Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Semi-Finals: Monet v. O'Keeffe!

Third Thursday: Bringing big names to your mid-month!




"Semifinals" designates the Fourth to Seventh Rounds of the Infinite Art Tournament.  This is a Fifth Round Match.  It pits Claude Monet (4-0, 39-8, .830), who just beat Norman Rockwell by a single vote, again Georgia O'Keefe (4-0, 39-10, .796), who beat Pannini by a two-vote swing.


Claude Monet
1840 - 1926
French
After his death, Monet’s influence on contemporary art ebbed among the avant-garde, who favoured the more radical examples of artists such as van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Matisse, and Marcel Duchamp. A revival of interest in his work occurred in the early 1950s. Monet’s epic scale and formal innovations influenced Abstract Expressionist painters such as Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, and a general scholarly reassessment of his importance began to develop. Wildly popular retrospective exhibitions of his work toured the world during the last decades of the 20th century and established his unparalleled public appeal, sustaining his reputation as one of the most significant and popular figures in the modern Western painting tradition. - Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Skunked! Skunked Henry Moore in Round 1
  • Skunked! Skunked Fernand Léger in Round 2
  • Beat Gustave Moreau easily in Round 3.
  • Defeated Norman Rockwell in the Fourth Round by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!







Georgia O'Keeffe
1887 - 1986
American
O’Keeffe has remained one of the most important and admired Modernist painters in the United States and one of its most celebrated icons. Through her consistently provocative and distinctively personal approach to image making, she created a body of work that conveys the integrity of her Modernist vision, her independent spirit, and, above all, her profound sensitivity to the vitality of natural forces.... In largely overcoming many critics’ gendered interpretations of her work, O’Keeffe also played a key role in disabusing the art community and the general public of the notion that gender was in any way a determinant of artistic competence or creativity. Thus, she helped to establish a new and significant space for female artists in a realm that has continued to be dominated by men. - Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Beat German Emil Nolde in Round 1.
  • Walloped Australian Sir Sidney Nolan in Round 2.
  • Prevailed against Ben Nicholson in Round 3.
  • Beat Giovanni Paolo Pannini in the Fourth Round by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!






Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Second Round: Sánchez Cotán v. Salviati!

Juan Sánchez Cotán
1561 - 1637
Spanish

Pounded by John Singer Sargent in Round 1.
Beat Sassetta in First Round Elimination.






Francesco Salviati (AKA Francesco de' Rossi)
1510 - 1563
Florentine

Defeated minimalist Robert Ryman in Round 1.
Lost to Rachel Ruysch in Round 2.






Vote for the artist of your choice in the comments, or any other way that works for you. Commentary and links to additional work are welcome. Polls open for at least one month past posting, but likely much longer.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Tamayo v. Tanguy!

Rufino Tamayo
1899 - 1991
Mexican



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Yves Tanguy
1890 - 1955
French



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Vote for the artist of your choice! Votes go in the comments. Commentary and links to additional work are welcome. Polls open for at least one month past posting.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Annual January IAT Quorum Call

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the month of December is a misery to be endured.  Fortunately there is January.  In January, if you are lucky, you can pick up the tattered wreckage of your life -- including, but not limited to, catching up on your voting in the Infinite Art Tournament!  That's what I've been doing, anyway.

Here are the December matches that are a bit thin in the votes department.  If you haven't registered your aesthetic preferences yet, it's time to get in there and assess some art!!!  For the team!
And as long as we're taking care of business, I might as well announce LAST CALL on some matches that will be closing soon.  This includes two high-profile Fourth Round pairings:
Also, four Second Round matches:
That's a lot of art appreciation!  Pace yourself!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Second Round: van Ruisdael v. Savery!

In this contest, we have one artist who just skunked an opponent 9-0, and another who got skunked 0-12.  I guess this is where we find out how important momentum is!



Jacob van Ruisdael
1628 - 1682
Dutch

Thumped by Rachel Ruysch in Round 1.
Took all the votes in First Round Elimination against Robert Ryman.






Roelandt Savery
1576 - 1639
Dutch

Defeated Sassetta in Round 1.
Skunked by John Singer Sargent in Round 2.






Vote for the artist of your choice in the comments, or any other way that works for you. Commentary and links to additional work are welcome. Polls open for at least one month past posting, but likely much longer.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Wednesday Post


Chicken In A Basket in Our Time
the meta-clue that you are approaching a solvable puzzle

A while back, I passed on a boring postcard puzzle that had arrived in the mail.  Here's the postcard:


And the question was: In what American city was this postcard photographed?  

The answers that people tried were San Francisco, Honolulu, Alaska, northern New Jersey, and Mexico, the last of which really stretches the definition of an "American city."  The winner (along with Mrs.5000) was Jennifer, with Honolulu.  The clue is the street address on "Alakea," which you can speculate is a Hawaiian word, especially if you also have the meta-clue that you are approaching a solvable puzzle.

Anyway.

Lest you get all excited and buy tickets to Honolulu in order to visit the Wells Fargo Chicken in a Basket Pizza, I better break it to you that the Wells Fargo Chicken in a Basket Pizza no longer exists. Here's what 1067 Alakea looks like these days:


Frankly, I have mixed feelings about the change.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round 3: Ruysch v. Sargent!

Rachel Ruysch
1664 - 1750
Dutch

Beat Jacob van Ruisdael easily in Round 1.
Took down Francesco Salviati in Round 2.








John Singer Sargent
1856 - 1925
American

Beat Juan Sánchez Cotán easily despite crowd support in Round 1.
Skunked Roelandt Savery in Round 2.







Vote for the artist of your choice in the comments, or any other way that works for you. Commentary and links to additional work are welcome. Polls open for at least one month past posting.