Sunday, December 19, 2010

Art History for Dummies

John Baldessari, Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell, 1966

However, the following cow painting sold for a seven figure amount:

 Mark Tansey, The Innocent Eye Test, 1981

 Charles Sheeler, The Artist Looks at Nature, 1943

Charles Sheeler, View of New York, 1931

 Claudio Bravo, Interior with landscape painter, c. 1990

 Brett Whiteley, The blossom tree, 1971

 Arizona School

 Dutch School

  Mark Tansey, Triumph of the New York School, 1984

The right side features such NY art figures as Clement Greenberg, Pollack, Rothko, etc., in army uniforms around army vehicles. On the left side, Andre Breton’s back is turned to us (he is signing the treaty of surrender), Picasso is the one in the fur coat, while Duchamp stands rather aloofly, hands in pockets.

 Triumph of the Paris School

 Vienna Secession
Remigius Geyling, Klimt working on his mural "Philosophy" for the main hall of the Vienna University, 1902

 Moscow Secession

 Hockney owns California, but ...

 Nick Dewar

 David Hockney, Model with Unfinished Self-Portrait, 1977

 David Hockney, A Bigger Splash, 1967

 Jonathan Monk, Before a Bigger Splash, 2006

 Alexander & Susan Maris, The Truth in Painting, 2006 - Book ash from an unread volume of Jacques Derrida’s The Truth in Painting in acrylic medium on canvas

 Albert Oehlen, Self-Portrait with empty Hands, 1998

 Lucian Freud, The Painter Surprised by a Naked Admirer, 2004

 François Emile Barraud, Les casse-dents, 1932

Felix Vallotton, Le repos des modèles, 1905

 Marlene Dumas, The Painter, 1994

 Amnon David Ar, Self-Portrait

 Jörg Immendorff, Man with Monkey Mask and Brush in Snow Sphere, 2000

 Walton Ford, The Grand Tour, 2000

Here Ford imagines a mandrill captured in Africa and taken to London via Naples. At top, he jots painter Oskar Kokoschka’s complaint, when sketching in the London Zoo, of a “big, solitary mandrill, who profoundly detested me , although I always brought him a banana in order to make myself agreeable.”

 Gabriel von Max, The Art Critics, 1889

 Pere Borell del Caso, Flucht vor der Kritik (Escape from the Critics), 1874

 Mark Tansey, Discarding The Frame, 1980s

  George Grosz, The Painter of the Hole I, 1948

 Alphonse Mucha, Paul Gauguin at the Harmonium in Mucha's Studio, Paris, 1893

  Adrian Ghenie, The Collector 3, 2008

He loves the arts
And the beautiful women.
He has them portraied;
He strolls in this painted Serail
As an art eunuch.
Heinrich Heine

 Segundo Cabello Izarra, Fin de Siglo, 1899

 Conrad Felixmüller, The Drawer of Dresden, 1930

 Theodor Rosenhauer working on his painting "View of the Japanese Palais after Bombardment", Dresden 1945

 Johann Zoffany, The Tribuna of the Uffizi, 1772

Karen Knorr, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 1986

 Reproduction reproduced

The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Destruction 
Herbert List, Figures in the Snow, Munich Academy of Arts, 1945

 Anom., Tom Wesselmann & Model, c. 1965

 Richard Müller, A Classic Beauty Courted by Dignified Ugliness, 1910

John Baldessari, Pelicans Staring at Woman with Nose Bleeding, 1984

 René Magritte, Self-Portrait, 1936

 Oskar Nerlinger, Der Weltferne (Far Away), 1930

 Felix Nussbaum, The Painter in his Studio, 1931

 André Derain, Self-Portrait, 1939

 Otto Umbehr, André Derain, 1928

 Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov, Computer, 2007

 Jörg Immendorff, Untitled, 1996

  Marcel Duchamp, Apolinère Enameled, c. 1915

"Apolinère Enameled” was painted circa 1915 by Marcel Duchamp, as an advertisement for paint. The picture depicts a girl painting a bed-frame with white enamelled paint. The depiction of the frame deliberately includes conflicting perspective lines, to produce an impossible object. To emphasise the deliberate impossibility of the shape, a piece of the frame is missing. The title is a pun on “Ripolin Enamel “, a type of paint, and “Apollinaire”.

  Marcel Duchamp and Eve Babitz playing chess at the Duchamp Retrospective, Pasadena museum of Art, 1963

The goal of chess is to mate. Given that the double meaning of "mate" does not exist in French, at last we have a satisfactory explanation of why Duchamp had to emigrate to America.

 Peter Blake, Marcel Duchamp's World Tour: Playing Chess with Tracey, detail, 2003

 Shi Xinning, Duchamp Retrospective Exhibition, 2000–2001

 US Postage Stamp featuring Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase

 Ray Johnson, Self-Portrait, 1995

 Herbert Ploberger, Self-Portrait, 1925

 Emilio Baz Viaud, Autorretrato del artista adolescente, 1935

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 Mark Kostabi, Drawn to the Edge, 2007

 Heinz Kiessling, Malbuchgeschichten, 1949

Richard Hamilton, Palindrome, 1974

 Artemisia Gentileschi, Self-Portrait, 1638

 Mary Ellen Croteau (1930- ) from Chicago turns things upside down in her “Judgement of Paris” from 2006. Fair enough.

He Sen, Cigarettes and Alcohol, 2006

 Russell Connor, The Dawn of Modernism, 1985

 Mark Kostabi, Suicide By Modernism, 2005

 Honoré Daumier, Self-Portrait, 1869

 Louis Béroud, L'inondation, Peintre copiant un tableau au musée du Louvre, 1910

 Philip Evergood, Nude By The El, 1933

  Jean-Leon Gerome, Pygmalion & Galatea, c. 1890

Non, je n'ai point perdu le sens;
non, je n'extravague point;
non, je ne me reproche rien.
Ce n'est point de ce marbre mort que je suis épris,
c'est d'un être vivant qui lui ressemble;
c'est de la figure qu'il offre à mes yeux.
Rousseau, Pygmalion, 1770

 Mikhail Nesterov, Portrait of a Sculptor, 1940

 Wolfgang Mattheuter, Sisyphos Forming the Stone, 1974

 Brassaï, Matisse dessinant un nu couché dans l'atelier que lui avait prêté Mrs. Callery a la Villa d'Alesia, 1939

Li Zhanyang, Rent – Rent Collection Yard, 2007, Detail of installation at Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, History Observed: Joseph Beuys, Mao Zedong

 Ed Ruscha, Los Angeles County Museum on Fire, 1968
Which piece would you rescue ? The one nearest to the emergency exit ?

 Adrian Ghenie, Dada is Dead, 2009


  1. thank you SO MUCH! your greatest compilation by far.

  2. When I saw the puzzling title of this painting I researched it and saw how it happened. François Emile Barraud, Les casse-dents, 1932.
    The real title is "La seance de peinture" Oil on canvas, 1932.
    In Art Inconnu the title is above the piece.
    Barraud has an interesting eye. His draperies are magnificent and contrast with the almost naïf rendering of his caracters.