31 May, 2009
2009 publications - reviews
New Yorks Jerry Saltz visited the 2009 Armory Show (open through Sunday), what he calls a big market, a convention, a gigantic sleepover — its also a way for art dealers, hopefully, to sell art. Watch the video to see a Damien Hirst dot painting for $500,000 and what Saltz considers the ugliest piece of art that could possibly be made in 2009.
James Kalm part 1
Set in the gritty streets of Newcastle and dubbed as the best independent, emerging and experimental arts festival in Australia. Jam packed with gigs, performances, panels, exhibitions, workshops and just plain fun. Do you dare to venture?...
This is Not Art - Newcastle October 2008
Preparations for 2009 are well underway
1 - 5 October 2009
Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro
Meet the COFA graduates taking a slice of Australia to the sinking city.
"Disruptive Colourations," a collaborative exhibition at Barry Keldoulis Gallery, Sydney
30 May, 2009
Sydney will light up with an array of dynamic light sculptures as part of the Light Walk, a free pedestrian route around the city's harbour precinct every night from 26 May to 14 June 2009 (6pm till midnight).
The main component of Smart Light Sydney, the walk will be self-guided from Observatory Hill through The Rocks, around Circular Quay to Sydney Opera House. View the interactive Smart Light Map.full info
26 May, 2009
Artabase provides free email lists for artists to learn about arts opportunities occurring around the world.
The email lists allow arts workers to send their media releases or public updates to one email address and reach an international audience.
We welcome arts related postings that
- Call for artistic works, papers, collaborations and proposals
- Announce artistic competitions
- Offer educational and career opportunities within the arts
By subscribing to a list you will receive all postings in the form of an email to your nominated email account. You can choose to receive each email individually or condensed into a daily digest. Only subscribers can send to the list, however you can edit your options so that you do not receive any incoming emails.http://artabase.net/
21 May, 2009
The Weekend Australian Art Melbourne:
Affordable & Collectable
16 – 19 April 2009, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
The Weekend Australian Art Melbourne will return to the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton from 16 – 19 April 2009. Bringing together Melbourne's vibrant art scene and showcasing an extensive range of art to buy, The Weekend Australian Art Melbourne includes hundreds of artworks by artists ranging from contemporary to traditional and emerging to investment.
Off the Wall
Getting your foot in the door of commercial art galleries can be the most difficult step an artist has to take. Off The Wall provides a great opportunity not just to sell work, but also to get noticed by some of Australia's best art galleries, curators and consultants.
Since 2004, we have shown over 200 emerging artists and successfully placed over 75% of them of in some of Australia's most successful art galleries.
Off the Wall has rapidly become one of the most important platforms for contemporary emerging art in Australia and has been instrumental in helping literally hundreds of artists realise their potential.
Off The Wall is a major feature of The Weekend Australian Art Melbourne and Art Sydney and is dedicated to the promotion of independent and unrepresented artists. It is a rare opportunity for the work of undiscovered artists to be viewed by thousands of active art buyers and over 100 commercial galleries.
We also provide free professional development seminars and career advice on site for all applicants. All applicants recieve two free tickets for weekend entry. Art Sydney 09 is held 22- 25 October
Closing date for applications is 17 July
Art Brisbane will be back in 2010, stay tuned for details of dates and venue.
check out the artist listing for all of the applicant images. Please note that only the selected artists will have their work displayed on our website for Art Sydney 2009.
20 May, 2009
This is a private settlement, negotiated in secret in one country, and it has yet to be debated or approved in open court. Yet, because both copyright law and the internet function globally, it affects almost every book published anywhere. Whether or not an Irish writer, for example, has been physically published in the US, he or she has a “US copyright interest” and is therefore part of the legal “class” covered by the settlement.
Thus, over the next few days, every author has to do one of two things. (Doing nothing is not an option – failure to act means that you are automatically assumed to be bound by the deal.) You can actively opt out (at www.googlebooksettlement.com), which means that you retain control over your own copyright and can sue Google if those rights are breached. Or you can opt in, which means that in return for a pathetic payment (most of the $125 million that Google is coughing up will go the lawyers – authors will get a measly $60 per book), Google can display large chunks of your work for free and sell downloads of the whole thing.
