Friday, December 23, 2011

Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ Was Subversive

"Around holiday time, you’ve got to envy the Norwegians. They’ve got real candles on the tree, gobbets of pork fat for Christmas dinner (these are euphemistically known as “ribs”) and aquavit to feed the glow. This year, as an extra Yuletide treat just for them, they’re also getting fresh insights into the most influential artwork of the 20th century."

"That’s how Marcel Duchamp’s urinal “Fountain” once polled among experts, and we’re all supposed to know why: In 1917, when Duchamp submitted a store-bought urinal to a New York exhibition, he took a low-end piece of mechanical mass production and, by fiat, elevated it to the status of fine art. All the genre-bending, class-stretching, anti-craft freedoms of contemporary art follow from that moment.

Read the rest of the article here

Thursday, December 22, 2011

John Chamberlain - RIS (Rest In Sculpture)

"John Chamberlain sculpted explosive and expressive forms out of crushed, painted automobile parts. Unconcerned with trends and movements he created gestural forms worlds away from the current artistic moment. Born in 1927, he died today at 84 years old."

"Known for living life fully and wildly, Chamberlain once joked to the New York Times: "I once had a drink with Billie Holiday, and I smoked a joint with Louis Armstrong. Those are my real claims to fame. Write that down."

For full story and more pictures at The New York Times

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sun of a Double Beach I - An Art Trip Painting

Sun of a Double Beach I - Acrylic on paper - 20 x 35 inches - $200 -

Monday, November 7, 2011

Silent Shape - An Art Trip Painting

Silent Shape ~ Acrylic on watercolor paper - 15 x 20 inches - $150 -

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thousands of rabbits in New York

Simply amazing!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Everyone loves Magritte - An Art Trip Painting

Everyone loves Magritte I - Acrylic on Canvas - 18 x 24 inches - $150 -

Monday, October 31, 2011

3D pumpkin carvings by Ray Villafane

Food sculptor Ray Villafane of Villafane Studios in Arizona creates amazing 3D pumpkin carvings including a particular awesome one in the likeness of talk show host David Letterman.