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.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Boiled Soul - An Art Trip Painting

"The profession of letters is, after all, the only one in which one can make no money without being ridiculous." ~ Jules Renard

Boiled Soul ~ Acrylic on watercolor paper - 22 x 30 inches - $200 -

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Maybe Van Gogh Wasn't Murdered

Van Gogh Museum Says There's "Not Enough Evidence" That the Artist's Death Was Anything But Suicide

"In their exhaustive new biography of Vincent van Gogh, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith contest the well-known story of the artist's suicide. Instead, they suggest that he was accidentally killed by two boys in the French village in which he lived, and pretended to have killed himself in order to protect them. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam — which gave the authors access to a trove of van Gogh's family letters — does not accept this theory, maintaining that suicide remains the most plausible explanation. Investigating the death of a mentally ill artist that occurred 121 years ago is challenging, to say the least. How does the evidence for each side stack up?'

Article here

Thursday, October 27, 2011

When color enhances sound

A new book about how musicians use color looks at Blue Man Group, Daft Punk and others. Full article here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Pablo Picasso

A tribute with paintings

Monday, October 24, 2011

Duet VI - A Pair of Art Trip Paintings

Acrylic on bristol paper - 22 x 30 inches - $200 ea -

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Winter is Coming - Three Paintings from the Renwick Gallery

These paintings just reminded me that winter will soon be here

The Renwick Gallery

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Landscape with a Reductionist Cube - An Art Trip Painting

Landscape with reductionist cube - Acrylic on Paper - 15 x 22 inch - $200 -

More paintings for sale here

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Programming I - An Art Trip Painting

Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Programming I ~ Acrylic on Paper - 18 x 24 inches

$150 - To purchase email:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Outer Limits of Visual Experience

A collection of videos from the Huffington Post

Here is an example

Friday, October 14, 2011

I brought Picasso a dog - An Art Trip Painting

I brought Picasso a dog. He didn't want it. I let the dog go.

I brought Picasso a dog ~ Acrylic on paper - 20 x 32 inches - $200 -

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Herbie Hancock - Buddhist Jazz Musician

This is an awesome interview. I didn't know that Herbie was Buddhist.

MR: It seems like that's where growth comes from. If you get out of your habits, it seems like that's the only potential for growth.

HH: Right, absolutely, and Miles encouraged that. He would always say things like, "I pay you to practice on the bandstand," and he would say things about getting out of the comfort zone. That's what we talked about back in the day, and that's one of the reasons that I first started practicing Buddhism, the musical reason--it was very much compatible with my training with Miles and others. Of course, that was the tip of the iceberg. Music is not the only reason that I practice Buddhism anymore because it has affected my whole life. As a matter of fact, the way I view myself is different now than it was for the vast majority of my life. I don't view myself as a musician anymore--I view myself as a human being that functions as a musician when I'm functioning as a musician, but that's not 24 hours a day. That's really opened me up to even more perspectives because now I look at music, not from the standpoint of being a musician, but from the standpoint of being a human being.

MR: I get that, totally. When you think of it as a form of communication, what you've done is evolved your particular form because it's growing at the same level as your spirituality and being a human.

HH: Exactly. Buddhism has turned me on to my humanness, and is challenging my humanness so that I can become more human. What I'm talking about is the best of what the human spirit has to offer. So, we're talking about things like courage, wisdom, compassion, and those kinds of things.

MR: Higher purpose and higher senses.

HH: Exactly.

The complete interview here

More here

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Supposed Landscape with Invisible Metamorphosis - An Art Trip Painting

Supposed Landscape with Invisible Metamorphosis ~ Acrylic on paper - 16 x 20 inches - $150 -

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Duet V - A Pair of Art Trip Paintings

Sphenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia (Damn Tree)I ~ 16 x 20 inch - Acrylic on paper - $150 each -

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sphenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia (Damn Tree) IV - An Art Trip Painting

Sphenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia (Damn Tree) IV ~ 16 x 20 inch - acrylic on paper - $150 - - more paintings here

Friday, October 7, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A quote for inspiration

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Duet IV - A Pair of Art Trip Paintings

Acrylic on watercolor paper

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Amy Winehouse - The last recording

Oh man, she is so original in her styling, she could have moved jazz forward from it's rut. She could have been a game changer. How funny to see that her last recording was a jazz tune since that how she started.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Just saying...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Giacometti and the Etruscans

Giacometti's "Tall Standing Woman I"

"The Shadow of the Evening," an Etruscan statue from approximately 350-300 B.C."

"Showing Alberto Giacometti's best-known works — "Walking Man," "Tall Standing Woman," and the "Woman of Venice" series — alongside the art of an ancient culture dating to 900 B.C. comes as a bit of a curatorial surprise. But that is just what the Pinacothèque is doing, in "Giacometti and the Etruscans," a new show of 30 sculptures by the Swiss artist and over 150 Etruscan objects that runs through January 8.
One work in particular provides an essential link between the ancient civilization and the modern existentialist work of Giacometti: "The Shadow of the Evening," a small bronze statue that probably dates to the Hellenistic period and depicts a very young man with a slender, elongated body, as if stretched upwards to the divine. It's an enigmatic figure — does it represent an offering, a person making an offering, or a god? The resemblance between this thin, intense, and fragile figure from so long ago and Giacometti's "Walking Man" is incredibly striking."

"Giacometti saw the statue in Tuscany in the early 1960s and was fascinated by it — an interest that began when he visited an exhibition of Etruscan art at the Louvre in 1955. The exhibition includes notes that Giacometti took on the Louvre show — scribbling on the catalogue, covering it with little sketches, and scattering drawings of warriors on the map of Etruria. Could Giacometti have found some kind of ideal synthesis of humanity in this stripped-down, emaciated figure and the smiling, voluptuous bodies on the Etruscan tombs?"

Full article at ArtInfo

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Snakes Know It's Yoga - tNathalie Djurberg

The awesomely art of Nathalie Djurberg

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