Archive for the ‘art’ Category

Art: Abstract interpretation of a minion sells for $46.5million

Friday, May 15th, 2015

For your consideration:



Today’s podcast: Adrian Plasencia

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Talking about art with artist Adrian Plasencia in Silvio Canto’s podcast

and, Art Basel‘s on this weekend.

“Neat . . . sweet . . . petite!

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The royal Danes go full Addams,

Brazil: The highflying tastemaker

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

The WSJ has an article on art collector Pedro Barbosa, and the Art of a Global Deal
To play in the big leagues, art patrons need a private plane to jet off to international art fairs, staff curators, prizes, artist residencies and private museums. How a rising Brazilian collector does it.

Here are some of the items in his collection. I can’t help but wonder what Gerard would say about this.

You and I may call that an old refrigerator, but to a [rich enough] connoisseur, it’s art.

Art, schnart UPDATED

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

I don’t call it performance art if anyone else other than the “artiste” would get busted for loitering if engaging in the same activity, but the MMA found the convergence of exhibitionism and celebrity worship:

Tilda Swinton sleeps in glass box for surprise performance piece at Museum of Modern Art
As part of her installation ‘The Maybe,’ the ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ actress napped in a transparent box full of cushions while museum-goers gawked.

The cot’s too short, too.

Here’s a group of bloggers engaging in performance art at a different venue,



Climbing new heights of bad taste

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Siegfried & Roy, or The Poor Little Rich Girls of Mexico?

“they represent 70 years of PRI rule”. . . and jaw-dropping bad taste. The photographer twaddles on about liberation and stuff:

And, if Moschino is selling it, Daniela, it’s still garbage.

¿Cómo se dice “chutzpah” en castellano?*

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Elderly woman who botched religious fresco demands royalties
The elderly Spanish woman who ruined a religious fresco with her botched restoration is now demanding royalties from her work after it became an unlikely tourist attraction.

Give it time: the Whitney will have her as guest artist.

* How do you say “chutzpah” in Castilian Spanish?

The case of the pixilated purloined painting

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Better than The Geek Interpreter!

CNN reports that FBI agents find missing Matisse in undercover sting

Two suspects were arrested in Miami Beach after trying to sell “Odalisque in Red Pants,” valued at $3 million, federal prosecutors said.
The painting was stolen from a Venezuelan art museum in 2002, the statement said.

Thing is, CNN pixilated the breasts of the odalisque; Ed Driscoll noticed,

Now is the time at Ed when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals style:

– Headline, TV, June 21st.

– Ann Althouse, today, who adds that “The clip is hilarious.”

Unexpectedly! — to coin another Internet meme, as the network that brought you The Wright-Free Zone now brings its Saudi Arabian viewers a surfeit of Seurat.

Here’s the CNN video,

But the story gets better,

The story started in 2002 when it was discovered that the Matisse hanging in the museum wall was a fake, after the Chavez administration had changed the Board of the museum a couple of years earlier, including Ms. Imber, who had run it from its beginning (And purchased this particular painting for a relatively low price)

Initially there were accusations that the painting had disappeared after the management change, but others have suggested that the switch took place even before when the painting was lent in 1997 to a Spanish exhibit. However, those at the museum until the management change have stated privately that they would have certainly noticed the switch. The current Director of the museum has suggested it was an inside job, without ever explaining her statement.

The switch was discovered when a collector was offered the painting in 2001-2002 and began performing due diligence on the painting and wrote to the Director of the museum. This led the museum to check the painting and the discovery that the one hanging in Caracas was a fake. The painting was offered to a number of collectors and rumors of that it was for sale have recurred over the years.

Hopefully, with the recovery of the painting the full story of the switcheroo will be revealed and those responsible prosecuted.

For now, this is another picturesque (pun intended) story of the always devious Venezuelans in Government (no matter when the switch took place) always looking for an angle that will make them rich overnight.

For now, at least, the original has been found.

Italy: The new member

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Wish I had made this up.

Silvio Berlusconi is at it again.
No, not with teen girls and such.
This time he’s got a new penis, at taxpayers’ expense:
New penis for statue in Silvio Berlusconi’s Rome office
A marble Roman statue of Mars has had its snapped-off penis rebuilt and reattached on the specific orders of the prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi.

Noticias24 says the 2d Century AD were originally made to a likeness of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and his wife Faustina representing Mars and Venus.

And in case you need and extra pair of hands, Faustina’s are detachable.

So is Mars’s penis.

The statues are now housed at Berlusconi’s official residence. Let the party begin!


Decadence, and a shameful painting

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

ShrinkWrapped writes on Decadence:

Anthropologists have pointed to evidence of the reverential treatment of the deceased as one of the first signs of humanity’s advance from the primitive to a nascent civilized state.

At one time it was universally accepted in the heirs to Judeo-Christian Civilization that each life was precious; for most, the idea that a Creator had endowed each of us with “certain inalienable rights” was a baseline; all else followed. Now, the sanctity of life and of the body has been eroded in this most post-modern of post-modern times. The body has become commodified, that is, it is no longer a holy vessel but merely an hedonic avatar.

Which is hardly surprising, considering how the bodies of living people have become commoditized in so many ways. But it’s still appalling and shameful to see that commodifying rewarded by an institution:

‘Devotional’ painting of artist’s dead mother shortlisted for award
Jonathan Brown reveals the three BP portrait prize finalists
The so-called “devotional” painting portrays

The emaciated and lifeless body of 100-year-old Annie Mary Todd lies propped up in the refrigerated room of the undertaker’s funeral parlour.

Poor Annie Mary Todd was not spared indignity even after death. As ShrinkWrapped said,

The “artist” used her mother’s body for her own purposes, to help herself feel better. In our idiotically therapeutic age, such an excuse allows anything, no matter how foolish or misguided. This is the use of a body as a commodity.

How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
To have a thankless child
, even in death.