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George Washington, A Giant, a Bear, and Some Zombies Walk Into A Football Stadium…

Unless you’re addicted to C-Span coverage of Republican debates, you know the Super Bowl is this weekend! Last year we highlighted the artwork in Cowboys Stadium where the Super Bowl took place. 

This year, the New York “Football” Giants and The New England Patriots face off in Indianapolis. Even though our Editor in Chief is quick to point out the big art show being held in Indianapolis over Super Bowl weekend, Lucas Oil Stadium itself is not known for it’s art collection.

So, what better way to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl than with art inspired by patriots and giants!

Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze

Washington Crossing the Delaware embodies the essence of patriotic art. Despite its historical inaccuracies, this well-recognized painting still inspires the ideals of hope, freedom and patriotism.

George Washington Zombie Hunter by Jason Heuser

The hyperbole in Washington Crossing the Delaware doesn’t hold a candle to Etsy artist to Jason Heuser’s ”Epically Patriotic Art”.

Heuser’s prints portray some of the most famous patriots in American history kicking some serious a**.

His fun and quirky depictions of patriotic pride get laughs from all but the most serious historian, and, who knows–maybe David McCullough chuckles when he sees them!

Abe Lincoln Riding a Grizzly by Jason Heuser

nAscent artist Gavin Sewell’s piece, appropriately titled, Old Glorydepicts artist’s rendition of the American flag, and it does not disappoint. Art lovers will appreciate Sewell’s bold collage of American history. See an interview with Gavin here!

Much giant-inspired art comes from mythology. Zeus Battles Three Giants tells the story of when the Giants wanted to overthrow Zeus because he had overthrown the titans.

Zeus and three Gigantes, drawing based on the Zeus Pergamon Altar, from Ptak Science Books blog.

Oddsmakers have the New York Giants as underdogs, but co-workers at The Bare Square tell me Tom Brady is no Zeus. I’m sure our readers in Boston would disagree!

Giant-inspired art also comes from Obey clothing company, and their “Andre the Giant has a posse” street art clothing line.

The sticker campaign, courtesy of Shepard Fairey, had a hand in the Oscar-nominated film “Exit Through the Gift Shop”. He’s also known for the Obama “Hope” posters from the 2008 presidential campaign.

Andre the Giant has a Posse by Obey

Even if you’re not a huge football fan (like me), have fun watching The Super Bowl! Enjoy the food, enjoy your friends and even if no one else does, enjoy the art of it all!

Oh, and don’t be embarrassed if you laugh out loud during The National Anthem because all you can think of is Abe Lincoln riding a bear.

- Stephanie Hansen

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“EXIT” controversy won’t go away

Look carefully: Paranoid Pictures, Best Picture (of leaves on a trailer), Cannes (is a nice place to visit)

In a coup for online journalism, blogger AJ Schnack posted an exclusive interview on Tuesday with Banksy, the elusive UK street artist and director one of this year’s most controversial and critically acclaimed films, Exit Through The Gift Shop.

In Schnack’s new e-mail interview with the artist, Banksy claims surprise over the skepticism surrounding his film.

EXIT transitions from a documentary about street art by an eccentric amateur camera operator named Thierry Guetta, to a documentary about a camera operator who becomes a street artist. Many have questioned the authenticity of parts of the film.

Without a doubt, everyone should see this film. Jen & I found it funny, clever, and intelligent.

*** SPOILER ALERT ***

But, because I’ve worked with actors, directed film projects, and witnessed the evolution of visual artists first hand, I have to conclude that the entire second half of the film, while not scripted, is highly staged and deftly constructed. Despite Banky’s vehement denials (He doth protest too much), EXIT is not a documentary. EXIT is the most clever piece of ongoing performance art ever devised. Put another way, EXIT is an improvisational documentary performance art film–a high-brow “punk’d”–and you’re the star.

Here are the giveaways.

1) At the point where Banksy “takes over” the editing of the film, he suggests (around late 2007/early 2008) that Guetta make some art, invite people for some wine, and have an opening. Guetta (or someone else?) chooses the name “Mr. Brainwash” and produces a massive 15,000 square foot gallery opening with over 200 works of art in a matter of months.