There’s a strong element of coercion here. No one outside the US has even been consulted. The assumption that you’ve opted in unless you’ve opted out is strikingly authoritarian."
full article - Irish Times
FAQs at Google
This lawsuit involves the Google Library Project. In 2004, Google announced that it had entered into agreements with several libraries to digitize books, including books protected by U.S. copyright law, in those libraries’ collections. Several authors and publishers brought this lawsuit against Google, claiming that its digitization without permission infringed their copyrights. In response to the authors’ and publishers’ claims of copyright infringement, Google argued that its digitization of the books and display of snippets, or a few lines, of the books is permitted under the U.S. copyright law’s doctrine of "fair use." Instead of resolving the legal dispute over whether Google’s digitization and display of the books is permissible under U.S. law as a "fair use," the parties negotiated a settlement.
... You should assume that you own a U.S. copyright interest in your Book, unless you are certain that your Book was published in, and that you reside and are located in, one of the few countries that have not had or do not now have copyright relations with the United States.
..... If you do nothing, you will be bound by the Settlement. If you do not claim your Books, you will not receive any Cash Payment or be able to participate in future revenue from Google’s use of your Books. By staying in the Settlement, you will, however, release all copyright infringement claims you might have against Google for digitizing your Books without your permission
Art HK 08 - Hong Kong art fair 2008 video report
ART HK 09 Hong Kong International Art Fair will return to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 14-17 May 2009, with Vernissage opening on 13 May.
Philip Dodd, founder of China Now and chairman of Made in China, discusses his role as an advisor to Art HK 09 and how the Art Fair compares to others in the world.
He talks about how China's attitude to arts and culture has changed since his visits to Beijing and Shanghai in 1998, and how art is under-appreciated all over the world.
Dodd also tells us what to look out for at Art HK 09 and why this fair is an unmissable event.
Vernon Ah Kee, Half Light: Portraits from Black Australia artist, discusses his work.
Brisbane indigenous artist Vernon Ah Kee has been selected as one of four Australian artists to exhibit at the Venice Bienalle in June 2009. This documentary will follow Vernon as he prepares and travels to Venice.
2008 Biennale of Sydney artist Vernon Ah Kee discusses his work
Brisbane indigenous artist, Vernon Ah Kee was represented at GoMA's contemporary Australian artwork show called Optimism between November 15 2009 and February 22 2009. The work showcased Ah Kee's work of vinyl text prints on a wall which scale almost 30 metres tall.
Australia's 2009 Venice entry reviewed at Circa Art Magazine
7 June -22 November 2009
Vernissage:4, 5 and 6 June 2009
Artistic director:Daniel Birnbaumhttp://universes-in-universe.org/eng/bien/venice_biennale/2009
take the tour
17 May, 2009
Australia's official representation for the Venice Biennale 2009 will include artist Shaun Gladwell who will present his work MADDESTMAXIMVS at the Australian Pavilion in the Giardini.
MADDESTMAXIMVS is a compelling suite of five thematically interrelated videos with sculptural and photographic elements, influenced by outback Australian landscapes and the iconic Mad Max movies.
Gladwell's exciting works blend contemporary urban culture and personal history through video, painting, sculpture and performance. He was one of three Australian artists selected to participate in the Think with the Senses Feel with the Mind exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2007.
Shaun Gladwell on Bellebyrd
Sydney-based curator Felicity Fenner will curate a group exhibition of early career artists. The exhibition entitled Once Removed, will present artists - Vernon Ah Kee, Ken Yonetani, and Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro - through a series of installations unified by themes of displacement, Indigenous and environmental issues.
Click here to download the essay on Once Removed by the curator.
Once Removed is an exhibition of three installations that refer to aspects of place and the predicament of displacement. Interpreting facets of Australia’s environment and culture, as well as of the former convent in which the exhibition is situated, the works reveal differing approaches to place and displacement by young Australian artists of diverse ethnic backgrounds.
