Episode 157: Ivan Brunetti

August 31, 2008 · Print This Article

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First, Duncan sleepily laments about Richard waking him up at 1 in the afternoon, as this is “early” in McKenzie.

Next: FIGHT NIGHT IS ON PEOPLE!!!! Start training now. Bad at Sports calls dibs on Tony Fitzpatrick to be our collective trainer, you can’t have him.

THEN the main event: This week Anna Kunz drops in to aid Duncan in interviewing Ivan Brunetti about his works (Misery Loves Comedy, Haw, Schizo…) and the collections that he has been publishing with Yale University Press (An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories:Volume 1 and 2.)
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Banksy Decends on New Orleans

August 29, 2008 · Print This Article

Bansky Decends on New OrleansSatirical stencil and graffiti artist Banksy has descended on New Orleans with spray can in hand and made a series of works on everything from abandoned buildings to levees.

In a recent interview he told the UK’s Sky News: “Three years after Katrina I wanted to make a statement about the state of the clean-up operation.”

Then went on to say that the levee wall offered “the best painting surface in the state of Louisiana.”

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Damien Hirst Cuts Out the Middle Gal’lery and Sells Direct

August 26, 2008 · Print This Article

Damien Hirst Golden Calf
Back in mid September Damien Hirst decided to sell his art directly via Sotheby’s auction house. Bypassing his big-name gallerists: Larry Gagosian and Jay Joplin. Sotheby’s is enthusiastic and breathless needless to say.

Sotheby’s spokesman Oliver Barker has been quoted that “Damien is totally fearless. He’s not just an outstanding artist; he’s a cultural phenomenon.”

Gagosian & Joplin’s comment was not fit to print.

Sales are expected to range between $100 to $200 million. The most expensive of which is expected to be a cow with golden horns and hoofs encased in a formaldehyde filled gold display case.

Anyone that is familiar with the state of the film or especially the music industry will have a feeling of deja vu. As the middle market is continually in decline and producers and consumers are finding the distance and materials between them are either disappearing or rearranging in more direct value matchmaking oriented ways.

The conventional wisdom is that only blue chip artists could make this leap successfully but music has already show that even entry level artists can find that the old model of parent/child is less successful then a more community focused matchmaking system managed by independent investors or other like minded creators.




Art Overshadows Beijing Olympic Handoff to London

August 26, 2008 · Print This Article

Harvey's painting of Myra Hindley
An uproar has grown over the inclusion of British artist Marcus Harvey’s massive portrait of child killer Myra Hindley in London’s promotional video showcasing well-known London landmarks.

The painting which was created using the handprints of children to recreate the portrait of the nationally reviled killer who died in prison in 2002, was exhibited at London’s Royal Academy of Art in 1997.

Visit London used the image as part of a montoge to promote London and it’s landmarks of industry, nature & culture.and was played on a loop at a private party in Beijing attended by British politicians, 2012 Olympic officials and British athletes.

Also it was the backdrop of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and London Mayor Boris Johnson’s speech they gave during the party that was transmitted back to the UK.

Visit London defended the video as “a general, three-minute video of London in which an artwork by Marcus Harvey very fleetingly appears.”




Episode 156: Christian Ehrentraut, and Martin Kobe

August 24, 2008 · Print This Article

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Break out the caviar and pop the champagne- this week Bad at Sports celebrates is 3rd anniversary with its 156th episode!

This week: Patrica hosts Brian, Christian Ehrentraut, and Martin Kobe for a conversation over blueberries, wine, and tea. They discuss the rise of Berlin as the new fashionable European art hot-spot, the Leipzig painter phenomenon, a German view of American cities, and and why it is important to promote quality painting in the face of the market. Christian Ehrentraut is a Berlin-based art dealer and director of Christian Ehrentraut Gallery. Martin Kobe is a painter whose architectural surfaces balance on the brink of collapse. Read more