You like art. You know nothing about it. Where to start? How about our beginners art reading list! This list is for all the friends over the years who have asked me what they should read to lear…
Super good list if you are thinking about expanding that mind of yours.
Scott Grieger billboard on Lincoln, Venice, CA.
New Ralph Steadman poster that is coming home with me today!
“The night saw new highs at auction for Carol Bove, Joe Bradley, Dan Colen, Mark Grotjahn, Sergej Jensen, Bharti Kher, Robert Longo, Adam McEwen, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt, Sterling Ruby and Mark Ryden.”
It’s interesting how they discuss that even though the artists don’t get the tax benefit of the full price of the work, these new records and attention will be very beneficial in the long run. I would like to think that this wouldn’t be the only reason to donate expensive works, but it’s not a bad side-effect.
William Powhida Some Criteria For Evaluation, 2013 and What Can We Learn About Art? (panel 1 of 4), 2013
Read about his new show Bill By Bill here.
… Bill By Bill turns out to be an earnest and successful attempt to make thoughtful, content-driven paintings. That is, once you realize that the real art in this show is not the fabricated objects on display but Powhida’s watercolor text pieces that supplement them. Well-crafted and explicit in their intent, these paintings are polar opposites of the redundant, boringly vague artworks that they mock. They depict Powhida’s ideas as handwritten texts scrawled across a piece of notebook paper. The illusion is so satisfying, and the writing so intriguing, you hardly notice that what you are really looking at are representational watercolor paintings created with such care that it’s almost sentimental.
“According to the air bill slapped on the crate that arrived at Kennedy International Airport from London, an unnamed painting worth $100 was inside. Only later did federal investigators discover that it was by the American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and worth $8 million.”
It’s stupid how exciting this stuff is to me.