Monday, February 28, 2011

An Alternative use to explosives

 In such depressive times, when people are fighting for their rights and being killed by those who are supposed to protect them, here is something different.

Alexandre Farto, a Portuguese artist known as Vhils, has found an alternative use to explosives.

His work is quite impressive, here is his website and a video of his work on

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Artibus 014

Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) - Salvador Dali
This painting, 
Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) painted in 1936, is used to show the struggle of war that can sometimes be both self-fulfilling and self-mutilating at the same time .

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

Guernica - Tripoli

"What do you think an artist is? ...he is a political being, constantly aware of the heart breaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war." — Pablo Picasso

The Guernica, painted by Picasso is an expression of pain, horror, anguish and disgust; what the artist felt after hearing the news of the terrible bombing of Guernica. I dedicate this blog post, to those losing their lives to fight for something that we tend to take for granted, freedom. 355km down south from where I live people are are being bombed by their own rulers.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Theo Jansen creates new creatures

I find this video uniquely weird and fascinating.  This has the potential to change how we travel. These creatures stand exactly on the line between art and technology. Just amazing, another video from

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Some have the balls

Don't know you but I find the prices in some auctions ridiculous. Someone definitely thinks that a Picasso's painting of his mistress is worth £25,241,250, I find it ridiculous. Don't think that the arts benefit from such auctions, especially in times of recession.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Artibus 013

One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams. - Salvador Dali

and another quote i really like from the self appointed genius is.....The problem with the youth of today, is that one is no longer part of it.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Savage Love

Since its Valentine's Day, the day of love, cuddles, kisses etc, here is a collection of photos I found on National Geographic Italia.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Art Thieves and Art Scams

Came across this piece of news from, FBI hunt fake Guggenheim Countess. From a distance I love these stories. They seem to be coming out of some black and white movie. Yes, from a distance. Being scammed is not exactly something I like to be. In the art world these are very common. Regularly, I receive some sort of "not to be missed opportunity" where i have to send my work to some unknown gallery which most of the time does not even exist. 

Most of these scams are easy to detect but then there are the occasional few that are well planned and if you're not careful, you end up being a victim yourself. For those artists who would like to read more, the (hopefully) dormant Art News Blog discussed the subject frequently and has has a check list of things to do to keep safe online and some more resources

Monday, February 07, 2011

Google Art Project

Over the last few days I visited the Moma Museum in new York, the Uffizi in Florence, the Tate in Britain and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Thoroughly enjoyable. No, I did not travel, I did it from the comfort of my Studio. How? Using Google Art Project. What is it? Quoting the site, its...

Friday, February 04, 2011

The Face of Leonardo

Ever wondered what Leonardo da Vinci looked like? Here's an interesting video, again from

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Paint your walls?

I have always been, and still am, very critical about the state of affairs in the art sector in Malta. Not only we are probably the only European country with no contemporary art Museum but the lack of initiatives, both from the private and public spheres are disheartening. We still live in a country where art is considered a hobby, something to do on a Sunday. Ah well .....

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Artibus 012

"Art cannot be modern.. Art is primordially eternal." - Egon Schiele 

Definitely one of the greats. Love Schiele's work.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Ġmiel il-Ħrafa

Detail of one of the still unfinished works. 
So finally the dates of the official opening of Ġmiel il-Ħrafa can be announced. The officcial opening of the exhibition will be on Friday 6th May 2011 at the Inquisitor's Palace In Birgu. The exhibition will stay open throughout the month of May.  

So what's Ġmiel il-Ħrafa?