|Winner of the Dobell Prize for Drawing 2011|
Breath by Anne Judell
(triptych), 52 × 37 cm each image, pastel, graphite
(see Art competitions below)
It's December, three weeks today is Christmas Day - and that means I'm getting ready for The Making A Mark Art Blog Awards for 2011.
Tomorrow I'm going to post the first of the posts which introduces what the Awards are about, the categories and the arrangements for nominating fellow artist bloggers and then voting on their work. Next week you will be invited to nominate in four different categories - there will be a post for each category.
So far as I'm aware nobody else does a comprehensive set of awards for art bloggers - so the chances are that the topic you're interested in will be covered by the MAM Awards!
In my post this week watch out below for the major explosion by Charles Saatchi - a man who usually says very little. You can find it in the Art Collectors / Art Economy section
Artists and Art Blogs
This month I started the Making A Mark Poll which is this month is POLL: Do you create Christmas products from your art?
So I thought I'd start the art blogs section of this post this week with some references to those who are doing something extra for Christmas.
Lots of artists are writing about Christmas on their art blogs. Here are a few:
- Let's start with two artists who are promoting ways to buy art and support artists
- Lisa Call wrote in November about Art for the Holidays: What is on Your Wish List? Add Some Art! Why not do a post about the collectibles made by other artists on your wish list?
- Jan Blencowe (The Poetic Landscape) wrote on Friday about Ten Ways to Support an Artist this Christmas
- Sarah Wimperis (The Red Shoes) writes about her gallery's Christmas show - Fairs Prints and Christmas - in which she has two new prints. Sarah seems to be bucking the trend and is currently doing extremely well having nearly sold out of her work at the art fair in Edinburgh and sold the work in the exhibition catalogue for the Christmas Show before it opened!
- Paula Pertile (Drawing a Fine Line) has one of the better looking Christmas shops on Zazzle - see Paula Pertile Art.
- I can highly recommend Deborah Paris's (A Painting Life) recommended Stocking Stuffer. Her book Studio & Business Practices for Successful Artists is a jolly good read and has masses of excellent information about the practical aspects of being a professional artist.
- Jeanette Jobson (Illustrated Life) has a Clementine in progress
- Andrea Joseph (Andrea Joseph's Sketchblog) is now back in the land of the living having finished all her commissions for Christmas!
- Lorna Marrison (Eynsham Gods) has created a Christmas Card from her painting of the Eynsham Morris Men
This is my Christmas card painting for this year. It depicts the winter solstice with Eynsham Morris Dancers in a winter field. The original drawing from my sketch book was scanned and developed in photoshop.
|Eynsham Morris Men by Lorna Marrison|
- Lynne Chapman has been writing about her mission to get children to carry sketchbooks - Getting Children to Use Sketchbooks...
- An in-depth and up close post by Stapleton Kearns Stapleton Kearns The surface of an Edward Seago, examined. As usual Stapleton provides an imperative!
LOOSE HANDLING WILL NOT DISGUISE WEAK DRAWING!
- Roderica Tilley (Rodrica Tilley's Pastel Paintings) provided the last of the Autumn Landscapes - A Vermont Pond - Autumn Landscapes #10
- In Winter Landscapes I've invited people to submit winter landscapes for posting on The Art of the Landscape during the winter months.
- Winter Landscapes by Ivan Shiskin - The first winter landscape I posted was by the Russian master at painting trees
- This is a video by the Ontario Plein Air Society (Ontario Plein Air Society) of OPAS a Year in Pictures - and it's brilliant. I wish more art societies did this sort of thing.
- Still Life is not a conventional still life art blog - it's a curated visual feast for those who lack inspiration.
Structural change in the Arts Marketplace
- The erosion in the paid media pyramid is an important post by Seth Godin which identifies why the marketplace for the arts has changed forever and fewer people are engaging in buying and consuming in the ways they have traditionally done. He points out that it means that it's going to become easier to merchandise highly selective works for a specific market. No longer do we need to need to please the masses!
- I'll come back to this in the new year as I'm currently contemplating a new series of posts focusing on marketing for artists
- I'm confused. eBay has opened a shop in Soho - a hop skip and a jump from what used to be Britain's premier shopping street - before we all went off to the Internet and out of town malls. Apparently it's only temporary.
- The debate about pricing in the current economic climate continues on Brian Sherwin's post about Art Pricing: Is it time for the unwritten rules of art pricing to change?
These are three MUST READ articles revolving around the explosive article by Charles Saatchi yesterday which attacks the way the super-rich end of the art market operates.
Even a show-off like me finds this new, super-rich art-buying crowd vulgar and depressingly shallow..... Do any of these people actually enjoy looking at art? Or do they simply enjoy having easily recognised, big-brand name pictures, bought ostentatiously in auction rooms at eye-catching prices, to decorate their several homes, floating and otherwise, in an instant demonstration of drop-dead coolth and wealth.
