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Painting does not get the media attention that other art forms such as cinema or music receive. Great artists of the past like Dali
Escher would cause a sensation with their
amazing talent and great promoters like
Warhol were masters at drawing attention
to their work with various publicity
I saw a movie once where the artist was
asked if he could paint a picture that
would fit above the client's couch and he
got all pissy and said "I don't sell art by
But that sounds like just the kind of
idea that could get a new artist noticed.
He makes one painting his entire career
the style of Escher's "Metamorphose" (see
link) and sells it by the foot. Early pieces
might go for a few hundred a foot but
later in his career the price would go up
the tens of thousands if they were any
good. The buyer could even determine
where the cut was made allowing them,
to some extent, to
take part in the creation of the art they're
Just the kind of gimmick that would get a
new painter on the news and in the
eye and get people to think about
[doctorremulac3, Oct 07 2007]
Obviously a much smaller one would be used. [doctorremulac3, Oct 07 2007]
is not dead.
[po, Oct 08 2007]
hand drawn holograms
[beanangel, Oct 08 2007]
Art by the foot - well baked.
Also art by the mouth. [MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 08 2007]
||Dali painted many of his works classically, and was technically very accomplished, but he was certainly not averse to promotional stunts and shock tactics in order to publicise his work.
||Where does one get a lifetime's supply of this paper/canvas/whatever, and considering its substantial weight and size, how would the lowly artist fit it in his garret?
||Absolutely. Dali was a master of
promotion which was great. I
don't have a problem with artists
promoting themselves as long as
they've got talent, especially in this day
and age when you have the promotion
end of the arts biz so bloated we have
to endure endless "news stories" about
no-talent fake stars like Paris Hilton or
Anna Nicole Smith. Real artists need to
keep up somehow.
||I was thinking you'd just start with a
small roll of canvas and attach new rolls
as you go along. I'm sure there's some
method of gluing or sewing sections of
canvas together that would be
reasonably invisible at least in front.
||//Where does one get a lifetime's supply of this paper//
||I think that problem could be solved by producing paintings individually, but which could be subsequently joined together to produce a continuous painting.
||Alternatively, you could set up a spinning mule and paint on its output. When you run out, just buy more cotton, throw it in the hopper and turn the crank.
||I think any of those would work. The main
criterion would be whatever was most
interesting. Having the convas or other
medium be continuum would certainly get
people's attention. You could truely say it
was one painting created over decades and
cut into pieces. (See link)
||//Painting is kind of a dead art form
these days// have to take serious issue
with that statement... numerous
contemporary painters, and other
working away, many far more
successful than the two mentioned -
Lucian Freud to name just one of the
||//Painting is kind of a dead art form these days// - no it's not.
||Maybe a dead artform is the wrong term
to use, but painting is not promoted to
the public nearly as much as other
forms of art and entertainment. Quality
artistic work may be out there, but the
mainstream media doesn't cover it
nearly as much as other forms of art out
there such as music, acting or writing.
||One of my best friends makes his living
as a painter in New York and does some
pretty amazing publicity stuff to get
people in to see his work. He had one
gallery set up as a archaeological dig
from the future that had "ancient relics"
from our time interspersed with his
paintings. Great promotion and great
art go hand in hand, but painters have a
lot more competition these days than
Escher or Dali did.
||//but the mainstream media doesn't cover
it// I think your perspective is USA centric
- look beyond your horizons....
||Ok, I'll look beyond my horizons. Which direction is the horizon again? I forget.
||//I think your perspective is USA centric//
||Funny, see as how the worlds perspective is USA centric
||I like it, especially with [jutta]'s infinite canvas mule.
||Infinite canvas, good title. Mind if I use it?
||I heard about people that could hand draw holograms scratching a thing like mylar; always room for more that way
||Ok, I changed it from: "Painting is a dead art form." to "Painting does not get the media attention that other art forms such as cinema or music receive."
||How about fitting someone out with an
implanted telemetric cardiograph, and
having a machine produce a continuous
trace? Over the years, the trace would
show their heart's response to running
for bus, sleeping, having sex, narrowly
avoiding a car-crash, depression.
Eventually, it would start to show
changes as they aged. The last couple
of yards, recording their faltering heart
at the moment of death, should be
worth small fortune.
||re: dead art: media attention in a niche market is in the niche media.
||you know what I mean. I have to seek out painting exhibit news. I skip over any articles, tv bits having to do with ballet. (yeah, uncultured boob, I know) I really can't abide ballet. But I will seek out news and reviews about painting and sculpture exhibits.
||anyway, I was thinking of an idea similar to this where artists contribute little sketches or paintings in mini form and they are all patched together to make one big expensive collage, in support of a charity or cause. But this actually is done in fibre art and quilting.
||I'm for anything that helps the art world get stuff out there to the people. The sad truth of the matter is that great art forms sometimes wane in importance to the general public for one reason or another.
||For instance, when I was a kid growing up in the 70s and 80s we'd buy record albums with a square foot of art that you could look at while listening to the music. Then Cds had that little book that came with a 5" square of art but now you're looking at the album art on a 2" square screen on your iPod.
||I miss the album art being a big featured part of the album experience rather than just a postage stamp sized tag.
||[Treon] the link on the hand-drawn
holograms is brill - thanks!
||Somebody is doing this sort of. In this case they save
all their kid's art through the years on a roll.