21 November, 2012

Carlos Cruz-Diez

The starting point for Cruz-Diez´s chromatic investigations is the unstable nature of colour. His work combines colour theory, science, kinetics, mechanical engineering, and the painter´s craft, and it defies easy categorization.

For more than five decades, Carlos Cruz-Diez (born 1923) has experimented intensively with the origins and optics of colour. His wide-ranging body of work includes unconventional colour structures, light environments, street interventions, architectural integration projects, and experimental works that engage the response of the human eye while insisting on the participatory nature of colour.

Carlos Cruz-Diez: Colour in Space and Time features more than 150 works created from the 1940s to today, including paintings, silk-screen prints, and innovative chromatic structures; room-size chromatic environments, architectural models, and videos; and a virtual re-creation of the artist´s studio. The exhibition introduces international audiences to Cruz-Diez´s extensive production and places his theoretical and artistic contributions to 20th-century Modernism in a broader context than they have traditionally been seen. This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Cruz-Diez Foundation, Houston. February 6, 2011
- July 4, 2011

Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time Virtual Tour from Carlos Cruz-Diez on Vimeo.


Carlos Cruz-Diez: El color en el espacio y en el tiempo at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo - MUAC in Mexico City runs until February 10, 2013.


09 November, 2012

Impact 8

28th August – 1st September 2013

Print Festival Scotland

Impact 8 International Printmaking Conference:
A celebration of interdisciplinarity and exploration through the medium of print.

The eighth Impact international conference will be hosted in Dundee as a central element to the inaugural Print Festival Scotland – an event which aims to confirm the cultural diversity, historical significance and future potential of print.

Foregrounding the inherent experimental and interdisciplinary nature of print practices Impact 8 will provide a critical and interactive platform for the varied interests that make print such a unique discipline.  From its hybrid roots in industry and scholarship, through traditional design applications and fine art practices to it’s consistent significance within emerging technologies and theoretical debate – print continues to play a crucial role in the exploration of borders and crossings – be they geographical, ideological, cultural, theoretical or practical.


The NEW Shock of the New

The New Shock of the New

Robert Hughes

Mona Lisa Curse

The Mona Lisa Curse

Documentary by Australian writer and critic art Robert Hughes

part 1 of 6

18 October, 2012

New London Edition of Bellebyrd

After an extended break Bellebyrd is returning with a new London based edition. 

This means that there will be an emphasis on what's happening in the Arts in London. 

Stay tuned. 


22 May, 2012

The Printed Image in China

Clarissa von Spee, curator, Chinese and Central Asian collections, Department of Asia, The British Museum

Delve into the history of printing and papermaking—invented in China centuries before it was known in Europe—and gain further insight into The Printed Image in China, 8th--21st Century, an exhibition presenting over 130 Chinese prints from the British Museum's comprehensive collection. Works discussed include Buddhist prints from the Silk Road, colorful images used in folk rituals and festivals, imperial engravings, antiwar images from the Modern Woodcut Movement, and internationally acclaimed contemporary prints.

The Printed Image in China, 8th--21st Century
May 5--July 29, 2012 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The exhibition was organized by the British Museum with the support of the American Friends of the British Museum.

According to current scholarship, printing on paper was invented in China about 700 A.D., making China the country with the longest history of printing in the world.

16 April, 2012

Modern Art

Modern Art - A Complete Guide 1974
Narrated by Orsen Welles
With cameos from Robert Hughes, Peggy Guggenheim, Suzi Gablik and numerous artists of the moderns. Imaginative music score. Though now dated, this documentary is not to be missed.
1hr 40mins


15 April, 2012

Art Market Documentary

From the BBC, this documentary explores the world of the art market with particular reference to recent activity. It covers price manipulation and other tactics. Featuring Damien Hirst, Sotherbys, White Cube and other major players.

"The Great Contemporary Art Bubble" in seven parts

08 April, 2012

Returning Stolen Art

Loot: Stolen Treasurers of the Ancient World

December 3, 2008

Sharon Waxman writer
Sharon Waxman discusses questions of ownership of cultural objects and reads from new her book, Loot: Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World.
Why are the Elgin Marbles in London and not on the Acropolis? If such stunning art objects have admittedly come to Western museums through the heavy hand of 19th century cultural exploitation, do these museums have an ethical responsibility to return them? What if such return harmed these objects because their home country is too poor to maintain, house and protect? What ethical standards should Western museums follow when they obtain art objects from Third World countries? Sharon Waxman addresses these questions and presents her book, Loot: Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World.

