I've only just started to dip into them as yet and I'll be writing book reviews about them very soon - but in the meantime I though the various art ophiles out there might be interested to hear about them.
- The Artist's Eyes - which is about Vision and the History of Art - something which I guess we all begin to think about more as we get older and our eyesight begins to fail. It cuts across the science, compositional issues and matters relating to how vision affected individual artists in the past. Fascinating!
- The Chronicle of Impressionism: An Intimate Diary of the Lives and World of the Great Artists - which really helps you to see what was happening when and in what context. It also helps to see how the relationships between the different painters played out.
- Seeing Through Paintings - which is a prize-winning book providing a comprehensive discussion about materials, techniques and condition issues in Western easel paintings from medieval times to the Present.
Art BlogsBlogs of Note is compiled by the Blogger Team and last week it featured Gurney Journey. I can imagine that brought James Gurney a fair few extra visitors!
Drawing and sketching
- The Norman Rockwell Museum Blog had an interesting post - Photography: An artist’s tool or travesty?
- What sort of Moleskiner are you? asks Moleskinerie - I love the illustration! There's a quiz
- Two sketches from me - I left the National Gallery this week just in time to watch the lights switched on The Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square and I drew the scene - in the dark! The previous day I'd posted about Sketching at the Wallace Collection.
- Joan's trip to France on Watercolours by Joan came to an end last week - see Goodbye to France
- Ester Roi now has a blog
- Well known UK coloured pencil artist Bev Lewis UKCPS started her blog last week - Animal Artistry
- Belinda Lindhardt (Australian Coloured Pencil Artist) has been Looking at all my art, a stocktake - about 2009 and in order to plan for 2010
- Belinda has also launched a new website for the Australian Coloured Pencil Network
- Postcard from Provence has been getting in the Christmas mood with clementines last week - who else is changing their subject matter for the season?
- The year end challenge for the artists who participate in Different Strokes from Different Folks starts tomorrow. This is what will happening Our Year End Challenge II
- The Central Coast Art Society (in Australia) has a new website
Art Business and Marketing
- Here's James Gurney's his very funny take on an Artist’s Statement Generator! For those who want a more practical perspective - without the funny words - try my popular resource How to write an Artist's Statement - Resources for Artists (which now also includes James' contribution!)
- Alyson Stanfield (ArtBiz Blog)had a coupkle of useful posts about payment for your art When you’re not getting paid after the sale of your art and Facilitate payment for the sale of your artwork
- Your Social Security Number---Keep It To Yourself! - so saysArmand Cabrera (Art and Influence)
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not require Consignees to give Consignors a 1099-MISC, so there’s no reason to give your art gallery, consignment shop, museum or retailer your Social Security number (SSN).
Art and the economy
- I wholeheartedly agree with Jonathan Jones - Let's celebrate works, not artists. Plus IMO one good work does not make somebody a great artist. I prefer to see consistent good output over over time!
The history of art in the late 1980s and early 90s was not the story of amazing people, but of a tank of oil, a shark in a vitrine, a concrete house.
The images hold you; the ongoing lives of the artists rarely do. And yet, the entire system of art today is geared towards the idea of the individual creative genius. Never has the myth of the artist been more powerful.
- There's a mjor controversy about a Warhol Self-Portrait - see Is this a $2m Warhol, or a fake? Art world sees red over self-portraits
- Northern Art Prize 2009 - the finalists have been announced. An exhibition of their work takes place at Leeds Art Gallery from 27 November 2009 - 21 February 2010. The winning artist will be announced on 21 January 2010, scooping the £16,500 prize money whilst each of the runners up will receive £1500.
- Calling all portrait artists around the world - here's my post which provides a digest of the BP Portrait Award 2010 - Call For Entries - plus links to my posts about previous competitions. The runner-up the year before last only entered after reading my blog post about the competition. Could it be you next year? :)
- Great article by Jonathan Jones in The Guardian - Art v books: a critical double standard.
Critics and the public are prepared to say infinitely more dismissive things about new art than ever gets said about new literary fiction
- Pamela Ellis wrote to tell me that her painting Three Boys got an Honorable Mention in the Utrecht 60th Anniversary Art Contest. Click this link to see all the winners of the dfferent categories. All the Honourable Mentions are highlighted on the Utrecht Blog - Utrecht 60th Anniversary Competition: Honorable Mentions
copyright the artist
Art Exhibitions & Art Fairs
- The Victoria & Albert Museum unveiled its new Medieval & Renaissance Galleries this last week at a cost of £31.7 million. Read Victoria and Albert Museum opens doors on a world of ravishing luxury plus do take a look at this video which shows what can now be seen. I'll be visiting in the very near future.
The galleries present more than 1800 objects from the medieval and Renaissance collections together for the first time, to tell the story of European art and culture from AD 300–1600; from the decline of the Roman Empire to the end of the Renaissance period.
- Drawing by Rembrandt and his pupils opens on December 8th at the Getty Center. Do you think you can spot the Rembrandt? Take the quiz.
This exhibition features drawings by 15 of Rembrandt's pupils in close comparison to drawings by the master himself.
- Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera - “Behind the Camera” is the final major exhibition of Norman Rockwell Museum’s 40th anniversary year. It complements the summer’s homecoming of “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,” the Museum’s traveling retrospective of Rockwell’s career, and “A Day in the Life: Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Studio,” a precise recreation of the artist’s studio at a pivotal moment in Rockwell’s life, to complete a cycle of exhibitions that offer fresh insights into Rockwell’s artistic process and evolution. On view at Norman Rockwell Museum through May 31, 2010, Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera will travel to The Brooklyn Museum in February of 2011.
