Thursday, May 29, 2008

Legalise it!

I have been sent this video from Parisa at
This video raises an important question, is graffiti vandalism or art? How can our perception of graffiti change based on the context where it is placed? Legalizing Graffiti in Washington DC has changed the situation 180 degrees in the last year, from spending $800,000 in 2007 to clean it up to spending $100,000 in 2008 to help graffiti artists produce murals. It is an attempt to give artists a legal way to display their art and also incorporate art into the cities public landscape. This is not only keeping kids out of trouble, but creating jobs and exposure for artists. This video explores the philosophies of a few of the key players who are revolutionizing the public's opinion of graffiti in Washington DC. It would really be a good thing if we also did something similar here in Malta.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Big is Beautiful

And who said that you cannot make a living out of being an artist? And more importantly a painter? All you need is one good painting of a super-sized model and there you are, you made it. Or rather, Lucian Freud has made it. He has become the most expensive living artist at auction with his "Big Sue" painting. The painting, a large naked woman on a couch, called "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping" was sold for $33.6m or £17.2m at Christies last week.

The buyer? None other than Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Apparently he also bought Francis Bacon’s Triptych, 1976, which sold at Sotheby’s New York this week for $86.3m.

With an estimated fortune of £11.7Bn (The Sunday Times's Rich List) Mr Abramovich could definitely afford these paintings. If anyone reading this blog knows him, please tell him to pop by. I would be happy with much less for a couple of my paintings

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Art In Schools

Just came across this advert of Americans for the Arts over at the ArtInterview online magazine and decided to post it here. Not that I am being paid for it but it hit me that in Malta we have the same situation. Do we have enough Art in our schools? Do we give too much importance to schooling but not enough to personal development through Arts? Does anybody know of any national program to encourage the use of artistic expression in our kids?

We have a tendency to look at art, in all its forms, as a past time; Artists are hobbyists. But it shouldn't be so. Art could also be a profession and/or a vehicle to learn other things. Why not use paints to learn chemistry and chemical reactions? Why not use film and theatre to learn languages? Why not use installations to learn about technology? The list could go on.

I know that there are schools or maybe teachers that do these things, but this is not enough. What we lack is a national drive to put artistic expression at the forefront of our educational system. Children would surely gain from such a drive.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

More on Banksy

Parisa, from Current, which happens to be quite an interesting site, sent me this feature on Banksy which I found interesting and decided to post it here.

Over at Currnet I also found a link for this video on the Cans Festival which i am also posting here.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008