30 November, 2009


Print Australia is approaching its 10th Birthday. A new studio in Sydney. Over 15,000 email posts to the Lyrebyrd mailing list. Over 500,000 hits to the Bellebyrd and Blakkbyrd blogs.

And the 10th Anniversary print exchange is under way.


27 November, 2009

the artists studio - Titian

As a major new exhibition of Titian's work opens at the National Gallery in February 2003, BBC TWO will journey back to the 16th century to recreate the studio in which Titian composed the masterpieces that cemented his reputation as the greatest painter of the Venetian School. The Artist's Studio explores the engine room of creativity at the very heart of the artistic process, taking a fresh look at the life and work of Titian from within his own world. A team of experts in the fields of conservation, art history and architecture gather together clues, fragments and forensic evidence to physically reconstruct a replica of Titian's working environment. To this, the easels, canvases, props, and models that Titian would have used are added; and the intriguing and often messy practicalities of Titian's techniques demonstrated - from how he made his paints, to the secrets of his brushwork.

video from account of the sun (go here for the other parts)

part 1

22 November, 2009

John Kaldor - Interviews

John Kaldor and Anthony Bond in conversation at COFA.



CELEBRITY TALK in association with 40 years: Kaldor Public Art Projects
John Kaldor, director of Kaldor Public Art Projects, in conversation with Fenella Kernebone, ABC TV Sunday Arts presenter .

John Kaldor is a committed supporter and patron of international contemporary art in Australia. In 1969 he invited artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Australia and coordinated Wrapped Coast, their first major landscape work, and the first of a series of art projects realised by Kaldor, which continues to this day with the current Tatzu Nishi installation out the front of the Art Gallery of NSW.


Jenny Holzer - Basel


http://www.vernissage.tv | More info: http://vernissage.tv/blog/2009/11/04/...

Jenny Holzer is considered as one of the most popular contemporary artists. Holzer is known for her use of words and ideas in public space. In 1982 she publicised her statements and aphorisms (truisms) on one of Times Squares gigantic LED billboards, in 2008 she created a site-specific light projection for the newly renovated facade of the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum in New York.

Fondation Beyeler in Riehen near Basel, Switzerland, is now presenting Jenny Holzers first large sale exhibition in a Swiss museum. The focus is on recent works, some of which have never before been shown in Europe. On display are Jenny Holzers famous LED installations, combining poetic, socio-critical, and political texts and visual effects, as welll as paintings and sculptures. The exhibition is supplemented by a selection of works the artist has chosen from the Beyeler Collection (Giacometti, Picasso, Malevich, Bacon).

The presentation of Jenny Holzers work is not confined to the museum space. The show extends outdoors to the public space. Jenny Holzer conceived light projections on key buildings and sites in Basel and Zürich. These will only be on view on special nights.

The exhibition has been conceived in close cooperation with the artist and the MCA, Chicago, and curated by Elizabeth A. T. Smith and Philippe Büttner. The exhibition at Fondation Beyeler runs until January 24, 2010.

Jenny Holzer at Fondation Beyeler in Riehen / Switzerland. Opening reception, October 31, 2009.

Tracy Emin - NY

James Kalm is slumming on the Lower East Side when he comes across this opening. Tracey Emin is a founding member of the YBAs (Young British Artists) and represented Great Britain in the 2007 Venice Biennial. Featuring over 53 works in neon, film, sculpture, embroideries and monoprints, this extensive show continues the artists exploration and objectification of her own sexuality, lust, longing and desire.


check out the animation

Botticelli - Frankfurt

With a selection of portraits, mythological allegories and depictions of the Virgin – altogether some eighty works by Botticelli, his workshop and his contemporaries – the Städel Museum is presenting the first exhibition ever to be devoted to the oeuvre of this great Italian Renaissance master in German-speaking lands.

All in all, it will be possible to show more than 80 works by Botticelli, his workshop, and some of his contemporaries like Filippino Lippi or Andrea del Verrocchio.

view video (in german)

download audio guides and view another video
(with english subtitles).

more info


13 November, 2009

Stephanie Syjuco - Frieze Art Fair

This is an interview with San Francisco-based artist Stephanie Syjuco. Stephanie Syjuco has conceived a project for this year’s Projects program of Frieze Art Fair. Her project called Copystand: an autonomous manufacturing zone is a workshop in which a small group of artists are making bootleg copies of other works exhibited in the fair, and an adjacent gallery stand where these works are presented for sale.

In this interview, Stephanie Syjuco talks about the idea behind her work Copystand, how it is received by the audience and gallerists, and her work in general.

