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Post #855 • August 18, 2006, 8:34 AM • 8 Comments

"Being in Arnold Arboretum is the best way escape Boston without having to leave town. The next best way is drinking myself senseless at the Irish pub about three blocks from the park entrance." Normally I don't go in for urban design stories, but this list by Claire Miccio appears at a time when the lushness of the Emerald Necklace has reached poetic proportions. Yesterday, the afternoon light raking through it made me tear up.

The Every Piece Of Art In The Museum Of Modern Art Book. (Kottke)

Ken Johnson on Soutine and others at Cheim & Read. Johnson is en route to the Boston Globe.

Ever wonder what the libertarian position on art is?

"Maybe they should be called graphic 'facilitators.'" Tony Long, addressing a thorny question about whether you can make art on a computer. I've puzzled over this myself, believing that you should be able to make art with any tool, theoretically. But Catfish answered that with "art doesn't proceed according to theory," leaving me unable to disprove the theory except by disappointment over the evidence in its favor. (AJ)

These photos are fake. But this one is real. Do you still doubt that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is Lord? May one day your eyes open to the way, the light, and the suace. Ramen. (Reddit)

Congratulations, Drawn!

This is awesome. "On August 19th we invite you to play a round of golf and celebrate the art of comics. Each hole in the temporary mini-golf course will be designed by a different local cartoonist or artist and will have a different theme." (UH)

"The time had come, van Meegeren felt, to revenge himself on his critics. He devised a plan to paint a perfect Vermeer - neither a copy, nor a pastiche, but an original work - and, when it had been authenticated by leading art experts, acquired by a major museum, exhibited and acclaimed, he would announce his hoax to the world." Frank Wynne tells the story of Han van Meegeren. (Reddit)

Possible models for the Qin terracotta army found. (AJ)

Department of Skills: giant marionette by The Sultan's Elephant. Music by Les Balayeurs Du Desert, "The People Who Sweep Up After the Desert." Frank O'Hara called Irving Sandler a "Balayeur des Artistes," hence the title of his memoir quoted yesterday. (Reddit)

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1.

jay

August 19, 2006, 2:21 AM

It sucks to come from an Irish (Celtic) back-ground: drinking, fighting, poverty, starvation, depression and irrelevance at large - others will agree that we're all just stupid 'war bastards' of sorts. Let's try hard though fellows, as we live in America. Lets turn potatoes into Gold!

2.

Jack

August 19, 2006, 11:33 AM

That fake Vermeer Last Supper looks as much like a real Vermeer as I look like Tom Cruise.

3.

jordan

August 19, 2006, 3:46 PM

The "flying spagetti monster" drawing is hilarious!

4.

opie

August 19, 2006, 5:20 PM

I know, Jack, I have always wondered about that too. Van meegeren's paintings just don;t looke like Vermeer, except for the raking light from a window on the left, which is just a prop. They are more pre-Rapaelite style, and they have a slight deco-30s air about them. Nothing like Verneer at all.

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jordan

August 20, 2006, 3:50 AM

It appears as though Van Meegeren can draw - this seems to be the strength of the "Last Supper". Each figure depicted posesses a sculptural physicality. He would have benefited from a crit in color usage from Vermeer, however impossible this may have been. Non-the-less I'd like to see this painting in person. I could learn a lot from his modeling of form.

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RL

August 20, 2006, 8:55 PM

Tony Long what is this muppet taking about?

I was a painter for twenty years and have worked as a digital artist for the last ten.

Working digitally has always been exciting, adventurous and a struggle the same as it is when I paint on canvas.

For me using a computer or paint on canvas they each are just mediums to use in for expressing my ideas.

Of course if you express something on a computer it can be art silly goose!.

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jordan

August 20, 2006, 11:37 PM

working digitally and/or with paint have their own intrinsic charactoristics that vary despite the mere expression of ideas - the position in which they cross-link seems interesting: the mistakes that the hand produces during the making process such as photoshop phuk-ups and bummer brushing.

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oldpro

August 20, 2006, 11:59 PM

"Of course if you express something on a computer it can be art silly goose"

That's what should be the case. But it isn't art until it's art. I haven't seen any yet.

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