Rat Party Messes

“The day is coming where a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.” Paul Cezanne (from The Painter’s Keys) A look at another story on the sad state of the financial situations of art museums brings on more speculation as to how they have gotten into this position. Today’s story is on theContinue reading “Rat Party Messes”

Jumping the Art Shark

“I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all its meaning.”  Andy Warhol (from Brainyquote) Could the New York art world be coming to grips with its own mortality?  The smell of desperation slamming headlong into the forces it seeks to win over is the main impression left after readingContinue reading “Jumping the Art Shark”

Paper Airplanes and The Fall of the Corcoran–One Student’s Perspective

Several articles have appeared recently in the Washington Post about the impending doom of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art.  The most recent article this week by Phillip Kennicott describes the final deal reached between the Corcoran, the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University.  From the story, itContinue reading “Paper Airplanes and The Fall of the Corcoran–One Student’s Perspective”

The Appearance of Rescue

“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” George Bernard Shaw (from Brainyquote) The Detroit Free Press and other news organizations are reporting that a group of foundations have stepped up to provide funding to save the art and the pensions of the city of Detroit and the Detroit Institute of Arts.Continue reading “The Appearance of Rescue”

Art as Tragic Victim

“He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, is victorious.” Sun Tzu (from Brainyquote) For years the museum carries on its function of sharing great art with the world, opening its doors so young and old can enjoy the treasures it holds.  Its sole purpose is to give the joy and beautyContinue reading “Art as Tragic Victim”

The Farce of a Superficial Theft

“Well there are times when one would like to hang the whole human race and finish the farce.”  Mark Twain (from Goodreads) Falling under the category of “you can’t make this stuff up,” was the report of the recent theft of two Damien Hirst dot paintings from a gallery in the Notting Hill district ofContinue reading “The Farce of a Superficial Theft”

Museum Babies

“What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” George Bernard Shaw (from The Painter’s Keys) Art museums are increasingly working to draw in children. New programs for children are springing up everywhere in museums. The museums are relaxing behavior standards in this effort. WhereContinue reading “Museum Babies”

Word Games

“Criticism is easy, art is difficult.” Destouches (from The Painter’s Keys) Why do artists need guidance and assistance to write about their art? It’s a fact for many artists. Creating a painting is one thing, describing the process of how that happened is another. An artist knows, usually, why a subject or theme moves himContinue reading “Word Games”

Colorful Fridays–Fruity Green

“Are you green and growing, or ripe and rotting?” Ray Kroc (from Brainyquote) Many painters rely on Hooker’s Green for the precise replication of the trees of the forest and the grass of the fields but its origins are with the botanical artist renowned for his fruit depictions, William Hooker (1779-1832).  Hooker began mixing colorsContinue reading “Colorful Fridays–Fruity Green”

The Lack of Hoof Beats–UPDATE

The Daily Beast is reporting that the city council of bankrupt Detroit is planning on giving 45 million dollars to billionaire (2.7 billion net worth) Michael Ilitch so he can build his Detroit Red Wings a new super duper stadium.  Never mind that the city is flat broke, Mr. Ilitch must have a new stadiumContinue reading “The Lack of Hoof Beats–UPDATE”