|The Lady with the Ermine 1496 by Leornardo da Vinci|
(portrait of Cecilia Gallerani)
Location: Gallery: Czartoryski Museum, Cracow, Poland
Here's a link to a selection of blog posts and articles about Leonardo da Vinci which exploded last week.
First the queue - this is after all a once in a lifetime, never to be repeated exhibition!
- First - my post about The Da Vinci Queue for those thinking of turning up to see it without a ticket. I guess it'll get better but I'd give it a little bit of time
- plus the Guardian's article which asks Are blockbuster art shows worth queueing for?
and then a small sample of the reviews
- Leonardo da Vinci, at National Gallery, Seven magazine review by Andrew Graham-Dixon
- Leonardo as you’ll never see him again by Jackie Wullschlager for the FT
Art Blogs and Artists
- I hooted at this post by Sherrie York (Brush and Baren) called Just for grins: Everyone's a critic. Do also take a look at her latest linocut that she's got on the go - it has a broken border.
- Sketchcrawl North (on Facebook) - run by Lynne Chapman (An Illustrator's Life for Me)and Andrea Joseph (Andrea Joseph's Sketchblog) had a sketchcrawl day last Sunday and has been organising its next sketchcrawl day in December. So good to see local sketchcrawl groups using Facebook as well as the Sketchcrawl forum to engender locality sketching.
- Lynne is a very successful book Illustrator and this is an interview with Lynne Chapman on YouTube
- Andrea has recently celebrated the return home of her Moleskine - after three years on its travels around the world as part of the International Moleskine Exchange. See
there'll be crocuses to bring to school tomorrow and Moly_X_12 - the blog for the project
- Irene Brady has put up her nature journals - sketching in the Oregon Forest - as a slideshow
- Gabi Campanario (The Sketch Journalist) wrote a post about How to draw horses
- I've celebrated Autumn colour at Sheffield Park following An Indian Summer (and Ice lakes) at Sheffield Park
|Indian Summer at Sheffield Park|
pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils - 11.5" x 16"
|Sheffield Park - 29th October 2011|
pen and ink and coloured pencil, 11.5" x 16"
iphone and ipad art
I came across these websites this month - about artists who focus on creating art on their iPhones and iPads
- More on the Old Masters front - Philip Koch (Philip Koch Paintings) has a brilliant story about How Charlton Heston made me an artist
SculptureArt Business and Marketing
I summarised the results from The Big Artists Survey 2011 on Monday - which highlighted a lot of features of present day artists in the UK.
Selling art online
- Red Bubble published a really useful article this week on Portfolio presentation tips for attracting bloggers - which is about how you get featured by people like me who talk about art bloggers and their work online. It contains some excellent points.
- Red Bubble has also been getting in the news - with a review by the Sydney Morning Herald which compares it to the iTunes for Art! See Aussie's online bubble generating $10m a year Is India Becoming the World's Hub for Internet Art Commerce? is a post on Art Info and explains a proposal to link a new art fair to the Internet
- We are Social provided a blog post about handling complaints in social media
one of the main benefits of doing customer service through social media is that you can be a lot more social
Selling art through a gallery
- Alyson Stanfield (Art Biz Blog) - this week
- Ever since it was revealed that Chinese Contemporary Artist Ai Weiwei had got in a spot of bother because of an unpaid tax bill of $2.3 million, people have been making contributions to his tax bill - by sending notes wrapped around stones into the compound where he lives. As of mid-afternoon Monday, Ai had received $804,000 in donations from 18,829 people. Different! According to the New York Times, he intends to contest the tax bill. He has until 15th November to pay his back taxes.
Art Economy and Art Collectors
- The financial turmoil in Europe is unsettling investors who are looking to art again as a good way of investing. There have been a lot of auctions recently and a lot of money chasing the good works - see
- On Tuesday, I reviewed The ING Art Collection - which is home to the works which win the ING Purchase Prize at the Discerning Eye competition. (see below)
- REVIEW: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 - this is my review written following my visit to the exhibition on Wednesday. I definitely recommend a visit - plus ruminated on a few things about portraiture at the end of the post
- Review: ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2011 - On Thursday I went to the Private View of the only art competition I know which focuses on smaller works. It has a unique structure having six selectors with different backgrounds who create six small exhibitions in one gallery. There's over 600 works of art on view - and it's another one I recommend seeing - especially if you'd like to see Brian Sewell's selection.
