The FBI says it now knows who was responsible for the 1990 Gardner art heist. Yes, Remember the Gardner art heist? According to the New York times, “It was one of the most brazen art thefts in history.” The FBI knows a lot about what happened. However, the artwork is still art large. As far as I understand, there is a huge reward out for whoever can locate the art. For the sake of art and art lovers and for the sake of the efficacy of the FBI, I hope they do get the remaining 13 pieces back.
March 19, 2013
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February 27, 2013
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In mid February, a mural by Banksy was stolen out of a wall in London. Where did it go? Who stole it? The chunk of wall showed up last week in Miami for an art auction. Is this an inside job and stunt? Did Banksy steal his own art out of a wall to prove a point by saying that sidewalk murals spray-painted to protest dark sides of history are worth just as much as a more traditional pieces of art? Is Banksy worth as much as a Monet? We will never know because he does not give interviews.
The piece was expected to bring in between $500,000 and $700,000 on an online auction site, Fine Art Auctions of Miami. It has been removed from the auction due to the outrage the situation has caused.
The theme of ”Slave Labor(Bunting Boy)” is child slavery throughout England’s history. The piece was created during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
In my opinion, Banksy probably did not steal his own work. It was probably the owners of the wall who removed it looking to make a buck. However, since Bansky remains shadowy and mysterious, the situation does allow speculation.
February 19, 2013
Yes I wear glasses. Here is my most recent portrait that supports that fact.
Expressions are going to be a growing area of my self portrait. I can’t keep painting the same ol’ gloomy face that got me the name of this blog. Or do it? I’m not sure. Anyways, here is a very recent portrait.
February 13, 2013
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Delacroix was a French painter who greatly influenced the Romantic art movement and was known as “the master of color.” Delacroix’s first famous painting was of Dante and Virgil. Yes, I love Dante in case you did not notice. In 1830 Delacroix painted “Liberty Leading the People ” to commemorate the French revolution.
Recently, “Liberty to the People” was vandalized in a branch of the Louvre Museum by a young and “unbalanced” woman. With a black marker pen she wrote “AE911″. Apparently, “AE911Truth” is a website called “Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth”. Great. Like I have said in other entries: art makes crazy people even crazier. Maybe she thought she was apart of the Da Vinci Code saga?
Delacroix was an intensely emotional person. This profound passion manifested in his work. He toured in Algeria, Spain, and Morocco. After Morocco his drawing and paint handling evolved. Delacroix painted Arab subjects almost to the end of his life, making him a key artist in the of Orientalist movement. This young lady must have known all of this and was secretly jealous. At least she was able to not only see the original piece in person, but she touched it. Disgraziata.
“Eugène Delacroix.” 2013. The Biography Channel website. Feb 08 2013, 11:29 http://www.biography.com/people/eug%C3%A8ne-delacroix-40979.
“Delacroix Liberty painting defaced in Louvre” BBC NEWS Europe. Feb 08 2013,http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21380562
“Woman defaces famous Louvre painting with black pen” Reuters.com UK Edition. Feb 08 2013, http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/02/08/us-france-louvre-idUKBRE9170G320130208
February 7, 2013
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Last month I applied for a show at a local art establishment. My art was rejected and I was sad. This happens all the time, and I know that I need to be resilient . The juror was a professor that I knew from ASU named Jerry. I was totally bummed. I see Jerry regularly because he walks his dog near where my daughter goes to school. Yesterday I saw him near the school and I stopped the car and got out. “Jerry!” I yelled.
We chatted and he remembered me. He told me that I should not get down on myself for the rejection. He had rejected 70 artists and accepted only 29. The director of the venue was not pleased with him. She believed those 70 rejected artists would be angry and no longer want to support the venue. It’s the nature of the beast he said. Jerry is a funny guy. I will try to make the opening of the show anyway, because I like Jerry.
January 31, 2013
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“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought, there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”-Frida
I found this quote on Facebook recently. My facebooking experiences are mostly just light-hearted jokes and funny images. When I found this quote by Frida, however, I kept on going back to it at different points in the day. Sometimes I really push myself . But why? What’s the end result going to be? Why do I do this? What will others think? Then I thought about Frida and stopped questioning.
January 19, 2013
Art is now an “alternative asset.” 2012 has been a record-breaking year for art auctions and for many people in this art auction industry art means money.
This particular article, from artinfo.com, refers to art as illiquid asset. An illiquid asset is like a car, house, or antiques. These are possessions that cannot be easily exchanged for cash without taking a loss.
Major art auctions are a tiny tiny part of the art world but are the biggest growth area. Less than 50 artists are included in this elite pool of competitive art purchasing.
I hope that for the sake of art, these buyers will fall in love with their pieces and not to equate fine art with “investment or short-term trading gains”, or just plain luxurious competitive shopping. If you are fortunate to participate in a Sotheby’s, Christie’s or Bonham’s art auction, don’t miss the point!
January 11, 2013
Happy Late New Year.
Here are some projects that I have kept me from blogging:
1. a new commission(YAY!)
2. training for a 1/2 marathon
3. swimming- or rather trying to swim.
4. building a dollhouse.
Today, I went to the art supply store to pick up raw umber, reds, french ultramarine, and whites. Sometimes I just cannot get enough paint. If I had any hopes of starting a series on swimming, after completing enough self portraits, those aspirations will just have to wait.
January 6, 2013
December was a crazy month. I began a third self portrait and have not worked on it for the last 3 weeks. However, breaks like this can be very beneficial. Since I have not looked at this portrait for a while, I will see it with a renewed vision of what I want it to be like.
Many times while I am working, my daughter will come into my studio and tell me how bored she is. She wants to do what I am doing. I get out some paper that I have saved from years and years ago. She draws whatever she is thinking of. Days later I need to sketch for my portraits, so I use her negative space. I think seven-year-olds love to compose art with lots and lots of negative space! Here are some studies that I have added to my daughter’s drawings.
Here is another sketch with my own studies added into the negative space. In this case I would say do not waste paper and do not waste negative space. I always tell my daughter that I love it when she uses the ENTIRE sheet of paper. It brings back childhood memories of similar messages from my art teachers.
November 22, 2012
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There are two self portraits that I am still trying to wrap up. After these are done and listed on a website, I will start more. The next series is already waiting to be started. Sometimes I think about racing home during a lunch break to get these paintings photographed. Instead, I got home around 5:30pm from work and thought I was gonna take some great images. WRONG.
The images were dark and Photoshop could not correct the problem.
I am very interested in a series about swimming. The ideas are still stewing but honestly I have not had time to even stew. One of my close artist friends has some really crazy ideas, which will not be divulged at this time. There are props and a swimming pool involved. Will I need special permission? I’m not sure yet.
In preparation for the new series, I do have a pile of newspaper clippings and a canvas just waiting for me in my studio. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone.