Archive for the ‘Art History’ Category

Largest Statues in the World

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Just Wow has put together a nifty collection of the 14 largest statues in the world. It can be found here.

Birmingham News story on now missing local Banksy work

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Wall believed to bear art of British artist Banksy vanishes in Birmingham

Thursday, September 04, 2008
News staff writer

Although the image of a lynched Klansman was covered in black spray paint, a wall that possibly held a painting from famed graffiti artist Banksy disappeared Tuesday afternoon.

Marc Schiller, founder of the New York-based Wooster Collective, a Web site that tracks Banksy’s career, said it is not unusual for people to take walls where the British artist has left his work.

The Birmingham image was painted on the side of an abandoned Bush Boulevard Chevron on Friday, when the artist was rumored to have visited the city. First someone completely painted over the image, then later the entire wall vanished.

Banksy, whose name has never been publicly revealed, has sold works for millions, including one purchased earlier this year by celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for approximately $1.7 million, according to news reports.

Because of such reports, people often take the artist’s works, which are often spray-painted on the sides of buildings using stencils, Schiller said.

“Everyone is looking to exploit his work,” Schiller said.

However, because the image was painted over, Schiller said it is unlikely there will be a big payday for whoever took the wall. “What they took was not the piece, it was a wall with spray paint on it. The piece was ruined before it was taken,” Schiller said.

It was unclear who painted over the image or who took the wall.

One community resident said Wednesday she thinks it was someone in the Bush Hills neighborhood who did not understand the message the artist was trying to convey.

“It was an unknown; it was a mystery, but it didn’t look like a positive thing,” said Gwen DeRu. “Some people in the neighborhood didn’t want it to bring trouble.”

DeRu, however, said she believes Banksy is an “artist who, in his own way, is trying to pull the world together.”

“This is an internationally known artist and this is his artwork here in Birmingham. It shouldn’t be something people should want to see destroyed,” DeRu said.


UK’s National Gallery must pay $200,000,000 or Lose Titian Paintings

Friday, August 29th, 2008
Titian Diana nad Actaeon

“The clock is ticking on two of Britain’s most important paintings and £100million must be found from the public purse by 1st January, 2009 to keep them.

Together valued at £300million on the open market and owned by the Duke of Sutherland, the Titian masterpieces are currently on display in the National Gallery of Scotland. They form part of a 27 piece ‘Old Masters’ collection held by the Duke, estimated in total to be worth over £1billion.

The Duke has decided to put these paintings up for sale in an attempt to broaden his investment portfolio, initially offering them to the National Gallery, where they have been displayed since 1945, at a significantly discounted rate.”


The painting above is Titian’s Diana and Actaeon and the one below is Diana and Callisto.

Titian Diana and Callisto

Australian Cooperative Digitisation Project

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Check out the Australian Periodical Publications 1840-1845 – a digital library of Australian journals that began publication between 1840-1845 found here.

Francis Bacon’s Study for Head of George Dyre

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

This little portrait sold at Sotheby’s in London for $27 million. Not bad for half an hour work.

The AFP news service had the best headline. In their article called “Huge art sale brings home the Bacon,” they note that the art market is showing little sign of being hit by wider economic pressures. It’s not surprising that someone who has $27 million to drop on a painting isn’t sweating $4 a gallon gasoline.

An interesting article from the Guardian called “Francis Bacon pinched my bum” can be found here.

If you’re into this sort of thing here’s another:

Francis Bacon