DAILY ART FIX: 25 Amazing Ideas for Art History Halloween Costumes

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A Surreal Rene Magritte Outfit

‘Tis the Season for dress up fun. Let famous works of art be your inspiration.

American Gothic Fun

See the full article here: SARTLE – 25 Amazing Ideas for Art History Halloween Costumes

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – The John Lurie’s Art

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Examples of artist/musician/actor John Lurie‘s paintings.

Music John Lurie (Marvin Pontiac) – Power

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DAILY ART FIX: New Painting “And There Came Out of the Smoke Locusts”

Richard Bledsoe “And There Came Out of the Smoke Locusts” acrylic on masonite 15″ x 15″

Revelation 9:3

“And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.”

Revisited painting on a hard support, something I’d focused on extensively earlier in my artistic explorations. The unyielding, slick surface was an interesting experience, want to do more now.

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DAILY ART FIX: A.I. Digitally Resurrects Trio of Lost Gustav Klimt Paintings

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Two of the newly restored paintings

Klimt Colorized: Jurisprudence (left) and Medicine (right) 

Gustav Klimt paintings are some of the most stunning and beautiful examples of Modern art. Unfortunately, some of his art is lost. Now technology has recreated some key works.

Not all of Klimt’s vibrant paintings survive today. Nazi looting during World War II led to the destruction of many prized Klimt works, including the Faculty Paintings: three enormous allegorical scenes titled Philosophy, Medicine and Jurisprudence.

To study these paintings, all of which were likely destroyed in a 1945 fire, art historians have long had to make do with black-and-white photographs. Thanks to machine learning, however, researchers have now restored historical images of the Faculty trio to approximations of their original colors, offering viewers a sense of what Klimt’s works looked like before their destruction, reports Mexican newspaper El Universal.

Read the Full Article Here: SMITHSONIAN – A.I. Digitally Resurrects Trio of Lost Gustav Klimt Paintings

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DAILY ART FIX: Eva Hesse, Sculptor

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Eva Hesse | The Art Zoo

Eva Hesse

German-American Sculptor (January 11, 1936 – May 29, 1970)


“First feel sure of idea, then the execution will be easier.” – Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse | No title | Whitney Museum of American Art

Untitled

Vertiginous Detour | by Eva Hesse. | excalipoor | Flickr

“Vertiginous Detour” 

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DAILY ART FIX: Akira Kurosawa’s Spectacular Hand-Painted Storyboards

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When I was growing up, I wanted to be a film maker. I ended up becoming a painter.

The great director Akira Kurosawa went about it in the opposite way. However, he ended up using visual art to enhance his cinematic efforts.

Federico Italiano on Twitter: "Akira Kurosawa's hand-painted storyboards  for 'Ran' (1985)… "

Akira Kurosawa: Storyboard Painting for the Film Ran

The great Akira Kurosawa, a famed Japanese filmmaker who directed 30 films across a career spanning 57 years, initially began life as an aspiring painter.

Kurosawa’s elementary school teacher, Mr Tachikawa, was one of the first major influences on his life. Tachikawa’s progressive teaching methods—which encouraged his students to draw with free will—proved to be a moment which set the foundations for Kurosawa’s desire to spill his thoughts into a creative form. Set for a career in art, a young Kurosawa began focusing on the working class of his homeland, aiming to put “unfulfilled political ideals directly onto the canvas.”

However, after heavy influence from his eldest brother Heigo—who was obsessed with foreign film—Kurosawa decided to live with his sibling in Tokyo and began to indulge as much cinema as he could. “I intended to be a painter before I became involved in film,” Kurosawa is quoted as saying in Stephen Prince’s book The Warrior’s Camera. “A curious turn of events, however, brought me to cinema, where I began my present career.”

Kurosawa continued: “When I changed careers, I burnt all the pictures that I had painted up until then. I intended to forget painting once and for all. As a well-known Japanese proverb says, ‘If you chase two rabbits, you may not catch even one’.

“I did no artwork at all once I began to work in cinema. But since becoming a film director, I have found that drawing rough sketches was often a useful means of explaining ideas to my staff.”

16 Akira Kurosawa ideas | akira, storyboard, painting

Akira Kurosawa: Painted Storyboard for the Film Dreams

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DAILY ART FIX: Eric Fischl – Meditations on Melancholia

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WM | whitehot magazine of contemporary art | Interview with Eric Fischl on  the occasion of his show Meditations on Melancholia at Skarstedt Gallery,  in New York

Eric Fischl “Cleansed by the Flames of Water” Acrylic on linen 98″ x 68″

I’ve written about Eric Fischl before, in the context of the collapse of college art programs. Fischl was one of the 1980s art stars I actually respect as a powerful painter. He’s still hard at work. In 2020 he exhibited new works created during the invisible war of the Woo Hoo Floo.

Has Fischl ever consistently worked so loosely, with such abandon? Given the title of the show—Meditations on Melancholia—it’s probably not surprising to learn that many of the paintings and works on paper were executed during the COVID-19 lockdown last spring and summer. To be sure, his blues add a critical subtext to the proceedings. Plus there’s an “edge” to many of these works. Are they meant to look unfinished? Should you believe that there’s an accompanying scenario in which the artist was interrupted before he could complete these pictures? Fortunately, for us, Fischl tried something new and succeeded gloriously.

Read the full article here: BROOKLYN RAIL – Eric Fischl – Meditations on Melancholia

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DAILY ART FIX: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BUILDING A STUDIO PRACTICE

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Spaces for Making: G's Colourful, Eclectic Home Art Studio - Test Kitchen

It takes space to make art: physical, mental, and temporal space.

