29 October, 2009

Pøbel and Dolk - Norway

A time lapse animation of how to cut and paint a very large stencil in-situ. I first encountered Dolk's work in Berlin in 2006 and have also photographed it in Amsterdam. The artists here are Pøbel and Dolk.


"In the video 'Øde Dekor', we are presented with a theme that is well known in Northern Norwegian art and has become something of a cliché; The decaying house. From the 1970's counter-culture, to music, theater plays and the media in general, it is a symbol of emigration and centralization in the North. The theme is however presented in a new and refreshing way in this video.
The artists chose ten houses in Vestvågøy and decorated them in urban graffiti, in a way that brings new life in these sad monuments."
-Bodø Arts Center

Lofoten International Arts Festival 2006
Nordnorsken 2007


Intellectual Property Colloquium Podcasts

An online audio program devoted to intellectual property topics. From the USA, therefore USA law applies.

for more info and to listen


26 October, 2009

Blakkbyrd - Interview

There's a new interview with Australian artist Blakkbyrd on Whohub; see

Editorial- half a million hits

Dear Readers

I'm currently in Melbourne taking in the art museums, galleries and attending exhibition openings. I'm not posting much because the internet connection  here is very slow and keeps dropping out and its almost impossible to work online, especially where videos are concerned.
Things should return to normal next week.
The hit count for Bellbyrd is now over 419,000 and for Blakkbyrd 91,000, which means collectively we are up to 510,000 hits. Wow, we've passed the half million mark!  Thankyou for your support.


23 October, 2009

De Appel - Amsterdam

De Appel is pleased to announce that, commencing in February 2010, it will be making use of a new exhibition space at the Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 59 (tram 3, 12 or 25, stop Ferdinand Bolstraat). This will mark the end of de Appel’s temporary ‘disembodiment’ in 2009 - a year in which the regular, additional programme of performances, projects, lectures, ‘informances’ and publications came to the fore in various locations in the city, with the Frascati and Stadsschouwburg theatres as institutional partners. This emphasis on text, (spoken) word and gesture will shift in 2010 back again to object and image with a series of exhibitions. De Appel’s intrinsic line and its ambition to remain progressive and ‘unusual’ on the basis of its long past history is thus being continued.

Having been housed on the Brouwersgracht, Prinseneiland and the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat, de Appel has manifested itself in very different ways since 1975. Now, through this relocation, de Appel is cropping up again at an unexpected spot in Amsterdam. The building on the Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat was built at the end of the nineteenth century as a ‘3rd class’ public primary school for boys, in what was then the rapidly burgeoning district known as De Pijp on the edge of Amsterdam. After that it had different functions, from music library to a training school for midwives. Because of its historical character and its central location in a striking and lively ambiance, a stone’s throw from the Museumplein and de Ateliers, it offers de Appel an exquisite place for resuming its exhibition programme in full swing.

A brief pick from what will be presented in 2010. In February 2010 we will be opening with the group exhibition “For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there”, produced in collaboration with the Saint Louis Museum (Saint Louis, USA), ICA (London) and Kulturgest (Lisbon), which focuses on the ‘enigma’ of contemporary art and presents ‘non-understanding’ as a positive attitude. Among the artists included are Marcel Broodthaers, Eric Duyckaerts, Peter Fischli & David Weiss and Frances Stark. With solo exhibitions by Rod Bianco/Bjarne Melgaard (AUS/USA), Valérie Mannaerts (BE), Matt Mullican (USA), Mika Rottenberg (ARG/USA) and Emily Wardill (GB), de Appel will, as in previous years, be exploring the idiolects, personal mythologies and private preoccupations of a number of young and more established artists.

The exhibition space on the Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat, from now on named ‘de Appel-Boys' School’, will be used as de Appel's exhibition space during 2010 and 2011. At the end of 2011 de Appel will permanently 'settle' at 142 Prins Hendrikkade in Amsterdam, in a building traditionally known as the Zeemanshoop. Officially commissioned by the City of Amsterdam - the building on the Prins Hendrikkade is being renovated. Architectural offices were assigned in August this year and a selection was made in September. The winning office is the Nieuwe Generatie (www.denieuwegeneratie.nu) in collaboration with ADP (www.adp-architecten.nl), an excellent combination of enthusiasm and expertise. The definitive design and the building application should be ready before the end of the year.

21 October, 2009

John Ryrie - Melbourne

JOHN RYRIE has just been awarded the Grand Prize in the 2009 Silk Cut Award. Ryrie won the prize with his linocut. 'The Moon's Refection II'.
A selection of Ryrie's works will be exhibited at Chrysalis Gallery in a special celebratory exhibition:

Opening 6-8pm, Tuesday 27th October.