As an emigrant, immigrant or an Indigenous person, each of the artists here has experienced cultural displacement. Sean Cordeiro’s family is from Singapore; he and Claire Healy lead a globally itinerant life, currently working between Sydney and Berlin and their work draws on this experience of constant transit between cultures. Ken Yonetani immigrated to Australia from Japan just six years ago and his reflections on environmental devastation present cultural parallels between Australia and his native Japan, and, in the current context, Venice; while Vernon Ah Kee has experienced the worst aspects of displacement – racism and ostracism – as an Aboriginal Australian with Chinese ancestry living in the conspicuously Anglo- Celtic city of Brisbane. The insight provided by the artists’ experience of otherness underpins the pungent narratives of these diverse installations.
At the forefront of this awakening to Indigenous and non-Western art is the work of Vernon Ah Kee and Ken Yonetani. Though rising above the specifics of place in terms of its political narrative, their practice draws from and comments on their respective Aboriginal and Asian heritages.
Ah Kee’s installation for the Venice Biennale, Cant Chant (Wegrewhere) presents the beach as a contested site, reflecting the fact that beach culture alienates people of non-Anglo backgrounds (Asian, Middle Eastern and Indigenous populations, for example), something brought to the fore with the Cronulla riots on one of Sydney’s most popular surf beaches a couple years ago. Visual imagery framed within the three- channel video and accompanying installation of suspended surfboards also suggests iconic racist events from history, such as lynchings in North America and Australia, where blacks were ritually murdered by public hanging. Locally, the work’s title and theme refers to Thomas Keneally’s 1972 Booker Prize-nominated novel, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, in which the white author, controversially, told the story through the eyes of the Aboriginal protagonist of him taking violent revenge against racial persecution in the Australian outback.
carefully staged white sugar sculptures are rendered in a language that seeks to codify the damage caused by human disengagement from the natural world. The aesthetic framework for his practice is drawn from Asian culture, particularly cultural traditions that make a spectacle of ordering nature, such as the Japanese Zen garden. The particular type of garden cited in Sweet Barrier Reef is called Kare san sui, which dates back to the 15 th century.
The site-responsive installation by Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro in the Ludoteca’s church embraces the dreams, fears and desires of its ecclesial setting. Collectively, the content of their VHS monolith ruminates on the human condition, the meaning of life and mortality. However, unlike site- specific works that aim to reveal aspects of the place in which they’re located – often hailed in the biennale context as a form of cultural tourism – Healy & Cordeiro’s work offers a contemporary reflection on timeless human concerns rather than on the significance of place, referring to film as a vehicle for self- reflection and the stack of obsolete media as a metaphor for society’s contrived packaging of emotions and the ultimate transience of life. There are 195,774 videos in this stack, their combined viewing ti me equal to the average (global) human life span of 61.1 years.
Life Span, the neatly ordered stack of VHS tapes created for Once Removed, is positioned in response to the distinctive art and architecture of its setting. Disproportionately commandeering the small church of the Ludoteca, Life Span proposes the substitution of religious doctrines for movie-watching as a path to spiritual fulfilment. The juxtaposition between popular videos and their
church setting serves to heighten the significance both of the work and the church, the stack of obsolete media an apt metaphor not only for society’s contrived packaging of experience and emotion, but for the ephemeral nature of life itself.
The four artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2009 are Enrico David, Roger Hiorns, Lucy Skaer and Richard Wright.
Enrico David has been nominated for his solo exhibitions How Do You Love Dzzzzt By Mammy? at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, and Bulbous Marauder at the Seattle Art Museum. Enrico David is a contemporary surrealist who creates rich and profoundly original painting, drawing and sculpture which are disconcerting, confrontational and beautiful.
For his solo exhibitions Seizure, Artangel commission, Harper Road, London and at Corvi Mora, London. Hiorns creates arresting sculpture and installation combining unusual materials. His exploration of chemical processes took spectacular effect in Seizure, in which a derelict flat in South London was filled with liquid copper sulphate, which after a period of time encrusted every surface of the space with blue crystals.
For her solo exhibition at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and A Boat Used as a Vessel at the Kunsthalle Basel. Skaer makes drawings, sculptures and films which often take found photographic sources as their starting point. Rooted in reality, yet subjected to a process of elaborate transformation, Skaer's images hover in the space between recognition and ambiguity, figuration and abstraction.
For the work he exhibited in the 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh and his exhibition at the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh. Wright creates subtle and exquisite wall paintings that respond directly to the architecture in which they are created. Often awkwardly placed in discreet locations, they combine graphic imagery and intricate patterning from sources as varied as Medieval painting, graphics and typography.
