Saturday, May 06, 2006

Banned art exhibit now moving to college campus

The exhibit opened Wednesday at the city-owned Brooklyn War Memorial. Brooklyn College uses the space as a gallery. Some of the works in the exhibit were sexual in nature depicting gay sex and sculpted male genitalia illuminated in a box.

The exhibit has been closed by NYC park officals and is now moving to the campus.

One of the artist, Marni Kotak, said she and several others were "adamantly opposed" to moving the show to the campus and did not plan to cooperate with the transfer.

"The point of having the show at this space was that there really wasn't the right kind of space on campus to do this," Kotak said.

The students held a rally with about 50 people in front of the memorial Saturday.

I wonder if they would display the statute of David?
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Get your art organized

One of my art troubles is organizing all my photos and art. I need a solution that will keep track of all my photos that I collect for drawing reference and all my scanned drawings. I also need a solution to be able to touch up scanned images to fix all the damage the scan did. I also would like the solution to be tied directly into my blog and let me upload my art right from the software.

Google apparently did it again. I downloaded the free utility Picasa and have been thrilled with it. Scanned images are automatically categorized and easily retrieved. The "feeling lucky" button corrects the scan damage almost 100% of the time. Oh yeah, it is even tied directly to "Hello" image hosting. This allows me to quickly share my images and post it directly to the blog. Setup between Hello and Picasa was tricky at first but once it was done it worked perfectly.

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Are there any other products people would like to recommend?

Friday, May 05, 2006

Picasso’s Mistress with a cat earns 95 Million

Going once, Going Twice, Sold to the russian man in the back for 95 Million dollars . . . (that was reinactment reality may of different)

On May 3, 2006 Southerbys was surprised when they auctioned one of Picasso’s portraits of his mistress, "Dora Maar au Chat" ("Dora Maar with Cat") for US$95,216,000

Sorthby officals were shocked expecting to capture $40,000,000. The room was electrified as the bid climbed and climbed . The winner was a russian man that wishes not to be identified. His paddle No. 1340.

Picasso and Maar meet in January 1936. Picasso was attraacted by her beauty and her fluent spanish. The relationship lasted nearly nine years. He painted the picture in 1941.

The only other art sold for a higher price was another Picasso piece, "Garcon a la pipe," ("Boy With a Pipe"-The Young Apprentice), which sold at Sotheby’s for more than $104 million in May 2004.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Stephen Wiltshire - "Human Camera"

You better smile if you around Stephen Wiltshire. He has a unique ability to recall images of what he has seen in great detail. Some of called him the "Human Camera". (Saves on film)

At age of three he was diagnosed as autistic. He had no language and he lived in his own world. After going to a special needs school, Queensmill School in London. It was notice his skill of drawing and it became apparent that he communicated with drawing.

In the film "Beautiful Minds: A Voyage into the Brain", Wiltshire buckles into a helicopter and travels over Rome (video). His incredible mind captures what he sees. He returns back and begins to draw a panoramic view of what he saw. The drawings are not exact copies. Like any good artist he adds his own style and it is impressive. When you look at the pictures on his site you can clearly see that he is an artist with a incredible memory and eye for detail.

Comments always welcome!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Ever changing canvas of Daniel Rozin

Daniel Rozin is an interactive artist. What is an interactive artist? Well a interactive artist creates art the has the ability to change and respond to your presence. Sometimes even making you part of the piece. All computers used to create the pieces are carefully hidden giving you the how did he do that feel.

His web site as some incredible movies that show off this unique art form. Do not miss his trash mirror!

Enjoy a trip with Alex Grey and TOOL

Album Cover Tool 10,000 days
The new album, 10,000 days, from the band Tool came out yesterday. The art of Alex Grey featured in the new album with one catch, 3d BABY! That's right you open the album up and a pair of stereoscopic eye pieces flip out. With a little adjustments you are thrown into the 3d art of Alex Grey. The effects are solid!

Colors are crisp and you find yourself searching the 3d images for every little detail. One piece has a incredible Dorset effect that with the 3d eyes pieces puts you on a jounery into infinity with Alex Grey.

If you do not like Tool you need to find somebody that does and peer into the 3d goodness of Alex Grey. SWEET!

Alex Grey is also selling signed albums on his site or get a Unsigned Album

In addition to the art there excellent 3d photos captured by Travis Shinn. Apparently, the photos are pieces of a puzzle. The mystrey of the 10,000 days puzzle has not been solved. Comment if you have ideas on the puzzle

*** One Funny Addition Special for tool fans ***

Please add your comments!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Comics are not just for Sundays

In two related articles (Article 1, article 2) sent to me it appears that comics are about to hit the main stream. In a 1990 exhibition comics were shown next to the art of Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. The exhibition was called High and Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture clearly showing comics as the low.

It appears now things have changed. An exhibition titled Masters of American Comics opened simultaneously late last year at two major Los Angeles museums, the Hammer and the Museum of Contemporary Art and is scheduled to travel across the country. It features 15 artists with over 900 objects to view.

In addition the creator of Beetle Bailey, Mort Walker, is planning to open a cartoon museum. He already has collect 3 million dollars to open this new museum in the empire state building but needs 8 million. He says that is so confident that he has mortgaged his home to pay for all expenses to date. The museum is scheduled to open next year in the Empire State Building.

The hope is that comic will be seen as a major art form that in addition of being pleasing to the eye also documents history and maybe an added result will be Charles Schultz will be studied in the 100s of years to come as the Master Artist of our time.

I welcome comments.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Art Trouble News Weekly Wrap Up

What is the cost of a gift?
Imagine if you were a well know artist and you tried to give an art piece to some one as a gift and they said thank you very much but handed you a bill for receiving that gift. According to a associated press article that is what happened to the artist Wyland.

Wyland has painted over 93 marine themed murals in public areas to raise awareness of environmental issues. When one of his walls was being torn down he offered to paint another piece for FREE on a wall of the Milwaukee Public Museum! This is when he was told that the county was going to charge him for painting a free mural because he makes money off t-shirts and other items. "That's probably the dumbest thing I've ever heard," Wyland told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by phone from Florida. "They want to charge me to come there and give a free mural to the county? This guy's really out of touch. This is a first."

Artists Nail Bomb Art
This is one way to get your art noticed. A 36 year old artist decided to leave five boxes with nails sticking out around London as a work of her art. Police, bomb experts and helicopters where called in. Parts of the city where closed and evacuated. It was estimated to of cost police £100,000 and delayed up to 100,000 commuters. The artist later turned herself in. An anti-terrorist source said: "This prank spread fear and anxiety among thousands. To do such a thing after last July's outrages defies belief." The woman was charged with causing a public nuisance and released on bail.