Category Archives: art

A defense of the banana “artwork”

You all know about the work of “art” by artist scammer Maurizio Cattlean that sold for $120,000 last week in Miami. Called “Comedian,” it consisted of a banana duct-taped to a wall. Actually, a second version sold for $150,000 as well, so Cattelan cleaned up more than a cool quarter million dollars for his fake […]

Prankster eats banana from $120,000 work of “art”

Note: I just saw that this is the post #21,000 on this site. I like round numbers. As I reported splenetically the other day, an “artwork” consisting of a banana duct-taped to a wall, “created” by “artist” Maurizio Cattelan, sold for $120,000. What a scam, if for no other reason than the banana was going […]

Banana duct-taped to wall makes artist $240,000

I have to say that much modern art eludes me, including all-black paintings, urinals signed “R. Mutt”, and so on. I tend to keep quiet about these things, for I’m sure there are erudite scholars around who will artsplain to me the enormous significance of such things, and then I’ll just feel dumb. Or, the […]

A visit to the bridge (and lagniappe)

First, Happy Thanksgiving! (If it is Thanksgiving; I’ve lost track of time. I wonder if they’ll have turkey for dinner.) Today’s travel report will be a short one, for I have many pictures of Port Stanley and of penguins to process, reduce the resolution for posting, and label. Right now I’m catching up to Friday, when […]

Valparaiso: the port and the murals

Valparaiso, the port of for Chile’s capital of Santiago (the cities are about 100 km apart), is set on a large and lovely harbor (below), and perched on a series of hills overlooking the port. The population in 2012 was 284,000, and here’s the location: Our departure has been delayed 20 hours by the troubles […]

Should schools ban the works of those accused of sexual harassment?

I suppose we should have seen this coming—especially after the novel Huckleberry Finn has been repeatedly removed from secondary-school courses for use of the “n word” and the book’s depiction of Jim—but it’s becoming more pervasive. And now this movement to remove works of art from classroom teaching, as recounted in the New York Times […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and a contest winner)

Reader Rik Gern sent some lovely pictures of dandelions as well as some of his digital science-based art, one piece of which got a nod from Scientific American. His captions are indented. First, the dandelions: For now, here are some pictures of dandelions (Leontodon taraxacum) gone to seed. My neighbors probably won’t appreciate the fact […]

Bari Weiss on art destruction

by Greg Mayer In tomorrow’s New York Times (online now), Bari Weiss writes about a decision by the San Francisco School Board to destroy a mural by Victor Arnautoff, a Russian-American-Russian artist who taught at Stanford from 1938 to 1962. Arnautoff led an interesting life. He was a White cavalry officer in the Russian Civil […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we’ll have a potpourri of assorted photos sent as singletons or doubletons. The first comes from reader William Savage, whose notes on this bit of thatcher’s art are indented: I’m not sure if these count as wildlife, but I certainly photographed them by the roadside in the little village of Walberswick, in the county […]

Peeps arrive!

I am ashamed to admit that I LOVE Marshmallow Peeps; a confection of pure sugar and gelatin. I never buy them myself, but some of my friends stock up the day after Easter, when they’re half price, and give them to me. There is no quantity of Peeps that I cannot eat (two boxes at […]