As Fineartsglobe.com says, Steve Keene is having a moment. Perhaps it’s because there is a new book on him: The Steve Keene art book. Whatever the reason, I am glad that he is getting more attention and recognition. Not that he is unknown. There’s been profiles done on him in Garden and Gun , Gothamist.com, BKMAG.com, Artsy.net…even the the New York Times.
if you don’t know him and wonder why you should care, read any of those pieces. In a nutshell, he’s an incredible artist who is the direct opposite of people like Damien Hirst or Jeff Koons. Keene makes a lot of art and sells it for next to nothing. Despite that, he is a good painter with a strong technique and a fine use of colour. I admire him. I hope he and the book continue to have success.
For more on the book, see Pitchfork. Image above is a link to a page from the book.
What do Brad Pitt, David Salle, Steve Keene and Diane Arbus have in common? They all are artists I’ve been reading about over the last few weeks and months. Now you can too.
In addition to reading about those four, there are additional pieces below on other artists of note. Most of them are painters but there are some sculptors too. Quite a mixed bag! Enjoy!
- First up, this is cool: the YOUNG & WILD? EXHIBITION at the Ashmolean Museum is all about art from the 1980s in Germany.
- Speaking of the 80s, here are some good pieces on another artist from that decade (and more), David Salle. Here’s David Salle’s five favs. Other things on him are this and this. Must reads for fans like myself.
- From a decade earlier, here’s two pieces on 70s art I liked: Iconic 70s art and 70’s art.
- I loved this article on the speed artist, Steve Keene. I’ve recently become a big fan of him.
- Sculpture-wise, here are some fun inflatable sculptures by Steve Messam. Here is an enormous E.coli sculpture that floats through the National Museum of Scotland. (Shown above). Surprisingly, Brad Pitt– yeah that Brad Pitt — has madee some sculpture and it is really good. Also this is worth reading: Remembering Bill Reid, master artist and Haida culture’s most public advocate.
- Sad but not surprising: Why do men’s paintings cost 10 times more than womens? Relatedly: Women of Arghavan Khosravi’s Paintings Exemplify the Borderless Fight for Equality. Also: Why is Botticelli’s Primavera Considered Controversial?
- Here’s more on the Obama portraits from one of the artists. I don’t know these artists, but both Tyler Mitchell and Marcellina Oseghale Akpojotor make great work.
- I do know these artists: Keith Haring. the great Georges de La Tour and his painting of Mary Magdalene (see below) and a new look at a Diane Arbus Exhibition 50 Years Later.
- Speaking of great artists, here’s six reasons why artist artist Paul Cezanne is hailed as the greatest of us. More on Cezanne at the Tate.
- Speaking of London, there’s a Lucien Freud exhibit at the National Gallery in London. Also in London, I’ve written about this before and now it’s on: Samson Kambalu’s sclpture Antelope is literally on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. Go see it!
- A fascinating piece: Ever Noticed All the Mysterious Maps in Vermeer’s Paintings? A really smart study of Vermeer.
- Less than smart: Banana split: artists set for court battle over who first taped fruit to the wall first. Also, yeah, no: Andres Valencia, the fifth grader who makes six figure art works.
(Images linked to those in the Washington Post and Colossal).
- Duchamp: I visited the Duchamp Research Portal and it is full of everything a fan of Duchamp like me would want. If you are a fan too, you have to check it out.
- Bacon: Francis Bacon: Man and Beast review. Bacon has a new show with a new angle and while I am not supportive of the review, I am highly supportive of new displays of Bacon’s work. If you can, check it out
- Hirst: Damien Hirst and the Art of the Deal. Unlike Duchamp and Bacon, I am not a fan of Hirst. I think this piece misses the point though. What Hirst is great at is not painting or sculpture. He is great at making money. That’s his art: money making.
- Thiebaud: Wayne Thiebaud Whose Paintings Were (Almost) Good Enough to Eat Dies at 101. RIP Mr Thiebaud. Unlike Hirst, you were a great painter who filled up the world with great paintings.
- Anonymous: So many great paintings are actually painted by anonymous painters you never know. Here’s a good piece on them: Without these assistants many famous artists would never complete their masterpieces.
(Image from atlasobscura.com)
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Cartoons! Well, there’s more to it than that, as this fascinating post shows: The secret to great Renaissance art: tracing (Vox).
I knew Renaissance artists did sketches: I didn’t know that they used them as stencils. In hindsight, it makes sense: to make such great paintings, it is best to work them out in detail first and then focus on paint.