanently to Paris in 1904 to paint with the Avant-garde in his exploration of synthetic cubism. His complex relationship with this movement is featured by the Philadelphia Museum of Art... more
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From Monet's ethereal landscapes to the monumental garden at Giverny, the Madrid exhibition looks at how Monet's obsession with instantaneous led him to break down pictorial representation to the threshold of abstraction... more
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The anthropology exhibition of the musée du quai Branly proposes the discovery of an "image factory" spanning 5 continents. With 160 works on display, the great artistic and material productions of Humanity are on view... more
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It's the sea that first captivated the young John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)! His little-explored marine paintings including early beach scenes will be featured this spring at Houston's Museum of Fine Arts... more
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EDMONTON: Here's an update on the "New" Art Gallery of Alberta and their opening show, Honour, Horror and High, High Ceilings from Diana Sherlock of Canadian Art magazine... more
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Blackberry and iphone now boast sophisticated global guide to art! Collectors will be able to browse current exhibitions worldwide, thanks to integrated GPS-enabled maps, and even consult press-releases!... more
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Original paintings by Rembrandt, Chagall, Picasso and Whistler were for sale on October 6, 1962, in a Sears store in Denver, Colorado. It was the first exhibit of "The Vincent Price Collection of Fine Art"… more
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EGYPT: New archaeological discovery shows Slaves Did Not Build Pyramids! See slides of tombs belonging to workers and shedding light on how they lived and ate 4,000 years ago... more
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New York artist Eric Fischi's large format oils and watercolour bull-fighting paintings are being shown for the first time in Spain, in a solo show at Malaga's Centre for Contemporary Art... more
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We've all read and seen illustrations for The Three Little Pigs, but have you seen David Wiesner's THE THREE PIGS written/drawn for "cyberkids"? If not, it might not scare, but you're in for a BIG surprise!... more
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PARIS: Daniel Arsham's solo show Animal Architecture includes two-dimensional gouache on mylar drawings, a new series of animal "push puppet" sculptures, and pixel clouds... more
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NEW YORK: So, what does a great art museum like the Met do when a visitor accidentally damages a Picasso worth $millions? Pray for no reduction in value & send for the art restoration experts... more
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A photograph of exotic Marakesh spices in ochre, Sienna and Alizarin yellow leads one by the nose to 'a journey of a thousand miles,' broadening the mind and dialating the nostrils... more
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How Art Affects the Brain: A new exhibit explores science and aesthetics. Organizers say they hope to shed a scientific light on some of the ideas that philosophers have discussed for centuries... more

The late Haida carver Bill Reid provided artistic leadership to many indigenous artists--including Canadian James Hart (of Haida Gwaii) who celebrates his mentor with a new totem pole... more
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Richard Morse, renowned hotelier, writer and musician, has spent the last five days reporting via Twitter on the disaster that befell his beloved island... more
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Along with Sport, Art competitions used to form part of the modern Olympics and earn medals--but since 1954 "artists" have been considered "professional." See 2010 "Cultural" Olympiad replacement... more
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“Evolution may help explain copulation and even cooperation, but can it account for the creative side of human life? Can it explain art?” Brian Boyd's book On the Origin of Stories really tries... more

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The 48-year-old Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) can no longer be accused of being an old boys’ club: Sarah Douglas spoke with Mitchell-Innes about integrity, ethics and why artists should get the same tax breaks as collectors... more
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Belgian figurative artist Luc Tuymans warns not to underestimate the public with over-explanations of your artwork; try to look at it as a spectator would --"Art is not political, life is political"... more
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The recent "holiday hibernation" of Canadian galleries and museums is over with upcoming re-openings, including Edmonton's revamped ultra-modern Gallery of Alberta, promising shows and festivals galore in 2010... more
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The death of Christianity is posing difficulties to curators at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Apparently, a vast majority of their European visitors, even Christian ones, don’t understand the displays in their Medieval and Renaissance Galleriesmore
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Born in Budapest, trained in London and New York, Gladys Perint Palmer's irreverent and instantly recognizable fashion illustration style made her a glamorous and glitzy star on at least two continents... more
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"After years in which conceptual art, with its videos and installations, has been at the centre of cultural fashion, painting has made a comeback." Rachel Campbell-Johnston looks ahead at 2010 in The Times... more
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"At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity." more
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Save money when shopping for art supplies! TheFind.com is an online shopping search engine that finds the specific item you want, the website that has it in stock, and the price. Awesome wallet power!!... more
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Henry Adams' new book, "Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock," explores the mentoring relationship of these two artists helping to demystify Pollock's work for many of us... more
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The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is exhibiting "Monet and Abstraction". It offers a survey from an innovative perspective of the artist's relationship with the development of abstraction in the second half of the 20th-century... more
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Is "squatting" a legitimate way to showcase the arts without holding up the bank? The Oubliettes think so. Check out their goals after taking over a 9-storey building in London's Mayfair district... more
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A museum is showing artwork collected by a flight attendant who handed out crayons to passengers post Sept. 11th. Jewel VanValin hangs the pictures on airplane paneling during flights so passengers can see other's work... more
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Michelangelo Buonarotti: A rare collection of drawings and models by the quintessential Renaissance man — architect, painter, sculptor, poet and engineer — Seattle Art Museum from Florence until the end of January 2010... more
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The charismatic Thomas Hoving dies in Manhattan after an era in the '70s when most recognized him as the transformer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and where he literally "Danced With the Mummies" (including King Tut)... more
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Art is not lofty. It can be painful, ugly, difficult”, says board member of Art Matters.org, NYC. The group awards grants to artists who are breaking new boundaries and reaching across borders. This year’s awardeesmore
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The next time you have a flat tire, after you've finished cursing over your rotten luck, think SCULPTURE! The name of this story could be: Here is what real artists do when "handed lemons"... more
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The Serbian-born, Toronto-based artist Viktor Mitic offers portraits of 36 relaxed Toronto art dealers who are usually behind the scenes--an unusual project to say the least!... more
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Russian master, Wassily Kandinsky, loved the circle, which he described as "a single tension that carries countless tensions within it." Having both been born and come to his death during the month of December, his life also followed a circular pattern--really living life in the round!... more
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Do you believe there's true gender equality in fine art? Biographer Phoebe Hoban looks at upcoming exhibitions and finds there's some distance to go--not only around New York... more
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How come today's literary fiction is criticized less than today's contemporary art? Johathan Jones' comments on rough rides given the Booker prize shortlist vs. the Turner prize one in the UK... more
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Making your own Christmas cards this Yule? Can you use some tips in this time of financial restraint? Have a peek at these handy suggestions from Perry Lewis in London... more
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The executive summary for the industry report Artist & Art Materials USA 2009, sponsored by American Artist Magazine and the International Art Materials Trade Association (NAMTA), is available online (PDF) at the Hart Business Research site... more
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The retrospective exhibition of contemporary Chinese artist, CAI GUO-Qiang, whom The New York Times called "indispensible to this world," now travels to the Taipei Fine Arts Museum from Beijing and Bilbao... more
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Frank Auerbach now on the front line of European art with his Britain building-site paintings and his place within post-war abstract art... more
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Croatia: Aspects of Art, Architecture and Cultural Heritage, a new English language book richly unveils the extraordinary richness of Croatia's art and culture in a collection of 12 essays by British and Croatian experts... more
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Bonhams Offers Bloch Collection of Lin Fengmian Paintings in London. The featured painting struck me as very beautiful, with the chromatic grays, the combination of Chinese and Western art in a modern painting that transcends time... more
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One Sweet Pajama Party - Confection-covered PJs by artist Will Cotton were the star of Creative Time’s latest soirée... more
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A Picture of Africa? - This year’s Bamako Biennial takes an expansive look at the subject of borders... more
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Heffel's in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto have held some pretty rare and unique fine art auctions in the past few years--another one's coming up soon. Here's a chance to preview the highlights... more
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WHAT IS THE TRUE MEANING OF ART?! Here's more on a debate for our times in response to Richard Eyre's essay, such as "Arts keep the light of our hope alive"... more
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Experience and enjoy an award winning interactive site where you can create your own Jackson Pollock-like masterpiece...every time you click your computer mouse, the color changes!... more
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Australian carver Ricky Swallow often chooses to represent items from everyday life, such as an old shoe or a hooded jacket, while explicitly referring to the great still-life compositions of 17th-century Holland... more
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AMSTERDAM.- The Rijksmuseum's Tavern Scenes exhibition gives an idea of what it was like to be in a tavern in the 16th and 17th-century. It also is an excellent example of using chromatic grays... more
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"Magic Show" curated by artist Jonathan Allen and writer Sally O'Reilly: Fantasy and illusion... or a license to practice deception? Art and magic often share common ground when perception-shifting tactics are adopted... more
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Germany: "Bauhaus" - perhaps the world's most famous art school - certainly accepted women students. Male grads like Plaul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky are household names, but few women became well-known. How come?... more

