PaintersNYC creates forum for snarky debate

Ana Finel Honigman in the Gaurdian arts blog: “Every month since November 2005, the blog’s two anonymous chairs have posted handsome, medium-sized reproductions of paintings by an artist who can be found in Manhattan. Their selections of images are consistently representative of each artist’s style and the comments they summon up are directed more to … read more… “PaintersNYC creates forum for snarky debate”

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London’s National Army Museum defends painter Gerald Laing’s right to draw his own conclusions

Patrick Sawer in the Evening Standard: “The National Army Museum is at the centre of a political row after it acquired a painting that pins the blame for the 7 July bombings on the Iraq war…. The painting, by leading British pop artist Gerald Laing, will be unveiled before the second anniversary of the suicide … read more… “London’s National Army Museum defends painter Gerald Laing’s right to draw his own conclusions”

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Flemish father of landscape painting resurrected in Madrid

The Museo del Prado in Madrid has organized an exhibition dedicated to Joachim Patinir, a 16th century Flemish artist, contemporary of Bosch, who has gradually slipped into oblivion. He is considered to be the father of landscape painting. The exhibition, titled ” Patinir and the Invention of Landscape”, runs from 3 July – 7 October … read more… “Flemish father of landscape painting resurrected in Madrid”

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Barry Hoggard and James Wagner edit ArtCal, a good site that focuses on underknown galleries and artists in Chelsea, Williamsburg and the NYC area. Images of the exhibitions are posted with all the listings. “All content on this site is at our whim. An absence of a show does not necessarily mean we’re not interested … read more… “”

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17th-century painter’s farmhouse studio faces the wrecking ball

In the Observer, Vanessa Thorpe reports that the farmhouse of Mary Beale, a British pioneer and a leading female painter in England, is threatened by real estate developers. “Beale’s art, enthusiasts argue, is too significant to allow the loss of a centre dedicated to celebrating her life and work. She is seen as a beacon … read more… “17th-century painter’s farmhouse studio faces the wrecking ball”

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The dirtiness of desire

In The Guardian, Jonathan Jones scrutinizes the Lucas Cranach exhibition at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London: “Lucas Cranach was not the first artist to paint women naked, but he may be the first to have made it obvious he wanted to go to bed with them. With his taste for stagey sadomasochism – … read more… “The dirtiness of desire”

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Activist artists protest the relentless commercialization of street art

Colin Moynihan reports on the splashers’ manifesto in the NYTimes: “In a series of essays and in text that appeared under the headline ‘Interview With Myself’ the anonymous authors said that the splashings were committed not by an individual but by a group of men and women, and offered some explanation of their motives. The … read more… “Activist artists protest the relentless commercialization of street art”

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BOMB Blog: Waterland Diaries by Joe Fyfe

“BOMB contributing editor Joe Fyfe is a painter and writer who has had solo shows of his paintings in New York, Paris, and Ho Chi Minh City. He has written for Arts AsiaPacific and Art on Paper and regularly writes for Gay City News, Art in America, and Artcritical.com. Fyfe is the recipient of a … read more… “BOMB Blog: Waterland Diaries by Joe Fyfe”

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Damien Hirst’s kid could have painted that

Maurice Chittenden in the Times Online: “When Sir Trevor Nunn, the theatre director, paid £27,000 for a painting he thought he was getting a genuine Damien Hirst. Then one night at the theatre he found out that he and his wife, the actress Imogen Stubbs, had bought a painting by two children aged 10 and … read more… “Damien Hirst’s kid could have painted that”

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