For the group show “1969“, a large scale exhibition at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York that opens on Sunday 25, 20009, Stephanie Syjuco is reproducing two iconic works from MoMA’s collection: Joseph Beuys’ “Sled” and Robert Morris’s “Untitled” felt work, which will be presented at P.S.1 in lieu of the originals.

Frieze Projects is a programme of artists’ commissions realised annually at Frieze Art Fair. It is curated by Neville Wakefield and includes seven new projects as well as The Cartier Award and collaborations with this year’s partner institutions CAC Vilnius (Lithuania) and Arte Contempo (Portugal).

The seven artists commissioned to create site-specific work for Frieze Art Fair 2009 are Mike Bouchet, Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth, Ruth Ewan, Ryan Gander, Per-Oskar Leu, Monika Sosnowska and Stephanie Syjuc

from Vernissage TV

07 November, 2009

Hanging Fire - NY

Hanging Fire:
Contemporary Art from Pakistan

10 September 2009
- 3 January 2010

New York's "Hanging Fire" exhibition presented by the Asia Society and curated by acclaimed scholar Salima Hashmi is an important and ambitious raising of the curtain on what is an entire cabaret of Pakistani artists, both established and emerging, that are making their way onto the international stage. Artists investigating the fracturing of traditions and ideologies, as well and the spectre of terror; artists who personally and creatively must contend with an influential past and an especially uncertain future. Showcasing fifteen leading artists - Zahoor ul Akhlaq, Imran Qureshi, Anwar Saeed, Rashid Rana, Naiza Khan, Huma Mulji, Hamra Abbas, Bani Abidi, Asma Mundrawala, Ayaz Jhokio, Ali Raza, Mahreen Zuberi, Adeela Suleman, Arif Mahmood and Faiza Butt - this prestigious exhibition gives viewers a taste of Pakistan's rich expressive potential. All these artists have drawn on issues which move and shake them daily. Their responses - often subtle, humorous, theatrical - can be described as a kind of defence mechanism from within a politically and culturally charged creative space.

full article




How to Engrave Video

Video - how to engrave and print copperplate.

Ridsmueum - The Brilliant Line

- watch video of engraving process


Museum of Art Rhode Island
exhibition Sept 09 - Jan 10

03 November, 2009

Daniel Kelly - Japan

Daniel Kelly - HIGHFIRE - A documentary film by John Wells about the making of Kelly's 2008 woodblock print.

view video here

02 November, 2009

IFPDA Print Fair - NY

The International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) will present its annual Print Fair from Thursday, November 5 - Sunday, November 8 at New York's celebrated Park Avenue Armory. This year's Fair features an international roster of eighty-four IFPDA member dealers.

The crown jewel of New York Fine Art Print Week, also coordinated by the IFPDA, the Fair will open on Wednesday, November 4th, with a Gala Preview Party offering ticket-holders a first look at important masterworks and new contemporary projects. The evening's festivities will feature a Treasure Hunt organized by the IFPDA's newly launched paper/ink committee (PIC) as a creative way to explore the wide spectrum of artists' works on view.

