Liberal Senator James Paterson reckons that the National Gallery of Australia should sell one of it’s best-loved paintings – Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles. Bought in 1973 for the then record price of $1.3 million, the painting is now estimated to be worth around $350 million. “It’s not appropriate for the Federal Government to own a single piece of art worth $350 million, particularly given that money could be much better used elsewhere,” says Paterson in the Herald Sun (of course..). And what should that money be used for? “Given our gross national debt of $470 billion as of this month, my preference would be to use every dollar of the proceeds from selling Blue Poles to pay down debt.” No words… (More here).
Today is the birthday of one of my favourite painters, the late 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.