News & Juice – Headlines from the Art World

Posted September 13th, 2011


We’re a bit late with our roundup this week, but nonetheless we got plenty of stuff to inform, inspire and amuse you. Like the image above by Arian Noveir who created some remarkable abstract paintings of popular superheroes!

- Early Banksy graffiti retrieved at Berlin gallery: “A Berlin gallery says restorers have scraped away more than a dozen layers of paint from an interior wall to reveal an early work by British street artist Banksy. The graffiti showing five soldiers with angel’s wings and yellow smiley faces beneath the slogan “Every picture tells a lie!” is now on show again at the Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien gallery.”

Pop art pioneer Richard Hamilton dies aged 89

BBC: “British artist Richard Hamilton, regarded as a pioneer in the field of Pop art, has died at the age of 89 following a short illness. The London-born artist’s best known work was a 1956 collage featuring a body builder and a tin of ham, which earned him the title “Father of Pop”.

- In the Telegraph: The 20/21 British Art Fair at the Royal College of Art opens the new sales season after a summer of discontent.

- Is there any doubt that James Franco is the new posterboy of contemporary arts? Monsters & Critics has this heartwarming story: “James Franco buys 13-year-old`s fan art – While at the film festival to discuss his Memories of Idaho art installation, James saw 13-year-old Macy Armstrong, who runs the James Franco Forever Tumblr site and creates Franco-based art, including three pieces that she’d brought along with her. Mary was carrying a canvas inspired by his film 127 Hours and a collage made from newspaper clippings, when she ran into Franco. When he spotted her artwork, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes star said: ‘I saw that one on the Internet, someone sent it to me. I wanna buy those.’” Read on….

Bob Dylan paintings and drawings exhibit opening in New York

Above, “Opium” by Bob Dylan.
Arts Beat: “The gallery said in a news release that Mr. Dylan’s works would offer “firsthand depictions of people, street scenes, architecture and landscape” with evocative titles like “Mae Ling,” “Cockfight,” “The Bridge” and “Hunan Province.””

- If you’re in Salzburg, don’t dare to miss Anselm Kiefer’s ‘Alkahest’ at Thaddaeus Ropac through September 24, 2011

- FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST: A photography exhibition telling a different story about the Middle East showcased striking images from across the Middle East captured by photojournalist Hermoine Macura during her seven years of travels across the region.

Anonymous paper sculptures in Scotland’s libraries

Boingboing: “An anonymous sculptor has been leaving gorgeous carved-book sculptures in Scotland’s libraries, along with little notes of encouragement. Some are left out in the open; others are hidden away and may have sat a long time before being discovered. ”

- “Enough With The Modernist Additions To Historic Buildings And Districts,” says The Wall Street Journal

- The Kansas City Star reminds us that New Arts Centers Don’t Always Work Out As Planned

- Tasteless or not? Crazy Sculptor Daniel Edwards has produced “Amy Winehouse’s nude bust, bare from piercings and tattoos, and with a songbird and lilies in her hair.

- Kind of reminds you of this story in the Daily Mail: “Risqué 26ft replica of Marilyn Monroe ranked WORST piece of public art in the world by tourist website”

- Dangerous Minds has an amazing find from Arturo Vega’s basement. Witness the birth of modern punk with The Ramones rehearsal footage from 1975

Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Baltimore could close

Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House and Museum, opens a gate at Westminster Church and Cemetary in Baltimore, the burial place of author Edgar Allan Poe. AP Photo/Steve Ruark.
Reuters: “Of all the cities that claim a connection to the troubled author Edgar Allan Poe, Baltimore likes to think its case is strongest. Poe’s family is from Baltimore, his literary career began in the city, he died a mysterious death at a Baltimore hospital and his body was buried here in 1849.

But the city that named its NFL team after his poem “The Raven” may soon lose a key physical connection to Poe. The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, where the writer lived for four years in the early 1800s, is in danger of closing next year, due to budget cutbacks by the city. ” Read on…

- If you understand German you will enjoy theartVIEw and it’s Vimeo Channel – Contemporary art on view in Vienna. theartVIEw wants to share impressions of gallery walks, opening receptions and exhibitions mostly in and around Vienna…

- New York Times: “Federal officials have ordered a museum in Tallahassee, Florida, not to return a painting on loan from Italy because it may have been stolen by the Nazis during World War II, the head of the museum said.

The authorities are working with the Italian Ministry of Culture to determine the rightful owners of the work: a 473-year-old oil painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Girolamo Romano entitled “Christ Carrying the Cross Dragged by a Rogue.”

- SFGate: An Oakland children’s museum, citing pressure from the community, canceled a planned exhibit of artwork by Palestinian youth that depicted the Israeli assault during the 2008-09 Gaza conflict.

- You gotta love those fake magazines Trustocorps managed to leave at various newsstands.

Zahra’s Paradise is a book now!

Zahra’s Paradise, a new book from FirstSecond, collects in one volume the serialized (and brilliant) webcomic, written by two pseudonymous Iranian dissidents. It’s the gripping story of a Medhi, a young man kidnapped by Iran’s secret police during the election-season demonstrations of 2009, and it is a heart-rending tale of loss, hope, technology, revolution, politics, bravery and resilience.”

- Cartoon Brew’s Guide for Animated Short Filmmakers - A list of major international animation festivals and submission deadlines.

- A look at Grafitti from videogames

- Wall Street Journal: Amazon in Talks to Launch Digital-Book Library

- Education for Death – The Making of a Nazi: Disney’s rare 1943 Animated propaganda Short – Unlike other topics addressed in Disney war films (e.g. taxes and the draft), this theme, the cultivation of young minds, hit awfully close to home. And it’s perhaps why it’s one of Disney’s better wartime films.”

- Scenes from the Fukushima exclusion zone: towns frozen in time and overrun by nature

Movies reduced to one single quotation

A simple typography exercise by Jeff Rooks became a challenge to summarize his favorite movies using a single direct quotation.

Sothebys TV: A Mid-Century Eye: The Collection of Colleen Sullivan

September 21, 2011, New York


“Do you remember Scar Stuff, Vampire Blood, or Evil Teeth?” This is the story behind Imagineering- the great kid make-up company. Produced by Daniel Roebuck and David Hansen-Sturm. Directed by Daniel Roebuck. Filmed and edited by David Hansen-Sturm. This video can be viewed in HD. If your display is choppy, please set the viewer to display SD (standard definition). ”

Tchaikovsky Timelapse

“Whilst working on the film I shot this series of time-lapses with the help of students. Instead of just leaving the camera to click away at set intervals, we manually took a frame in synch with the frames Barry was taking as he animated, showing the puppet moving at his intended 25fps, almost!”

Written, directed and animated by: Barry J C Purves

Life of a freelance illustrator

Bart Aalbers, a terrifically talented and funny illustrator from Rotterdam explains what the pitch process is like for a freelancer. I’d say he got it exactly right.
Check out these videos he makes about his life. One is embedded below.


The Just City by The Lifelong Friendship Society