Hockney Vs. Hirst

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David Hockney had a dig at arguably the most famous artist of the decade for his use of assistants in his studio.  In notes submitted to the Royal Academy, Hockney stated that “All the works here were made by the artist himself, personally.”  Acknowledging the dig in a recent radio interview, Hockney continued saying that it is an insult to craftsmen.

Hockney also stated that in the interview that art schools focus more on the poetry of art rather than the craft itself, qouting a Chinese proverb “you need the eye, the hand and the heart.  Two won’t do.”

Artists have been using assistants in their studios for centuries and it doesn’t look like the use of them will ever go.  But does that take anything away from the art itself? If the works of some of the most famous artists is anything to go by, it does not matter to history.  Artists such as Michelangelo and Titian are well documented as using assistance.

Do you agree that art is losing the craft element?

Is art more about the idea than the skill ‘on the canvas’?

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Free books!

The Guggenheim have released out of print publications from its archives.  These beautifully designed books are up for free download, and sport some great graphic designs. check it out the link!


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Guggenheim plans to open Museum in Helsinki.


The exciting news from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has been met with a lot of enthusiasm and support from the Finnish people which will coincide with mass redevelopment of the cities harbour front.  

The Guggenheim already has a hugely established institute in New York with millions of visitors each year.  Understandably, the prospect of such an institution the other side of the pond on mainland europe is exciting and could rival many institutes.  The Guggenheim has put forward £116 million for the project, which promises an exciting architectural design to match the institute in New York.

Athens National Gallery stunned by robbery.

Picasso's Woman's Head was donated in 1949, for the country's resistance to the Nazi

Three works of art including a painting by Picasso that the artist donated to the museum were stolen early yesterday morning.  The Picasso with a Mondrian and a sketch by Guglielmo Caccia were cut from the frames by the thieves, but in the escape, one of the thieves dropped the Mondrian.  The Museum has not released the value of the paintings stolen, however it is expected to be in the millions.

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