One of the very best artists I’ve discovered through prowling around on the internet (in this case at Deviantart) is Andrew Newton, who did rather tight photo-realistic paintings in the past (the type that show every wrinkle, reflection, and wayward hair); but whose new work has broken out imaginatively into new terrain that faithfulness to…Read More
Taking the Science out of Science Fiction
It was all about Kirk, and Kirk was a crock Star Trek Into Darkness wasn’t bad for your typical Hollywood action blockbuster, or as a daytime Soap, but any hint of the maverick, forward-looking vision of the original series was merely a remnant. Starships could now be submerged underwater, and could go faster than Warp…Read More
Buying Barnett Newman’s Art on Faith
Today’s elite art buyers deluded into investing tens of millions on the Emperor’s new canvas. Blue painting with one white stripe fetches over 43 million at Sotheby’s auction. I’ve been to a Barnett Newman exhibition, stood in person before the canvases and patiently took in the subtle permutations of color and form, along with other…Read More
Sensational Non-Representational Art
Some of the best abstract & non-representational art I’ve painstakingly scoured off of Deviantart and included in my group, the “Fine Art Asylum”. Let’s just get out of the way the difference between “abstract” and “non-representational,” which are usually used interchangeably, including by yours truly. “Abstract” is similar to “distorted”, as in an altered version…Read More
Artist Paul McCarthy makes an 80 ft. balloon dog.
“A one liner that didn’t need to be made, but thank God it’s not as disgusting as his usual work.” Paul McCarthy’s eagerly awaited ginormous “Balloon Dog” will soon be open to public viewing. Paaaaah! Lucky art fans will be able to see it at the New York art fair this weekend at Randall Island.…Read More
My famous former UCLA sculpture teacher’s work being removed
I had a few famous teachers at UCLA, and I just happened upon this article in the New York Times that my sculpture teacher, Charles Ray (we knew him as Charlie Ray) is in the news because his sculpture of a boy with a frog is being taken down.Read More
(Art Crit) Fashioning art out of people’s discarded dreams.
Artist couple (they’re married and collaborators), sculptor Lauren Was and painter Adam Eckstrom, make art covered in losing lottery tickets from around the globe. They collage the tickets in patterns over objects they build/sculpt, such as this lottery ticket Hummer. They chose a Hummer because many people who win the lottery run out and buy…Read More