Another nude painting of politicians

The painting, by Italian artist Filippo Panseca, features a nude Mr Berlusconi leaning close to an equally unclad Mara Carfagna. Two years ago, the prime minister told the television starlet, and millions of Italians watching on television, that he would marry her like a shot if he wasn’t married already. The comment enraged his wife … read more… “Another nude painting of politicians”

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The Constructivist’s battle against aestheticism

In case you’ve heard the term “constructivism” bandied about in discussions of Shepard Fairey and ObamArt, but aren’t quite sure what it actually means, check out the Tate Modern’s current exhibition, “Aleksandr Rodchenko and Liubov Popova: Defining Constructivism.” In the Telegraph Richard Dorment reports that Rodchenko and Popova thought abstraction was a universal language that … read more… “The Constructivist’s battle against aestheticism”

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Putin paints

Telegraph art critic Richard Dorment gives Vladimir Putin a painting crit. “In that special category of world leaders who paint, Putin may not be the Picasso, but at least he’s the Winifred Nicholson. I like the way the yellow window frame and white curtain fill the blue canvas, so that we find ourselves looking through … read more… “Putin paints”

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Obama’s favorite painting?

From Alistair Sooke at the Telegraph: Barack Obama’s favorite painting is a famous canvas by the visionary Victorian artist George Frederic Watts. “In 1990, Obama was captivated by a sermon delivered by the Rev Jeremiah Wright, his controversial former pastor. The focus of the sermon was ‘Hope,’ Watts’s melancholy painting of a hunched and blindfolded … read more… “Obama’s favorite painting?”

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Crime-obsessed Walter Sickert’s paintings of prostitutes

“Walter Sickert: The Camden Town,” curated by Barnaby Wright. Institute of Art Gallery, London. Through Jan. 20. In the Telegraph, Richard Dorment reports: “Reacting both to the slick academic nudes exhibited at the Royal Academy and to the tepid Impressionism of artists associated with the New English Art Club, Sickert developed a gritty, tactile art, … read more… “Crime-obsessed Walter Sickert’s paintings of prostitutes”

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Portraiture in Pop

“Pop Art Portraits,” curated by Paul Moorhouse. National Portrait Gallery, London. Through Jan. 20. PAP examines the role and significance of portraiture within Pop Art. Marilyn Monroe is a featured player. Artists include Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney and Patrick Caulfield. In The Observer, Tim Adams … read more… “Portraiture in Pop”

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Painting modern life (from photographs)

“The Painting of Modern Life,” curated by Ralph Rugoff. Artists include Richard Artschwager, Robert Bechtle, Vija Celmins, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, Thomas Eggerer, Judith Eisler, Franz Gertsch, Richard Hamilton, Eberhard Havekost, David Hockney, Johannes Kahrs, Johanna Kandl, Martin Kippenberger, Liu Xiaodong, Malcolm Morley, Elizabeth Peyton, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gerhard Richter, Wilhelm Sasnal, Luc Tuymans and Andy … read more… “Painting modern life (from photographs)”

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John Everett Millais at the Tate Britain

“Millais,” curated by Alison Smith and Jason Rosenfeld, Tate Britain, London. Through Jan. 13. Schedule: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam February 15 to May 18 , 2008, and two venues in Japan: Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art from June 7 to August 17, 2008, and The Bunkamura Museum of Art, August 30 to October 26, 2008. … read more… “John Everett Millais at the Tate Britain”

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Kostabi World update

“Title This,” a game show created by painter Mark Kostabi in which art critics and celebrities compete to title his paintings for cash awards. Check out episodes on BlipTV. Ravi Somaiya profiles Mark Kostabi in the Telegraph: “Kostabi’s paintings – often featuring faceless figues in surreal environments – can be found in museums and galleries … read more… “Kostabi World update”

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Hirst buys Insects

Colin Gleadel reports in the Telegraph’s Market News: “Last week Damien Hirst bought an entire exhibition before it had even opened. Clearly flush from his £130 million sell-out exhibition at White Cube (bar the diamond skull), he spent £500,000 on works by artist/designer Paul Insect, which went on view at the Lazarides Gallery in Soho … read more… “Hirst buys Insects”

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