Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Closer to Van Eyck

Closer to Van Eyck

Closer to Van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece is an online presentation of the results

of a research project that examined the artist’s extraordinary masterwork in extreme detail, both to assess and record its condition for conservation.

The site opens up with a full image of the panels of the altarpiece; from there you can drill down into individual panels to levels of wonderful detail. You can also bring up images from the various panels in split screen view for as many as four at once and zoom in simultaneously.

The images include not only macrophotography, but infrared macrophotography, infrared reflectography and X-radiography, which reveal the master’s underlying layers and aspects of his working process.

[Via peacay, by way of MetaFilter]

The Culture Wars...Whats so shocking about contemporary art?

The Culture Wars, Redux  is a collection of essays and 7 videos including Mike Kelley, William Kentridge, and Kerry James Marshall about controversy in the art world.  Art21 has assembled a survey of texts, artworks, and related Art21 videos to further the discussion:

"The 1913 Armory Show: America's First Art War," Tom McCormack travels back to a controversial exhibition that long preceded Sensation.

Nettrice Gaskins's essay, "Polyculturalist Visions, New Frameworks of Representation: Multiculturalism and the American Culture Wars Taking a close look at the controversy surrounding Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial

In "The 'Black Gash of Shame,'" Elizabeth Wolfson considers what it is that makes public memorials such charged sites for viewers and visitors of all stripes.

"Art and Morality under Neoliberalism: Reflections on 'Blasphemous' Art from the East," Ania Szremski finds myriad connections between the controversial practices of Eastern European artists in the 1990s and Egyptian artists in the early 2000s.

Beth Capper dives into the nuances of the National Portrait Gallery's recent censorship of A Fire in My Belly (1987) by David Wojnarowicz. In "Recombinant Wojnarowicz," she critiques not only the cries of "hate speech" by right-wing conservatives but also the distortion of Wojnarowicz's film by progressive journalists and activists.

Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 6 (2012)

Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 6 (2012)

Premieres April 13th at 9pm and includes 13 profiles of artists from five continents gathered into four, one-hour thematic episodes: Change, Balance, History and Boundaries.

Monday, March 26, 2012

How to digitally photograph 2/d artwork tutorial

Otis College of Art has created a very informative video that shows the proper technique for photographing your 2/d artwork. This is really helpful if you are making a portfolio. Watch the video below or check it out on the AML's YouTube channel under the tutorials section.

BGSU: John Balistreri, Wood Fired Anagama Kiln

Uploaded by ANSVision on Dec 22, 2009

John Balistreri, Professor of ceramics at Bowling Green State University, explains the wood firing process and BGSU's Anagama Kiln and it's effect on the University, students, and staff. BGSU's wood kiln has played host to a number of famous ceramic artist, including Peter Voulkos. For more information On Bowling Green State University visit - For more information on John Balistreri visit

Sunday, March 25, 2012

13 Years Artfest, 1000 Journals Documentary

For Teesha and Tracy Moore, with love.
A 1000 Journals DVD Bonus.
Artfest, in Port Townsend, WA, is an annual workshop weekend, where hundreds of artists from around the world gather to create, inspire, and learn from each other.
Many of the 1000 Journals popped up at Artfest over the years...
2012 marks the 13th anniversary of Artfest, and it may or may not be the last...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

True Art Revival Pt.1

This keynote address was presented by Fred Ross at the Oil Painters of America Meeting, May 5, 2006.

Let me start by very loosely paraphrase from the writing of Jean-Jacques Rousseau when he said: 'Artists are born free, but everywhere they are in chains.' Whether we are talking about the chains of the conceptual,...or the dungeons of deconstruction....the leg irons of irony.... or the shackles of shock,...All "have been forged link by link and yard by yard," ...paying lip service to composition and design while long ago having Abandoned all of the parameters of fine art where paramount was the need to harmonize great subjects and themes with drawing, modeling, perspective, color, and tone, and expert manipulation of the paint. Subjects and themes which more often than not are a form of ...dare I say the word out loud..."storytelling."

Video Games | Off Book | PBS

Uploaded by on Mar 6, 2012
Video games are important. They are a storytelling medium, a place for self-expression, a sandbox for the human imagination, and an extension of an ages old tradition of gaming. We play out some of the most essential aspects of our culture in games, and we learn more about ourselves and the world around us in the process. From the powerful cinematic experiences of mainstream gaming, to the hyper-personal environments of indie games, we are in the midst of an explosion of gaming activity that, as some predict, will continue to define the way we live and interact with information, and each other, far into the future.

