Differences between illustration, fine art, modern art, and contemporary art

Broad Outlines This is intended as a useful device for a very general categorization of visual-based art. The idea is to simplify something that is already hopelessly convoluted. There are inevitably grotesque omissions, outstanding hybrids, uncategorizable outliers, and genres I don’t address (such as folk art, outsider art, and comics…). But it’s worth thinking about…

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Stenciling Over Banksy, article about me

Manhattan. Why stencil over Banksy, and why a giant ugly bug? Artist, Eric Küns stenciled over You Complete Me, Banksy’s most famous piece from his October, month-long-residency in NY. Many were surprised at the audacity of someone painting over a world-famous artist at the peak of his recognition, but Küns argues it’s no big deal because Banksy…

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Worthless plaster mall rabbit sold as fine art sculpture for millions

The fine art crowd had been fooled again. They’ve fallen for forgeries of Abstract Expressionist paintings by a Chinese artist; paid record amounts for one-striped paintings; crowned a businessman who can’t sculpt the greatest living artist when he merely makes reproductions of the most innocuous kitsch; and now they’ve bought a cheesy mall sculpture mistaking…

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New art: Mindscape 1

I just completed this image to my satisfaction. Like so many of my pieces, it started as an experiment. The idea was to make a non-representational image with all the qualities of being representational: foreground, background, modelling, and shading. There are figures, recesses, protuberances, open space, geographic and architectural elements. All the building-blocks of reality,…

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Andrew Newton stood on the shoulders of the giants of 20th century figurative painting, and leapt

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…

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