Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Remains of Female Pharaoh Found

Queen Hatshepsut's mummified body may have been found.

Older Artist Wins BP Portrait Award

Paul Emsley, 59, won the prestigious award and a commission in the annual competition that was hitherto fore closed to elder artists. It is unclear to me as to why the competition had been closed to artists over 40--seems to eliminate a lot of artists in their prime.

The Winning Portrait: Michael Simpson, oil on canvas, 1370 x 1120 mm

My personal favorite:

Zuzana in Paris Studio, by Hynek Martinec, acrylic on wooden board, 1300 x 1100 mm

Highlights from the competition.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Can You Believe This?

James Howard

Charles Saatchi recently purchased an entire exhibition from an art student. "James Howard, a student at the Royal Academy Schools, was shocked to discover yesterday that Britain’s most influential collector of contemporary art wanted 46 of his – an entire graduation show. Howard, 26, one of 19 students who have just completed the RA Schools’ postgraduate course, was fast asleep when Mr Saatchi popped into the academy last week.

The young artist found out later that his digital prints – each one a collage of photographic images made up to look like a typical internet advertisement – had caught the collector’s eye."

I have more than a sneaking feeling that as Clement Greenberg helped define the modern era through his writing and collecting, so Charles Saatchi will help define the post-modern era through his collecting of art. Wait and see. Indeed, he already is.

Charles Saatchi

Link to the Saatchi Gallery

Monday, June 11, 2007

Friday, June 08, 2007

Animation: Women in Art

Salvador Dali on What's My Line?

The fact that Dali was on this show with blindfolded guests, a countdown flipbook, and a gameshow host is surreal.