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In Uncategorized on September 17, 2009 at 8:40 pm

I’ve been carrying this incredible book around with me for many years with every apartment move I make. I read it all the way through once, years ago, and I always seem to go back to it. Written with alphabetically-themed chapters, it’s a great book to pick up for an hour if you want to feel intelligent and theoretical. It’s like a really enriching old friend – if that friend of yours happens to be a really smart and famous art historian.

According to an Amazon review:

Although it is more than sixty years since Georges Bataille undertook his philosophical development of the term informe, only in recent years has the idea of the “formless” been deployed in the theorizing and reconfiguring of twentieth-century art. In Formless: A User’s Guide, Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss present a rich and compelling panorama of the formless. They chart its persistence within a history of modernism that has always repressed it in the interest of privileging formal mastery, and they assess its destiny within current artistic production. In the domain of practice, they analyze it as an operational tool, the structural cunning of which has repeatedly been suppressed in the service of a thematics of art. Neither theme nor form, formless is, as Bataille himself expressed it, a “job.” The job of Formless: A User’s Guide is to explore the power of the informe. A stunning new map of twentieth-century art emerges from this reconceptualization and from the brilliantly original analyses of the work of Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Lucio Fontana, Cindy Sherman, Claes Oldenburg, Jean Dubuffet, Robert Smithson, and Gordon Matta-Clark, among others.

Hitler’s Art Up for Auction

In Uncategorized on September 8, 2009 at 8:54 pm

art.hitlerEverybody knows Hitler was a failed artist and was rejected by the Art Academy of Vienna where he was desperately trying to gain entry. But whatever happened to his artistic days and why are they fetching such high prices under the hammer-  if in fact his artwork is not that inspirational but reeks of stale evil, and is simply really plain?

The works will be put up for sale by a Nuremberg auction house next month and are expected to fetch more than €15,000 (£13,000) apiece. Experts on Hitler’s paintings rate one of the watercolours, entitled White Church in the Wachau, as one of his chief works.- Hitler’s Art of Self-Delusion

The three paintings were sold for 42,000 euros at an auction house in Germany. They date from 1910 and 1911. Click here for a BBC video report on the watercolor paintings.

This is not the first time his art is up for auction. In April his paintings gathered a total of $120,000 at an art auction earlier this year as reported by CNN.


The New Yorker has also published a piece entitled Hitler as an Artist for further information.

Unusual Mediums for Art

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2009 at 4:38 pm

An artist, David Alvarez, creates a portrait of Ray Charles using the ubiquitous medium of Post-it sticky notes….Cool right? At the time he was 19 years old, but where is he now? There seems to be no sign of him as a continuing artist  on the art scene, so was this a one hit wonder?



Steven J. Backman makes art out of toothpicks and glue, another unusual medium, and has created many portraits and sculpture pieces out of toothpicks over the years. This may be an unusual medium, but does it really add to the conversation of contemporary art? Does it makes sense to use toothpicks other than because it’s a strange medium for a portrait….





A blogpost on the ArtNewsBlog suggest that it is all about Marketing Art:

All you have to do is create some bold work in an unusual medium, (preferably something that will make people giggle or shock them) get some great photos of the work, learn how to prepare a press release that captures the attention of journalists, and send it to all the right people.

Artists like Damien Hirst have made a career out of using this process, but if you’re just looking for a few moments in the spotlight, you only have to do it a couple times. Just make sure that you have your own website up first, so that you can try and capture a few of the curious onlookers from your moment in the sun.


How important is the marketing and branding of an artist? Here’s an article written on the marketing and branding of the artist which gives more insight:

Anyone who has talked to marketers know that even the best quality products won’t sell unless they’re promoted to their consumers in an appropriate manner. This almost means artists should think of their art as a commodity and product, something that needs promoting, pricing, and placing. Some artists may think of this as the ultimate evil, but maybe it’s a reality the idealistic artist has to face, or in a more positive light, it’s what needs to be done for their life and passion’s work to get the attention it needs to survive.

So how necessary is this- what are your opinions? it seems like the post-it art got the point of commodity art…