Sunday, February 28, 2010

Art Trip's Art XVI

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Art Trip's Art XV

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Van Gogh's ear to be sold at auction

"AN EAR, believed to be the one severed by artist Vincent Van Gogh in a fit of demented self-mutilation, has been discovered in a glass jar in the attic of a farmhouse in Provence and is to be offered at auction in New York in January. It is expected to realise between $2-3 million."

"Experts believe that the ear (shown above left) could provide sufficient DNA to recreate the troubled genius whose vibrant canvases are now blue-chip commodities on the international art market. "

Great art satire! Get your bid on...

From ArtNose

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mr. Brainwash - Icons

Pretty funny art dude....Mr. Brainwash!!

Mr. Brainwash
14 February – 31 March 2010
415 W. 13th Street

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Van Gogh- Monet Cake

Brilliant and delicious....

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Joan Miro and Duke Ellington

A clip from Norman Grantz's Improvisation. The painter and sculptor Joan Miro and jazz composer Duke Ellington meet for the first time for an improvised jazz session.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Hitler Hates Jeffrey Deitch

When you can't make money any longer, find a job in the public sector...What a small world the art scene is...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Art Trip's Art XIV

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Art Trip's Art XIII

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Damn Art Drunks

You always knew art lovers were kind of drunk....

Partiers make off with Haring-tribute art via New York Post

Thursday, February 18, 2010

More Giacometti Artrage

This time from the New York Time - The Power of Art

"Evolutionary biologists argue these conspicuous purchases do the same job as peacock tails — signaling to peahens that they are fit enough to expend an inordinate amount of energy on producing colorful feathers. The French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu argued that aesthetic choices are social markers with which the powerful signal their power and set themselves apart from other, inferior groups. Anybody can buy stocks. Hedge fund managers can buy pickled sharks by Damien Hirst.

That’s why the record set by Giacometti’s “Walking Man I” is so significant. Not only does it signal that the plutocracy believes it successfully eluded financial Armageddon. At a stroke, the sale made clear that the rich are back in their rightful place at the apex of the world."

That thin man is looking more like a fat cat every day....

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My Third Eye Scratched: Artitude

Excerpt from the famous Art Guide by Art Trip

To become an advanced artist, you will eventually need to learn and maintain a proper “Artitude.” This will require great effort on your part, especially if you are extroverted and friendly. With practice and deep observation of your fellow artists, this should soon become second nature to you. You will then be able to utilize ‘tude’ in other important areas of your life such as office meetings, cocktail parties and other social settings.

So just what is “Artitude?” Well, it’s a look. A sort of far away, distant gaze that you adapt whenever you look at art. For instance. upon entering an art gallery, you must not smile. Always maintain a serious look on your face. You must not engage in polite conversation. You must be all art business. Simply head for the art as you quickly enter the gallery. If asked a question at this point from the gallarina, give a quick glance and a nod of your head.

As you walk in front of an artwork, do not acknowledge or say anything if anyone happens to be there. Additionally, don’t talk or look around. Stay focused on the art piece and keep a centered look as if you possess great art knowledge. With your “Artitude” and your top of the line art clothes from the GreatFamousArtist Clothing Store, you might even have some other artists and even art collectors fooled into thinking that you indeed, possess great art knowledge.

If you want to make your “Artitude” even more effective, get up close to the art work. Hold your hands in prayer position in front of your chest as if you are about to sanctify the work. Now close your eyes and start to murmur quietly in a whisper (do this with great solemnest for if you don’t there is always the danger that others around you will simply think that you are nuts). Feel free to murmur anything that comes to your mind, even something like, “I feel so lame, I feel so lame. I can’t believe Art Trip told me to do this. This is so lame”, just so long as it is low enough so the others can’t hear what you are saying.

