ArtPrize invites all artists from around the world to participate in an unprecedented competition that will award nearly $500,000 to prize winners, including $250,000 to the artist who receives the most public votes. ArtPrize will have no formal jury, curator or judge. The public will decide who wins the prizes by voting, using mobile devices and the web.
April 27, 2009
Archaeologist Felipe Solis Olguin, director of Mexico's National Museum of Anthropology (MNA) since year 2000, passed away on April 23rd 2009, due to cardiac arrest. At the time of his decease he was working as a curator in the exhibition “Teotihuacan, City of Gods”.
One week before on April 16th Solis hosted Barack Obama at the museum when the President paid a one-day trip to Mexico's capital before travelling on to attend the Americas summit in Trinidad and Tobago.
April 24, 2009
Mullock's Art Auctioneers sold a series of watercolors painted by Adolf Hitler for over 100,000 euros. The works were mostly landscapes and were found earlier this year in a garage. A work that appears to be a self-portrait that portrays a man using a side-parting and sitting on a stone bridge sold for 10,000 pounds. The work was signed with the initials A.H.
Richard Westwood-Brookes from Mullock's stated, "I am very pleased. I thought they would go for between five and six thousand. Unfortunately for the world, he was not accepted into the Vienna Academy, which was where he wanted to be. Of course, if he had been accepted, then we would have known him today as an artist and not as an evil tyrant." He had previously stated the works "are hardly Picasso".
From 1905 on, Hitler lived a bohemian life in Vienna on an orphan's pension and support from his mother. He was rejected twice by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (1907–1908), citing "unfitness for painting", and was told his abilities lay instead in the field of architecture.
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A new foundation to support the work of Native American artists was launched in Portland, Oregon, reports the New York Times.
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation will provide grants to artists, support Native American arts organizations, and join with other efforts to bolster Native culture.
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Street artist Shepard Fairey says that it was the Associated Press, not him, who violated copyright law, the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster reports.
Fairey has responded to the AP's complaint that he broke copyright laws when he appropriated an AP photograph of Barack Obama by saying that the AP itself broke copyright laws by running without permission an image of the poster he created with it.
The artist's lawyers argued in papers filed in a New York court on Wednesday that while the artist's use of the photograph, by photojournalist Mannie Garcia, is protected by the First Amendment and fair-use laws, the AP should have gotten permission to run his work.
April 22, 2009
107 Paid Internships at Museums and Visual Arts Nonprofits
Multicultural Undergraduate Internship opportunities are now available throughout Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles-area museums and visual arts organizations are currently seeking eligible interns for the summer of 2009. Eligibility for these internships is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates who either reside or attend college in Los Angeles County, will have completed at least one semester of college by June 2009 and/or will complete their undergraduate degree by September 1, 2009. Candidates are sought from all areas of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts. The internships are intended specifically for outstanding students who are members of groups currently under represented in these professions: individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent. Interns are paid $3,500 for ten weeks of full time work between June and August.
Eligible undergraduates should review the list posted at
Prospective interns should contact participating organizations directly for information about the available positions and application procedures.
April 17, 2009
Italian scholar Alezzandro Vezzosi claims in his new book, The Portraits of Leonardo, that the stained-glass windows of the cathedral in Arezzo, Italy, contain a portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, Discovery News reports. Leonardo is thought to be the bearded man in a hat, in the third panel up from the bottom. [click image to enlarge]
No definitive portraits of Leonardo exist, though many images have been put forth by scholars as possibilities. Carlo Pedretti, director of the Armand Hammer Center for Leonardo Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, writes in his foreword to Vezzosi's book that "when studying Leonardo, everything should be considered an hypothesis."
April 14, 2009
Simplexity - 32nd Annual Student Invitational Exhibition
Wignall Museum at Chaffey College
April 20 – May 23, 2009
Reception: Wednesday, April 29, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Chaffey College and the Wignall Museum are pleased to present Simplexity: Student Invitational 2009. Simplexity opens Monday, April 20 and runs through Saturday, May 23, 2009. For this exhibition, eleven Chaffey College students were selected by a panel of the college’s art, photography, digital media and art history faculty to participate in a semester-long course culminating in an exhibition at the Wignall Museum and the publication of an exhibition catalogue.
The 2009 Student Invitational exhibition will include two new student positions, an art writer and graphic designer. The art writer developed an exhibition essay for the catalogue and museum didactics; the graphic designer worked with the visual artists to create a visual identity for the exhibition, including the design of the accompanying exhibition announcement and catalogue. The graphic designer, art writer, and artists have all worked to form a cohesive exhibition theme that is articulated in the title word, Simplexity. Artists, art writer, and graphic designer include: Pamela Aliaga, Andréa Arriola, Andrea Benitez, Taryn Nicole Gonzalez, Jenée Nicole Jernigan, John Leitmeyer, Laura Palm, Malina Rosales, Ryan Smith, Amy Stoshak, and Donel Rickie William.
This exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
April 13, 2009
Hey Boyz and Ghouls, I wanted to tell you about an exhibition taking place till September 6, 2009. It's one I am sure you will all Howl over... Muzeo is holding an exhibit featuring some of the most notorious Creatures from Hollywood’s biggest hits. Muzeo brings you an inside look into how these amazing creatures are created, and Muzeo unveils the secrets in “HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER: THE ART & TECHNOLOGY OF ANIMATRONICS." So run down to catch a glimpse of these super scary creatures before it's to late! And don't worry if you are feeling scared you can bring your Mummy with you.
April 12, 2009
The Art Market Trends by Artprice is an annual publication of art auction prices for the prior year. The report includes the top 10 artists, the top 100 auction sales, and a list of the top 500 artists by turnover for the year. You can download a PDF of the full 37-page report.
Here are the top ten artists by total turnover for 2008. It's interesting to see who the living artists are among the dead usual suspects of Modernism. Modern Art still makes up the bulk of the auction market at about 44% of sales.
1. PICASSO Pablo (1881-1973) $262,366,349 from 1764 lots sold at auction
2. BACON Francis (1909-1992) $256,208,073 from 100 lots sold
3. WARHOL Andy (1928-1987) $236,749,034 from 1164 lots sold
4. HIRST Damien (1965) $230,887,159 from 445 lots sold
5. MONET Claude (1840-1926) $174,695,716 from 25 lots sold
6. GIACOMETTI Alberto (1901-1966) $132,631,043 from 111 lots sold
7. RICHTER Gerhard (1932) $122,211,095 from 166 lots sold
8. DEGAS Edgar (1834-1917) $111,835,132 from 81 lots sold
9. FONTANA Lucio (1899-1968) $95,589,589 from 227 lots sold
10. KLEIN Yves (1928-1962) $91,868,098 from 59 lots sold
April 6, 2009
Hey be sure to check out “The Color of Rock: The Art of Philip Burke” before April 12, 2009. The exhibit is at the MUZEO in Anaheim, Southern California’s newest museum.
Muzeo is featuring an exhibition of 32 original canvasses, the exhibition highlights the distinctive contemporary work of one of America’s foremost artists, Philip Burke, and features portraits of some of the most iconic rock and roll legends of all-time. This exhibit was organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
Philip Burke’s unique and vivid portraits of celebrities, from politics, business, sports and the arts have been featured in more than 200 magazines and newspapers, including Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, and Vogue.
Many of his subjects over the past 25 years have been rock stars and Burke was the featured artist at Rolling Stone for seven years.
I received this information from, www.muzeo.org be sure to check out the website as well, or call 714.95.MUZEO.
241 S Anaheim Boulevard
Daily 10am - 5pm