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The 20/21 BRITISH ART FAIR (September 15-19, 2010) will take place in London at the Royal College of Art. Now in its 23rd year, exhibitors offer an enormous variety of modern, contemporary and earlier artwork... more
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Apparently "a picture of an artist's studio is an invitation to enter his private realm." Take a look at Diego Velázquez's Las Meninas (1656) for instance. And to think that it was originally painted for an audience of one!... more
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Obama Stacks Arts and Humanities Committee With Bold-Faced Names -
Among the 25 new appointees are Sarah Jessica Parker, Anna Wintour, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Edward Norton, and Thom Mayne... more
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Lehman Art Collection Beats Estimate at Auction -
Bidders competed fiercely for some lots, driving the sale's total up to $1.35 million... more
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Celebration or Send-Up? - Rob Pruitt’s First Annual Art Awards toasted and roasted the art world. The artist has always seemed to want us to laugh with him... more
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"Dolls" are an interesting subject of history, geography, politics, aesthetic and culture of the eras they represent. The stunning collection of the late W. Richard Wright made believers of cynics at Skinner's Marlborough (MA.) Gallery auction... more
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Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante - This enormous group painting by Chinese artists Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi and Zhang An after Leonardo was done in oil in 2006. Check out the list of famous people depicted and click on individual portraits for facts & faces... more
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Ever had a yen to be an art Juror? Well, Diane Smyth confesses how it really was on judging photographic "portraits with a stress on the individual..." for the National Portrait Gallery in London... more
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The 3,500-year-old limestone-and-stucco bust of Queen Nefertiti has been in Germany since 1913, but now Egypt wants the fragile object to be returned home... more
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Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009) pushed the design of America's urban space, including San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the base of Yosemite Falls... more
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When they got married it was agreed to live on one salary and use the other to buy art. Now they are donating most of it, worth millions of dollars, to the National Gallery in Washington D.C. and to 50 museums in 50 states. An amazing interview with the couple (Herb and Dorothy Vogel)... more
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Sculptor Ruth Duckworth passed away on October 18th. This year we’ve lost Andrew Wyeth, Michael Jackson, and Irving Penn, artists that signify the end of an era. But Ruth held special significance ... more
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Toronto International Art Fair Oct 23-26--not only for buyers. Canadian Art Magazine helps art lovers by reviewing six big contemporary exhibits including the RBC Painting Competition winners... more
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Sydney, Australia: From light-filled environments to walk-in kaleidoscopes, the work of Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson examines the intersection of nature and science, exploring the boundary between organic and artificial... more
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Latin American art is no longer just "folk"--try "fusion!" Artwork from Diego Rivera's murals to Marco Tulio's magical realism reveal changes in culture, showing from coast to coast in the US... more
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Tired of wearing the same old lampshade on your head? Here’s a fashion forward idea that requires your artistic skills AND a green idea to save the environment at the same time! Recycle old tapesmore
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Minneapolis Institute of Arts presents “The Louvre and the Masterpiece” exploring the change in definition of a “masterpiece” over time. Exhibition features 62 works drawn from the Louvre’s collection, spanning 4,000 years. Opens Oct. 18... more
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The Vancouver Biennale 2009-2011 inspires Yue Minjun's "A-Maze-ing Laughter" and Sean Cranberry's blog: "The problem with art is that it always seems to come into our lives from out of nowhere, like a surprise party"... more
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Children may draw and paint at home but in Denmark kids "go down to the woods" near Copenhagen, where the classroom is a forest school with no paper, no crayons, and no puzzles, just the great outdoors... more
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The Frieze Art Fair is feeling the recession, "But the art world is not dead. People are interested. There is not the craziness we've seen. Everything has reverted to a sane level." ... more
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Louvre Director Strives to Expand and Re-Brand the Museum - Henri Loyrette has won both critics and admirers for his plans to build an endowment, expand to Abu Dhabi, and open a new wing for Islamic art... more
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Art Above Ground - Some of New York’s most engaging art is on view above street level. Full article... more
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10/GUI - The future of human-computer interaction. Where do we go to and from where we are now?... more
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Artist? Art lover? Appreciator? Have a look at this website featuring a "Gallery of Purses" designed by Kathleen Dustin, MFA who found training and inspiration for her craft around the world... more
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Is this Art, Science, or just another paradigm shift? The early work of British installation and trapeze artist Conrad Shawcross was mainly made of wood, now it's welded metal in a former tram tunnel adjoining his garret studio... more
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St. Petersburg: The Russians are celebrating iconic Canadian wildlife artist and naturalist Robert Bateman with a rare, four-city Russian retrospective--showing his thought-provoking environmental paintings... more
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The number of art claims--large and small--has shot up to new highs in the past year, putting the insurance industry on red alert for evidence of fraud and fake losses, plus misrepresentation... more
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Selling your art by consignment? What happens if the shop goes bust? Is your artwork protected against claims from secured creditors in the event the dealer goes bankrupt? 30 States have statutes to protect artists… more
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A surfer who loves the sea won the $250,000 prize. Ran Ortner of Brooklyn,N.Y., said that he'll be able to worry less about paying his rent and concentrate more on creating his art... more
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Get more paint from a tube! The Tube Wringer keeps tubes neater, reduces breakage, concentrates paint to maintain usability, prevents waste. Takes any size up to 2-7/8" wide, and any type of tube, including plastic… more
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Here are more photos from the extraordinary English sidewalk chalk artist Julian Beever. This creative man has drawn three-dimensional pictures on pavement in England, France, Germany, USA, Australia and Belgium!... more
