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Gaming with Art

It is worth recounting how the bottom fell out of subject matter in art, if only because its return is felt as urgently as it is by artists in recent years. Before the impressionist painters discovered natural light’s indifference to subject matter, how it can beautify even mud, by redeeming whatever it touches with supra-mundane…

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Luck Happens

Gamblers play to win. They don’t care if it costs a fortune. They either understand that the odds are against winning, or they don’t give a damn about abstruse statistical theory. Just once they want to ride to the top of the wheel of fortune. Despite apparent irrationality, it’s not only possible, it is a…

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The Art of Arbitrage

The role of the subject in art took a beating in the 20th Century. Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) threw the first Molotov cocktail of the rebellion. “I want to astonish Paris with an apple,” Cezanne is said to have said, and with that, the subject in art became incidental. Picasso looked up to him like a…

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Opalescence

The lighting of casino game tables is a highly specialized design consideration. Good visibility is the overt purpose. The desirable result is closer to theatrical lighting, just as “play” can mean gaming, or theater. That’s not the specific intention, of course, but it’s an effect that can’t be denied. Ambiance is not easily quantifiable. You…

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Bronze Bull

Art history was my minor in college. While protagonists of STEM studies scorn the Seven Liberal Arts as economically worthless, a great deal depends on authenticating works of art, including legal ramifications. This obvious forgery caught my eye in a recent news story making the rounds, reproduced here from an article in the Turkish Yeni…

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Know the Meme

I was LMAO on a meme chat board when I was met by an unfamiliar old master reference which took me by surprise. It didn’t take long to identify the source with Google image search. It looks like a detail of a painting by Hieronymus Bosch, but something about it does not seem right. The…

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The Player Busts

If my current series of oil paintings of casino players looks like Kitsch, I will hereby confirm it is -by design. It was with difficulty I grasped the definition of Kitsch. It was a consummate effort to create a convincing example. Paradoxically, my current work is not genuine Kitsch, as it could never be genuine…

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The Queen’s Pictures

Among the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace is the royal Picture Gallery, captured here in a still frame from a recent YouTube video uploaded by The White House, link. The Picture Gallery exhibit changes often. The room itself is the “principle reception space of the Palace, hosting events for several hundred guests at a time.”…

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Anon on Art

yes i understand what you mean to be fair this is a complex theme representing everything on the canvas of nothingness creating and destroying contrast is my freaky business my color palette is full of absurd effects necessary foresight not always present sometimes it becomes a useless turmoil so i have to reset and sniff…

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The New Black

Since running out of storage space for my paintings on 1/8” Masonite panels, my work has continued on paper: 35 lb. bond, delivered on a 300’ roll, originally intended for use in wide-format printers of the type used in an architect’s office. The low cost of paper encourages experimentation. If an idea busts not to…

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