Earlier this month, London-based artist Jonty Hurwitz made headlines with his 3D-printed "nano" sculptures. Each sculpture is approximately 80 x 100 x 20 microns—so small that they can only be viewed using an electron microscope.
The sculptures are an impressive, ambitious use of 3D printing technology in fine art. With help from the Weizemann Institute of Technology, Hurwitz used over 200 cameras and a groundbreaking 3D printing technique referred to on his website as “Multiphoton Li... [more]
At a recent auction by Mossgreen, (28 October 2014) in Melbourne, a 2002 painting by Mongolian artist, Xue Mo (b.1966), catalogued as "The Glance" with an estimate of AUD6000 to AUD9000, sold for AUD7320 inclusive of buyer's premium. The work was initially part of Xue Mo's inaugural exhibition in Australia, "The Virtue of Tranquil Beauty" (8 October - 30 November 2002, cat. no. 9). Unusually, for a non-Australian, Beijing-based artist, the exhibition was a sell-out, with the average price of exhibi... [more]
AFTER MY LAST OIL PAINTING I DECIDED TO REVISE MY APPROACH AS FOLLOWS :-
(1) CARRY OUT SKETCH OF SUBJECT HIGHLIGHTING, USING HATCHED LINES, THE 3 TONES OF DARK/ MEDIUM/ LIGHT. ALSO THE BASE COLOURS OF AREAS SHOULD BE INDICATED SUCH AS E.G RO (RED/ORANGE). THESE WILL BE CIRCLED IF WARM OR UNCIRCLED IF GRAYED DOWN. A PHOTO REFERENCE WILL BE USED TO AID STUDIO WORK IF USEFUL.
(2) TRANSFER DRAWING TO PREPARED PANEL (LIGHT VARNISHED AND WHITE ACRYLIC GESSO APPLIED). THE GESSO WILL BE FURTHER US... [more]
Though thee baroque monastery church, Barmherzigenkirche (Brotherhood of Compassion), in Graz, Austria, was founded by the Archduke Ferdinand and Max Ernst in 1615, the present construction was from later period - built in 1735-40, was by J. G. Stengg and it presented visitors stark contrasts between its austere though flowing architectural elements and the overstuffed, overwrought religious paintings, sculptures and altars. For the latter, it was their almost naïve sincerity and th... [more]
Aloha from My Enlightened Studio, After a Lifetime of Rejection in all My Social Circles & Abuse by All My Children, X-wives, Siblings and Close & Distant Relatives I Found a Safe Harbor Here in Hilo, where I can Create Imagery, How, When & Why I Choose, that is not influenced by any outside forces. It is Trully "Original" and I am a Master of Application. 60,000 years ago, a cave man using blood, pigments, animal & human feces, plant and fish material to create Cave Paintings started "ART" whic... [more]
As the saying goes, all art is, in the end, about sex or death. They're the two oldest themes in art history. But then at some point someone must have thought, how about getting them both in there, and creating the best art ever? And then a lot of other people thought that'd be a good idea too. And then it went to some weird grisly places and became a bit scary. Here's our selection of the most macabre love moments in art.
Joel-Peter Witkin, Kiss, 1982
King of the Bizarre, Witkin's grotesque take o... [more]
Think of the most stunning landscape photo you have seen. Now imagine that the scene you believed was a photograph was actually a concisely accurate pastel piece, painstakingly precise in every way. This pleasant illusion is what I experienced at the “2014 Pastel Society of New Mexico Signature Membership Show.” This show is a display of shockingly beautiful and realistic renderings of various subject matter, with a topic of interest to any viewer. Overall, it’s an impressive ar... [more]
Peter Clothier's scurrilously witty new novel "The Pilgrim's Staff" explores lust, lecherousness, and love through the voices of two men from two disparate centuries. David Soames, a contemporary figurative painter living as an ex-pat in Los Angeles, receives a curious package in the mail from an English cousin. Wrapped in layers of tape and memory is the two hundred year-old journal of an English gentleman, who begins his tale with the words"I am no Rake!" "Rake" is a wonderfully antiquat... [more]
North Korea is often prefixed with the words "the most secretive country in the world." It was therefore a surprise to discover not only that the country has a rather unusual embassy in London—a suburban home in Gunnersbury quite far from the center—but also that it recently opened its doors to visitors for an art exhibition.
The North Korean Embassy, London; Photo: Mark Hillary
The exhibition was short-lived—lasting only three days—but after being mobbed by press on day one, its p... [more]
Guimarães, Portugal, Oct. 2014: When South Korea won the Golden Lion at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture, architect Minsuk Cho said the award could help “trigger the reality of a unified Korea.” While North Korea is making art at the Mansudae Art Studio, South Korea is building the next generation of art stars—in New York. With Korean art increasingly in the spotlight, “The Lineage of Vision: Progress through Persistence,” which opened Wednesday at the... [more]
Con Artist presents ISO 216, a collaboration between artists from New York and London. Named in honor of the world’s most common paper size ratio which, like so many of global standards of weights and measure, is notably rare in the US, ISO 216 celebrates the cultural parallels and unique individuality of the United Kingdom and United States. The two nations are ethnically diverse, share a common language, and are each massive exporters of art and culture, but as their slightly different pa... [more]
I read recently about a group in the States called The Order of the Good Death, who describe themselves as “a group of funeral industry professionals, academics, and artists exploring ways to prepare a death phobic culture for their inevitable mortality,” a mission which seems like both good sense and nonsense in equal measure.
I myself am what I suppose could be labeled death-phobic. The many other things of which I am afraid —mechanical or puppet clowns, ventriloquist's dummies... [more]
The marking of the centenary of the First World War seems to have provided a good excuse for many galleries to revisit some of the greats of Expressionism. Namely, the unholy, and unholily popular trinity of Dix, Grosz, and Schiele, three men who, in recording their everyday lives and tumultuous surroundings in lividly-colored, pinched perspectives, also let the burgeoning sexuality of youth pound priapically against the quivering doors of the traditional nude. Ahem. Grosz’s early portfolios are... [more]
An exhibition of Allen Ginsberg’s photographs, currently on view at the University of Toronto’s Art Centre, presents its audience with a large volume of stills taken by the poet between 1953 and 1996. Approximately 150 images hang on the walls of We are Continually Exposed to the Flashbulb of Death: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996), representing some of Ginsberg’s most intimate documented moments that capture and immortalize an instance in time. The viewer’s re... [more]