If the artist makes a copy of his or her own work, can it be called a fake?

In Time, Martha Ann Overtland reports that Vietnam’s practice of reproducing noteworthy works was originally carried out to rescue the country’s artistic heritage during wartime. The staff, and sometimes the artists themselves, made copies of important artworks in case the museums were bombed. The reproductions stayed in Hanoi while the originals were hidden in caves. … read more… “If the artist makes a copy of his or her own work, can it be called a fake?”

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Calling all Robert Mangold fans

Today the Times has a feature called “Modern Art Explained” in which they ask people to send an email note responding to an image of Robert Mangold’s painting, “X Within X.”“What do you think of this painting?” the Times asks readers. “View it here or in person at Parasol Unit, London, where “X, Plus and … read more… “Calling all Robert Mangold fans”

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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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Reactionary painter puts money where his mouth is

Well-known Scottish landscape painter John Lowrie Morrison, speaking in National Gallery of Scotland on the Mound, has launched the second Jolomo awards, which offer a £20,000 first prize to the best young emerging landscape artist in Scotland. Morrison, whose own prolific output ensures that he earns about £2million a year from the sale of his … read more… “Reactionary painter puts money where his mouth is”

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7 painters tell us their secrets

Next week the 25th winner of the John Moores Painting Prize, the UK’s largest contemporary painting competition with a first prize of £25,000 and total fund of over £35,000, will be announced. The Times’ Nancy Durrant rounded up seven leading painters, including former winner Peter Doig, to “reveal the secrets of their work.“ Peter Doig: … read more… “7 painters tell us their secrets”

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Mid-century British abstraction redux

Roger Hilton (1911-1975) is one of the second wave of St. Ives artists who succeeded the Ben Nicholson generation in the 1950s and 1960s. Terry Frost, Patrick Heron and Peter Lanyon were among his contemporaries. A notoriously difficult alcoholic, Hilton was influenced by both American Abstract Expressionists and Piet Mondrian, but never achieved lasting recognition … read more… “Mid-century British abstraction redux”

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Ellsworth Kelly: Paint for the future, not the market

Mark Rappolt chatted with Ellsworth Kelly about contemporary painting at Art Basel last week. “How does the man inspired by the past feel about exhibiting alongside the stars of today? ‘Art has changed so much over the past 10 or 15 years,’ Kelly says. ‘Young people are making it in a different way. They’re doing … read more… “Ellsworth Kelly: Paint for the future, not the market”

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New National Gallery Director Penny nixes blockbuster shows

Nicholas Penny, the new director of London’s National Gallery, said yesterday that the 184-year-old institution had a duty to display art with which the public is unfamiliar rather than yet another parade of a famous artist’s greatest hits. The Times art correspondent Dalya Alberge speaks with Penny about the forthcoming exhibition of the Italian Divisionists. … read more… “New National Gallery Director Penny nixes blockbuster shows”

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Dada London

This spring the Tate Modern presents a big Dada show that includes over 400 works, among them Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase (No21) , Fountain 1917, L.H.O.O.Q , Man Ray’s rayographs, and Picabia’s paintings. The Times gives the show four out of five stars. “As far as art history is concerned, it was like mixing … read more… “Dada London”

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Striking nude models in Rome

Richard Owen and Ben Hoyle report in the Times that the nude models are striking for better pay and improved working conditions. “Doing nothing for a living is not as easy as it looks. That was the militant message from Italy yesterday where artists’ nude models climbed back into their clothes and went on strike … read more… “Striking nude models in Rome”

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