Stare intensely ahead without moving except for an occasional nod of the head. Close your eyes every so often as if pondering a great transcendental art thought. You must be on your guard though, as the gallery owner may try to engage you at some point. They will be friendly, maybe even crack a joke. But be strong and don't smile. Have fun with this as you know the owner is simply vibing you. If you don’t break your Artitude, the dealer may nod their head realizing that you are either a great artist or perhaps even a collection of art and try to sell you a piece of art (see the section “Faking it as an art collector” if this happens).

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Bring back painting...pretty please

"After encountering so many bare walls and open spaces, after examining so many amalgams of photography, altered objects, seductive materials and conceptual puzzles awaiting deciphering, I started to feel as if it were all part of a big-box chain featuring only one brand.

The goal in organizing museum exhibitions, as in collecting, running a gallery and — to cite the most obvious example — being an artist, should be individuation and difference, finding a voice of your own. Instead we’re getting example after example of squeaky-clean, well-made, intellectually decorous takes on that unruly early ’70s mix of Conceptual, Process, Performance, installation and language-based art that is most associated with the label Post-Minimalism."

Has the art scene been taken over by nerds? Of course she forgot to mention a major show of Art Trip

Post-Minimal to the Max here via Roberta Samith of the New York Times

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Real world Lichtenstein girl

What a real life benday dot girl would look like...brilliant...though not sure this is reallhy Lichtenstien inspired.

via illusion 360

“Crying Girl” (1963) by Roy Lichtenstein. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Art Trip's Art XII

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Art Trip's Art XI

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Ha Ha Ha

Enough said.

Guess the artist and win an Art Trip drawing (because I forgot who it is and didn't write it down)

An Art Trip Drawing

Thursday, February 11, 2010

What to do with your used gum

Make art

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Artist Rebrands Paintings to Sell on Craig’s List

by Harri Who For Outragous Art Auction Newletter

With a plunging art market, an enterprising artist is taking the art world by storm by offering to re-brand paintings with his signature. With the panache of the Art Trip name, these artworks are now selling for more than they were currently worth by the original artists. With so much art in the world that is not worth the canvas it is painted on, this move promises to revive a faltering art market.

With the value of paintings bought at Sotheby, Christy’s and yard sales dropping in value daily, the idea of rebranding the painting is timely. Coupled with the fact that 95% of art bought loses all its value once it leaves the gallery, the idea of rebranding and repackaging art is a natural.

Craig’s list reports a upsurge of traffic in its Art category; as everyone stuck with art they bought during the art bubble of the last few years (thinking they would going to make a killing by flipping the art but found that the art is now worthless )is listing the rebranded art hoping for a few cents on the dollar.

As is well known know to ‘players’ in the art community, but seldom discussed publicly is the fact that collectors of art hate 99.999% of the contemporary art they buy. This group has been rebranding their collections to unload the art bought though traditional auctions who now vow to “get that crap off my walls because it makes me want to throw up now that it’s not worth anything”. This seems to be a common sentiment among collectors.

Some example of art that has been rebranding with the Art Trip name.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Art Rage - Giacometti

What do you think? Is it okay for this kind of money changing hands for art?

"The world's most expensive artwork, sold at auction last week for £65m, is by a sculptor who is considered rather unfashionable. He is certainly not ranked by critics as one of the half- dozen most important artists of the 20th century. Even more puzzling, the work is not unique, but is number two of an edition of six. Why did Giacometti's bleak stick figure of a man walking hit the jackpot?"

"The answer lies in the new cosy relationship between banks, billionaires and art. The global financial panic saw banks collapse, amalgamate and search for cash. Salerooms experienced a drop in profits as collectors held back – some didn't want to sell work in case it was undervalued, and many had cash-flow problems. Only the super-rich picked up bargains, as works regularly failed to make their reserve, and some dealers struggled to buy them back and prop up the market value of the artists they represent."

More from The Independent

Monday, February 8, 2010

Artist Agrees to Be Filmed 24/7 for the Rest of His Life

Wish I could find some humor in this but can only think of a fool and his money....

