Art

want to buy some art?

sotheby’s is having an auction of impressionist & modern art on 22 june. thought i’d pick out my favourites and see what they’re going for…

henri matisse – oudalisques jouant aux dames : £10,000,000 – £15,000,000

andré derain – arbres a collioure : £9,000,000 – £14,000,000

edouard manet - bouquet de pivoines : £4,000,000 – £6,000,000

egon schiele - portrait of eva freund : £250,000 – £350,000

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tauba auerbach

tauba auerbach manipulates large pieces of raw canvas into various configurations through folding or rolling. she then lays the canvas out flat and paints its surface with an industrial spray gun aimed at different angles to achieve a trompe l’oeil effect… examine the works’ surfaces closely and you find that they are perfectly flat, the apparent deformations skillfully spray-painted on.

- from the whitney museum & the new york times

i can only imagine what these look like in real life, but they are big – some over 2.5 metres high

i also really love her typographic pieces (marvel at the anagrams).

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chris sickels

i absolutely loved this interview with chris sickels, an illustrator / sculptor / 3d artist. highlights:

  • influences/inspiration: being raised on a small family farm in rural indiana, old photos
  • favorite things in life: date nights with my wife, working on our 1894 house
  • bands/singers: devotchka, johnny cash

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marina abramović made me cry

i came across a set of photos on flickr belonging to the museum of modern art (ny), it’s called marina abramović: the artist is present – portraits. naturally i was intrigued as to why there were over 1,300 photos of all these different people, some crying, and who is marina abramović? turns out she is a performance artist who is currently performing a piece called the artist is present. she sits in the museum during opening hours (7 hours a day), and you as a visitor are allowed to sit across from her in silence … for as long as you can hold out it seems. this is who you’re up against:

… and this is what might happen:

(after 29 minutes) note: this guy sat with her 14+ times.

over at nymag i read that the queues to sit opposite marina can yield up to an eight hour wait, and that celebrities like björk, james franco, marisa tomei, sharon stone and rufus wainwright sat with her.

my favourite has to be alan rickman, i don’t think anything can make this man cry…

i decided to do a bit more googling and discovered a tumblr called marina abramović made me cry which chronicles all the people who started crying and how long they managed to sit there. Continue Reading →

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