Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round 1: Baselitz v. Basquiat

Georg Baselitz
1938 -


Jean-Michel Basquiat
1960 - 1986


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


Candida said...

Oh, gosh! So much--um. So. Wow. I could just go on and on.

I'll vote for Baselitz, with his painting of blobs being killed by smog and the lovely still life of alien twins about to be adopted by an earthling--oh, wait. it's an upside-down head. At least it's smiling that way.

(Sorry! Don't hate me, people who like the 20th century! I really try....)

Christine M. said...

not super fond or either, but i'll go with Basquiat.

Nichim said...

Hey! An artist I'm already familiar with, and whose art I'm rather fond of! Only two letters into the alphabet! I am not as much of an ignoramus as I thought. Basquiat, Basquiat, Basquiat!

mrs.5000 said...

Ooh, it's battle of the scribblers. Basquiat for me.

Morgan said...

Dude, definitely Basquiat. That second painting is awesome.

Jenners said...

Oh ick. I don't like either but I begrudgingly give my vote to Basquiat.

bangfrog said...

Basquiat, who is more than just scribbles.

lamanyana said...

Basquiat - that angel monster thing is great!

Voron X said...

I think you got some really bad examples of Baselitz, so for those who haven't done the google image search, I reccommend it.

This was hard, but in the end, Basquiat's words got in the way, and Baselitz style of perversion just appeals to me more, regardless of how annoying the upside-down thing is after a while.

So, Baselitz it is. I think Basquiat is way over-hyped, and I saw the biopic, too. Associations with Warhol, and Bowie, and dying young can do wonders for your popularity.

Voron X said...

btw, I sure hope H.R. Giger makes his way into this tournament. Actually, that makes me wonder whether ANY of my favorite artists, (who tend to be commercial/fantasy artists yet are more appealing that the majority of what we've seen on here so far) will make it into the tournament. Artists like Luis Royo, Brom, Dorian Cleavenger, Michael Whelan, Sorayama, Brian Froud, Boris Vallejo, Frank Frazetta, or even pin-up artists like Olivia and those that are harder to classify, like Mark Ryden. Is it truly the infinite art contest? Royo is one of my absolute favorites - I'd put him up against a scribbler any day of the week.

Michael5000 said...

Not much going on for me in this first round matchup. I'm going to go with Baselitz, who, as bangfrog says, is more than just scribbles.

Wait, that's not what bangfrog said? Oh well. Welcome to the show, bangfrog!

Michael5000 said...

Mr. X: Although I haven't talked much about it, there is a fairly tight methodology to this thing. The first image is predetermined; for the second image, I try to pick something that's suggests something of the artist's range or significance as I understand it. It's tricky, and I won't always (or maybe ever) get it "right." If Baselitz got screwed by the ref, well, that's part of the game.

I can tell you that not a single one of the artists you mention are among the 1000 in the big, big bracket. (Indeed, it is not an infinite art tournament, only an (anticipated) eight-year art tournament. I exaggerate for effect and for the life-metaphor.) Regrets, in a way, although your complaint is probably more with the dynamics of culture than with what I'm up to in this particular long-term stunt. I hope you'll stay in the voting pool; I'm always interested in what you have to say.

I'd like to say more about the point you bring up, and maybe use them as a springboard for more fun. That will come in a future post, I think, as the blog starts to metamorph a bit.

Voron X said...

Well, it's a little sad, simply because Royo is one of my favorite artists, if not my favorite. Yes, much of his work is has a sexual theme or is NSFW (but not all), but it is gorgeous and his subjects have so much pathos. Just do a google image search for "Royo", and look for the "normal" angel embracing the biomechanical angel. Speaks a lot about the modern condition. And is way more interesting to me than a lot of modernists and scribblers.

Too bad about Giger. I would think he would have moved into the "classical" or "accepted" or "scholarly" section of the art club by now, considering how influential he has been.

By the way, where does this list of the mighty and vaunted 1000 come from?

Don't worry, I'll stick around. I need to learn more about art to improve my quiz scores.

Michael5000 said...

Voting is now closed.