"Australian millionaire David Walsh plans to open a new museum in 2011 called The Museum of Old and New Art. One of his ongoing exhibits will be the life of French artist Christian Boltanski, recorded on camera 24 hours a day."

From Odd News

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Art Trip's Art X

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paint on paper - 18 x 24 inch

paint on paper - 18 x 24 inch

paint on paper - 18 x 24 inch

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Art Trip's Art IX

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Tuscany Without Shadows

Tuscany With Shadows

Friday, February 5, 2010

And you thought the art market went bust

Ha ha ha ha ha...only for artists as usual except those who need not be named...

Sotheby's Sells Giacometti for Record $104.3 Million

Reader reponses are always interesting

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Special Sale for Artists: 50% Off on BS Training

For any new artist (or those wanting to advance their art skills), it is important that you master one of the most crucial aspects of art which is not usually covered in conventional artist training; the art of artist BS. Critical to your success as an artist in today’s competitive and crowded art scene, it is important that you master this principal skill so that you will become a successful and prosperous art star.

Offered through the Art Trip College of Art, this training offers a solid grounding in artist BS. Art Trip’s BS for Artists will teach you how to BS in any art situation where you find yourself having to explain yourself or your art (especially useful when trying to explain or sell your art to dealers or collectors). No need to feel intimidated because you with no knowledge of art or are clueless about art history.

Starting with simple art words and phrases such as perspective, light, composition, translucence, concept, less is more, ArtForum magazine or even Art Industrial Complex, you will soon begin to weave them into complex, compelling and seemingly profound gibber. By the end of the course you find yourself able to say things like:

“Art must be supplemented by Art; while Art must be led as well as studied before the full meaning can be understood. The awakening of Art can only be understood, in measure, as it is entered into Art.”


“The recognition of the three worlds while seated before the easel leads us to realize ourselves; and all life; as of the Soul of Art. As we dwell, not in past, present or future, but in the Eternal, we become more at one with Art."


“Doing Art, the total of the phenomena, possess as their property; Manifestation, Action, Inertia; the qualities of force and matter in combination. These, in their grosser form, makes Art cool and trendy.”

or even

“The whole outer world exists for the purposes of Art and finds in this, it’s true reason for being an Artist. Shopping at the GreatFamousArtistArtSupply Store encompasses the grades or layers of the Three Potencies of Art. Art stuff then becomes Defined, Un-Defined or On Sale. So always look for that with distinctive marks known as logos; finding these on sale are even better”.

Never again be thrown or rendered speechless when a dealer has the audacity to ask something like, “What exactly does your art mean in the broad context of the contemporary art milieu?" Be assured that you will now be able to answer such questions with confidence and cunning wisdom.

By enrolling in the Art Trip BS for Artists, you will be offered bold techniques such as the patented NTNF (Not true, not false) Technique. This technique will perfect you in the practice of asserting whatever the dealer or collector knows to be true, is false (or false, is true). With the contention that the Old Masters didn’t know as much as the current Art Stars (and backed by the authoritative art resource, Art in America Magazine), you will have those neurotic art hanger-ons who ask such questions, believing that you are the source of a new trendy art philosophical approach.

So, enroll today in Art Trips’ BS for Artists (class available through most major art museums worldwide) and save 50% during this one-day sale.

Special offer if you call today to reserve you BS for Artists class. Included absolutely free is Art Trip’s patented new art theory, Neo-Post-Tripism. The amazing new art theory that is taking the art world my storm. Act now, don’t delay for this exciting offer.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Why Art Education Matters

"Studies show that art-centered schools outscore non-art-centered schools in academic achievement scores. Art education can actually help the brain to rewire itself, to make stronger and more plentiful neural connections, and can help build memory skills. Self-discipline, intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity are just a few of the other benefits of an art-filled education, especially for primary school students."

Gee, do you mean that art has some value to ordinary mortals and not just multi-millionaire collectors, pop-dealers and denizens of the Art-Industrial-Complex (museums)?

More of the article here

From The Huffington Post

A Mother's Day art project from a Central Valley school.