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The McMichael Gallery in southern Ontario boasts an exhibit offering a glimpse at how today's artists on BC's northwest coast are infusing their cultural heritage with new influences and inspirations. View images... more
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Dale Chihuly's new glass chandelier, Fire and Water, which is featured at the recently redesigned Aish HaTorah building's atrium, is arguably one of the most significant works of glass art to be permanently exhibited in Jerusalem... more
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Art in Russia seems under attack through trials, harassment, and other forms of intimidation as authorities strike out against curators and artists who are increasingly provocative and political... Read Konstantin Akinsha's article... more
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Bridget Riley believes that "as a modern artist you should make a contribution to the art of your time, if only a small one." Read her essay, "At the End of My Pencil," explaining how drawing is a way of finding out what the elements of abstract painting are... more
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Here a look at some of the submissions to this year's Turner prize. Tate curators explain what's behind the artwork in this year's contemporary art award... more
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Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, known for his "Manufactured Landscapes", shows 56 large colour landscapes chronicling the impact of oil at Washington, D.C.'s Corcoran Gallery of Art, less than a block from the White House... more
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In 1999, police arrested Qiu Zhijie for his artwork. In China, contemporary art was taboo. Today, he’s a senior teacher at the National Academy of Art, and his work is considered pivotal. What changed?... more
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JC Leyendecker (1874-1951) helped formulate the modern magazine cover as a special art form in America's Golden Age of Illustration, influencing even Norman Rockwell after NC Wyeth... more
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When ‘art people’ realize that the only ones who really understand them are other art people... is it possible to mount a reasonable defence, which might make sense to the sceptical bank clerk or lay person?... more
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In a back room tucked behind an antiques gallery in San Miquel de Allende there is a shrine to the painter Frida Kahlo. The question is: fact or fakery?... more
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Arts & Letters Daily’s Tran Huu Dung, visiting Giverny a few weeks ago, took a picture proving that Claude Monet was a photo-realist...check it out... more
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Queen Elizabeth's Leonardo da Vinci drawings get Olympic show in Vancouver. The Mechanics of Man will open Feb. 6, 2010 alongside Visceral Bodies featuring contemporary art based on the human form... more
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Do "we need the Olympic Games, which last two weeks, to try to impress upon the world that we've got great art?" Cuts to arts funding spur talk of boycott; Cultural Olympiad may be impacted... more
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Art Basel Miami Spiffs Up - The Miami fair is reorganizing its main exhibition floor and adding a new "social space" for discussions, concerts, and performances... more
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Fall Museum Shows in Paris - From Old Master and Surrealist blockbusters to more unusual offerings devoted to Fellini and Pre-Columbian art from Mexico, there's something for everyone in the City of Light this season... more
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A true believer in art's capacity to change people's lives, Sydney collector John Kaldor wants to bring top-in-their-field, groundbreaking artists to Australia whose presence could make a difference to Australian artists as well as the public... more
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1500 pieces of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver male artifacts--mainly crosses and sword decorations from 7th century--deemed largest collection ever, discovered by amateur British treasure-hunter on a friend's farm near Staffordshire, England... more
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Seeking great advice on "how to" (or "not") professionally display your art on the Web, see Charley Parker's advice in his super blog Lines and Colors... more
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A tribute to Walt the man and Mickey the mouse, the Walt Disney Family Museum opens October 1st in New York--a high tech dream! Have a peek at the slide show... more
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St. Louis getting buzzed about Quilt National 09 opening tomorrow at Foundry Art Centre. St. Louis Suburban & Beacon posted stories. "Quilt National is kind of the holy grail," says fiber artist Pam RuBert,... more
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Women Gain Power in New York Arts - Between leading boards, helming multimillion-dollar fundraising campaigns, chairing galas, and handing over six- and seven-figure checks themselves, women are stepping up and taking a greater role in running New York City's cultural institutions... more
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Gagosian Goes Retail - The gallery magnate’s new Upper East Side shop offers all things Gagosian, from monographs to limited-edition objects... more
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Dutch law requires publicly funded buildings to allocate a small percentage of their construction budgets to new art. But American artist Jill Magid's subsequent sculptures featuring members of the Dutch secret service were too revealing... more
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The Omo people photos are amazing. Primitive, modern, inspirational, and a genuine ethnic representation. Scroll down this blog to the video, and savour superb body art in this tribal population... more
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Painting stormy skies, mountains, shipwrecks and fires, Turner emulated the French landscape artists, and became a "painter's painter." But, did you know his competitive, eccentric and demanding personality almost did him in?... more
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The global economy fell off a cliff last year - and it has been a wild ride since! Read Sarah Douglas' forecast of what some artists and curators have on their minds this fall: Will it be another toxic brew?... more
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Zoo 2209 - set within London's unused Victorian industrial warehouses on cobbled streets and near to many of the best contemporary art spaces in Europe - will be for collectors, curators, critics, dealers, artists and art enthusiasts... more
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A giant tiled wall of jewel-toned loops and curves — among the last commissions by the Conceptual artist Sol LeWitt — was unveiled in the 59th Street-Columbus Circle subway station by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority... more
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Canada's Northern Wilderness (and the Polar Bear watch near Churchill on Hudson Bay) has always attracted naturalist painters. The Observer newspaper suggests a way to do it yourself... more
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Take in a day of art, conversation and celebration across Toronto on Saturday, Sept 26th: the 14th Canadian Art Gallery Hop Promise includes talks, videos, critiques and art tours - for free!... more
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Birds on the Wires. A song is made using the location of the birds on the wires as notes... What melody were they creating? Short video... more
