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:
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
- “WHAT IS NOT ART” IS NOT ART SINCE IT’S A TRITE IDEA.
- LISTS LIKE THESE BECAUSE ANYTHING CAN BE ART.
- ARTISTS AS ART SINCE ARTISTS ARE DUMB.
(Above: excerpt from John Baldessari’s 1971 video, ‘I am making art’)
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.
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!
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.