- You can see Fantasies, Follies and Disasters: The Prints of Francisco de Goya at the Manchester Art Gallery until 31st January. (If interested in Goya you mught also like Goya - Resources for Art Lovers)
- The National Gallery in Scotland is to be the host to the ONLY UK showing next summer of Impressionist Gardens, featuring work by Monet and van Gogh. The exhibition will be from 31 July to 17 October 2010 - read more here
This major international exhibition of around 90 works will include spectacular loans from collections around the world, and will be the first ever to be devoted to this fascinating subject. The famous names of Impressionism will be well represented, with fine examples by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Manet and Sisley. In addition, the exhibition will examine the continued significance of the Impressionist garden to the generation of artists working immediately after the Impressionists, such as Cézanne and Pierre Bonnard.
- The New York Times has a slideshow about Art Basel Miami Beach 2009 while the Wall Street Journal comments that the Latin Americans seem to be the new power players
- In the meantime Joanna Mattera (Joanna Mattera Art Blog) asks Fair and Fair Alike: Miami 2009. Art? Or Not Art?
- This is my Exhibition Review: New English Art Club - Annual Exhibition 2009 which closes at midday tomorrow
- Irene Brady has An Invitation to my Art Show and Studio Sale! on her blog Nature Drawing. The Art show and Studio Sale is on December 12 and 13, at the The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Great Hall (also called the OSF Great Hall), 170 East Main, Ashland, Oregon - from noon to 8pm on Saturday and noon to 4pm on Sunday.
- To all art bloggers: Just a reminder when planning your exhibitions in 2010 that you can get a mention in this section of who's made a mark this week - but you MUST have an art blog and be a regular art blogger. See How to highlight your exhibition (artist bloggers only) for more details
- Did you know that John Singer Sargent's 1882 masterpiece The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit was inspired by Diego Velázquez's Las Meninas? I didn't. However they will now hang side by side - The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has agreed to loan one of its most important and popular paintings to Madrid's Museo del Prado. Read more in Gallery deal brings masterpieces of childhood together at last. (Now looking up the cost of flying to Madrid....)
- Here's the weirdest thing - Revealing the Hand of Velázquez - the New York Times reports that a painting by Velázquez was found hiding in plain sight at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- You can now see the Ruins of Pompeii on Streetview
- Housewives In Art: copying the Calendar Girls, women touched by cancer have bared 'not quite their all' in a calendar inspired by classic paintings
Art Museums and Galleries
- The Cornell University Library Windows on the Past is a grouping of selected digital collections of historical significance. (see also the item under copyright below). This is the Fuertes Illsutrations collection
A native Ithacan and the nation's most notable ornithological painter since Audubon.
- ...and the collection of images associated with the Herbert f Johnson Museum of Art
- New Curator is a blog aimed at those interested in museums and art galleries. It focuses on topics, issues and news surrounding museums and politics, technology, internationalism, individualism, expansionism, presentism and architecture. He has an intersting post about Museums and Google
- I still can't quite work out why it took me so long to go and see The Wallace Collection. However, hopefully, this review makes up for this - Review: The Wallace Collection
- The annual Museums at Night 2010 will run from Friday 14th May to Sunday 16th May and will link up with the European wide campaign of the same name (La Nuit de Musées), which takes place on Saturday 16th May 2009. The annual ‘Museums at Night’ funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and organised by Culture 24 is part of a national campaign for late night opening across the UK, it seeks to attract people into museums who don’t usually visit, simply by staying open late or by creating special events. In the UK, you can keep up todate with what's planned on the Culture 24/Museums at Night page
- See The Pigment Shop on Flickr - I've got 4 photos included
- I had two goes at highlighting my review of James Gurney's new book Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist
- Making A Mark - Imaginative Realism - highly recommended
- (the actual review) Book Review - Imaginative Realism by James Gurney on Making A Mark reviews......
The Best Books about Drawing and Sketching is currently my most popular Squidoo Lens. Could it be there's a lot of people choosing or getting drawing books for Christmas? You might also like to review
Removing All Restrictions: Cornell’s New Policy on Use of Public Domain Reproductions - This is a pdf file explaining why the Cornell University Library has opted to adopting new permissions guidelines that open access by no longer requiring users to seek permission to publish public domain items duplicated from its collections. Here's what it has to say on the site about copyright guidelines
Copyright is normally used to control subsequent use of written material, but this material was in the public domain and therefore not under copyright restrictions. Scanning alone is not creative enough to warrant its own copyright, and so we have no copyright in scans of material in the public domain.
- Don't forget to complete the MaM Poll (Dec. 2009) - Which art gift would you like for Christmas? (which is in the right hand column). 83 artists have so far responded and it's turning out to be very interesting!
- I posted the results of the MAM Poll for November on Monday which identified What makes a good art teacher? Now that was REALLY interesting and provides more than a few pointers for those who aspire to teach art in class or workshop
Tips and techniques
Websites, webware and blogging
- ReadWriteWeb suggests these are the Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2009 are.... but do you agree?
- Dan at Empty Easel highlights 30 lessons learned from three years of blogging RECOMMENDED
- The Guardian reported that Google is to allow publishers to limit free news access - so Murdoch wins but will there be a sting in the tail? (Or is that tale?)
- This is Mark Zuckerburg's announcement - An Open Letter from Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg - about changes to Facebook on the Facebook blog - and this is ReadWriteWeb's analysis of what it means for all of us - How Facebook's New Privacy Changes Will Affect You
- Blogger in Draft highlights Better image posting on Blogger
- I'm intrigued by Posterous