- Then the Guardian Editorial swung into action and observed that maybe Saatchi doth protest too much...... Charles Saatchi - the old master
In the plutocratic city state of London, the art trade has become a form of money-laundering
- Followed up by another opinion piece Saatchi's scathing portrait of the art world: 'Vulgar, Eurotrashy, masturbatory', still in the same paper, about the article by Saatchi. I haven't listed all the other papers who then also commented. Yes, it really is that momentous!
Leading British collector launches surprise attack saying buyers and dealers 'can't tell good artists from bad'Then when I saw that Blake Gopnik was asking Why Is Art So Damned Expensive? on The Daily Beast I began to wonder if there was a bit of a theme starting.
I've been resisting having a category about Art Crime but the reports are just so consistent that I've come to the conclusion there's a lot of it about than I was previously aware.
Here's the latest:
- from the New York Times a report that Possible Forging of Modern Art Is Investigated. I must confess I've personally thought that some modern art was ridiculously easy to forge. The interesting aspect of this report is that this concerns an Federal Inquiry and investigation of elite dealers in New York. It's led to the closure of one of the oldest and most prestigious art galleries in New York
- This is an Art Newspaper slideshow of art by the German Master Forgers - check out the prices that were paid for some of this forged work
- another New York Times article comments on the problems of provenance in the market for Australian Aboriginal art - Ancient Art Lost in Confusion
Good scholarship reduces the potential for parallel universes to develop where poor-quality works can be touted as potential masterpieces and fake works as the real thing.Robyn Sloggett, the director of the Center for Cultural Materials Conservation at Melbourne University
- I've posted Makingamark's Top Ten Art Books in November 2011. The associated website gives you links to all the books which were top rated or best sellers in 2011 so makes a good place to start if you have any need for stimulation for your wish list.
- Anne Judell has won the $25,000 2011 Dobell Prize for Drawing with her work 'Breath'. Her work can be seen at the exhibition which is at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This is a very prestigious prize. Judell has often been selected for the Dobell prize exhibition as a finalist in this prestigious drawing competition. Her work is widely admired amongst artists, critics and collectors of contemporary Australian art. Her drawings and pastels are often described as abstract because she deals with that which is difficult to describe in words - so she does it in her drawing.
Art, for me, is the mystery itself, as well as being the means to explore the mystery.Anne Judell
- The results of The Turner Prize 2011 are announced tomorrow (Monday 5 December 2011)
- The Telegraph has been running a vote - Who should win the #Turner Prize 2011? - and I knew who would be way out in front before I voted for him and then looked at the results. Sometimes I wish I was a betting woman!
- The announcement is being televised on Channel 4 on Monday 5th December at 8pm
- It's worth taking a look at Channel 4's Turner Prize website - it has lots of additional content including films with the artists and the selectors.
- Meanwhile the Guardian asks Does the Turner Prize still matter?
- Alyson Stanfield has started a discussion about how important art awards are to an artist's career - I've been contributing and the discussion as been interesting
National / Leading Art Museums and Galleries
- After what we saw happened with The Da Vinci Queue, I recommend booking early for the Lucian Freud Portraits Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery which opens 9 February.
- The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini opens on December 21 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It includes paintings and sculptures by Donatello, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Pisanello, Verrocchio, Ghirlandaio, Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini and Antonello da Messina. There's no slideshow as yet which is a pity as it's an exhibition I'd love to see even if it is only in virtual reality
- Laura Gilbert (Art Unwashed) has written an excellent post Museum Blockbuster-Show Sponsorships Go Begging While Billionaires Throw Down Hundreds of Millions on Trendy Schlock about how this exhibition has no private sponsorship.
- From Margate to Miami - this is a video interview with Tracey Emin standing outside MoCA North Miami where she is due to have a show in 2013
I think I'm far more east coast than west coastTracey Emin
- It's the 10th anniversary of Art Basel Miami Beach - now said to be the most influential contemporary art fair in the USA. The New York Times comments on How Art Basel is remaking Miami
- a new exhibition by Anselm Kiefer opens on 9th December at the White Cube, Bermondsey, London SE1
- The famous annual exhibition of The Illustrators - The British art of Illustration 1837-2011 is at the Chris Beetle Gallery in Ryder Street in St James runs from 19 November to 7 January. If you have some time to spare there's a lot of it online.
The annual ILLUSTRATORS, is the largest and most popular exhibition worldwide for cartoon and illustration collectors, with over 800 pictures and representing over 85 illustrators and cartoonists from the last two centuries.
- The 124th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (The ROI Blog) is being opened by Michael Portillo on Tuesday and is open to the public 7-18 December at the Mall Galleries.
