Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round Tiebreaker: Raeburn v. Vieira da Silva!

Until recently, if you'd asked which IAT artist had been in the most ties, the answer would have been "it's a tie."  But no longer.  Sir Henry Raeburn has become, and probably will remain, the King of Ties, having fought to a draw for a remarkable fourth time against Sweden's Anders Zorn.  Meanwhile, Vieira da Silva locked up with Tissot in another "Left Third" match, so we're ready for some tie-breaking.  Raeburn takes on Vieira da Silva today; Zorn will try his luck against Tissot on Thursday.  Who will win?  Us, my friends: us, the art enthusiasts.

Meanwhile, for the good of the order: the matter of Sisley v. van Ruisdael is struggling a bit to make quorum, as sometimes happens with matches that launch during the Christmas season. If you haven't registered your preference there, remember: YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!



Sir Henry Raeburn
1756 - 1823
British







Maria Elena Vieira da Silva
1908 - 1992
Portuguese; worked in France





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Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: de Vlaminck v. Waterhouse!





Maurice de Vlaminck
1876 - 1958
French






John William Waterhouse
1849 - 1917
English
  • Beat Antoine Watteau decisively in Round 1.
  • Fended off Carel Weight in Round 2.
  • Lost to Rogier Van der Weyden in Round 3.




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Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Whistler v. Vuillard!




James Abbot McNeill Whistler
1834 - 1903
American; worked in Britain






Édouard Vuillard
1868 - 1940
French
  • Trounced Edward Wadsworth in Round 1.
  • Defeated American Andy Warhol in Round 2.
  • Lost to M. C. Escher in Round 3.





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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Second-Round Elimination semi-tiebreak: Sluter v. Duchamp!


This is the second half of the "semi-tiebreak" duo that started last Thursday. These two are vying for the chance to take on Lord Leighton in the Third Round.



Claus Sluter
1380ish - 1405
Dutch; worked in France.





Marcel Duchamp
1887 - 1968
French





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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Round 5: Ely v. Matisse




"Semifinals" designates the Fourth to Seventh Rounds of the Infinite Art Tournament.  This is a Fifth Round Match.  It pits Timothy Ely (4-0, 38-20, .655) against Henri Matisse (4-0, 39-17, .696). They beat Haeckel and Metsu, respectively.

Timothy Ely
born 1949
American
Timothy C. Ely is an renowned and enigmatic figure in the book world. He is part of that discipline, yet lives and works in a universe apart. His one-of-kind manuscript books combine elaborate and often mysterious painted and drawn folios contained within finely crafted bindings, which are his inventions or variations on traditional binding techniques. Each book carries layers of both materials and meaning. Close study of each drawing can elicit revelations, personal to each viewer.
- Abby Schoolman Books
  • Took First Place in Phase 1, Flight 7, with a voting score of .813.
  • Tied for First in Phase 2, Flight 5 of the Play-In Tournament with a voting score of .500.
  • Laid a beating on William Dobson in Round 1.
  • Surprised Man Ray in Round 2.
  • Upset Édouard Manet in Round 3 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat fellow Play-In Tournament artist Ernst Haeckel in Round 4.







Henri Matisse
1869 - 1954
French
Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Although he was initially labelled a Fauve (wild beast), by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.
-HenriMatisse.org
  • Crushed Chilean Roberto Matta in Round 1.
  • Crushed fifteenth century German Hans Memling in Round 2.
  • Beat Quentin Massys in Round 3. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
  • Beat Gabriel Metsu in Round 4 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!








Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Second-Round Elimination semi-tiebreak: Rubens v. Zurbarán!

It's time again to invoke that one rule, the one that says that any unresolved ties at the end of a bracket can be played off against the artists who would otherwise be in the final match of that bracket.  It turns out that, like so much else in the Infinite Art Tournament, this rule is... "imperfect," let's say.  The problem is that -- but, actually, who cares!  Let's just vote on some art!

This match and a companion match coming soon resolve a tie between Rubens and Sluter by pitting them against Zurbarán and Duchamp, who otherwise would have formed the final pair in Second Round Elimination.  The winner of today's match will win the right to take on Sodoma in Round Three.



Sir Peter Paul Rubens
1577 - 1640
Flemish






Francisco de Zurbarán
1598 - 1664
Spanish





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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: Orozco v. Oldenburg!

Orozco and Oldenburg are the guys who punched Bryan Organ's ticket on his way out the Tournament.  They both beat him by an 9-4 margin, which on the face of it would make you think, hmm, they must be fairly evenly matched.  But then when Orozco and Oldenburg went head to head in the Second Round, Orozco won fairly easily.  Of course, that was way back in December 2015, and we've all had a couple of years to develop our aesthetic sophistication in the intervening time.  Orozco would be foolish to try and coast this round.
 


José Clemente Orozco
1883 - 1949
Mexican
  • Defeated Bryan Organ in Round 1.
  • Beat Claes Oldenburg in Round 2.
  • Lost to Giovanni Paolo Pannini in Round 3 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Escaped Yves Tanguy in the Left Bracket Third Round by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!






Claes Oldenburg
Born 1929
Swedish-born American




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