2009 exhibitors

Alice Adam Ltd. | Chicago, IL
Advanced Graphics London | London, United Kingdom
Allinson Gallery, Inc. | Storrs, CT
E.H. Ariëns Kappers Master Prints | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Arion Press | San Francisco, CA
Ars Libri Ltd. | Boston, MA
The Art of Japan | Medina, WA
James A. Bergquist | Newton Centre, MA
Joel R. Bergquist Fine Art | Stanford, CA
C.G. Boerner | New York, NY
Robert Brown Gallery | Washington, DC
Catherine E. Burns | Oakland, CA
Galerie André Candillier | Paris, France
Eric G. Carlson Fine Prints & Drawings | New York, NY
Childs Gallery | Boston, MA
Alan Cristea Gallery | London, United Kingdom
Crown Point Press | San Francisco, CA
Davidson Galleries | Seattle, WA
Dolan/Maxwell | Philadelphia, PA
Durham Press, Inc. | Durham, PA
Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints | Burbank, CA
G. W. Einstein Company, Inc. | New York, NY
The Fine Art Society | London, United Kingdom
Fitch-Febvrel Gallery | Croton, NY
Thomas French Fine Art | Fairlawn, OH
Galerie St. Etienne | New York, NY
Pia Gallo | New York, NY
Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl | New York, NY
Israel Goldman | London, United Kingdom
C. & J. Goodfriend Drawings & Prints | New York, NY
Goya Contemporary | Baltimore, MD
Graphicstudio/USF | Tampa, FL
Galerie Grillon | Paris, France
Hill-Stone, Inc. | New York, NY
Hirschl & Adler Galleries | New York, NY
Jan Johnson, Old Master & Modern Prints, Inc. | Chambly, Canada
R.S. Johnson Fine Art | Chicago, IL
Barbara Krakow Gallery | Boston, MA
August Laube Buch - und Kunstantiquariat | Zurich, Switzerland
Daniela Laube Fine Art | New York, NY
R. E. Lewis & Daughter Original Prints | San Rafael, CA
Jörg Maass Kunsthandel | Berlin, Germany
Ian Mackenzie Fine Art Ltd. | London, United Kingdom
Marlborough Graphics | New York, NY
A & D Martinez | Paris, France
Paul McCarron Fine Prints & Drawings | New York, NY
Mixografía® | Los Angeles, CA
Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art | New York, NY
The Old Print Shop, Inc. | New York, NY
Osborne Samuel Ltd | London, United Kingdom
Pace Prints | New York, NY
Paramour Fine Arts | Franklin, MI
Paulson Press | Berkeley, CA
Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts | Portland, ME
Pratt Contemporary | Kent, United Kingdom
Paul Prouté S.A. | Paris, France
Redfern Gallery, Ltd. | London, United Kingdom
H. H. Rumbler, Kunsthandel | Frankfurt, Germany
Mary Ryan Gallery| New York, NY
Senior & Shopmaker Gallery | New York, NY
Shark's Ink. | Lyons, CO
Susan Sheehan Gallery | New York, NY
Keith Sheridan Inc. | Brooklyn, NY
Sims Reed Gallery | London, United Kingdom
Sragow Gallery | New York, NY
Stewart & Stewart | Bloomfield Hills, MI
Paul Stolper| London, United Kingdom
John Szoke Editions | New York, NY
Tandem Press | Madison, WI
Susan Teller Gallery | New York, NY
The Tolman Collection | New York, NY
Theobald Jennings Ltd. | London, United Kingdom
David Tunick, Inc. | New York, NY
Two Palms | New York, NY
Universal Limited Art Editions | Bay Shore, NY
Ursus Books & Prints Ltd. | New York, NY
Riverhouse Editions/ van Straaten Gallery | Denver, CO
Verne Collection, Inc. | Cleveland, OH
Diane Villani Editions | New York, NY
William Weston Gallery | London, United Kingdom
Weyhe Gallery | Mt. Desert, ME
Works on Paper | Philadelphia, PA
Worthington Gallery | Chicago, IL

more info

01 November, 2009

Guerilla Art - ABC2

Its interesting to note that the ABC is now finally starting to cover the art that I have been reporting on for the last five years. Aunty is starting to catch up, or maybe they just read my blogs. Most of the artists in this documentary have already been featured on Blakkbyrd blog.

ABC2 link

A new generation of international street artists are the latest hot property for galleries, art collectors and big advertising brands.

Filmed in New York, London, Paris, Sao Paulo and Tokyo, it introduces the graffiti-inspired street art pioneers Futura 2000, Ramm:ell:zee, Os Gemeos, Space Invader, Blek le Rat, Miss Van and Eine, some whose art is now celebrated among the trendy and wealthy of New York and London.

The movement started in the late ‘70s when hip hop and the spray can emerged from the lanes and backstreets and spread like a virus across the urban landscapes of the rest of the world. Art patron Agnes B and art curator Jerome Sans comment on the early days of Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat, when graffiti changed the streets of New York and then of other cities around the planet.

It reveals how these artists have developed a unique system of economic survival, from selling limited-edition prints to clothing designs for streetwear labels and creating record labels and logos for youth brands.

Guerilla Art will be repeated on ABC1 – Sunday, November 08 at 3:00pm

asylum seekers - Melbourne

The art in Hosier Lane, Melbourne is constantly changing. This is one of the last photos I took in my recent visit to Melbourne. The work was freshly installed. The name of the artist is not known, but I suspect from the size of the hands that it is a female.

Sticky tape sculpture is not new in street art, but what I liked about this piece was its timeliness with respect to the asylum seeker debate currently ongoing in the media. Street art is inherently political.

For me, a measure of success of street art is that it must work in relation to its installed position. If you move it and it loses its context, then its good street art. This piece fulfills that criteria. The reading of the art lies in its relation to the iron bars from behind which the fragile and nameless hands entreat.

Well done.