The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 21 April 2009. It is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art and is widely recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe.
Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at Tate Britain opening on 7 October 2009. The winner will be announced at Tate Britain on 7 December 2009 during a live broadcast by Channel 4.
16 May, 2009
2nd Biennial of the End of the World
Bienal del Fin del Mundo
24 April - 25 May 2009
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Opening: 23 April
Theme: Intemperie - Exposed to the Elements
>> Curatorial text
42 artists and groups
Alphabetical list of artists
Hangar, old aiport
5,000 sqm, at the shore of the Beagle Channel. Central venue of the Biennial, including more than 20 works, mainly video installations
Usina, old power plant
Works of 3 artists
Museo Marítimo (Ex-Presidio)
Old prison, now Maritime Museum.
Works of 9 artists
Installations of 8 artists
Perito Moreno Glacier
600 km north of Ushuaia, in the Los Glaciares National Park. Projects by Esteban Alvarez.
In Chile, 250 km Northwest of Ushuaia, at the Strait of Magellan. Project by Sebastián Preece.
15 May, 2009
Omnibus (1987). Dramatised biography of German painter and political caricaturist George Grosz, presenting a picture of Berlin at the time of the Weimar Republic.
14 May, 2009
If you can't afford to buy the real thing then why not knit one. That's what 22-year-old art student Lauren Porter did. For her university degree show, Lauren decided to knit a life-size Ferrari. Mainly modelled on an F355, it took her 10 months and 12 miles of yarn to put the Ferrari together. Lauren got friends and family to help knit approximately 240 red woollen squares that she then assembled and strapped over a metal frame in the shape of the car. The bright-red Ferrari got instant attention when Lauren exhibited it at her degree show.
13 May, 2009
Venice Biennale 2009
Vernon Ah Kee
Venice 2009 - Overview
Venice - Curator interview
Venice Biennale 2009 - Australia
Ada Lovelace Day
Art in Second Life
Video & Media Art - online collection
Shepard Fairey - Animation
dmote - stupid krap
Melbourne Ink - Launch
Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It.
Conference - Amsterdam
NGA (USA) Podcasts
Art:21--Art in the Twenty-First Century
Sotherbys - Prices
Rauschenberg and Leo Castelli 1976
Hughes on Art 1978?
Robert Hughes - The Business of Art
Sydney Beatniks 1959
Michelangelo - Film
Leonardo - Film
Graffiti Films - part 1
George Grosz - Film
Katharina Grosse - Berlin
Hatched 09 - PICA
Art Melbourne 2009
Hong Kong Art Fair 2009
TateEtc - new issue
Turner Prize 2009
2nd Biennial of the End of the World
Lauren Porter - Ferrari
Sydney Art Schools part 1
'How To' Guides for Non Profit Orgs
free wifi - sydney 3
free wifi - sydney 2
free wifi - sydney
On the Home Studio
Han van Meegeren - audio lecture
Google Book Theft
12 May, 2009
Authenticity in Art
"Here I would like to open the limited dialogue between art history and aesthetics on this subject by exploring the ways that forgeries, copies, and originals function within historical and critical discourse."
From Original to Copy and Back Again
What is Second Life?
Interview with a highly successful Second Life artist, Cheen Pitney. Cheen's sculptures are found all over Second Life - in this video, we follow their trail, explore this extraordinary work and discover different aspects of Second Life on the way.
(World descending a staircase)
Presents the work of a talented Second Life sculptor - Rezago Kokorin...also showcases the use of simple building and scripting tools from SL to produce remarkably effective sculptures.