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The Sobey Art Award shortlist, for the title of best Canadian artist under 40, is offering its strongest contenders since the award’s inception in 2002. Have a look at who is competing for this prestigious honour... more
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The summer doldrums having come to an end, New York's art season is lurching into motion, and there is much to look forward to in the city's museums. Have a look at a photo gallery of the fall's best offerings... more
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TIFF opens this week. Check out Globe film critic Liam Lacey who gives brief reviews of some of the films on offer at this year's Toronto International Film Festival... more
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A work of art as well as a space for art, Eliott Arkin's Mister ArtSee offers new platforms for artists. The mobile arts lab's potential ability to host a wide array of projects could circumvent the path from studio to gallery or museum... more
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New Online Portal Creates First-Ever “Social Platform” For Artists & Their Works, designed to help connect artists with consumers. It is called TheArtistFinder.com and it is free to join... more
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In the decades since van Gogh’s suicide, in 1890, van Gogh's ear has taken on a life of its own—from the lowbrow to the literary—inspiring pranks, merchandise, movies, music, album covers, stories, plays, and even YouTube videos... more
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“Larry Rivers: 1950s/1960s” at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in Manhattan, shows his early stardom was real and earned. The proto-Pop pack rat still lifes feel zesty and original... more
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Cartoons continue to flourish! Walt Disney Co. buys comic book powerhouse Marvel Entertainment Inc. adding Spider Man, Iron Man & Thor to its classic characters of Mickey Mouse and Snow White... more
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If you have seen this, it bears watching again. There really aren't words to describe the kind of inspiration this artist brings ... more
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This deserves to be mentioned again! Elizabeth Gilbert talks about "genius" and the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk. Video 20 min... more
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Getty Museum to host extraordinary exhibition of iconic drawings by Rembrandt and his pupils. The exhibition will explore the differences between Rembrandt's drawings and those of his most important pupils... more
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In Brazil, Inhotim Contemporary Art Center opens nine major art commissions in Sept on a scale not achievable in most other environments, including Matthew Barney’s "De Lama Lâmina, 2004-09," situate in a geodesic dome within a eucalyptus forest and other wonders... more
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US Scientists have classified the composition of 62 modern sculptures, including those of Rodin, in what may be a way to identify, date and authenticate bronze sculptures to prevent future fakes without foundry marks... more
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“Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art shows approximately 50 dishes, platters, boxes, vases and other domestic objects — including a spectacular folding screen — that are as engrossing for their formal beauty as for their amazing craftsmanship... more
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The India Art Summit 2009 in New Delhi has attracted art enthusiasts from around the globe--a most important destination for Indian and South Asia art with galleries showcasing an amazing range of work by established and emerging artists... more
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What is Art, and When is it Craft? Ginger Lee Hendler in Art Times (page 10) reflects on this never-ending question. Was Plato right--that "art is imitation"? Or do you agree with David Revere McFadden that "craft, art and design are words heavily laden with cultural baggage... more
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If you can't seem to get your act together, try warming up your creative instinct by watching the 5-minute U-Tube video of Summoning the Muse... more
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Cairns Indigenous Art Fair--where art is sold and stories are told--on now in Queensland, Australia, showcases art work from dozens of the country's leading Indigenous artists, galleries, and arts organizations--one of the year's most significant cultural events... more
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Something's Happening Here! Remember that happy slogan from Expo '86? Well, it's happening again--Germany & Vancouver-based Jeremy Shaw is "poster-ing" again at Presentation House Gallery--helping to promote the 2010 Winter Olympic Games... more
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Another Michael Jackson Portrait to Hit the Auction Block. The work, reputed to be the only portrait the King of Pop ever sat for, is on view at a Harlem car dealership... more
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Whitney Cuts Staff by 4 Percent. The Upper East Side museum follows the Met and the Guggenheim in eliminating employees... more
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Mind Map Art. A mind map is a diagram used to generate ideas as an aid in problem solving and decisions making. Check out these artistic mind maps. Positively inspirational! ... more
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Forgers seem to be flooding galleries and auction houses with with Russian avant-garde fakes. Will there come a day when forgeries outnumber authentic paintings? ARTnews thinks so... more
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Melbourne artist Jan Nelson wins Australia's Richest Art Prize of $50,000 with hyper-realist style paintings. They may appear to be photographs but does she care?... more
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What a blank canvas is to a painter, a piece of cloth is to a fiber artist. Regina Benson's pieces remind me of paintings. With their sewn aspect, these pieces go beyond conventional painting... more
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This summer's exhibitions in the new Republic of Kosovo attract artists of tomorrow. The editor of Frieze Magazine claims that much has changed since independence was proclaimed in 2008, and art-making divides clearly "before" and "after" the war... more
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Vancouver Art Gallery is programming artists from Pacific Rim countries and has launched Offsite, a new outdoor art venue downtown. First up is a three-part installation by O. Zhang, a Chinese artist based in New York... more
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Pure and simple, the blog that brings sketchers together. Urban Sketchers is a network of artists around the world who draw the cities where they live and travel to... more
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Bill Moyers Journal interviews Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot, professor at Harvard, on The Third Chapter, focusing on aging and creativity. You might enjoy this thoughtful discussion - YouTube video, 35 min... more
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Can you imagine a world without art critics? Jonathan Jones wonders what artists would do without them... that if criticism is meaningless then so might art be... more
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What is the future of arts on TV? Some think we're turning our backs on culture and that arts broadcasting has changed forever. Are we getting the kind of cultural art programs that we deserve?... more
