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Won the The Prize of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers at NEAC Annual Exhibition
Artists and Art Blogs
Interviews with artists
- An interview with Annie Liebowitz for the Guardian - Annie Leibovitz's best shoot - gives us sight of the actual pastel box of Georgia O'Keeffe
- This is ArtInfo's interview - Meet the Turner Prize Nominees: A Q&A With Artist George Shaw. The winner will be announced on the 5 December at BALTIC, Gateshead
- This is an interview with an author about an artist - Martin Gayford talks about David Hockney in Hockney Bests Hirst With IPhone Sketches From Remote Yorkshire
These are blogs which focus on drawing and sketching botanical subject matter
- Sketchbook Squirrel is posting pages from the botanical sketchbook she is keeping for the Society of Botanical Artists' Diploma in Botanical Art
- The Art of Mindy Lighthope is recommended by Sketchbook Squirrel. Mindy was the Botanical Art program coordinator at NYBG from 1996 to 2006.
- Drawn to Paint Nature is a journal of botanical and nature art through the seasons in west Wales
- Sketching in Nature - is the group blog started by Cathy Johnson which has been featured here before - but it's always worth reminding people.
- Art Plantae Today is a blog about all matters relating to botanical art. This week it featured a post about a Botany Program for Botanical Artists Launched in UK
- Another art video - this time by Debbi Kaspari (Drawing the Motmot). Gray Winged Trumpeter Helps Me Draw in the Amazon is very funny - as well as allowing you to see how Debbi creates her drawings. Thanks to Jamie Williams Grossman who highlighted it on Facebook
- Charley Parker (Lines and Colors) wrote about Nicolai Fechin drawings on Inspirationblog
- I've posted some great autumn landscape paintings on The Art of the Landscape this week.
- October Marsh - Autumn Landscapes #6 by Randall David Tipton (Painter's Process) painting in Oregon
- Golden Oak - Autumn Landscape #7 by Robin Purcell (Robin Purcell - Watercolours in the Plein Air Tradition) in Northern California
- Washington tree - Autumn Landscapes #8 by Kelly Medford (Adventures in Painting)
- I'll be inviting art bloggers to send me their winter landscapes at the beginning of December. You can see the rules (which are the same) in the latest post about autumn landscapes
- Michael Chesley Johnson (A Plein Air Painter's Blog) has written about scouting with a camera - it's a practice I share with him.
- Catherine Davila - Paintings is new to me
- As is Fresh Daily Painters Marketplace
Working as an artist in the UK
- My post on Monday about next year's Cultural Olympiad generated meant I looked at recent pronouncements on the Arts Council website - one of which then generated this post for non-UK artists this week - How to get a visa to live in the UK as an artist
- In response to my post last week about How to avoid being labelled a spammer Lisa Call reminded me about her excellent post earlier this year Email Newsletters – Permission Based Marketing
- Those of you having a big push on marketing your art as gifts for Christmas might find this site to be useful - How to pack, post and ship art - Resources for Artists. I started it when I needed to write down how to send a package of art to the USA and it's grown from there. Lots of practical tips - I'd love to hear yours.
"The Culture Vulture"
- The Telegraph wrote last week about Return of the culture vulture - the huge numbers of people who are still prepared to spend money on top notch culture.
- A curious story in the Telegraph about how FBI art crimes chief 'ordered theft of Monet and Sisley paintings from French gallery'. One's jaw dropped!
- Turnip Prize bad art contest finalists are revealed - this is the context which makes fun of the Turner Prize
National Art Galleries and Museums
- The Olympics: I can see I'm going to have to start writing about the Olympics. Not least because the American Track and Field Team are apparently going to be taking over my local Leisure Centre! Anyway - before I start sketching the super athletic let us consider the super artistic - here's my post about the Cultural Olympiad 2012 - Artists taking the lead all over the UK!
- The first solo exhibition of FCB Cadell’s work to be held in a public gallery in seventy years can now be seen at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art until 18th March 2012 - The Scottish Colourist Series - FCB Cadell. There's a very nice video about him on the website.
- Damien Hirst must be getting old. Tate Modern is giving him a retrospective next year (April 4 – September 9 2012) as part of the London Festival.
This will be the first substantial survey of his work in a British institution and will bring together key works from over twenty years.I wonder if he's giving them money in the same way he gave the Wallace Collection money for their exhibition of his really awful paintings? Here are a couple of articles about it
- ArtInfo - Where Be Your Gibes Now?: Damian Hirst's Grinning Diamond Skull to Preside Over His Tate Retrospective
- Guardian - For the love of Damien Hirst: Tate Modern hosts first UK retrospective
- The Royal College of Art has been holding its 18th Secret Postcard exhibition RCA Secret. The cards were sold to the public in a huge one-day sale last Saturday with each postcard costing just £45. You can see a slideshow which reveals some of the work by some of the famous artists
- The Royal College of Art Secret Postcards 2011 – in pictures - I'd have got the two by Grayson Perry and the Tracy Emin but not the rest!
- BBC - In pictures: Postcards from famous artists on sale
- This is the Guardian article about the sale Annual RCA secret postcard sale draws Emin, Perry and Ono
Regional Museums / Galleries
- Leonardo's only self-portrait is currently on display in Turin. Leonardo. The Genius. The Myth is on show until January 29 2012 at the Reggia di Venaria, a 17th century palace just outside the city.
- The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has two exhibitions of note:
- Degas and the Nude - you can preview the Exhibition via a slideshow
- Ellsworth Kelly - this is a review of the exhibition by the New York Times - Ellsworth Kelly's wood sculptures in Boston
- Postmasters Gallery has an exhibition of Derivatives by William Powhida. Absolutely fascinating.
- I went to see the 125th Annual Exhibition of the New English Art Club last week - this is my Review: New English Art Club Annual Exhibition 2011
A couple of art bloggers are in winter group shows.
- Johnny Morant (Johnny Morant) has work in the Russell Gallery Winter Show which opened on the 24th November. You can see his work in Winter Shows
- Elaine Jankel (Elaine Jankel) has work in the exhibition at the Byard Art gallery in Cambridge which opened on Saturday.
- I wrote two posts this week which seem to have been well read/tweeted
- Peter Wileman - who is President of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters provides a snowscape masterclass via Artists & Illustrators Magazine
- Jennifer Letchet (Jennifer Letchet) discusses
- Gesso and Egg Tempera Painting
- My Gesso (Chalk ground) recipe
- and her evaluation of her own Gesso Demonstration 14/11/2011
- The Artists Network have started
- I'm still trying to get to grips with the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and am finding the following to be helpful
Take a few minutes to learn about the SOPA/E-PARASITE/PROTECT IP bills. They’re really bad bills.and finally......
I don't think that the pepper-spaying cop ever envisaged that there would be quite such a viral response to his action. Hopefully this will deter others from being stupid enough to do likewise
The image of campus policeman John Pike pepper-spaying peaceful protesters at UC Davis has instantly become one of the most iconic images of the Occupy movement. And now it has entered art history as well.
These are links to sites which highlight the visual images produced as a result of this new Internet meme.
- Pepper-Spraying Cop Storms the Art Historical Canon provides an overview
- this is the tumblr blog of James Alex (Jockohomo) who started the art history adaptations of the image of the pepper-spraying prat wearing a police uniform
- Thomas Eakins,The Gross Clinic 1875,
- Willard’s The Spirit of 76’, 1875,
- Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World, 1948, Eakins’Arcadia c. 1883,
- Manet’s Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe, 1863.
- Seurat, The Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884–1886
- John Trumbull’s Declaration of Independence - has attracted the most votes of appreciation