Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
|JT Winik "Party Hats" 24 x 22"|
|JT Winik, Pink Girl Spain 09|
|Maya Jagger "Twilight Song"|
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBcGTtkPHag I just saw this video. Somewhat behind the times since it was filmed in 2008! I was looking up Damien Hirst who is the richest artist in the world to date. living artist that is. and the "funny" relationship he had with a graffitti artitst named CarTrain. It reminded me so much of a friend of mine (an x OKWA member) who hung and photographed her work surreptitiously in the bathroom of a well known public art gallery, just to be able to say her work was in there (as a private gag).
There are some big issues to look at here. The world's richest living artist, Damien Hirst, suing a 16 yr old graffiti artist for plagarizing Hirst's skull installation. Damien being a radical youth himself to start with, becoming the "established artist" and the butt of a young alternative artist. It's worth the experience to follow some of the videos, especially the interview with CarTrain and his explanation of the event.
at the bottom of each article is a line saying "posted by ...at TIME ...comments and a little yellow pencil.
to comment just click on the word "comment" in front of the little pencil and a box will open up for you to type a comment into.
Then click the PUBLISH POST orange button at the bottom.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
"The art market has been booming. Museum attendance is surging. More people than ever call themselves artists. Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury good, a job description, and, for some, a kind of alternative religion. In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie's auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami's studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale. She reveals the new dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life. A judicious and juicy account of the institutions that have the power to shape art history, based on hundreds of interviews with high-profile players, Thornton's entertaining ethnography will change the way you look at contemporary culture."
2.The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The curious Economics of Contemporary Art
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"The $12 Million Stuffed Shark delves into the economics and psychology of the contemporary art world - artists, dealers, auction houses, and wealthy collectors. If it's true - as so often said - that 85 percent of new contemporary art is bad, why were record prices achieved at auction for works by 131 contemporary artists in 2006 alone, with astonishing new heights reached in 2007? The $12 Million Stuffed Shark explores money, lust, and the self-aggrandizement of possession in an attempt to determine what makes a particular work of art valuable while others are ignored.
Thompson uses economic concepts to explain the unique practices employed, to great success, in the international contemporary art market. He discusses branding and marketing and how various strategies are tailored to a wealthy clientele, driving a "must-have" culture. Drawing on exclusive interviews with both past and present executives of auction houses and art dealerships, artists, and the buyers who move the market, Thompson launches the reader on a surprising journey of discovery."
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sarindar Dhaliwal was visiting me recently and talking about some art topics she will be bringing up in her classes at OCAD this fall. She had just watched a documentary on The Vogels. Tomorrow I will present a couple of interesting books she suggests for understanding the contemporary art scene. ak
"On the odd chance that you don’t know who the Vogels are, they built an extraordinary collection of minimalist and conceptual art while working as a librarian and postman. It took three months and five 40ft lorries to pack up and remove more than 2,500 pieces from their tiny apartment: priceless work by Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Richard Long, Julian Schnabel, Jeff Koons, and Richard Tuttle, among others. Only three works remained in situ, because they were site specific or too fragile to move (the National Gallery has since been back to collect one of these, a piece made out of yoghurt).
Herb and Dorothy Vogel "You would never think of it but they are one of the famous art collectors in New York."
"I have never in my 40 years of museum work met anyone with the kind of income level the Vogels had, putting together a collection of that dimension and that comprehensiveness and of that quality. "
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Maintained by artist/writer Sharon Butler, Two Coats of Paint is a daily digest of reviews, commentary, and background information about painting and related subjects. Butler, an art professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, also writes for The Brooklyn Rail and The American Prospect.