Some Women’s Hands

Christine Godden, Lynny on the garden seat, c.1972
Christine Godden, Lynny on the garden seat, c.1972
E.O. Hoppe, Die Tänzerin Tilly Losch, 1928
E.O. Hoppe, Die Tänzerin Tilly Losch, 1928
Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keefe
Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe Hands and Thimble, 1920
Carol Jerrems, Self portrait nude with hand on wall, c.1974
Carol Jerrems, Self portrait nude with hand on wall, c.1974
Helmut Newton, Fat Hand with Dollars, Monte Carlo, 1986
Helmut Newton, Fat Hand with Dollars, Monte Carlo, 1986
Paul Outerbridge, Woman with Claws, 1937
Paul Outerbridge, Woman with Claws, 1937
Daido Moriyama, Bandaged Finger, 1987
Daido Moriyama, Bandaged Finger, 1987
Peter Peryer, Julianne's Hands
Peter Peryer, Julianne’s Hands
Some Women’s Hands

Porpora Painting Punched

A 12 year old Taiwanese boy has inadvertently caused serious damage to a 17th century Paolo Porpora painting.  While visiting the exhibition ‘The Face of Leonardo; Images of a Genius’ at Huashan Creative Park, the boy, brandishing a bubble tea, slipped and fell backwards into the US$1.5 million painting, making a fist sized hole in the canvas.  Whooooops. No photographs of the damage have been released. For reference, the unscathed painting looked like this:

Porpora, Still Life with Flowers (detail)
Paolo Porpora, Still Life with Flowers (detail)
Porpora Painting Punched

Three Things That Are Not Art

When John Baldessari was recently asked by Vogue contributing editor Dodie Kazanjian what art was not, he had this to say:

WHAT IS NOT ART

  1. “WHAT IS NOT ART” IS NOT ART SINCE IT’S A TRITE IDEA.
  2. LISTS LIKE THESE BECAUSE ANYTHING CAN BE ART.
  3. ARTISTS AS ART SINCE ARTISTS ARE DUMB.

(Above: excerpt from John Baldessari’s 1971 video, ‘I am making art’)

Three Things That Are Not Art

Sarah Munro Joins Baltic

Sarah Munro, new Director of the Baltic in Gateshead
Sarah Munro, new Director of the Baltic in Gateshead

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead (the UK’s largest contemporary arts institution) has just appointed its first female director, Sarah Munro.  Munro has been the head of Arts for Glasgow Life since 2012, an organisation that oversees the international arts centre Tramway; the Gallery of Modern Art; the annual Merchant City Festival and the contemporary art biennial, Glasgow International.  She replaces former Baltic Director Godfrey Worsdale in November.

Sarah Munro Joins Baltic

Compton Arts Centre, Brought To You By Dre

Dr Dre has announced that all royalties generated from the sales of his forthcoming album Compton will  help fund a new performing arts and entertainment facility in…Compton.  Dre’s been working with Compton Mayor Aja Brown and her office to realise the project.  He says; “I’ve been really trying to do something special for Compton and just couldn’t quite figure out what it was. She actually had this idea and she was already in the process of working on it. I said, ‘Boom, this is what we should do.”

Compton Arts Centre, Brought To You By Dre

Creamy Stigmata

Yvonne Todd, Creamy Stigmata, 1998
Yvonne Todd, Creamy Stigmata, 1998
Geoffrey Heath, New Life, from the series For Ever 2007
Geoffrey Heath, New Life, from the series For Ever 2007

Ervon Todd has a very entertaining Tumblr account. On it she recently posted the top photo, Mayonnaise Stigmata, that she took in the late 90s.  It immediately reminded me of another creamy stigmata oriented shoot by Todd’s pal and former collaborator, Geoffrey Heath – these two used to photograph weddings together, imagine!

Creamy Stigmata

Congratulations, Jukuja Dolly Snell

Jukuja Dolly Snell in front of her prize winning painting 'Kurtal'
Jukuja Dolly Snell in front of her prize winning painting ‘Kurtal’

Jukuja Dolly Snell has been announced as the overall winner of the 2015 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA). Born in 1933 at Kurtal in the Great Sandy Desert, Snell began painting in the mid-1980s.  She’s been exhibiting since 1991 but only held her first solo show in Darwin last year. Her prize winning work depicts the spirits and stories of Snell’s country, Kurtal.  Describing the work she said: “That’s my Kurtal, now! As long as I’ve been born there. That one, Kurtal. Not from another jila, no! One jila.”  For the full list of prize winners click here.

Congratulations, Jukuja Dolly Snell