Sunday, January 27, 2013

27th January 2013 - Who's made a mark this week?

Manet's portraits of his wife - with cat
Manet - Portraying Life at the Royal Academy of Arts
8" x 10", pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils in Moleskine sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
This is going to be a quickie.  As ever I've left my tax return to the last minute and must get it done pronto!

I posted about Manet twice this week
Plus I put up a new banner on my Facebook Page 

Drawn during the ROI Art Event Evening at the Mall Galleries in December 2012
Artists and Art Blogs

A chapter from the first biography about Banksy, the relentlessly anonymous street artist, has been published in the Smithsonian Magazine.  Read The Story behind Banksy
While he may shelter behind a concealed identity, he advocates a direct connection between an artist and his constituency. “There’s a whole new audience out there, and it’s never been easier to sell [one’s art],” Banksy has maintained. “You don’t have to go to college, drag ’round a portfolio, mail off transparencies to snooty galleries or sleep with someone powerful, all you need now is a few ideas and a broadband connection. This is the first time the essentially bourgeois world of art has belonged to the people. We need to make it count.”Read more: Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter
Coloured Pencils
  • I've only just found out that the Scribbletalk Forum is no more due to the low level of activity and has been replaced by a new and private Facebook Group as a means of getting image security and privacy.
  • There is also a very active Facebook Group called Colored Pencil Artists and Lovers on Facebook which is also a closed group but has a lot of very familiar names from the world of coloured pencils.
Who Painted This?
Art Business & Marketing
  • to follow - after the Income Tax Return!
  • ArtInfo reports that an Artist (was) Busted at SCOPE Miami for Copying Photographers’ Works.  Somewhat predictably the Gallery now wants to have nothing to do with the artist.  Also somewhat predictably the artist still doesn't seem to get what they did wrong.  It's not about giving a credit - it's about getting written permission so that you can create a derivative work!!!
Art Collectors and Art economy

Why do so many galleries use such pompous, overblown prose to describe their exhibits? Well, there's now a name for it: International Art English. And you have to speak it to get on.
Art Dealers 
Art Exhibitions

John Singer Sargent Watercolors - MFA Boston 13 October 2013 - 20 January 2014

Art Supplies
Opinion Polls
  • Don't forget the Making A Mark Opinion Poll in the right hand column - Do you read ebooks about Art?
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and finally......

Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff
The painting behind what is reputedly the most reproduced print - the green skinned Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff - is to go to auction at Bonhams - see Chinese Girl portrait goes to auction.

This article Revealed after 60 years... the real Green Lady whose face is on a million living room walls identifies the model, Monika Pon, who was the original Chinese girl and shows her side by side with the painting.

I'm wondering how anybody can ever tell what is the most reproduced print.  I think it's unlikely that it's still the most reproduced print - even if it was in the 1950s.

I wonder what is the most reproduced print today. Answers via comments please.

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  1. thanks, as always, for this Katherine - and I love your RA and Mall Galleries sketches!

  2. Got excited about the Sargent for a second there! Then saw it's in the USA. Drat.

    As for reproductions, I'd guess it's one Klimt or another, or possibly a Degas dancers. I've never actually seen the green girl before this post.

  3. Thank you for including links on art programmes in MAM. I have just watched Tales of Winter: The Art of Snow and Ice, which I would have missed if it wasn't linked here.


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