- You can see a small sample of the paintings on display in their blog post Annual Exhibition Promises Something For Everyone. Click on one of the images and you can see a slideshow.
- There are a couple of painting demonstrations during the exhibition: Vice President Ian Cryer's demonstration 7th December from 2-4pm and Roger Dellar's demonstration 15th December from 2-4pm.
- On Thursday 1 December, Museums in the UK celebrated 10 years of free access. As a result visitor numbers have shot up - and the merchandising has got ever more expert!
- Here's some more information - 10 years of free entry to national museums - about the impact of free access on accessibility by the National Museum Directors' Conference which represents the leaders of the UK's national collections and major regional museums.
A new generation of children has grown up enjoying free admission to the UK’s world class national collections. Over 2 million more children now visit museums sponsored by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport than in 2000, with 8.3 million visits by children last year.
- The chart below comes from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport
|Museums visitor data demonstrates a steady increase in visitors since free access was reintroduced|
- The Scottish National Portrait Gallery reopened on 1st December after a major renovation. Follow @NatGalleriesSco to keep in touch with what's on.
- These are the events associated with the Scottish Colourist Series and the FCB Cadell exhibition at the National Galleries, Scotland
I came across an art group that is new to me this week - when they followed me on Twitter (I do actually look at everybody who follows me!)
- Peak District Artisans (@PDArtisans on Twitter) are an association of professional fine artists, designer makers and contemporary artisans based in and around the Peak District.
- They say they're highly successful. It's certainly a nice looking straightforward site which provides a good gateway to their individual websites.
- They're also running a competition to find the Peak District Artisans’ Young Artist of the Year 2012 with a deadline for entries of deadline for entries of 8th June 2012
- My halfprice set of 24 pens of Van Gogh watercolours turned up - thanks to the A&I offer. I cannot find my set of Schminkes anywhere so these are very welcome. A chart will follow shortly!
- Vivien Blackburn has done a review of her new Derwent Sketchbook - see Review: Derwent 75lb hardback sketchbook , sketch of sea and rocks in Cornwall
- Loriann Signori's (Loriann Signori) new studio is making progress - see the studio and the constable closet. I've always wanted one of those Constable Closets! Can we have the recipe from Loriann's Dad?
Information about Art
- I've got about 75 websites about practical matters related to creating art that I've now got a new site which acts as a bookmark for all of them - check out Making A Mark on Art. You can also get to it by clicking the big M in the right hand column
Internet - webware, blogging etc
You've probably heard about the notion of drawing on the right side of your brain - but how does this appeal to you - The Right-brain Thinker’s Guide to Beating Blogger’s Block
- I love (irony from the UK here!) the way Google does something on google.com and instantly people behave as it this is happening everywhere - a good example being Google Ditches The Black Bar, Puts Search Atop All Pages on ReadWriteWeb
- According to the Huffington Post in the Chrome vs Firefox tussle, there are now more people using Chrome. Chrome vs. Firefox: Google Browser Passes Mozilla In Market Share For First Time. Both of course are constantly eating into the share of IE.
- Some news about Facebook:
- According to the New York Times here are 12 Things You Didn’t Know Facebook Could Do
- 10 Creative Ways to “Level-Up” Your Presence on Facebook - note that a primary one of these is to manually post to Facebook with a personal message and NOT to use automated feeds. Automated feeds are now more or less ignored by Facebook - you are a robot and they want the personal touch!
- Facebook really likes your personal data - even after you've deleted it! Facebook's negligent attitude to data protection legislation has been exposed and Facebook could face €100,000 fine for holding data that users have deleted. Recommendation: don't ever put personal data on Facebook that you don't mind being shared or stolen
- Geolocations inserted into my blog posts seemed to be interfering with my feedburner feed this week - I recommend that people in UK do not use them on Blogger
The November Making A mark Poll produced a rather surprising result - see Time spent on marketing by artists (poll results). There's a pdf file available which pulls together the content of the two posts last month on this topic. It occurs to me that maybe there's some scope to explore the marketing aspects of art in the New Year.
Shipping / Posting Art
Two posts by me this week on this topic. Artists typically only use a courier when they're trying to get artwork to an exhibition of client.
- Last week I reviewed the information available from the specialist art couriers in the UK - see Review of Specialist Art Couriers in the UK. I concluded that there was some considerable scope to improve the communication of how the services works and what are the typical rates which are charged
- Shipping art: FedEx is the most trusted service I've been running opinion polls about posting and shipping art in 2011. These have consistently identified FedEx as being the service most people seem to trust when shipping artwork.
The current plan is for us to be up north next Sunday paying a pre-Christmas visit to relatives so there won't be a "Who's made a mark this week" next week. I now need to get my head down to write all the blog posts calling for nominations before I go!