Animated GIFs: The Birth of a Medium | Off Book | PBS

Uploaded by on Mar 7, 2012
GIFs are one of the oldest image formats used on the web. Throughout
their history, they have served a huge variety of purposes, from
functional to entertainment. Now, 25 years after the first GIF was
created, they are experiencing an explosion of interest and innovation
that is pushing them into the terrain of art. In this episode of Off
Book, we chart their history, explore the hotbed of GIF creativity on
Tumblr, and talk to two teams of GIF artists who are evolving the form
into powerful new visual experiences.


Patrick Davison, MemeFactory
TopherChris, Tumblr
Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader, Reed+Rader
Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, Cinemagraphs

Story Development: Mike Rugnetta, Internet Culture Researcher, MemeFactory

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Sculpture Diaries

Waldemar Januszczak travels to some of the most spectacular artistic locations in the world determined to prove that sculpture is the most important of all the arts.
The series covers three topics -- Women, Leaders and Land Art - with each programme traversing the globe - from Easter Island to Africa, from Peru to Tahiti -- looking for the most impressive and weirdest sculptures in existence. Featuring the work of James Turrell, Orlan, Antony Gormley, Marc Quinn, Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt, this pioneering series traces the origins of sculpture's most important themes back to distant prehistory.
The Sculpture Diaries, Women - part 1/5
The Sculpture Diaries, Women - part 2/5
The Sculpture Diaries, Women - part 3/5
The Sculpture Diaries, Women - part 4/5 
The Sculpture Diaries, Women - part 5/5

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

TED: Kelli Anderson: Design to challenge reality

Kelli Anderson is an artist, designer, and tinkerer who enjoys the challenge of seeking out hidden possibility in the physical and digital world. From interactive paper to layered, experimental websites, everything begins and ends in Kelli's Brooklyn studio which houses a 1919 letterpress and an assortment of other benevolent contraptions.

Moebius Redux: A Life in Pictures 1 of 3

Watch a Documentary About the Late Comic Book Legend Moebius:
Jean Giraud, the French comic book artist better known as Moebius — who was a pioneer in that country’s vibrant science-fiction and fantasy comics fields for his futuristic narratives set in the American West, and was perhaps best-known stateside as a co-founder of the influential magazine “Heavy Metal” and the visionary behind many classic sci-fi films’ distinctive style — died this weekend. He was the subject of a 2007 BBC documentary, now available online in full (see below), and featuring interviews with Giraud, as well as filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and American comics legend Stan Lee. ...

Jean 'Moebius' Giraud (1938 - 2012) RIP / Moebius Redux: A Life in Pictures
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Chris Feiro, a Serious Artist

In the words of landscape amster Jeffrey Reed, Chris Feiro is "a serious painter". Chris talks about his ideas and techniques and the value he places on direct observation.

Friday, March 9, 2012

M.C. Escher Documentary

" I am always wandering around in enigmas. There are young people who constantly come to tell me: you, too, are making Op Art. I haven't the slightest idea what that is, Op Art. I've been doing this work for thirty years now"...M.C. Escher

Uploaded by stanchinsky on Apr 19, 2011

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Fantastic World of Laura Pritchard

Uploaded by RustyScupperton on Mar 6, 2012

Laura Pritchard creates densely detailed and highly imaginative images using the medium of batik. Her current exhibition takes place at Philadelphia's Rosenfeld Gallery.
see more of her work here

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


The exhibition reveals Weisberg's decades-long interest in re-imagining the works of such past masters as Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Velazquez, Blake and Corot. Through fresco-like effects in her unstretched paintings, as well as the veils of washes in her masterful lithographs, Weisberg brings past-time into contemporary context. She also extends that dialogue with artists who have had a profound influence upon her and modern art history in two paintings in this front gallery by imagining her daughter in the company of Alberto Giacometti in the 1989 painting entitled Alone, Together. Again her progeny, as surrogate for the artist herself, is seen in another work entitled Now, Then from 1990, places her daughter in Giacometti's studio, based upon actual historical photographs of its interior.

Faith Ringgold, Artist and Activist

MAKERS Profile
Artist & Activist - watch video

Faith Ringgold is one of America’s most gifted and generous visual storytellers. Though originally trained as a painter, she has worked to superb effect across media. Ringgold is best known for the painted story quilts in which she draws on African American folklore tradition, often to dramatize—to humanize—institutional and national histories. The quilts are dazzling in their brilliant colors, their patterns and their interplay of the visual and textual. Fierce strength, good humor, eros, heartbreak and perseverance abound. Born in 1930 in New York City, Ringgold is a daughter of the Harlem Renaissance and the artistic sister of Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, James Baldwin and Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones).

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Larry Francis on the Art of Painting

Uploaded by RustyScupperton on Mar 2, 2012

Larry Francis is one of the best painters Philadelphia has ever produced and one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Charles Garabedian - In the Studio 2006

Uploaded by LALOUVER on Mar 2, 2012

Check out this short film on Charles Garabedian, working in his studio in 2006. Video by Betty Cuningham Gallery (