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

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

Baselitz does it again

Georg Baselitz
Baselitz, idiot

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.

Baselitz does it again

Punch a Monet

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Gif from a new online game by Eiji Muroichi, Dries Depoorter and Tom Galle

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.

Punch a Monet

Neil Young – Artist, Car Lover

Watercolour by Neil Young
Watercolour by Neil Young

Neil Young loves cars.  He loves them so much in fact that he devoted a whole album (2009’s Fork in the Road) to his retooled Lincoln Continental.  Now he’s taking things to the next level with a debut exhibition Special Deluxe at Robert Berman Gallery in LA featuring a series of watercolours of vintage automobiles.  One of these paintings has ended up as the cover of his new album Storytone too. LOL’s favourite Young-related automobile imagery though is the cover of his super weird and not particularly popular 1982 album Trans (below). So misunderstood and actually good!

Neil Young – Artist, Car Lover

Looking Forward – Rohan Wealleans

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IN SPACE NO ON CAN HEAR YOU COLLECT ROCKS:
ROHAN WEALLEANS

23rd October – 29th November 2014
Opening Night: Thursday 23rd October 6-8pm

Rohan Wealleans, 'Palaver of Peril', 2012, colour photograph, 143 x 117 cm
Rohan Wealleans, Palaver of Peril, 2012, colour photograph, 143 x 117 cm

New Zealand artist Rohan Wealleans creates paintings and sculptures comprised of multitudinous layers of house paint that are then incised to reveal the multi-coloured excavations beneath.  The resulting paint chips generated by this process often become art objects in their own right.  For Mailbox, they are presented as specimen-like curiosities, and as body adornments in photographs featuring Wealleans-styled naked alien babes.  Part ‘geologist’, part voyeur, Wealleans always inhabits multiple guises.

Curated by Serena Bentley.

Rohan Wealleans is represented by Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland; Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

MAILBOX is an Artist Run Initiative 141-143 Flinders Lane Melbourne, VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA

Looking Forward – Rohan Wealleans