Visual Arts Articles
Rembrandt Over Time (15 Jul 2014 01:15pm)
Rembrandt was born 408 years ago today. Of course, we never really know about people born around that time unless they were royalty. But you know how it goes, he was born a long time ago, we pick a date and go with it because it gives us an excuse for talking about the man. But I don't really want t...
Bernard Frouchtben at the Antiques Roadshow (07 Jun 2014 02:32pm)
The Antiques Roadshow is an interesting operation. They stagger the people going to it and there is an enormous army of people who come. It really is nothing more than a place that people can come to get instant appraisals of work. If there is anything particularly interesting, they take you to thei...
Bernard Frouchtben's War Painting (06 Jun 2014 01:44pm)
My father is a construction contractor, but not the kind you probably think of when you hear the term. He actually built houses and small apartment buildings all alone, except for subcontractors for plumbing and electrical as well as the occasional helper (including me). And during a remodel of a ve...
A Brief Intro to Bernard Frouchtben (18 May 2014 09:54pm)
I've had a very pleasant night. Yesterday, I learned that we are going to go to the Santa Clara Antiques Roadshow. This is kind of a big deal, because we are in possession of a badly damaged painting by a great American Primitive painter Bernard Frouchtben, and we are very keen to learn if it would ...
A Brief Look at Doodle 4 Google Winners (30 Apr 2014 04:21pm)
As you may be aware, there is a contest for school children, Doodle 4 Google. The Google Doodles are, of course, the special Google displays that commemorate things like South Africa Freedom Day. And sometimes they are animations, like the one they did for Claude Debussy's 151st Birthday. And someti...
Mona Caron Outdoes Magritte (13 Apr 2014 06:25pm)
I was introduced to an artist this morning, Mono Caron. She is a San Francisco artist who specializes in murals. And her work is beautiful. It is expansive and varied even though it maintains a single style. It also combines nature and city life in a way that this very much in keeping with San Franc...
Stan Lee Sucks: the Jack Kirby Story (05 Mar 2014 12:00pm)
This is not a review, but I do want to talk about the documentary With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story. It is, of course, about Stan Lee, the "great man" behind Marvel Comics. It isn't a review because I wasn't even able to finish watching the film. This isn't because it is a bad documentary. I thou...
The Beautiful Costa Concordia (21 Sep 2013 10:43am)
On 13 January 2012, the cruise ship Costa Concordia hit a rock off Isola del Giglio and basically fell over. It was sad—mostly because 32 people died. But I've never been that interested because as tragedies go, it wasn't much of one unless you are a shareholder of the Carnival Corporation. B...
Krugman Does Magritte! (17 Sep 2013 11:24am)
This morning, Paul Krugman posted an article, This Is Not a Crisis. What he's getting at is the claim by conservatives that we must do something about our "out of control spending!" As I am always quick to point out: Republicans Don't Care About Economy. They only use it as an excuse to cut social p...
New Van Gogh Sunset at Montmajour (09 Sep 2013 12:26pm)
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam unveiled a recently discovered Vincent Van Gogh landscape painting from 1888—two years before his death. The painting is named Sunset at Montmajour and it is entirely typical of Van Gogh's generic landscapes. I think the discovery is really interesting, becaus...
Jerry Saltz Is an Asshole (23 Apr 2013 09:21pm)
I have a great fondness for serious art criticism. But I don't think you get it by reading newspapers or magazines. What's more, I tend to think that criticism takes time. You need to live with a piece of art for a long time. Otherwise, it is too easy to let your emotions distract you with flashy to...
Mona Lisa Now (03 Apr 2013 11:23am)
Giovanni Carmine, an art curator in Switzerland, had an interesting idea. It also turned out to be horrifying. He took a number depictions of women in great pieces of art throughout history and altered them into our modern standards of beauty. That is: he made them painfully skinny. We aren't talkin...