A highly prolific kinetic sculptor in Second Life. elros' work has quickly gained a sizeable following for its beauty, grace and poetry, and this interview presents an opportunity to get to know the artist better.
more videos from Magellan Egoyan
(don't miss the Saskia speech at the beginning of part 2)
09 May, 2009
Bilal grew up under the repression and violence of the Baathist regime in Iraq and considers himself a political artist, dealing with war and oppression, and the Iraqi experience. Bilal's 2007 dynamic installation ‘Domestic Tension’ placed him on the receiving end of a paintball gun that was accessible online to a worldwide audience, 24 hours a day. Newsweek called the project “breathtaking” and the Chicago Tribune called the month-long piece 'one of the sharpest works of political art to be seen in a long time.' He is assistant professor at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Wafaa's Video blog during the project
click here to view
In the widely marketed video game Quest for Saddam, players fight stereotypical Iraqi foes and try to kill Saddam. Al Qaeda did its own take, creating an online video game using the structure of Quest for Saddam but adding a new "skin" to turn the game into a hunt for Bush: "The Night of Bush Capturing." Now artist Wafaa Bilal has hacked the Al Qaeda version of the game to put his own more nuanced spin on this epic conflict.http://www.wafaabilal.com/html/virtualJ.html
Apparently the exhibition was closed down and interestingly some of the videos appear to have been taken down also
Comparing conferences is Sydney and Amsterdam.
Artspace Public Programs include regular symposia and conference events, often presented in partnership with peer organisations and educational institutions.
17 - 18 April 2009
Artspace Visual Arts Centre & Art Gallery of New South Wales
Spaces of Art
An international conference on institutional / post-institutional curatorial and related practices in contemporary art
Convenors: Reuben Keehan and Blair French
Spaces of Art engages questions crucial to the future of art institutions and their relationship to contemporary practice in the 21st century, with particular reference to curatorial and artistic strategies in Australia and the Asia-Pacific.
I missed this conference, but have been assured by Artspace that they will be publishing the procedings
"We will be publishing papers at some point - late this year or early next - and will advertise this on our website."
I was not able to physically attend the Conference in Amsterdam that took place last night. This was "Positions in flux: On the changing role of the artist and institution in the networked society" a symposium forming part of the 30th anniversary celebrations at the Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst (Montevideo)
"The symposium 'Positions in flux: On the changing role of the artist and institution in the networked society' will center on some of the major parameters for the current and future development of contemporary art. In particular it will reflect on the aspect of cultural sustainability of art projects, art and technology initiatives and art curating."
When I was in Amsterdam I regularly visited Montevideo for its exhibitions, openings and conferences. I discovered that the conferences were streamed live and that people could particpate remotely via online chat. Thus I was able to watch the proceedings, streamed live over my internet connection last night from here in Sydney.
The program, stream and chat are herehttp://www.montevideo.nl/en/agenda/detail_agenda.php?id=297&archief=
So somparing the two events, Artspace looks at the future of curating and the art institution with particular reference to the Asia Pacific Region. It is only accessible to physical participants and there is a year's wait for the opportunity to purchase written proceedings. The presenters are named but there are no links to their websites or works.
Montevideo looks at the future of curating and the art institution in an internationally networked society. The proceedings are accessible immediately, internationally by anyone with an internet connection. I think they will load the conference videos online soon. There are links to the websites and artworks presented at the conferences.
It is difficulties in accessing information about art events in Australia and the lack of access to new technologies that are keeping the Australian art scene from international participation in the 21st century.
08 May, 2009
Crawl was started in January 2007 by Nicholas Hudson-Ellis in response to a need within the Artist-Run-Initiative (ARI) community for a new type of arts organisation. An organisation that exists to promote ARIs and the artists who they exhibit.
In the world of the commercial art galleries, there is an abundance of press coverage and cash to go around. But within the ARI community, the very group of people who need the most support, and indeed who produce the most engaging and avant-garde work there is limited support.
The aim of Crawl is to provide a central resource for artists, students and anybody interested in the ARI community to find out what is happening in ARIs all around Australia.
Crawl is open for any Artist-Run-Initiative to join, and together we can build a new arts organisation to support our community.
Interviewer: Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Part of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Video Archive in the Duke University Libraries: http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollec...
Diamonstein interviews Robert Rauschenberg and Leo Castelli concerning Rauschenberg's career and works.
06 May, 2009
Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi - Caravaggio's technique
A more detailed discussion is available at
In this video we have tried to show how Caravaggio must have been influenced by Giambattista Della Porta's knowledge of concave mirrors and the images one can project from them, in his development of his chiaroscuro style.
