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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Banksy Did It Again (Guilty or Not ?)

The famous grafitti artist Banksy, who recently had a major exhibition at the Bristol Museum, has supposedly stenciled over a work of 1985 by Robbo who is a reference from the grafitti artists of the 80's.
This act has triggered some controversy among the community and The Art Inquirer wonders about the causes that may be behind this public stunt.
It's not common for an artist to repaint over another artist's work without a plausible reason for it, so maybe in the near future we may update this article with further development.
Illustrating this article are the photos in the following sequence: original work by Robbo; Robbo's work with Banksy's painting over it; Robbo's repaint and modification over Banksy's work.

From left to right: Photo by Citrus Topnote Jr. Photo by TheMammal Photo by Robbo

The Life and Art of Caravaggio (Part Three)

You can watch the first part here and the second one here.
There will be more episodes, don't miss them.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

I would like to wish a Merry Christmas to all of you, namely those who have supported my continuous effort to make of The Art Inquirer a valuable resource for artists and art enthusiasts.
Enjoy this season in the good company of family and friends, but don't forget others and make the spirit of Christmas a whole year event.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

And the Winner is...

One of the followers of this blog has won a $25 Gift Certificate sponsored by Blick Art Materials.
An e-mail was already sent and the winner has until December 25th, 2009, to claim the prize.
Should the gift certificate not be claimed, another reader of The Art Inquirer will be chosen.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Brooklyn Museum Customized Tours

The Brooklyn Museum gives the possibility to visitors using a cell phone or smartphone with a compatible browser, to customize their gallery tours and share them with other users.
Visitors are also able to create notes that will serve as customized tours and can accessed by others through the Brooklyn Museum website, while the program itself can suggest tours based upon the visitor's preferences.
This interactivity makes possible to share cultural information between people from the same and from different cultures in a friendly way, while through the supplied data, the system is conceived to carry modifications thus growing more intelligent.
Including a vast number of cultures from antiquity to the present, the museum's website contains images and information on more than 11,000 objects.
The costumizable guide is free to all visitors and was developed by Shelley Bernstein, chief of technology, assisted by Jennifer Bantz, manager of interpretive materials, Brooklin Museum.
Paul Beaudoin, programmer, Brooklin Museum, was in charge of the web application.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Life and Art of Caravaggio (Part Two)

You can watch the first episode about Caravaggio here, or the third one if you prefer.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Curriculum - Artist Residency Programme

From March 8th to May 2nd, 2010, A Foundation (Liverpool, UK) in association with Saatchi Online and John Moores University will launch an artist residency programme named A Curriculum.
Eight artists will be selected for this programme and provided with a studio space at the Blade Factory.
During the A Curriculum, participants will develop their work and attend discussions with art professionals, including gallerists, curators, commissioners and artists, during wich they will learn how the different aspects of the art world interrelate and how they can develop a sustainable artistic activity.
Other activities are scheduled, including a public closing event.
The application deadline is January 4th, 2010.

The programme is open to all EU residents of all ages, who have completed a BA or MA in Fine Arts within the last five years.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Life and Art of Caravaggio (Part One)

Watch the second episode about the life and art of Caravaggio.

New Series of Videos About Artists

During the next weeks, The Art Inquirer will show a series of videos from BBC upon the life and work of famous artists, including Bernini, Caravaggio and Rothko.
Presented by Simon Schama, the series was called The Power of Art.
You can subscribe to the newsletter by using Feedblitz, found on the right column of this blog.
This way you will know when a new video is available.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Los Angeles Art Show 2010

Organized by the Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA) and JR Martindale Show Management, the Los Angeles Art Show 2010 and International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Print Fair, will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
With the opening preview night gala on January 20, 2010 and through January 24, 2010 ( January 21 - 24 for the general public), the show will count with over 130 international exhibitors and 15,000 items.
From old masters to contemporary artists, exhibiting paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, video and prints, the Los Angeles Art Show 2010 will include lectures and panel discussions.
Inner-City Arts, one of the beneficiaries, will provide a hands-on workshop specially catered for for children.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to see a sculptures garden.
The 2009 show was attended by 35000 visitors, with sold works by Charles Patridge Adams, Jasper Johns and Rembrandt, among others.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