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Twenty international and Canadian artists probe the disturbing, grotesque and downright Machiavellian aspects of war, violence and human conflict in the Dunlop Art Gallery's latest exhibition, Diabolique... more
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With their first public artwork in Manhattan, which went up on July 17, the Brazilian brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, who call themselves Os Gêmeos, bring graffiti art to its Rococo phase... more
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Needing a holiday? A list of providers can offer a painting holiday nearly anywhere. Start planning... more
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Need a new studio? Check out From Shipping Containers to Concert Halls: the 10 Oddest Places to Work or Live ... more
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An Unesco World Heritage site northeast of Madrid in the city of Alcalá de Henares looks like the new home for major 19th-century Spanish art including works by José, Federico and Raimundo de Madrazo... more
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Medicine or Art? The Wellcome Collection in London is about to open a peep show . .. a new show called Exquisite Bodies, which gathers together centuries of anatomical models of human bodies and body parts, created to educate, terrify and titillate... more
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Biggest-ever Bauhaus exhibition in Berlin focuses on the many movements within the Bauhaus school and the intense rivalries that raged among many of its artists and architects... more
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Do ideas sometimes pop into your head from, it seems, nowhere? Yes, and it’s because your brain actually operates on the edge of chaos... more
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Extraordinary art from ordinary objects. Post-It Notes provide everything from a building block for sculptures to blank slates for community art projects. Here 16 projects that involve covering, cladding, sculpting and decorating with simple sticky pieces of paper... more
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Young inmates at Delhi’s once notorious Tihar jail will soon be working with India's best-known contemporary artists as part of their rehabilitation, including T.V. Santosh and G.R. Iranna... more
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If you're artistically bent, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa puts on their summer face while celebrating the 2009 Governor General’s Awards for Visual and Media Arts... more
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Here's a look at some of those art fakes, copies and imitations currently being shown at the National Gallery... more
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Best Books on Art 2008. About.com lists 10 books about art recommended for perusal. Of course, this is one person's research. It might inspire you to make your own! The list, short summaries and links are here ... more
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Put some fun in your day! Play with Mr. Picasso Head! It's a great way to break the busyness of your day. You even get to sign your work! ... more
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For an intimate look at the contemporary Japanese art scene, have a look at Steve Beimel's blog, Japan Living Arts... more
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"The best ideas are the ones that just pop into your head when you least expect it." So claims illustrator Ana Bagayan, born in Armenia now living in the USA, and there's differences in her painting style, too... more
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Wikipedia gets sued by the National Portrait Gallery for uploading a portrait of Queen Elizabeth without paying license fee. Could this significant case create a legal landmark for copyright?... more
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Shoe fetish anyone? Hush Puppies want your vote in the worldwide contest on the next big out-of-the-box design. But is it wise to involve the public?... more
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Drawing, drafting, sketching and other forms of mark-making take centre stage in Vancouver this month with Drawn, an inaugural city-wide festival celebrating contemporary drawing in all its forms... more
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A painting created by David Bowie in collaboration with South African artist Beezy Bailey, joins donated works to Art For Africa from foremost contemporary UK and African artists, in unique auction by Sotheby’s London in Sept... more
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Vero Beach Museum of Art's exhibition shows quilts as art. They are contemporary quilts, created by serious artists looking at different ways fiber and texture can be made into art forms. Slide show ... more
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The Frieze Art Fair, Oct 5-9, Regent's Park, London 2009 showcases established artists from 150 galleries around the world, with a program of artists' commissions partnered in cooperation with Lithuanian and Portugese institutions - and the Cartier Award... more
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How to make a hand-drawn font in Illustrator! Step-by-step, inch-by-inch. Good tutorial, clear photos to illustrate the process. Could be a zen meditation. Could be a hair-pulling experience! ... more
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No surprise that recent successful music/art pairings have been commissioned by visual art organizations--see Pictures Reframed, a collaboration between South African-born, Berlin-based artist Robin Rhode and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes in Risør, Norway... more
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National Gallery of Scotland show looks at key moments in Spanish history comparing British and Spanish responses to paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints by artists such as Picasso, El Greco, Murillo, Velzquez, Wilkie, Melville and Bomberg... more
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With the demise of printed newspapers now a certainty, Who will review your next art exhibition, theatre opening, book launch? Arts journalism seems to be sinking with the ship. What's going to happen to our cultural universe?... more
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Deidre Adams is a painter, photographer, and mixed media fiber artist. A video about her artistic process is on the Translations Gallery web page. Her work is inspired by structures undergoing change... more
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Regina Benson’s fiber pieces are reminiscent of paintings: paintings that have gotten warped, or rolled. With their sewn aspect, these pieces go beyond what conventional painting can be; fiber art has burst its boundaries ... more
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London: St. Paul's Cathedral goes modern to attract visitors. Huge plasma screen alterpieces featuring images by contemporary artists to be installed by 2011 because "art captures people's imagination" ... more
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2nd ATHENS Bienelle 2009, HEAVEN is designed as a large-scale, multi-faceted contemporary event--in Greece until October with over 100 participants in multiple visual and performance art exhibits from floating stages to psychedelic journeys... more
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Art and Autism. This site offers so many wonderful ideas and connections! The connection between art and autistic being is a phenomenon and offers joy not only to one who has autism, but often brings hope to their families ... more

