Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Infinite Art Tournament, First Elimination Round #8/128



Faceoff #1: Brauner v. Broodthaers

Victor Brauner
1903 - 1966
Romanian; worked in France.

Lost to Agnolo Bronzino by a single vote in Round 1. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!



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Marcel Broodthaers
1924 - 1976
Belgian

Lost to Ford Madox Brown in Round 1 by only two votes. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!






Faceoff #2: J. Bruegel v. Burne-Jones

Jan Bruegel (the Elder)
1568 - 1625
Dutch

Trounced by his father in Round 1.



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Sir Edward Burne-Jones
1833 - 1898
British

Lost to Daniel Buren by a single vote in Round 1. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!





Vote for the two artists of your choice! Votes generally go in the comments, but have been known to arrive by email, by postcard, or in a sealed envelope.

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.

20 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Broodthaers and Burne-Jones. I have a weakness for mussels and fairy tales.

Christine M. said...

what she said.

Nichim said...

Broodthaers and Burne-Jones. Broodthaers doesn't do anything for me (except show me letters, which I am fond of) but I can't stand that other guy. Especially that one with the animals looks like depressed teenage boy history class doodles. Which is okay and everything, but I'd rather look at something else.

pfly said...

Chalk up another for the Broodthaers and Burne-Jones ticket.

Jenners said...

I'd rather vote for Brauner and Broadthears and skip the other two. Can I do that?

Michael5000 said...

Jenners: Certainly NOT! It says so right there at the bottom of the post.

Morgan said...

I think this is the strongest first-round elimination set of artists we've seen! I'm going to go Brauner for the first matchup and Bruegel in the second by a hair.

mrs.5000 said...

I too am going for Brauner--a quick image search reminds me he's got a surprisingly wide range, much of it rather charming. Whereas Broodthaers--well, OK, but he got away with the mussels in a pot gag more often than you would think.

And I'm taking the side of a lesser Bruegel over Burne-Jones--not that Burne-Jones doesn't have some appeal to my inner underfed Arthurian. But I really like the Noah painting. It has just got so much going on. I like the aggrieved picnickers and the surprisingly European countryside and the unpeaceable cats and that wonderful impatient horse, whose mate is hopefully just outside the frame...

mrs.5000 said...

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canIhavetwovotes?

DrSchnell said...

Brauner and Bruegel!

Chuckdaddy said...

I'll go with the shallowly-absurdist Broodthaers and Burne-Jones (although Candida's observation last round about how all the women in his first one are the same height and have the same jawline does make me question his artistic skills).

Michael5000 said...

An email vote for J. Bruegel.

lamanyana said...

The first one's hard, but I'm going with Broodthaers - I like the aesthetic, but I still don't feel I understand what he's trying to say. I'm backing Burne-Jones in the second pair - Bruegel the Elder does nothing for me.

Michael5000 said...

Broodthaers -- who has most of a room all to himself at MOMA, who knew he was such a big deal?

And ouch! A Bruegel, even Jan, against almost the only Victorian I particularly like? THIS TOURNAMENT IS HARD! Bruegel, though.

Michael5000 said...

A vote-by-mail for Herr Brauner.

Candida said...

Brauner and Bruegel.

Angus Gordon-Farleigh said...

Don't think my previous vote/comment got thru?

I'm voting for Brauner & Brughel (Elder).

Michael5000 said...

Welcome to the show and thank you for your vote, Mr. Gordon-Farleigh! FYI, comments on posts older than three or four days old have to wait for me to approve them in -- it's the only way to keep them safe from a vast ocean of spam comments.

Michael5000 said...

...and by the way, I'm withdrawing my vote for Broodthaers, not that I love him less but that, having followed the lead of Mrs.5000's comment, I see that our Brauner images here are unrepresentative, and I love him more.

Michael5000 said...

Holy smokes! Broodthaers and Burne-Jones both cruised out to 4-0 leads and then stalled. J. Brueghal mounted a come-from behind rally to take his match 7-6, and proceeds to Round 2. Brauner clawed his way up to six votes, meaning that my throwing of Broodthaers under the bus created a 6-6 tie. I didn't do it on purpose, but no doubt I'll have lots of fun digging around and trying to remember what is supposed to happen next with the tie. In the meanwhile, voting is closed in this round.