Thierry Guetta, aka "Mr. Brainwash" from banksyfilm.com

Having worked with solo artists, artists who use assistants, and assistants themselves, I find it impossible to believe that Guetta, a person with no background in art whatsoever, could conceive such a vast and interesting body of work. “Guetta’s” style is all Banksy and Shepard Fairey because it IS Banksy and Shepard Fairey, or at least their ideas. Again, they ride the fine line so they can with a straight face still call EXIT real, but at that stage they clearly conceived of the aesthetic and Guetta was a proxy. The film is very clear that Guetta used assistants, but this kind of art is highly vulnerable to external direction–and it was externally directed.

2) For the first half of the film, Guetta shoots street artists in their natural environment because of his claimed obsession with a camera. However, when Guetta becomes the focus of the film, no explanation is attempted as to who is shooting Guetta. There is also no explanation as to how someone who supposedly shot years of his life suddenly quit cold turkey.

3) The editing and plot points of EXIT’s second half became highly conventional and scripted. Guetta’s broken foot, the successful LA show, denunciation by Banksy and Fairey–have you seen Trading Places?

4) While I love the shadow and voice-disguised Banksy (iconic imagery meant to remind you of 60 minutes or 48 hours), Banksy’s “interviews” lack candor and spontaneity, and no wonder. Banksy is a much better artist than actor.

Banksy in silhouette from banksyfilm.com

*** END SPOILER ALERT ***

All that being said, EXIT is a great, great film. A great commentary on pop culture, art snobbery, media power, street art, and film, EXIT is now streaming on Netflix.

- James

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So Funny! Steven Colbert & Steve Martin – What is art?

This week on “The Colbert Report,” Steve Martin, promoting his new novel, joined Steven Colbert as a guest. Martin’s book, An Object of Beauty, is about a young NYC art dealer. No, it’s not about me. :)

In this segment the extremely hilarious Colbert, and the iconic, funny Martin tackle the questions – “What is art?” and “What’s it worth?”

They obviously forgot to ask you, because you would have told them where to get a limited edition print for $20. :)

You won’t be able to watch this without laughing. So have a giggle then leave your comments below!!

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Exclusive – Steve Martin Extended Segment
www.colbertnation.com
A
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a> March to Keep Fear Alive

-Jen Wallace

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George Washington, A Giant, a Bear, and Some Zombies Walk Into A Football Stadium…

Unless you’re addicted to C-Span coverage of Republican debates, you know the Super Bowl is this weekend! Last year we highlighted the artwork in Cowboys Stadium where the Super Bowl took place. 

This year, the New York “Football” Giants and The New England Patriots face off in Indianapolis. Even though our Editor in Chief is quick to point out the big art show being held in Indianapolis over Super Bowl weekend, Lucas Oil Stadium itself is not known for it’s art collection.

So, what better way to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl than with art inspired by patriots and giants!

Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze

Washington Crossing the Delaware embodies the essence of patriotic art. Despite its historical inaccuracies, this well-recognized painting still inspires the ideals of hope, freedom and patriotism.

George Washington Zombie Hunter by Jason Heuser

The hyperbole in Washington Crossing the Delaware doesn’t hold a candle to Etsy artist to Jason Heuser’s ”Epically Patriotic Art”.

Heuser’s prints portray some of the most famous patriots in American history kicking some serious a**.

His fun and quirky depictions of patriotic pride get laughs from all but the most serious historian, and, who knows–maybe David McCullough chuckles when he sees them!

Abe Lincoln Riding a Grizzly by Jason Heuser

nAscent artist Gavin Sewell’s piece, appropriately titled, Old Glorydepicts artist’s rendition of the American flag, and it does not disappoint. Art lovers will appreciate Sewell’s bold collage of American history. See an interview with Gavin here!

Much giant-inspired art comes from mythology. Zeus Battles Three Giants tells the story of when the Giants wanted to overthrow Zeus because he had overthrown the titans.

Zeus and three Gigantes, drawing based on the Zeus Pergamon Altar, from Ptak Science Books blog.

Oddsmakers have the New York Giants as underdogs, but co-workers at The Bare Square tell me Tom Brady is no Zeus. I’m sure our readers in Boston would disagree!

Giant-inspired art also comes from Obey clothing company, and their “Andre the Giant has a posse” street art clothing line.

The sticker campaign, courtesy of Shepard Fairey, had a hand in the Oscar-nominated film “Exit Through the Gift Shop”. He’s also known for the Obama “Hope” posters from the 2008 presidential campaign.