Celebrity Painters (10 Feb 2013 11:21am)
In general, I'm against artists in one field going into another. Part of it is just that we already live in a winner-take-all society. There are damned few ways for artists to make a living. Does Jeff Bridges really need the extra income from doing voice-overs for commercials? Couldn't he leave som...
Bush Self-Portrait (09 Feb 2013 03:00pm)
Guccifer hacked the Bush family emails and all I got was this stupid painting! Okay, not stupid. Let me backtrack, because this hasn't exactly been well covered. Earlier this week, The Smoking Gun reported a hacker by the name of Guccifer got into six email accounts of Bush family members and friend...
Friday Night Fright (19 Oct 2012 08:45pm)
BuzzFeed offers up 8 Mind-Boggling Pieces of Illusionary Makeup Body Art. They are all amazing, but the one below is the best. This is just my little attempt to spice up your Friday Night: Of course, I could have just offered up Dali at the Age of Six When He Thought He Was a Girl Lifting the Skin...
Getty Center (07 Sep 2012 11:17am)
I spent the whole of yesterday at the Getty Center. Truly, I was none too keen on it, given my general opinion of J. Paul Getty—one of the great third basers who we are all supposed to bow down to. The fact that he was a miser doesn't help matters. He loaned his son money to pay for the kidnap...
Anne Adams and Frontotemporal Dementia (06 Sep 2012 10:31am)
Radio Lab produced an exceptional short program called Unraveling Bolero. It tells the story of the Anne Adams, a PhD cell biologist turned artist. Her change from science to art was the result of the early stages of a brain disease called frontotemporal dementia. The disease causes the language por...
The Art of an Iraqi War Criminal (03 Aug 2012 12:45am)
I caught a bit of The Rachel Maddow Show tonight as I made dinner. During one bit, she mentioned that since leading Iraq into ever more chaos for the Bush administration, L. Paul Bremer is now painting. She showed the painting on the left and I thought, "That looks really interesting." So I went to...
Second Person Singular Cover (09 Jun 2012 08:01pm)
I grabbed a copy of Sayed Kashua's Second Person Singular yesterday because of its cover: ...
A Late Valentine (07 Mar 2012 12:11am)
When I was a kid, I thought comics sucked. The only mainstream comic I ever read was Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth. It was written and drawn by Jack Kirby. But it definitely wasn't the art I liked. Kirby is a really important comic book artist. He more or less created Marvel Comics as we now know i...
Who is Mista Moose-Puppet-Head? (18 Jan 2012 07:30pm)
This is a cry for help. For a couple of weeks now, I've been signing off my email with, "As Mista Moose-Puppet-Head would say, 'Ha-cha-cha-cha!'" It speaks volumes about who I am and how long I have been, that not a single person has thought to ask, "Who is Mista Moose-Puppet-Head?" Maybe they all...
This is Not Your Father's Rene Magritte (17 Sep 2010 09:55pm)
[The header mentioned in his article is no longer used, but it is still available. It was created by Andrea, who is responsible for any art you find around here that looks professional. -FM] As my 2.72 readers know, the header to this site is based upon an couple of paintings by Rene Magritte. One ...
George Henry (11 Aug 2010 01:46pm)
Yesterday, I had a curious, but ultimately delightful meeting with a young artist named George Henry. He is working on a collection of photographs of the poor, dispossessed, and wounded. And he thought I might be of some help in this endeavor—how much remains to be seen. Until I met with him, ...
Making Money from Art (04 Jan 2010 01:03am)
The top Classical Realist painters seem to sell large canvas oils for upwards of a couple hundred thousand dollars. So the money isn't bad, if you are very good—which you must be to create even workman-like paintings in this sub-field. ...
The Twilight of Painting (04 Jan 2010 12:41am)
The Twilight of Painting is a reactionary book about how everything is going to hell these days. It was first published in 1945. And it was written by the great artist R. H. Ives Gammell. In fact, the book is not about how everything is going to hell—just painting. You see, Gammell started pai...

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