Thursday, January 17, 2019

Left Bracket Sixth Round: Picasso v. Ely!

When Leonardo da Vinci advanced to take on Monet on Tuesday, it sent Timothy Ely (5-1, 50-41, .549) over to the Left Bracket to take on the winner of Rockwell v. Picasso.  It turns out that's Picasso (8-1, 78-32, .709).  The Spaniard has huge name recognition, but he's taking on a Northwest UnitedStatsian artist on his home court.  Who knows what crazy art-related things might happen! 

Norman Rockwell, what a Tournament that man had!  He came in only 33rd in the First Round of the Play-In Tournament, then surged just enough to claim one of the 12 golden tickets to the Big Show in the Second Round, and after that just kept gutting it out for an amazing ride that featured a ten to five win over Raphael.  Yes, that Rafael.  Rockwell's .673 final voting average puts him at third place among the 483 artists who have left the Tournament, and -- keep in mind -- there are only 29 still standing! 

Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
Pablo Picasso [was] one of the greatest and most-influential artists of the 20th century and the creator (with Georges Braque) of Cubism. The enormous body of Picasso’s work remains, and the legend lives on—a tribute to the vitality of the “disquieting” Spaniard with the “sombre…piercing” eyes who superstitiously believed that work would keep him alive. For nearly 80 of his 91 years, Picasso devoted himself to an artistic production that contributed significantly to and paralleled the whole development of modern art in the 20th century.
- Encyclopedia Britannica

Timothy Ely
born 1949
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.
  • Stunned Henri Matisse in Round 5.
  • Lost badly to Leonardo da Vinci in Round 6.


Morgan said...

Ely's neat, but he's no Picasso.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Uncle Pablo in a blow out. Those are great.

DrSchnell said...

Ely, just because I know he's going to lose and I think he deserves to get at least one vote. Picasso's pretty great.

Nichim said...

I like Ely way more than I like Picasso.

Michael5000 said...

On FB, we've got Shu-Ju for Ely and Mariah for Picasso.

UnwiseOwl said...

Not being from the American Northwest, I have no issue with calling this one firmly for my main man Pablo.

mrs.5000 said...

Yeah, I'm torn, but I'm going with Picasso.

Michael5000 said...

Yeah, Dr. Ken called it. Uncle Pablo for me too. With huge props to Ely.

Michael5000 said...

Susan votes for Ely.

Candida said...

I'm feeling kind of Ely tonight. I sure wish I could stand in a museum gallery with Picasso on one side and Ely on the other and do a live comparison, though.

Michael5000 said...

...and Picasso takes it by a two vote swing, seven against five. Tim Ely, the last artist to be voted from the Tournament while still among us, has to feel pretty good about the implication that he is the world's greatest living artist.