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Colorado artist Deidre Adams, talks about her mixed media processes in this video. Her work was recently acquired by the Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe, CA, through Translations Gallery in Denver, CO... more
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According to Brian Dillon in Frieze, Dublin’s artist-run and institutional spaces are thriving despite the economic slump. Read about the energy of edge and refurbishment... more
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Denis Dutton's "The Art Instinct" deals with the mysterious beginning of the cultural life that all of us live. Dutton, an aesthetic philosopher, claims we resemble our distant ancestors, "our art instinct is theirs"... more

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Philosopher Roger Scruton pleads for rescuing art from the modern intoxication with ugliness in the article Beauty and Desecration... more
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Art galleries are moving from downtown into people’s bedrooms, garages, kitchens and living rooms. Alternative art spaces are cropping up in unexpected places - a hallway in San Francisco, an abandoned storefront in Dallas, even… more
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If you are afraid of heights this is the best place to see the view from "The ledge," a glass ledge suspended from the 103rd floor of Chicago's Sears Tower... more
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The Dutch artist and biographer Arnold Houbraken commented that the colors in a portrait of Rembrandt’s were “so heavily loaded that you could lift it from the floor by its nose.” Interested in Rembrandt's technique and palette?... more
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An army of life-size terra cotta soldiers and horses, interred for more than 2,000 years, is on the march! If you can't get to Xi-an, Shaanxi Province in China, the Smithsonian website has the travel itinerary... more
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Meditative Art soothes the soul. Meditative Art. What is it? How does it affect the spirit? Part of the alternative and complementary health industry, it generates an estimated $27 billion annually from consumers ... more
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Speaking of mosaics (below), have a look at the astounding spontaneous mosaics of the Israeli artist Ilana Shafir. Objects for contemplation... more
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If the Obama administration is stimulating the economy, one choice is clear: it should increase Federal arts funding. Artists are among the poorest citizens. When they get cash, they spend it both quickly and carefully. Read how Arts spending is fantastic at creating employment... more
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American art sales are weak at Sotheby's and Christie's as they struggle to sell just 60% of their New York auctions. Overall picture is of caution in the teeth of the recession... more
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Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World. A new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum showcases eight of the storied documents, as well as a host of artifacts that provide telling insights into a long-ago world that was the basis for our own... more
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In the long-running dispute over who should have the Elgin Marbles — the exquisite frieze sawn off the Parthenon between 1801 and 1805, and currently housed in the British Museum — the Greeks may have just played the winning card. A short film of the opening of Acropolis Museum... more
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Author Lera Boroditsky suggests flukes of grammar can profoundly affect how we see the world, even the way artists may choose to interpret "space, time, colours, and objects." How Does our Language shape the way we think?... more
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The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park offers the only permanent sculpture park in New England--80 modern and contemporary works grace the 35-acre site. The open air Sculpture Terrace has exhibitions by nationally recognized sculptors... more
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Recession tally: hardly a week has gone by in past months without troubling news from the museum sector: layoffs, budget reductions, exhibition cancellations, deaccessions, admission price increases, and even some closings. Here’s a running roundup... more
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“Beauty limits you, so you have to create interest that goes beyond beauty. It cannot be ugly either. Ugliness is the other extreme. When you create something indifferent that you can’t quite read anymore, you’ve created something new”… more
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Art in Embassies program has honored hundreds of prominent and accomplished artists who have either donated or been commissioned to create art for the scores of new American embassies opened around the globe during the last decade... more
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Americans for the Arts. The site offers information about arts in the news, competitions, conferences, leadership, funding, projects, marketing and much more ... more
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Check out Art Opportunities Monthly for grants, shows, etc. The opportunities are carefully researched and culled and suitable for serious artists... more
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Observer critic Jonathan Jones claims "Art Criticism is Not a Democracy!" You have to understand that "if nothing is properly criticised, mediocrity triumphs." Is it necessary to explain why?... more
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When you seek artistic beauty in the haste and disorder of modern life, do you usually find darkness and desecration? Philosopher Roger Scruton shouts we must rescue art from the "modern intoxication with ugliness"... more
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How do critics evaluate art? What kinds of things do art reporters think about when they look at a piece and decide whether it’s worthwhile to write about?” New York Times critic Roberta Smith answersmore
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LIFE photographer Gjon Mili visited Picasso in 1949. Inspired by Mili's photos of ice skaters with tiny lights affixed to their skates, moving and jumping in the dark, Picasso and Mili created "light drawings" ... more
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Income and Exhibition opportunities for artists! An international source for grants, competitions, art organizations and support for artistic professionals. For the comprehensive list and information ... more
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"Pages of Gold," a show of gemlike miniatures, the artwork liberated from illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages... an astounding record of observation and belief... more
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Two hundred years ago the first solo exhibition of William Blake, regarded by some as "the greatest individual creative genius in the history of British Art," was an unmitigated disaster. This year the Tate Britain recreates that show... more
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Early American portrait miniatures were painted in watercolor on ivory, originally as pieces of jewelry. Have a look at this informative video from the Smithsonian... more
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Books and Authors offered a link to Artists who write poetry. 10 things to remember when you are wanting to publish. Get started ... more
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Plein Air, a step by step tutorial from start to finish by this artist shows us how to complete an oil painting, wet into wet, in under an hour. He starts by wiping off the highlights… more
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Haunting Edvard Munch portraits, including the iconic b/w lithograph, The Scream, go on final major UK display at the Glasgow Hunterian. Last chance to view this exhibit before it returns to Norway at the end of the summer... more
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NPR has a new contest for writers. You don't have to be a professional to enter. The winner will be interviewed and the story read on NPR. Check it out! ... more
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The new exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art looks at the future of Russian contemporary art - including "out there" themes of Idea, Body, Parody, Revolution, Society, Neoclassicism and Psychedelia by 21 artists... more
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Pearls from Ghandi. A site that lists 10 thoughts/ reminders that lift the spirit and nudge us along our way. Read and feel good... more
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This Summer, Some Galleries Are Sweating. Strategies for survival include slashing prices or deepening discounts, dropping artists with poor sales records, and reaching out to customers, many of whom were priced out of the market... more
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The Art of Serendipity! For your inspiration, take a peek at this blog collection of seemingly unrelated but extraordinary photos from around the world, snapped during two years of Februarys. They're more than colourful!... more
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Take a break and create using all sorts of fun tools on this interactive website. Be sure to click on "recent" and "most liked" to view creations of others across the world. Simultaneously random and conscious creating ... more
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"Art shows us not just what we see but more importantly how we see, which is important to note as technology constantly changes our ways of seeing the world," says Matthew Carver in his review of an exhibition of Chinese contemporary art... more
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Palimpsests are the result of an ancient form of recycling: in medieval times expensive parchments were scraped down and reused, often with shadow images lending involuntary associations. Today, palimpsests find new meaning in Chelsea… more
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If you've ever wondered how other artists organize their studios or painting spaces, where they store their canvases, how they keep their brushes, and how tidy they are, this collection of 56 photos shows you... more
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Gertraud Mohwald (1929-2002), a German sculptor of the human form, combines clay, shards, paper. She said, "I have freed myself from the narrow-minded laws of ceramics"... more
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Banksy strikes again! a new show by this sort-of anonymous British graffiti artist has opened at the Bristol Museum, as always irreverent and funny... more
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John Maeda, president of Rhode Island School of Design shares his Laws of Simplicity in design, business and technological life, suggesting that the easiest way to simplify a system is to remove functionality... more
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What does Millais, Shakespeare, beeswax & resin, and a jig-saw puzzle have in common? Does "Pre-Raphaelite" and "raking light" clue you in? Try adding "Ophelia." No? Then check out Tate's Learn on Line... more
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Sometimes long hours of working on a project can cause soreness or pain, especially in the neck, shoulders and back. Check out the ergonomic gear that can make an artist’s studio more comfortable... more
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The Venice Biennale is a place for the far-flung Canadian contingent to meet and socialize. Here a look at the curators, artists, supporters and critics who went to Venice... more
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Luminato—Toronto’s spectacular festival of arts, culture and creativity—has made a point each year of engaging with the downtown environment, creating interventions that can be—more or less—described as art. Creative, unusual... more
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What is Native American art? Who is an Indian artist? Fritz Scholder, whose taboo-breaking images of fellow Native Americans still provoke controversy, now showing as Indian/Not Indian at the National Museum of the American Indian... more
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Traditional Art prices currently strong in Swiss art auctions where buyers seek security and quality. Despite recession, downturn expected to be shorter and less severe than previously feared... more
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Google approves using Street View for art! Artists can use images from Google Street View as reference for creating paintings and drawings, and the artists can sell these works. Upload key sites, choose set-up locations for time-sensitive Paint-Outs... more

