Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Seurat v. Severini!

Georges Seurat
1859 - 1891
French




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Gino Severini
1883 - 1966
Italian; worked in France



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Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Morisot v. Mucha!

Here's a long-delayed match that was kept on ice by the Munch/Nash tie and the subsequent Nash/Master of Moulins tie.  Half a year since we saw them last, Berthe Morisot re-enters the fray with a victory over Fernand Léger , taking on Alphonse Mucha, fresh off a pasting at the hands of American Norman Rockwell.


Berthe Morisot
1841 - 1895
French






Alphonse Mucha
1860 - 1939
Czech
  • Stunned the well-known Norwegian Edvard Munch in Round 1.
  • Beat old Spanish master Bartolomé Murillo in Round 2.
  • Crushed by Norman Rockwell in Round 3.





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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Infinite Art Tournament, First Elimination Round #51/64



Faceoff #1: Rosso Fiorentino v. Rothko

Rosso Fiorentino
1494-1540
Florentine

Lost badly to Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Round 1.



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Mark Rothko
1903 - 1970
Russian-born American

Upset by Georges Rouault in Round 1.






Faceoff #2: Roubiliac v. T. Rousseau

Louis François Roubiliac
1702 - 1762
French; worked in England

Crushed by Henri Rousseau in Round 1.



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Théodore Rousseau
1812 - 1867
French

Pounded by Peter Paul Rubens in Round 1.





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Please note that you may vote only once in each face-off.  Opining that both of the artists in one of the two face-offs is superior to the other is fine, but casting your votes for two artists in the same face-off is not permissible.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Segal v. Serra!

George Segal
1924 - 2000
American



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Richard Serra
Born 1938 or 1939
American



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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Third Thursday Semi-Finals: Botticelli v. Bosch!

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




"Semifinals" designates the Fourth to Seventh Rounds of the Infinite Art Tournament.  This is the first ever Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination Match.  It pairs Sandro Botticelli (4-1, 48-25, .658) and Hieronymus Bosch (4-1, 46-28, .622). Leaving the Tournament at their hands are Albert Bierstadt (5-2, 55-37, .598) and Giuseppe Arcimboldo (4-2-1, 47-39, .547). Bierstadt sets new records for most wins and most votes in favor of any artist leaving the Tournament; his "batting average" of votes in favor is the 6th highest of any ousted artist.


Sandro Botticelli
1445 - 1510
Florentine
  • Beat Colombian Fernando Botero in an amazing come-from-behind victory in Round 1.
  • Made short work of 18th century France's François Boucher in Round 2.
  • Disposed of Aussie Arthur Boyd in Round 3.
  • Lost to Pieter Bruegel in Round 4.
  • Defeated Albert Bierstadt in the Left Bracket Fourth Round.







Hieronymus Bosch
c.1450 - 1516
Dutch
  • Trounced Paris Bordone in Round 1.
  • Escaped upset by French installation guy Christian Boltanski in Round 2 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Held out against the English engraver-poet William Blake in Round 3.
  • Lost to sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini in Round 4.
  • Trounced Giuseppe Arcimboldo in the Left Bracket Fourth Round.






Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: Gabo v. Fragonard!


What do Gabo and Fragonard have in common? Resentment of Caspar David Friedrich, that's what. He gave both of them their first loss in the Tournament; now, one of them will inflict a second loss on the other. Who will live to see the Fourth Round?

Gabo got here by knocking Jacques-Louis David out of the Tournament with a strange 2-2-3 record; the guy just couldn't stop tying. Meanwhile, David Hockney fell out after losing to Fragonard. Hockney's final record with 3-2-1.



Naum Gabo
1890 - 1977
American






Jean-Honoré Fragonard
1732 - 1806
French
  • Beat American Sam Francis without too much trouble in Round 1.
  • Won a close one against Helen Frankenthaler in Round 2.
  • Crushed by Caspar David Friedrich in Round 3.
  • Beat David Hockney in the Left Bracket Third Round by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!




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Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: van Schorel v. Sebastiano del Piombo!

Jan van Scorel
1540ish - 1562
Dutch



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Sebastiano del Piombo
1485ish - 1547
Italian



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