May
12
2010

Tim Burton Exhibit at MoMA by Heather Goldstein

The Museum of Modern Art opened a comprehensive retrospective of Tim Burton's work from childhood until now on November 22, 2009. The exhibit will remain open until April 26, 2010 and it is still busy with viewers eager to see Burton's progression as an artist. This past weekend, I was one of those fans.

I got to the museum with my dad this past Sunday soon after the museum opened and waited in line to buy tickets to this exhibit. We got tickets for 1:00 pm. The entrance to the show was a "Burtonesque" character's mouth as the doorway and then we entered a long hallway with black and white striped walls and ceiling and a red carpeted floor. Burton's Stainboy cartoons were playing on TVs on the wall.

The show was broken down chronologically into three sections: Surviving Burbank, Beautifying Burbank, and Beyond Burbank. It featured work from his childhood to current and showed his very versatile role as an artist with drawings, paintings, photographs, moving image works, concept art, storyboards, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera from some of his films, as well as some of his little-known unrealized personal projects.

For more information on this exhibit, visit the MoMA's page.
As a side note, I will strongly suggest going during the week. When I entered the exhibit, I saw a sign that said "Max Capacity 563 People." They will let that many people in the door. Tim Burton's work is amazing, but you must get close to a lot of the pieces since they are small works on paper. The over crowded environment was not conducive to proper viewing of his work. All in all, I was very impressed with the exhibit and I would highly recommend it to anyone in the area. Please be aware that the show ends April 26, 2010 and you can buy your tickets online.
May
12
2010

Making a Statement on eBay by Miles Wickham

 

I posted a piece of art on Ebay at $21 Million "or best offer," as a suggestion by a friend to get more traffic to my page. A couple of days later, after a long hard 13 hour day at work, coming in and out of flu symptoms, I come home at 2am to see someone has made an offer on the piece. I was so excited someone found interest in my art! Of course I did not expect 8 digits, and wasn't even concerned about the price, because I was so thrilled about someones interest!
Offer - $1.00.

As anyone might guess, the typical reaction I had was that of insult, and it totally brought me down. This person was using me to make a statement about  her own opinion, either that my art was no good, or not worth anything, or that she was projecting some inaccurate arrogance on me.

As i went to bed, something clicked in my mind...or maybe my heart.

Who am I to assume I know her intentions, and to react off of my own assumption and projections, just as I assume she has done with me. I do not like the idea that an assumption has been made about me and that it is appropriate to react in a negative way through that. So i shall do unto others as I would like done unto me. why recreate the usual human scenario, fighting fire with fire, you reject me, ill reject you?  its never created any solutions, so why not make a change. Why not do as martial arts teaches me; take what comes, send what goes. So I took her offer, for the sake of my practice of integrity. I assume she did not expect me to accept, and my hope is that she will reevaluate her intentions.

No, I don't want to give my art away, but if there is a chance to show someone there are new choices to make in our everyday relationships, ones that can bring us together, that there's nothing to lose, then by all means I will take it!

-- 
www.MikesWickham.com
May
12
2010

Where to Take Figure Drawing Classes by Angeline Marie Martinez

 


I was asked recently where to take figure drawing classes. Here are some ideas of how to go about finding at least a group that has a model:

1. Check the local community college for credit & non-credit courses. 
2. Take an online class 
3. Go to the local library and check out DVDs, books, etc. about figure drawings. 
4. Jerry's Artarama has DVDs for free short term rentals at the stores.
5. Contact local art communities and/or galleries.
6. The CD to buy with models on it is called Virtual Pose. Use without worrying about copyright.
7. Visit www.wetcanvas.com and check the forums. This is a great source that might help you with your search.
8. Practice gesture drawings, etc. while watching TV, at the mall, park, etc. This happens to be a great conversation starter, too!

Smiles!
Angeline Marie of 
www.angelinemarie.net

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