Navajo weavers are creating masterpieces of traditional and modern abstract work in their rug making. This video shows some of the process, and talks about whether the tradition will continue, and the current market... more
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I don’t want to “jinx” it, so let’s just keep this quiet. I’ve been poking around art markets, antique fairs, estate sales and auctions. I have to tell you, sales are up. Folks are buying... more
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Ideas for art come in every form imaginable, and some that have yet to be explored. Michael Murphy is a master of 3-dimensional art. Be sure to click on the time-based category to view some astonishing videos!... more
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Can you spare 8 minutes and 36 seconds? Watch this video showing a substantial series of Edward Hopper paintings, set to Benny Goodman’s hit song, “Sing, Sing, Sing” playing as background music. It's really swell... more
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I only have these words: sculpture, solar powered choreography, natural synchronicity, otherworldly, garbage bags, mesmerizing. Oh, and one more word: tardy (as in, you will have missed the boat if you don’t watch this astounding video)... more
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What’s the deal with masonite? Is it “green”? What is it made of today (as opposed to when it was invented in 1924), and why do we care? An artist’s primer (pun intended) on hardboard... more
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It's easier than you might expect to get an interview on your local radio station. Each station has about 1,440 minutes of programming to fill daily, and they’re always seeking local talent and fresh voices... more
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"The best time to make art is when everyone thinks art is dead!" Chuck Close talks freely about art and its relationship to the world during times of crisis... more
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If it’s “too good to be true,” then think again. In a down economy, internet fraud is on the increase. Here’s a website that has advice specifically for artists on how to avoid cyber-scams ... more
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An art movement is a tendency or style in art with a specific common philosophy or goal, followed by a group of artists during a specific period of time. Take a quick tour through the ages!... more
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Debauchery, energy, passion, lust, physicality, hysteria, hype...oh, and meat. Painting's not dead. A review of Francis Bacon's retrospective on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this summer, exploring confusion and mixed criticism over the artist's polarizing work... more
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Like your spouse’s art? The human retina can detect 100 color gradations. The brain combines those into 1 million hues. Tetrachromats can see 100 million colors. It’s genetic, and 40% of women have it. Men don’t... more
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Fear you’re too old to start an art career? New research reveals that creative people increase both the quality and quantity of their artistic work, with productivity peaking during their 70's and 80’s... more
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How perceptions evolve — a mere few decades ago everything here was referred to as “primitive art.” The Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva is a collection started by Josef Mueller--first he bought Picassos, then what Picasso was buying: African and Oceanic art... more
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Giant formations in farmers' fields — landscape art or aliens? Check out the mysterious and baffling crop circles that are making a come-back in fields across the south of England... more
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From woodcuts to lithographs, etchings to intaglio - Printmaking is an ancient and classic expression. Exploring new mediums can help expand the mind, illuminate the spirit, free the ties that bind... more
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How to use spaghetti to paint like Jackson Pollock. An awesome, fun, kid activity that helps them build motor skills, teaches color mixing, and recycles your leftovers when you've made too much for dinner... more
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Don’t let the stress of ‘this world’ pervade your studio. There is more to Zen than religion. The term has come to convey calmness and balance. Introduce a little Feng Shui to your workspace... more
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Tiananmen Square soldier cum artist Chen Guang says “For 20 years I tried to bury this episode... it’s time for my truth to be shared." Defying security officials, Mr. Chen posted his paintings on the Internet... more
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Ren and Stimpy creator John K shares his animation student Becky's drawings of The Flintstones and Quick Draw McGraw. He comments on her talents, as well as the areas she needs to work on... more
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ARTstor is a huge digital library of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences serving users in the arts. Images from around the world are available to individuals affiliated with licensed universities and other education groups... more
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The next time you clean your garage, think twice before you throw things away. “Art geeks” are creating fantastic sculptures from old hairdryers, cassette tapes, toasters. Does your old typewriter have a reincarnation in store?... more
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A week in the life of an artist…read the thoughts of Steve McQueen, director of the film Hunger, on the new contemporary gallery at Chicago Art Institute, and on Venice and Biennale (opening June 7) where he represents Britain… more
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Oh Canada! The Venice Biennale opens in 2 days, and the Canadians are pulling off a miracle. Italy gave one pavilion to Canada as reparation after WWII, symbolically building it around a glassed-in maple treemore
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Next Stop, Beacon, New York - Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries! On the bank of the beautiful Hudson River, the renovated Nabisco box-printing facility is a work of art that invites all to enter ... more
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Forget painting on linen or canvas, try a living canvas. See the weird and wonderful results achieved by hundreds of painters from around the world who compete at the Face and Body Art International Convention 2009... more
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241 years of innovation and creative thinking can't be wrong! Check out the Royal Academy of Arts 2009 Summer Exhibition -- the world's largest open-competition including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and architecture... more
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WHCORXIUVGN Can you read that? Neither can we! Why pour your heart into your work, and then sign it so WE CAN'T READ IT? Are you aiming for tag sale fodder or a collector's wall?... more
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Just graduate from art school? Congratulations. And welcome to the summer boot camp of economics in 2009, or Art Biz 101: Basic Training For Art Marketing Adventures in the Real World (for young & old)... more
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New ideas, new materials, new art... move over Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists! Have a look at the current crop of American abstract artists opening at the Saatchi Gallery next week... more
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Orbiting the Giant Hairball, book by Gordon MacKenzie is a must - for affirmation, validation, inspiration and for lessons on awakening and fostering genius. Read his answer to the
question,"What is the biggest obstacle to creativity?"... more