27 October - 21 November, 2009 
Chrysalis Gallery
179 Gipps st, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002 

John Ryrie was one of the founding members of Print Australia and his work is featured on the original Print Australia website.
Congratulations  from Blakkbyrd

15 October, 2009

OHS - Studio safety

LONDON (Reuters) - A school in eastern England was ordered to pay 19,000 pounds ($30,140) Monday after a 16-year-old girl lost nearly all her fingers when she put her hands in a bucket of plaster of Paris during an art lesson.
The teen-ager was attempting to make a sculpture of her own hands during a lesson in January 2007 when the accident happened, Boston Magistrates' Court in Lincolnshire heard.
The plaster set around her hands and neither staff nor paramedics could get it off during the lesson at Giles School, in Boston.
The court was told that temperatures up to 60C can be generated in large quantities of plaster and the girl, who was not named in court, suffered terrible burns.
After a series of 12 operations, she was left with no fingers on one hand and just two on the other.
The school's governing body admitted breaching health and safety regulations and also failing to report the incident to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The court was told the HSE was never informed by the school about what had happened and only found out six weeks after the accident from the girl's plastic surgeon.
The school was fined a total of 16,500 pounds and ordered to pay 2,500 pounds in legal costs, the Press Association reported.
The girl's lawyer Stephen Hill said outside court the injuries his client, now 18, had suffered were "truly horrific" and she also had severe scars all over her body where the plastic surgeons had taken skin for grafts.
However, Hill said she was now doing "remarkably well."
"She is a very determined, self sufficient character but she is now only left with one forefinger and an index finger," he said.
"Teachers have a responsibility to ensure when children are using chemicals they are used safely."

12 October, 2009

Romantic Prints - AGNSW

Printmaking in the Age of Romanticism
6 August - 25 October 2009
Project gallery, Ground Level

Romanticism emerged in the closing years of the 18th century as a powerful force in the development of European music, literature and painting. It also found strong expression in the graphic arts. Major Romantic artists, such as Blake and Turner in England and Géricault and Delacroix in France, all turned to printmaking for its unique possibilities to produce aesthetic effects unrealizable in other media. This exhibition, featuring over 100 prints, also includes the works of many less well known artists such as Gustave Doré, Rodolphe Bresdin and Charles Meryon, who rejected painting in pursuit of strange and original visions in the field of printmaking. 

Kaldor and Christo


40 years: Kaldor Public Art Projects

2009 is the 40th anniversary of Christo's wrapping of Little Bay. It was the very first John Kaldor project and over the years the artists and curators Kaldor brought to Australia marked the most ambitious exposure of Australian audiences to international contemporary art. This exhibition and catalogue celebrates this history and launches its next phase.

2 October 2009 - 14 February 2010


07 October, 2009

JR in Paris - Interview

JR Interview

Women are Heroes” is a project and an exhibition by the artist JR that coincided with this year’s Nuit Blanche in Paris, France.

Nuit Blanche - In english

For the Women are Heroes project, JR has been traveling to such countries as Kenya, Liberia and Sierra Leone, to take portraits of more than 70 women around the world. It’s the third phase of his 28 Millimetre project, taking its name from the wide-angle lens he uses. Around the Ile Saint-Louis, JR and his team pasted up portraits, studies and other photos from the Women project in huge formats on bridges, the embankments and a City of Paris building. JR conceived a “Street Audio Guide” system that enables passers-by to dial a free number from their mobile phones, to hear interviews with portrayed women and their life-stories.

VernissageTV correspondent Christophe Ecoffet met JR during the installation of his large scale photographs in Paris. In this video, JR talks about his work in general and the concept behind his current installation in Paris.

The open air installation around the Ile Saint-Louis is on display from October 3 to November 2, 2009. An exhibition with two video installations that look back over the whole project runs until October 23.
From Vernissage TV

06 October, 2009

Featured on Artist Career

artistcareer.com.au is a joint initiative of the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) and the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

Both Bellebyrd and Blakkbyrd blogs have been featured on NAVA's Artist Career website. NAVA said the blogs
showcased a unique approach to blogging and artistic practice.

The blogs are featured in a directory on the artistcareer site here

new from Artist Career - Artist Career on Youtube

04 October, 2009

Pop Life - Tate Modern

The Tate Modern studies one of Andy Warhol's main heritages, the artist's taste for exaggerated mediatisation. By reconstructing some key exhibitions, such as those of Keith Haring or of Jeff Koons, the museum shows how fame has become one of the components of contemporary art works.