Andre the Giant has a Posse by Obey

Even if you’re not a huge football fan (like me), have fun watching The Super Bowl! Enjoy the food, enjoy your friends and even if no one else does, enjoy the art of it all!

Oh, and don’t be embarrassed if you laugh out loud during The National Anthem because all you can think of is Abe Lincoln riding a bear.

- Stephanie Hansen

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posted by admin in Artist,event,news and have Comments Off

“EXIT” controversy won’t go away

Look carefully: Paranoid Pictures, Best Picture (of leaves on a trailer), Cannes (is a nice place to visit)

In a coup for online journalism, blogger AJ Schnack posted an exclusive interview on Tuesday with Banksy, the elusive UK street artist and director one of this year’s most controversial and critically acclaimed films, Exit Through The Gift Shop.

In Schnack’s new e-mail interview with the artist, Banksy claims surprise over the skepticism surrounding his film.

EXIT transitions from a documentary about street art by an eccentric amateur camera operator named Thierry Guetta, to a documentary about a camera operator who becomes a street artist. Many have questioned the authenticity of parts of the film.

Without a doubt, everyone should see this film. Jen & I found it funny, clever, and intelligent.

*** SPOILER ALERT ***

But, because I’ve worked with actors, directed film projects, and witnessed the evolution of visual artists first hand, I have to conclude that the entire second half of the film, while not scripted, is highly staged and deftly constructed. Despite Banky’s vehement denials (He doth protest too much), EXIT is not a documentary. EXIT is the most clever piece of ongoing performance art ever devised. Put another way, EXIT is an improvisational documentary performance art film–a high-brow “punk’d”–and you’re the star.

Here are the giveaways.

1) At the point where Banksy “takes over” the editing of the film, he suggests (around late 2007/early 2008) that Guetta make some art, invite people for some wine, and have an opening. Guetta (or someone else?) chooses the name “Mr. Brainwash” and produces a massive 15,000 square foot gallery opening with over 200 works of art in a matter of months.

Thierry Guetta, aka "Mr. Brainwash" from banksyfilm.com

Having worked with solo artists, artists who use assistants, and assistants themselves, I find it impossible to believe that Guetta, a person with no background in art whatsoever, could conceive such a vast and interesting body of work. “Guetta’s” style is all Banksy and Shepard Fairey because it IS Banksy and Shepard Fairey, or at least their ideas. Again, they ride the fine line so they can with a straight face still call EXIT real, but at that stage they clearly conceived of the aesthetic and Guetta was a proxy. The film is very clear that Guetta used assistants, but this kind of art is highly vulnerable to external direction–and it was externally directed.

2) For the first half of the film, Guetta shoots street artists in their natural environment because of his claimed obsession with a camera. However, when Guetta becomes the focus of the film, no explanation is attempted as to who is shooting Guetta. There is also no explanation as to how someone who supposedly shot years of his life suddenly quit cold turkey.

3) The editing and plot points of EXIT’s second half became highly conventional and scripted. Guetta’s broken foot, the successful LA show, denunciation by Banksy and Fairey–have you seen Trading Places?

4) While I love the shadow and voice-disguised Banksy (iconic imagery meant to remind you of 60 minutes or 48 hours), Banksy’s “interviews” lack candor and spontaneity, and no wonder. Banksy is a much better artist than actor.

Banksy in silhouette from banksyfilm.com

*** END SPOILER ALERT ***

All that being said, EXIT is a great, great film. A great commentary on pop culture, art snobbery, media power, street art, and film, EXIT is now streaming on Netflix.

- James

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So Funny! Steven Colbert & Steve Martin – What is art?

This week on “The Colbert Report,” Steve Martin, promoting his new novel, joined Steven Colbert as a guest. Martin’s book, An Object of Beauty, is about a young NYC art dealer. No, it’s not about me. :)

In this segment the extremely hilarious Colbert, and the iconic, funny Martin tackle the questions – “What is art?” and “What’s it worth?”

They obviously forgot to ask you, because you would have told them where to get a limited edition print for $20. :)

You won’t be able to watch this without laughing. So have a giggle then leave your comments below!!

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Exclusive – Steve Martin Extended Segment
www.colbertnation.com
A
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a> March to Keep Fear Alive

-Jen Wallace

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