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Remembering Louise Bourgeois

Remembering Louise Bourgeois

Tracey Emin, Artist, London
Jerry Gorovoy, Louise Bourgeois's longtime assistant, New York
Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Moderator | Ulf K├╝ster, Curator, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel

Art Theft

The Art of the Steal

January 21, 2009

Spalding Nix art appraiser, Spalding Nix Fine Art & Antiques [homepage]
Spalding Nix, associate member of the American Society of Appraisers and proprietor of Spalding Nix Fine Art & Antiques, discusses infamous works of art and the daring criminals that steal them. Nix reveals how this criminal enterprise has become an international multi-billion dollar industry, third only to global drug and arms trafficking.

Suzi Gablik

Paradigm Spinning: Artists as Agents of Social Change
March 14, 2001
Suzi Gablik artist, art critic, cultural philosopher [homepage]

Suzi Gablik departs from what she calls "the faded ethos of modernism," and explains why she sees artists as agents of social change. This lecture is part of the Arts in Education Program's John Landrum Bryant Lecture Performance Series.

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Linda Nochlin

Cosponsored by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art/USA (AICA: International Association of Art Critics) presents the second annual lecture addressing current issues in the world of art criticism. Vist http://www.newschool.edu/vlc and http://www.veralistcenter.org

This year's distinguished critic, Linda Nochlin, is the Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Professor Nochlin addresses the issue of how the goals of art criticism differ from those of art history.

AICA was founded after World War II to promote professional art criticism as essential to winning widespread understanding and support for contemporary art.


Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?
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16 March, 2012

11 March, 2012

10 Arts Law Cases

From the same series as the previous post. 10 cases in arts law from the USA covering resale royalties, authentication and a few other areas of interest to artists, retailers and collectors.

Josh Baer, Publisher of Baer Faxt and Art Advisor, New York
Peter R. Stern, Lawyer, McLaughlin & Stern LLP, New York

Digital Art Law

An excellent overview of the many issues arising from the proliferation of art imagery on the internet. A must view for all artists. Discussion on appropriation and mis-appropriation, copyright and artist's self protection. USA law based but internationally relevent.

Lawrence M. Kaye, Esq. Co-Chair of International Art Law Group, Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Howard N. Spiegler, Esq. Co-Chair of International Art Law Group, Herrick, Feinstein LLP

16 February, 2012

Melbourne Map and Guide

A weekend guide to Melbourne

This Google map and guide was put together for a friend's weekend away. 
It is by no means complete or comprehensive but it may be of use to the first-time visitor.

Melbourne things to do
all these things are marked on a special Melbourne Map

Friday night I'd probably just pick one of the many restaurants along southbank or in the Casino

Hosier Lane
Opposite Federation square, is Hosier lane,  check out graffiti and the Until Never Gallery, its upstairs and the entrance is in the sidelane
Go to the bar on the corner called  Movida for Tapas

Walk up Flinders Street to the Press Club
Nice for lunch

For Coffee and the place to be seen  - Degraves Street - any of the coffee bars

It crosses Flinders Lane this is full of cool boutiques and some of Melbourne's private galleries. Walk across Flinders lane and into Centre Place and from here you can continue on through the arcade to Collins Street

more info on Melbourne's laneways

Melbourne Gaol where Ned Kelly was hung is worth a visit if you want to sightsee

For atmosphere do Queen Victoria Markets
sat 6am - 3pm, sun 9am - 4pm

I've marked near Vic Markets the Blender Studios which is an artist space and studios, near there on the corner of Elizabeth and A'Beckett Street there is an upstairs bar if you want coffee or a drink.

The Rooftop Bar is in Swanston Street

If you are feeling arty there are Two National Galleries,
both NGV's are good, The NGV Australian Collection in Federation Square - there is a huge information centre here, or the International Collection is at NGV International - they do a fancy afternoon tea with cakes in the UPSTAIRS cafe.

You could do a romantic River Cruise

Outside of the inner city  the place to go is Brunswick St in Fitzroy  (Melbourne's Newtown)
And some of the best Galleries are in Gertrude Street
You could do these two for saturday lunch/coffee  and stay on for dinner - its a short tram ride, buy a weekend tram ticket
I think the 35 city circle is free

If you are wandering around the city dont miss Chinatown

and in the area is Caledonia Lane  (good graffiti)
see also Union Lane and Croft Alley
in Croft Alley you will find the Croft Institute Bar

I've also marked Myers and David Jones  for the shoppers
they are next to each other