05 May, 2009
The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren
Jonathan Lopez, writer and historian
Lopez, author of The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren, tracks down primary sources in four countries and five languages to reveal for the first time the real story of the world's most famous forger. In this Notable Lectures podcast, recorded on January 11, 2009, as part of the Gallery's winter lecture series, Lopez talks about the intriguing details of deceit in the art world between the wars and a talented Mr. Ripley—armed with a brush—who made a fortune painting and selling fake "old masters."
Listen | iTunes | RSS (57:28 mins.)
National Art School
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
The National Art School is a centre of excellence in studio based visual arts, research and the delivery of a liberal education. It is housed in the historic Darlinghurst Gaol.
Art Est. Art School
67-69 Lords Road
Leichhardt NSW 2040
T: 9564 1519
M: 0414 012 212
Art Est. Art School is Sydney's newest creative hub, bringing qualified teachers and practicing artists to present a range of art courses for kids and adults, beginners to advanced. Art Est. Art School is located in a fabulous light-filled warehouse in Inner West Leichhardt, with three teaching studios, an art gallery and artist's studio spaces.=================
Northbridge School Of Visual Arts
307 Sailors Bay Rd
Northbridge, NSW 2063
(02) 9958 1298
We are conveniently located in the quiet leafy, peninsula suburb of Northbridge and we now have a second campus at Georges Heights in Mosman –part of an historic headland with spectacular views over Sydney Harbour. The school houses an active exhibition space, Gallery 307, showcasing works by both emerging and established artists.
NSVA is a unique art school offering part time recreational and vocational courses in the Visual Arts to students of all ages and creative skill levels.
Described as cabaret meets art life drawing. Dames. Drinking. Drawing & Debauchery
Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School
Sydney, NSW 2000
In 1987, Billy Blue Creative decided to open a tiny design school to train people who would eventually work in the studio.In essence, the school was created by industry for industry and we’ve been building on that concept ever since.
Billy Blue College of Design
171 Pacific Hwy, North Sydney, NSW 2060
The Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney is a unique historic Australian art school. Conveniently located in The Rocks, opposite The Museum of Contemporary Art, and along side many creative outlets and shops on George Street
Julian Ashton Art School
Sydney, NSW 2000
COFA is one of Australia's premier art and design schools ideally located in the heart of Paddington on stylish Oxford St, just minutes from Sydney’s Central Station. COFA is the only art college in Australia to offer the traditional options of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture alongside cutting edge courses in Time Based Art, Digital Animation, Film & Video and Design (including Jewellery and Textiles) in addition to Art Education and Art History & Theory (including Art Administration).Programs of study at COFA include undergraduate courses, masters programs by coursework or research, and PhD programs.
College of Fine Arts (COFA)
Paddington, NSW 2021
Interviewer: Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Part of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Video Archive in the Duke University Libraries: http://library.duke.edu/dig...
Diamonstein interviews Alexander Lieberman and Robert Hughes concerning Lieberman's work and the philosophy of art.
More Artist interviews at Duke Library
03 May, 2009
Video Tour for the San Jose Museum of Art's exhibition Goya's Caprichos: Dreams of Reason and Madness on view at SJMA January 26 - April 20, 2008.
Utilizing satire and a dark imagination, Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco Goya published Los Caprichos, a series of 80 etchings in 1799.
Goya was stone deaf; therefore he relied on his keen observation to represent Spain during a period of social and economic hardship. Los Caprichos portrays goblins and aristocrats alike, enacting the excesses of the nobility and the corruption of the church. Goya's characters themselves exist somewhere between actuality and fantasy. In fact, in Spanish the term "capricho" means whim or an expression of the imagination. Goya used whimsy but also gross caricature to expose a nation rife with corruption and evil.
Art21 is a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 with the mission to increase knowledge of contemporary art, ignite discussion, and inspire creative thinking by presenting artists at work and in their own words. Art21 produces the Peabody award-winning, Emmy-nominated public television series, "Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century", as well as books, multimedia resources, and public programs featuring a diverse selection of visual artists working in the United States today.
Five hundred years ago, Michelangelo (1475--1564) created three of the art world's greatest icons: the statue of David, the painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, and the dome of St Peter's in Rome. This revealing drama documentary from the BBC unveils the man behind the myth, tracing his development from angry young man to pride of Rome.
more playlists from Ed Lord