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Before movies and television, Puppet shows in miniature theaters delighted children of all ages. Still flourishing in many cultures, creative artistry abounds - and you don't have to be a gypsy to enjoy this art form... more
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"...I wish to stimulate you to tell me what you know." From the book by great American art teacher Robert Henri, The Art Spirit, a compilation of sound-bytes taken from his lectures... very readable, very relevant... more

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Take 1,476 feet of cotton rope, wrap it around a metal chair frame designed by the boys from Brazil, Humberto and Fernando Campana, and you've got yourself a $9,425 chair... more
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Abu Dhabi celebrates the beginning of construction for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first universal museum to be built in the Middle East. Built on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, it will be 24,000 square metres. Check it out... more
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Interim pictures. That's what I call the work I do in between the work I do. I look around to see what I could paint and just start. Often those paintings become my best work. Get inspired by ordinary moments. Here's a link and a book to get you started... more

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White House art is moving into the 21st century. Obama is asking museums to lend more modern works by minorities and women and they are choosing bold, abstract art works for the public rooms... more
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One artist influencing another can be fascinating to observe. Picasso was influenced by Cezanne. This exhibit focuses on the subtle links between these two giants... more
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The California African American Museum seeks to erase the lines between fine arts and crafts, but upholds the racial lines that continue to divide us all. Thirty-two contemporary African American artists are represented in the show... more
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Painters and sculptors, both past and present, would agree: Bartering is an art form all its own. Instead of buying, think about bartering, a long-honored artists' approach to doing business in lean economic times. You'd be surprised how many are swapping for success... more
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A Daily Journal of International Exhibitions: Contemporary Art Daily provides an international look at new exhibitions, the week in review, art blogs, random exhibitions and recent exhibitions. Check it out.... more
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Art meets architecture. The transformed AGO has been designed by Frank Gehry, Toronto-born architect who exploded on the international scene - an extraordinary new home for extraordinary new art. See slideshow inside the new gallery... more
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Is an artist's vision different from how other people see? Find clarity when you've lost sight, look at your environment when you're stuck and remember how fun it is to play! Take a look inside Leonardo's Ink Bottle or see... more

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Clean up your act. Seriously. If you’re on a studio tour list, don’t showcase a "studio from hell." This video has great ideas getting organized. It can be done. How do you eat an elephant?... more
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Fresh eyes, daringly modern, dogs included. Almost completely unknown to Americans before the Brooklyn Museum's first retrospective thirty years ago, Gustave Caillebotte's quirky angles are worth seeing again this month at the Brooklyn Museum... more
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Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean an unmanned “windship” makes its way through the waves - almost transparent, people say, wings everywhere... and it is headed, without a doubt, INTO THE WIND ! Check out this tribute to the human imagination... more
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What do higher-thread-count sheets and mushroom sculptures have in common? Hotels, of course. Luxury hoteliers are hanging high-end art on their walls and placing sculptures in their lobbies... more
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Aug 31-Sept 7, 2009. Burning Man. Thousands gather to create Black Rock City in a Nevada desert. Community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. The wondrous crowd departs a week later, having left no trace. Mission statement. Ten Principles. Website... more
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See the fine art of Roman Wall Painting - ancient graffiti. Four distinct styles have been identified from the wall paintings found at Pompeii, Herculaneum, Boscoreal and other cities buried under the volcanic ash of Mt. Vesuvius... more
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The History of Modern Street-Art and Graffiti - with nearly 20,000 years of cultural evolution behind it, it’s still art by any other name, and nothing seems able to stem its phenomenal popularity... more
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Want to know about just about any artist you can think of? The Art Renewal Center has it all. It is also the site of an annual Salon with some of the best living artists of our time. See one of the largest online museums on the Internet... more
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Most artists listen to and are inspired by music during their creative process, some even to the point of playing images in the way that musicians play with sound. It is an art that has been almost three centuries in the birthing... more
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Video--slide show. A singin', paintin' tribute to a day in Chicago by everyday painter Karin Jurick. An effective realistic artist with a good idea. Two and a half minutes. Watch it... more

German cave produces oldest example of realistic art. Voluptuous female figure carved from Mammoth tusk carbon dated to 35000 years ago. Nicholas Conard, archaeologist at the University of Tübingen found her in six pieces... more

From pickled cows to elephant dung, the art world is no stranger to offbeat ideas. But a group of lice-infested Germans? Seven young artists from Berlin are trying to stretch the boundaries of art... more

The movie "Local Color" is not to be missed by any artist. Pursuing passion, an artist/mentor relationship reveals how to see with an artist's eye. Catch a glimpse of the movie, trailer... more

How many paintings and sculptures in Vietnam's national art museum are actually copies? Nobody knows. Artists want the museum to produce the records of paintings and remove pieces that are reproductions — or at least label them as such... more

Undisturbed remoteness is what this artist seeks--and he finds it on one of our planet's most remote locations--in Antarctica. See James Woodside: Painting at the Ends of the Earth, right next to the penguins... more

Roger Dobson writes of the new links between mental illness and creativity. Apparently it's all a type of psychosis. But good psychosis. Bizarre thought processes fuel creativity... more

Van Gogh’s Ear: Paul Gauguin and the Conspiracy of Silence Hamburg-based art historians Hans Kaufmann and Rita Wildegans have an alternate theory of what went on that night. It was Paul’s fencing sword that de-eared Vincent... more

What, finally, did he contribute to the history of twentieth-century art? The more I read about Chagall the artist, the less original his paintings looked... more

How to procrastinate like Leonardo da Vinci. Apparently he was hopeless, rarely finishing anything, his best stuff stopped with his notebooks... more

How artists are coping with the global economic crisis (satire) German and Dutch poster group known as “Surrend” exhibit and perform across Europe... more

Do copies possess properties which originals possess? Forgery needs to be distinguished from reproduction, argues Gregory Currie (U of Nottingham) Sensitive painters may be interested in the professor’s paper... more

While it's sometimes necessary to put your nose to the grindstone, the magic happens when you just let go. Workaholic Colleen Wainwright shows how... more

A movie about the place (or lack thereof) of women in the arts. Deadly. Watch the trailer... more

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