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Post #1021 • June 15, 2007, 9:23 AM • 15 Comments

Charley Harper.

That's what I call plein-aire. (Waxy)

Department of Kids Today: Those who prefer a well-painted landscape to a diamond-studded skull or a roasted corgi now have a culprit to blame for the contentious state of contemporary art: the iPod. The artist David Hockney believes the ubiquitous music player is contributing to a decline in visual awareness that is damaging art and painting in particular. It even makes people dress badly. (Andrew)

In 1967, then-Secretary of the Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley invited Saul Steinberg to serve as the Institution's first and only artist-in-residence. (Kottke)

Kablooey! (Kottke)

Shadow sculptures by Shigeo Fukuda. (Reddit)

An Eye for Annai.

Orson Whales. (RW)

Department of Skillz: Roxorloops. Part 2.

Comment

1.

Marc Country

June 15, 2007, 12:23 PM

Yo, F-bomb.

Only the first 'shadow sculpture' on the page is by Shigeo Fukuda... the rest are all Tim Noble and Sue Webster...

I think they work best when there is some intelligent but unexpected connection between the objects and the shadows cast... although I suppose I might be more impressed if the object simply looked good as a sculpture, instead of just a pile of junk.

2.

opie

June 15, 2007, 1:19 PM

You formalists are all alike, always bitching about something not "looking good"...

3.

opie

June 15, 2007, 4:07 PM

Tell RW to Google "Father Mapple" to get the Orson Welles character.

Not many people know that Welles did "Moby Dick" on Broadway in the early 60s. It didn't have a long run.

4.

Elizabeth

June 15, 2007, 9:49 PM

That Moby was kewl......too bad for Orson that he sunk on broadway......Re: tree, whats next attaching a paintbrush to a baboons ass and calling it art....does the tree get a cut?

5.

Art Gallery

June 15, 2007, 11:16 PM

Good site! [Thanks! - F.]

6.

Jack

June 16, 2007, 4:35 PM

Here's a tip, for those who may find it worthwhile:

Paul Gavarni (1804-66, French) was a leading caricaturist and lithographer, one of the most popular graphic artists of his time. He led the life of a bohemian dandy and satirized bourgeois life. He began to contribute to the satirical Parisian journal Le Charivari in 1834, writing the text captions to his images himself. He visited England, studied the life of the London poor and contrasted it with that of the rich (Gavarni in London, 1849). That experience made the benign irony of his earlier work give way to more trenchant satire with political implications. His oeuvre includes over 4000 lithographs, and his work was admired by many prominent literary figures and artists, including Degas.

If you appreciate good drawing, you're in for a treat. Gavarni's chief rival in his field would be Daumier, who is considered a greater artist, at least in part because Gavarni's work is so elegant and beautiful, which always raises some suspicion. However, Degas knew a thing or two about drawing and was hardly a pushover, and he didn't like this guy for nothing. Enough said.

7.

ahab

June 17, 2007, 2:53 PM

Opie, what doesn't RW seem to get about Orson Welles as Father Mapple?

8.

opie

June 17, 2007, 6:07 PM

He said he couldn't find the preacher from the film for his project. I put in Google images and got it right away.

9.

opie

June 17, 2007, 6:08 PM

that is, I put in "orson welles father mapple"

10.

ahab

June 17, 2007, 6:53 PM

Alex Itin is the creator of Orson Whales, RW is just Franklin's source for the link.

11.

BMD72

June 17, 2007, 9:27 PM

Does anyone remember the artist and painter who painted that afghan scene in a painting that was found to be in a public school? Franklin posted an article about it a few months ago.

12.

Franklin

June 17, 2007, 11:28 PM

I know the one you mean, BMD. I only remember that the artist was Russian

13.

Marc Country

June 18, 2007, 1:12 AM

Alexandre Iacovleff.

14.

Dnl Frrs

June 18, 2007, 5:31 AM

Hello Art Blog - I like your blog - and the Hockney material. There is a website on abstract painting at [Redacted. - F.] that you might like. I found you from the blog roll at Mad Silence [This is kind of an interesting pheonomenon. This is the second time that someone linked to a wordpress blog about art with content of the most generic sort, linked in turn to other sites that clearly are marketing efforts of one kind or another. Maybe I should get a PR person. - F.]

15.

BMD72

June 18, 2007, 9:08 PM

Thank you Marc.

Here's a link to the painting.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Afghans.gif

I love it.

I need to get a book on him.

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