As busy and as challenged as we all are, it can be hard to create those kinds of spaces. I found this article has some solid, practical advice on how to make art happen.

1. Organize your workspace and limit decisions

Whether you have a dedicated studio or make your work on the kitchen table, the concept is the same: organize your workspace so you can get to work and clean up quickly.

For a couple of years when I lived in a particularly small apartment, a small cardboard box held all my materials, and I made my work on our dining room table. Because this was a small table and we used it for meals, I had to put away everything after making my work each day. This created some limits around the size and materials I could use, which was helpful because it forced me to make decisions before starting projects.

I mention limiting decisions because the less thinking you have to do when you start, the easier it is to make your work. So do a little planning: define a project, prepare a bunch of paper, panels, or whatever you’ll need to make your work, pick your medium(s), and commit to working on this particular project for a week or a month, or any length of time you’ll choose to dedicate to it.

Read the full article here: THE ABUNDANT ARTIST – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BUILDING A STUDIO PRACTICE

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DAILY ART FIX: Happy Columbus Day!

Art world links which caught my eye…

The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus

Salvador Dali “The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus” oil on canvas 161″ x 112″

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Social Climate Change is the One to Focus On

Richard Bledsoe “The Conspirators” acrylic on canvas 24″ x 24″

I originally posted the painting above to this blog on March 31, 2019. This is what I had to say about it at the time:

My latest completed painting. These sinister characters lurk in the shadows and plot. It is them, and those of their ilk, which have woven the web of delusions that are driving our culture to ruin.

I spend a lot of time on the internet studying current events and bizarre phenomenon. I see something truly massive taking form that will change the dynamic of the entire world. I call these changes the dawn of the Remodern Age. I describe them in detail in my book, Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization.

Am I crazy, or ahead of the curve? Time will tell. In the meantime, here are another couple of sinister characters.

Richard and Michele Read the News

A year later, on March 31, 2020, we had just been informed two weeks to flatten the curve was just not good enough. Really. Flatten the curve, or flatten our civilization?

I am convinced the painting I made was a premonition of the Overblown Outbreak. What I did not take into account in the prediction made in my statement is before we reach the Remodern era, we have to survive the death throes of Postmodernism. We’re living that now, and it’s ugly.

The state of the culture is like that quote about the weather attributed to Mark Twain: everybody’s talking about it, but no one does anything about it.

Granted, there’s lots to complain about. Any sensible observer can see the social environment is rotting before our eyes. There’s endless commentary available on the latest outrages, and the hits just keep on coming.

It is important to call out the issues occurring. The first step towards change is recognizing there is a problem. But it’s only the first step. Once the problem is identified, it’s not effective to just keep recognizing it, over and over again. Action is called for.

Unlike the phony climate change hoax, the social environment is manmade. The cultural decay we are experiencing is the result of deliberate behaviors by specific people. They have intentions, and they make decisions. Funds are spent or withheld; access is granted or denied; viewpoints are encouraged or suppressed. The originating perpetrators tend to move stealthily, shielded by bureaucratic haze and patient incrementalism. Accountability is so defused, it is non-existent.  This is by design.

Much of the proclaimed Postmodern mindset is based on severing the rational connection between cause and effect. Popular Postmodern positions require accepting delusions like being born a particular sex does not determine what “gender” you are. Or that community crime is caused by too much of a police presence. Or that the most free, prosperous and diverse nation in human history is the most racist and oppressive.

The Postmodern philosophy tends to be a package deal; if you believe any of this junk, odds are you believe all of it. Easily verifiable evidence refutes these assertions, and scores of other crazy notions like them. And yet the evidence is not heard; it’s not even allowed to be presented. This is not an accident, not just chance or misfortune. It’s a carefully managed plan.

We don’t know the names of those who are ultimately driving these schemes. That’s part of the plan as well. What I can see informs me that these persons unknown are very aware of the reality of causation, and the destructive results of the ideas they promote. This isn’t a situation of unintended consequences.  The influencers aren’t deluded; they are manipulative liars, living embodiments of Doublethink double standards. They are superspreaders of delusion. They’ve weaponized it to advance their agenda.

Sadly, through covert campaigns, our cultural institutions are inundated by those working towards the death of our culture. Whether the participants are fellow travelers or just useful idiots, the end results will be the same.

Now, enough with the recognizing of the problem, again. Once recognition happens, it’s time to take responsibility.

What are we to do? I have great hope here. This human caused social environment crisis can be countered by other humans. Knowing most of our existing hierarchies are hopelessly compromised at the moment, independent action is called for. Let us be a joyous insurgency, each in our own way.

I have a soft target, in the arts. Establishment art has degenerated into an alienating money laundering racket. The audience for contemporary art is practically nil. Yet the creation and contemplation of art is an instinctual appetite for humanity. We still need it, want it, crave it even.

All you people who ever visited an art gallery or museum and left baffled or upset, I’m speaking to you. You were never the problem. So much of what our compromised cultural institutions present as art isn’t really art at all. It is propaganda meant to prop up the delusion. You knew they were failing to meet the genuine need for art you had.

I make art that comes to me in visions. Like dreams, the visions are full mysterious significance, and affirm the beauty and weirdness of the life God has granted us. My works will not be to all tastes, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Just know my paintings are the result of a sincere effort to share my particular nature in an attempt to reach universal connection.

Trust your own instincts, and find the art that appeals to you-or even better, try to make it yourself. It’s a rewarding experience, with endless capacity for growth.

Taking free actions, rejecting approved parameters of the officially sanctioned narrative, is how we can make actual climate change happen. It’s the Remodern way.

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