Today is the birthday of one of my favourite painters, Philip Guston. Check him out being hard case above; “What you’re doing is trying to stay alive and continue, not die.”
So it’s Goya’s Birthday today. The Chapman Brothers are obsessed with Goya, and particularly his set of 83 etchings The Disasters of War (1810 – 1820). Here’s a vid of Jake Chapman arguing that Goya’s work celebrates violence rather than protests against it…
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:
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.
Back in 2013 painter Georg Baselitz proclaimed that “women don’t paint very well”. Now the old timer’s at it again, claiming; “if women are ambitious enough to succeed, they can do so, thank you very much. But up until now, they have failed to prove that they want to. Normally, women sell themselves well, but not as painters”. Guess he hasn’t heard of a little thing called the glass ceiling. More here.
Suffering from a lil pre-Christmas stress? Need to let off some steam? Why not punch a Monet? While LOL doesn’t condone violence against artworks, this interactive online game by Dries Depoorter, Eiji Muroichi, and Tom Galle (above) is rather amusing – and topical of course, following the five year jail sentence recently issued to Andrew Shannon after he did just that to Monet’s Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat (1874) at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2012. If you fancy creating your own virtual damage you can do so here.