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September 19, 2007

Now at the Tweed

Before you make your first trip to the Tweed Museum of Art, check out this listing of what shows they have currently, and what shows are coming up.

September 17, 2007

Art Attack, Thursday September 20th

Art Attack is a spontaneous exhibition targeted at the young underground and outsider artists of the area. Artists are invited to bring a single piece of art to install or present in or around the Lincoln Center Gallery. All visual and alternative art mediums such as fashion and performance art are encouraged. Musicians and poets are also welcome. There are no restrictions to size or content, we only ask that the property of the DAI is not damaged or defaced in any way. Creative spontaneity is the goal of this event.

September 14, 2007

Participate in a National Photo Show from Duluth

The site A Million Little Pictures is hosting a national disposable camera exhibition. Here's how they describe it:
"We want to come to your city.
But you have to prove yourself first. We're sending out disposable cameras across the United States. People take pictures based on the theme of "adventures" and send them back to us. If your city (or the closest major city) gets the most participants, were throwing the show there!"

Try it! If all of you do it, we can get them to come to Duluth!

September 12, 2007

Live Painting on the West Coast

Here's a road show of painters who paint live in front of an audience, with DJ's and a party atmosphere: Ignite What's Next.

September 7, 2007

Make a Computer Font of Your Own Handwriting

Ever wanted to be able to type like you write? For $9 Fontifier claims it will do it for you. I haven't tried it myself so I can't vouch for the quality. Interesting idea, though.

Artists Mapping New York

GET LOST is a collective portrait of downtown New York. Twenty-one international artists were invited to create a personal view of the city and draw a map of downtown New York, uncovering a territory that is both real and imaginary.

Duluth Harbor Music

Here is a piece of musicmade entirely from repeating sounds recorded around Duluth's harbor.

May Lin's Vietnam Memorial

Here are some wonderful personal pictures of May Lin's great Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C.

Frida in Minneapolis

We are lucky! There will be an important show of the work of the incredibleFrida Kahlo at the Walker from October 27th, 2007 through January 20th, 2008 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Frida was a powerful Mexican artist working around the '30s of the 20th century. Her work is dreamlike, personal, strange, smart and intense.

September 5, 2007

My favorite skull

. . . well, my favorite apart from my own skull, I guess.

This is a painting I used to visit frequently in the Louvre Museum in Paris when I lived there right after college. The guy in this "Portrait of an Artist in His Studio," by Theodore Gericault, represented exactly how I felt at that time in my life.

To me this is the perfect representation of the attitude of Romanticism in the early 19th century -- emotional, brooding, intense . . . the youthful rebel . . . the earliest version of the Rock 'n Roll attiude.

And it's a long tradition, way back to the Renaissance, to show a skull in paintings of the artist's studio. Artists actually had skulls around to help them study anatomy, but it also shows that the artist is thinking about important issues --- life and death.

Let's see what Banksy has been doing

I always stay tuned in to the british grafitti artist known only as Banksy.

I love Banksy's wall paintings on the wall between Bethlehem, Palestine and Israel.

Damien Hirst's Noggin

British artist Damien Hirst just sold a diamond-encrusted human skull, titled "For the Love of God," for the highest price ever paid for a contemporary artwork: one hundred million dollars.

Hurst's work often involves death as a theme.

Some other artists . . . who are NOT earning one hundred million dollars . . . had this response.

September 4, 2007

What will historians think?

What will historians of the future think of this incredibly bizarre image:
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September 3, 2007

UMD Student in Twin Cities Show 9_8_07

UMD Graphic Design Grad student Phil! (always spelled with the exclamation point) is part of a one-night show in the Twin Cities on September 8th called Mush Mush Masculinity. It's sponsored by a group called Ephemeral Space that puts on one-day art shows in various places. Probably a fun group of people.

September 2, 2007

Renaissance Masterpiece in Chicago: Ghiberti's "Gates of Paradise"

If you're going to Chicago before October 14th, 2007 --- don't miss the chance to see this incredible sculpture, Ghiberti's "Gates of Paradise" a pair of golden doors. No kidding. Gold.
Michelangelo himself said this work was "truly worthy to be the gates of paradise."