What is asked of me as an art writer and critic today, is not why I became an art writer and critic. In this time of great transition in media, art and business, there are more media venues than ever filled with everything from drivel to genius. More and more people are writing about art…
Leanne Goebel writes about Edward Ranney at the Denver Art Museum and interviews Brendan Tang for adobeairstream.com.
Is a Titan IV Stage II rocket engine a work of art? It was designed to fly to Saturn, but never made the journey. How about a B61 Thermonuclear Bomb? According to Adam Lerner and Paul Andersen, curators of Energy Effects: Art and Artifacts from the Landscape of Glorious Excess “nuclear weapons are designed to produce fear, and thereby they are made specifically to prevent their own use.” Try telling that to the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Vlasic does more than just capture the likeness of the individual and their essence. Part of her art, is in selecting interesting, unique and fascinating people. She prefers those who have life experience and unusual personalities. “Pretty people aren’t as interesting,” Vlasic said. Another important element of this work is that she has consciously selected poses and images of these that eliminates sexuality from the nude. Her portraits alter their subjects in a way that their tattoos cannot.
Leanne Goebel interviews Paola Santoscoy, the curator of The Nature of Things at the Biennial of the Americas and a video interview with Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper who talks about the biennial, the Hamilton Building and all things creative economy.
Stephen Hannock is a craftsman of the highest calibre, a scientist, an artist, a man with a network of A-list collectors and friends. His luminescent paintings are more like documentary films that capture his own personal story and intertwine it with stories and people of a specific place.
The primary buyers of art seem to be hotels, hospital and blue-chip billionaires hedging their funds in Warhols and Picasso’s. Collectors are not spending their discretionary income because their walls are already filled. Artwork Network doesn’t claim to be an art expert and they are not representing artists. For them, art is a product and they are a tool to help sell that product. Perhaps websites like Artwork Network can build their brand around a new kind of art buyer, one that doesn’t have to know the difference between acrylic and oil, whose willing to spend $500 for something because they like it and it matches the furniture, and for whom art is not a luxury but a necessity.