Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round 3: Hiroshige v. Hodler!


Andō Hiroshige
1797 - 1858
Japanese

Defeated Meindert Hobbema in Round 1 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
Thumped on American folk painter Edward Hicks in Round 2.







Ferdinand Hodler
1853 - 1918
Swiss

Defeated Hans Hofmann in Round 1.
Tied with David Hockney in Round 2. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
Outpolled big name Francisco Goya in a second try at Round 2.







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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Liotard v. Lipchitz!

Jean-Étienne Liotard
1702 - 1789
Swiss



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Jacques Lipchitz
1891 - 1973
Lithuanian; worked in the U.S.A.



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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round Two: Koons v. Krøyer!

Jeff Koons
born 1955
American

Slipped past Willem de Kooning in Round 1 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!







Peter Severin Krøyer
1851 - 1900
Danish

Thumped Leon Kossoff in Round 1.







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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round Two: Ghirlandaio v. Kokoschka!

Domenico Ghirlandaio
1449 - 1494
Florentine

Tied with Lorenzo Ghiberti in his first try at Round One.
Beat Raoul Hausmann in the Round 1 tiebreaker.






Oskar Kokoschka
1886 - 1980
Austrian; worked internationally

Defeated Sir Godfrey Kneller easily in Round 1.






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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Free Box Tapes #10: Siouxsie and the Banshees


The tenth Free Box Tape has two albums on a 90 minute tape. 




Siouxsie and the Banshees: Superstition (1991) and Peepshow (1988)

Sixty-Four Words: When I read about Siouxsie and the Banshees back in the 1980s, they seemed like a band I would like. Having listened to this tape, I think that is right. I would have liked them, then. But, there doesn’t seem much point in cultivating an interest in them now. Incidentally, I am surprised to discover that they were responsible for that heinous “Peek-a-Boo” song.*

Disposition: Basically a blank tape.


* I got kind of fascinated by the heinous "Peek-a-Boo" song, and spent some time looking into it.  It is technically quite an interesting and well-crafted production, and must have been a lot of fun to put together.  Very well made!  Yet, strangely dreadful at the same time.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Semi-Finals: Bernini v. Bruegel!





Gianlorenzo Bernini
1598 - 1680
Italian
Gian Lorenzo Bernini dominated the Roman art world of the seventeenth century, flourishing under the patronage of its cardinals and popes while also challenging contemporary artistic traditions. His sculptural and architectural projects reveal an innovative interpretation of subjects, use of forms, and combination of media. Forging a path for future artists, he played an instrumental role in establishing the dramatic and eloquent vocabulary of the Baroque style. - The Met
  • Trounced German conceptual installation artist Josef Beuys in Round 1
  • Won a hard-fought match against American landscape artist Albert Bierstadt in Round 2.
  • Edged by Giovanni Bellini in Round 3 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
  • Got by Hieronymus Bosch in Round 4.








Pieter Bruegel (the Elder)
c.1525 - 1569
Dutch
Pieter Bruegel I (ca. 1525–1569), commonly known as Pieter Bruegel the Elder, was the greatest member of a large and important southern Netherlandish family of artists active for four generations in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A longtime resident of Antwerp, the center of publishing in the Netherlands and a vibrant commercial capital, Bruegel brought a humanizing spirit to traditional subjects and boldly created new ones. He was an astoundingly inventive painter and draftsman, and, due to the continuity of the family trade and the industry that developed in prints after his works, Bruegel's impact was widespread and long lasting.. - The Met
  • Trounced his own son, Jan Bruegel the Elder, in Round 1.
  • Won easily against living artist Daniel Buren in Round 2.
  • Scorched respectable Victorian Ford Maddox Brown in Round 3.
  • Made it past Botticelli in Round 4.