Art, Coffee, Tea and Blogs

Creating art, looking at art, watching shows about art and artists fills a good portion of my day. Hopefully you have something that fills your day with joy. Here are some great links for artists and art lovers. I hope you enjoy them.

nycartmap02-768x665Hyperallergic, an incredible art blog, says…”New York City has over 1,000 monuments across the five boroughs, and the new NYC Public Art Map and Guide plots them on an interactive map. The digital interface, recently launched by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, is searchable by zip code and address, and includes both permanent and temporary installations.” So here’s a link to the site:




BasquiatWhile we’re still in the the television dull drums I thought I’d provide a link to and their listing of some great art movies (even though they didn’t mention Mr. Turner) Here’s the link





The Telegraph ( ran a story on an unbelievable flea market find and what the couple did!! Here’s the link


long-lost 500-year-old engraving by the German Renaissance master Albrecht Durer has been found on sale for a few euros in a French flea market.





And this interesting art tool is just to much fun not to mention. www.drawlucy  Its a new Camera Lucida. ( I have no financial interest)DRaw Lucy

So there you have it. If there’s something you want to know about you can reach me at Until then:

Imagination is never still. The marks we make are verbs

Art, Coffee, Tea and Blogs

This month I thought I would use the title of my blog as a index for some very interesting sites.

First off there’s Art so let’s take a look at some

Stolen Bacons


Spanish police have made seven arrests in relation to the theft of five Francis Bacon paintings from a private home in Madrid earlier this year with an estimate combined worth of €25 million (approximately $28 million).


The mystery of Caravaggio’s death solved at last – painting killed him


One of my favorite art videographers, James Kalm

Jasper Johns, Luiz Zerbini and Thornton Dial

With the belated approach of summer, James Kalm, finds himself in Chelsea and with trusty camera in hand, records exhibitions that he hopes this world-wide viewer-ship will appreciate. The tour begins at the Matthew Marks Gallery with a walk through of Jasper Johns Monotypes. This iconic American artist has been innovating and reevaluation the practice of print making and graphics since the mid 1950s. This show presents over thirty years of work from the “Crosshatching” series of the early 1970s to his latest plates depicting a grieving soldier. West on 22nd Street, we pop into Sikkema Jenkins & Co. and view “Perhappiness” by Brazilian painter Luiz Zerbini. This exhibition shows a breadth of vision, scale and technique all within a knowing employment for current free form abstraction. Lastly, Thornton Dial’s “We All Live Under the Same Old Flag” at Marianne Boesky Gallery is a look back at the work of one of America’s most beloved “Outsider” artists.

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There’s only one thing to say

Imagination is never Still. The marks we make are Verbs!


Redoing your Statement or Biography

After reading this post I decided to rewrite my Bio. I think like all good spring cleaning, this should definitely be on the list.

The Artist’s Statement vs Biography

by Keith Bond

This article is by Keith Bond, Regular contributing writer for FineArtViews.  You should submit an article and share your views as a guest author by clicking here.

Recently, I have felt the need to rewrite my artist statement and biography.  With this on my mind, I felt that I would share some of my thoughts.  Most of these thoughts are not mine, but ideas that I have gathered over the past couple years from a number of different sources.  I cannot take the credit.

Don’t confuse an artist’s statement with a biography.  Many artists often combine the two into one document that lacks the intended focus.  I’ve probably been guilty of this.  They should be two separate documents with different purposes.

Artist’s Statement

1.    Should be brief – only a couple paragraphs.

2.    Should be written in first person.

3.    Should be about your current art – not past periods.

4.    Should evolve and grow along with your art.

5.    Should compel the viewer to want to look at your work.

6.    Don’t include bio info here.

7.    Don’t include teachers or other’s whose work has influenced yours.  This is a statement about YOUR art, not theirs.

8.    I want to repeat #5.  This is the most important thing to remember – your artist’s statement should compel the viewer to want to look again at your work.

Biography: Many shows and exhibits will request a bio from you.  This is an important document to have.

1.    Most bios are extremely boring.  Mine included.  Most artists’ bios read almost identical to each other.  Again, mine included.  That is why I am working on rewriting mine.  I want mine to stand out and be different.  I want it to be read and not tossed aside after the first few words of the first sentence.

2.    In a nutshell, your bio is basically your resume written out in paragraphs.  It includes the highlights from your resume, not necessarily everything.  But remember, spice it up a bit (see #1).

3.    Should be written in third person.

4.    Include a description of your current work.

5.    Here it is okay to include your past – including art instruction, influences, and what events or upbringing have shaped your artistic direction, etc.

6.    Include important exhibits or venues.

7.    Include important collections or commissions, accolades, awards, etc.

8.    Include where you were born and where you currently live.

9.    This document should also evolve and change along with your career.  More important items will be added as your career grows and less important or less relevant things will be removed.  (Where you were born should remain the same, though 😉 ).

10.  It will likely be longer than your statement, but don’t make it too lengthy.  Most people won’t read it if it’s too long (unless you have a very compelling or entertaining story).

What have I missed?  What do you think makes a good statement or resume?

Best Wishes,

Keith Bond
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