1 October 2009 – 17 January 2010


Artists’ Book website

We would like to let our colleagues know about our new website:


Reed College Artists’ Book website was designed as a resource for the course “Image Text, The Book as a Sculptural Object," as well as studio art, art history, and literature courses taught at Reed College. It will also function as an online reference guide for book courses taught in the Pacific Northwest and worldwide. The website exposes Reed students and the broader population to the significant role artists' books have played among the avant-garde of Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and the United States, from the turn of the last century to the present. The Reed College collection holds some of the most significant 20th century and contemporary artists’ books. These include livre d’artiste works by David Hockney, avant-garde works by Sonia Delaunay, conceptualist works by Sol LeWitt, and contemporary works by Xu Bing.

This website highlights the major historical categories for the book arts, livre d’artiste, the avant-garde, the conceptualist and the contemporary taught in the course “Image Text, The Book as a Sculptural Object." The approximately 1,000 books in the collection are listed in their historical genre. For example, the livre d’artiste genre that is hand colored, letterpress printed limited edition collaborations between artist and authors include Kara Walkers’ and Toni Morrisons’ collaboration, Five Poems. The avant-garde genre features works by avant-garde artists such as, El Lissitzky, and Fernand Léger, who dissembled the conventions of the book via typography, materials, and illustration. Individual web pages were designed for sixteen of the most significant book works in the collection. These pages contain a gallery of images to navigate the entire work, a brief biography on the artist, a description of the book and the books colophon. All of the works featured on the site link to CONTENTdm, an image archive at Reed College, and the library catalogue.


The spectrum of modern and contemporary Artists' Books in Reed College's Special Collections and collected on this website include traditional letterpress printed books of poetry, conceptual book works, sculptural and visual works, concrete poetry, and magazine works. This unique collection, which holds significant 20th century and contemporary artists’ books, gives students and the broader population insight into the significant role artist's books have played among the avant-garde of Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and the United States, from the turn of the last century to the present. This includes livre d’artiste works by David Hockney, avant-garde works by Sonia Delaunay, conceptualist works by Sol LeWitt, and contemporary works by Xu Bing.

list of artist book websites

03 October, 2009

John De Burgh Perceval


John Perceval (1923-2000) Retrospective in Galeria Aniela. The exhibition was widely canvas by Australian National media. John Perceval is one of the most important Australian artists of the 20 and 21 century



boyd and perceval

Frederick McCubbin - NGA

Frederick McCubbin (1855–1917) was a son of Melbourne. He was born and brought up in working-class Melbourne, he trained at the National Gallery of Victoria’s art school from 1872 to 1886 and was drawing master there from 1886 to 1917. He lived in Melbourne and its surrounds for his entire life (bar a few months), and made Melbourne the central subject of his art. No other Melbourne artist was better known than he during his lifetime.

NGA - open 14 August – 1 November 2009


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Cai Guo-Qiang - Guggenheim

Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe at the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao is a comprehensive retrospective of the work of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. It's the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao's first solo show devoted to a Chinese-born artist.

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the Guggenheim Museum in New York presents Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe, a comprehensive retrospective of the Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang. The show presents early works, gunpowder darwings, explosion events, installations, and social projects.

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02 October, 2009

Art Forum Berlin 2009


With new directors, the international fair for contemporary art, Art Forum Berlin, performs a restart. The 13th edition features some 130 international galleries. For the first time, the fair is open to a limited number of galleries who present art since 1960. With this expansion, Art Forum Berlin wants to become more varied and even more attractive for the visitors.

Art Forum Berlin 2009, Vernissage. September 23, 2009.



This is a review of the 13th international art fair Art Forum Berlin by Ralf Schlüter, vice editor-in-chief of German art magazine Art – Das Kunstmagazin (in Geman language).

Ralf Schlüter had a closer look at works by the artists Erinç Seymen at Galerist (Istanbul), Gert and Uwe Tobias at Contemporary Fine ArtsAnna und Bernhard Blume at Kicken Berlin (Berlin), Zilvinas Kempinas at Spencer Brownstone Gallery (New York), Jasper Niens at Galerie West (Den Haag), and Kunstverein Mauritius at Fiebach und Minninger (Cologne). Art – Das Kunstmagazin itself presents the exhibition Art History – 30 Years of Art Journalism in Pictures. (Berlin),

Art Forum Berlin 2009, Highlights. September 24, 2009.