II Colective Exhibition "O Nosso Bairro"

Located at the 15B of the Augusto Gil street, in Lisbon, the bookstore Círculo das Letras presents the second edition of the collective exhibition "O Nosso Bairro".
With the purpose of connecting the people who live or work in the neighbourhood and have art as their main activity or a hobby, this exhibition counts with Fernando Vicent as its main mentor and the indispensable collaboration of those woking at the bookstore.
After last year's successful opening, the same is expected for 2009.
The exhibition takes place from December 16, 2009 (7 pm) through January 6, 2010.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Oedipus and the Sphinx (Bacon after Ingres)

Visitors to the Berardo Museum have the opportunity to compare two interpretations of the same subject: Oedipus and the Sphinx.
Thanks to the loan by the Louvre museum, the painting upon the mythological riddle asked to Oedipus by the Sphinx, by the french neoclassical painter Auguste-Dominique Ingres, is placed aside the work "Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres" by Francis Bacon, part of the Berardo Collection.
The exhibition ends on January 10, 2010.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Blick Art Materials $25 Gift Certificate Giveway

The Art Inquirer has the purpose to provide its readers with interesting and relevant content, permiting them to be acquainted with what is happening the art world.
News about workshops and competitions give artists to have the chance of getting their art known, while the interviews with artists give the readers the opportunity to get to know those who make art one of the most important aspects of their lifes.
Through their opinions, readers (many of them artists) play an important role in the development of this blog.
With the sponsorship of Blick Art Materials, a gift certificate in the value of $25 and a catalogue, will be offered to one of the readers of The Art Inquirer.
The participation in this event is quite simple. Readers will receive a token for each of the following connections that they have with this art blog (the more connections the better chances they have of winning) : Followers - 1 token; Facebook Fans - 1 token; Newsletter Subscribers (Feedblitz) - 2 tokens; Writing an article about this with a link to this article - 3 tokens.
If you are one of the readers who will write an article on your website or blog about this event, please leave a comment on this article with a link to your post.
Links are not permitted for other comments, unless requested.
The winner will be announced on December 20th, 2009.
If you have any doubts, you may post them here or contact me via e-mail.
Thank for for being a reader of The Art Inquirer.
Good Luck and Merry Christmas !

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Korda - Conhecido Desconhecido

After Havana and Madrid, the collaboration between the House of Latin America (Casa da América Latina) and Lisbon's City Hall (Câmara Municipal de Lisboa), brings to Portugal the exhibition "Korda - Conhecido Desconhecido".
Comprising 200 photos selected from personal archives of friends and colaborators, many of them unpublished and not even printed by the author himself, the exhibition takes place at the East Turret Gallery in the National Rope-factory museum (Galeria Torreão Nascente – Edifício da Cordoaria Nacional), in Lisbon (Portugal). Guided visits will be carried out in the days of December 2nd, 2009 and January 5th ,2010 at 3pm, to which you can attend by calling first at (351) 218170600.
Open to the public from December 2nd through January 31st, 2010 and with free admitance, this is a singular opportunity to know more about the work of the cuban photographer Alberto Korda (Alberto Diaz Gutiérrez), famous for the photo "Che Guevara - Guerillero Heroico" (Heroic Guerrilla Fighter).The taste of Korda for fashion photography and beauty has brought this characteristic to the photographs that he took during the revolutionary cuban times.

Photo by Ricardo Malta

"The Passenger" by Chris Jones

Result of an amazing dedication and creativity, together with the right portion of humour, "The Passenger" is a short film animation completely created by the australian artist Chris Jones.
This project developed through the course of six years and completed in 2006 has received the
Best Animation - 2006 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (premiere) and the
Best Australian Film - 2008 Melbourne International Animation Festival awards.
Its screenplay has a quality that can be compared to ones that we are used to see from Tim Burton, grabbing the viewer from the beginning to the very end of the film.