- Picasso: masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso opened at the Art Gallery of New South Wales yesterday and runs until 25 March 2012. It's the greatest Picasso exhibition ever to come to Australia and it's expected that more than 300,000 Australians will visit the exhibition in between now and March. I was blown away the first time I visited the Musée Picasso in Paris - and I wasn't even a fan of Picasso! (See Pablo Picasso - Resources for Art Lovers if you want to know more about Picasso
I paint the way some people write an autobiography. The paintings, finished or not, are the pages from my diary
- Apparently one of the repercussions of Berlusconi's resignation has been the withdrawal of his appointment of Giulio Malgara as Head of the Venice Biennale - who I gather was a very unpopular appointment. No longer having the protection of the Italian Prime Minister he has beat a hasty retreat!
- The Queen meets Tracey Emin in Margate - the new Turner Contemporary (art gallery) has celebrated 300,000 visitors since it opened earlier this year.
- Kurt Jackson has a new exhibition at the Redfern Gallery - Kurt Jackson Recent Work Tuesday, 15 November 2011 - Thursday, 26 January 2012
- Those who enjoy drawing in pencil may well enjoy seeing a preview of the Saied Dai exhibition at Messums - 16 November - 23 December at 8 Cork Street. Saied Dai has won prizes for his drawings.
- Martin Aveling (Martin Aveling Art) has a joint exhibition with Luke M Walker at the Gallery on the Corner in Battersea in December - see his blog post
Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of cultural institutions across Southern California coming together to celebrate the birth of the L.A. art scene. Beginning October 2011, over 60 cultural institutions will make their contributions to this region-wide initiative encompassing every major L.A. art movement from 1945 to 1980. Celebrate the era that continues to inspire the world.
- In an article in the Guardian Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota urges art galleries to turn down the heating Climate control is vital for the preservation of rare paintings but not all art needs such care
Tips and techniques
- Printsy has a Tutorial: Coarse Aquatint - lots of pics and explanation
- Philip Koch highlighted A Secret from Vermeer
- Lori McNee (Lori McNee Fine Art and Tips) who officially became an empty nester last month looks at Balancing parenthood and your art career. It includes lots of tips from here readers
- Dan at Empty Easel celebrated the beginning of the sixth year online by a review of some of the top posts from the last five years
- Stapleton Kearns has reviewed a couple of books about landscape painting recently - The Landscapes by Richard Schmid and A History of American Tonalism by David Cleveland.
- On Monday night, the BBC has a new series by Andrew Graham Dixon. This time he's telling the story of the Art of America (9pm BBC4). I guess those of you living in the USA will also get to see it pretty soon! Below is the description of Episode 1 in this series of three programmes.
Andrew Graham-Dixon charts the history of American art on a coast-to-coast journey, beginning in the east, where he discusses how the country's rise to power was underpinned by the destruction of Native American cultural heritage. He examines portraits of Puritan settlers in Massachusetts, tells the story of a famous painting of Quaker settler William Penn, reads one of the world's most expensive books in Philadelphia and explore the wilderness landscapes that inspired artist Thomas Cole.
Do you know about the 1977 California Resale Royalty Act? I didn't - but it looks like Chuck Close and a few others do as they are going after auction houses who have "forgotten" that they owe the artists royalty payments relating to sales in recent times. See
- Chuck Close and Other Artists Sue Christie's and Sotheby's for Alleged Systematic Royalties Fraud and
- Gagosian Artist Mark Grotjahn Joins Battle Over Resale Royalties, Suing Collector Who Flipped His Work
- plus Culture Monster's posts which suggests that Artists' royalty suit may hinge on constitutional issue
For those wondering about the scope of derivative art try reading this review of an exhibition by Shirley Levine.
Techies: internet, google, webware, blogging etc
- According to Techcrunch, Google’s New Algorithm Update Impacts 35% Of Searches. The idea seems to be to weight the freshness of content updates where freshness matters. You may find it impacts on your traffic to your blogs and websites - do let me know if you notice any change. This is a link to the Google announcement of the change it introduced.
- Google+ set up brand pages this week - and spawned a whole load of posts across the Internet in term of how to set them up and what to do with them. Here's a Mega-list of how-to guides for Google+ brand pages
- This is a post on Mashable about How to Time Your Facebook Posts to Reach the Most Fans
Prepare to be depressed at how much one nine year old schoolboy can earn in 10 minutes - for his art! The boy's name is Kieron Williamson.
To be honest I'm really struggling to understand what all the fuss is about. What do you think?