Art News From Everywhere Else – Science Proved That You Need Art…

  • You have to watch out for research studies.  A new study found that a brief lunchtime visit to an art gallery seemed to de-stress workers. Does that mean that art is the de-stresser? I don’t think so. Galleries are quiet, uncluttered spaces made to appreciate art.   A person could go into any art gallery around the world and the same conditions would be present: A quiet climate controlled room with natural light (artifical but daylight not florescent), a comfortable bench to sit and no interruptions from technology or other people.  According to the study, it takes five hours for someone to have the same decline in their stress hormone levels as it takes from a lunchtime visit to the museum.  Maybe this study is a good marketing device for interior designers, decorators and DIY stores.  Maybe more people should be changing their living spaces into art gallery spaces so that they can reduce their stress levels rapidly.   What do you think?
Banksy Art piece
  • Holiday Gifts for Art Lovers? How about a gift certificate for art? You can contact me at if you want one for Munich Artists. If you want a Banksy, you might be able to get a deal on one of his recent pieces this Christmas season. According to this article and this one, People with Banksy artwork have been getting greedy and the pieces are not selling for the asking prices. Another problem owners are having is that some of the pieces have not been authenticated by Pest Control – a company that issues paperwork for genuine Banksy artwork. Without the paperwork, you can’t authenticate that the piece is actually by Banksy and no museum wants artwork without proof that it is really by the artist.
  • After a short commercial you can watch this video, about online art auction site Paddle 8 which is all about selling established artists. If you want to read about what is happening with the two biggest auction houses, go read about their latest drama here.
  • Some rich people buy artwork while others buy passports.  This is an off-topic article I found in my search for art news is  a gentle reminder that art is not for everyone but personal freedom is something that everyone wants when they have the money to buy it.

Photo Credit for passport stamps

Why Would Tree Art Cause an Uproar? Art News From Everywhere Else

Tree art installation in Paris by US artist Paul McCarthy
  • People in paris were upset over the erection of an abstract artwork called “Tree” by Paul McCarthy, which is an art piece based on a joke about a sex toy.  According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, someone in Paris attacked the artist on the street while they were installing the art piece saying McCarthy wasn’t French.  Not only was the artist attacked but during the night, people cut the cords holding the art piece in place.  The art piece will not be reinstalled. Paris is trying to show that it can handle cutting edge art but this attack on an American artist and piece shows that Parisians don’t quite get the American sense of humour. Maybe this art piece would have been the next Eiffel Tower tourist attraction.  In Germany, on the street where we have our gallery space, there are two adult sex toy shops.  The newest one will be opening in a few days. Viktualianmarkt fought against the new adult store and lost.  I think Paul McCarthy should plant his plastic tree on the corner between Viktualianmarkt and the sex shop to symbolising that eating and having sex are both basic human needs and should coexist.  I also think Germans would get a kick out of a sex toy that is taller than most of the buildings in downtown Munich.  From the image, it looks like a children’s toy so I don’t understand such anger from a cosmopolitan city.
Capture Your Dreams on a Piece of Art
  • Sharonna Karni Cohen is offering an online platform where people can have their dreams interpreted by artists.  A nice twist on commissioned artwork.  Here is a link to her platform.   I encourage the Munich Artists who are into surrealism to check out the site. Certainly an novel idea for Christmas presents (If you are a planner).
a new Banksy girl with pierced eardrum
Girl with Pierced Eardrum – New Banksy Art
Michelle Grabner named one of the 100 most important art-world women (From Wisconsin USA)
  • Artnews just shared their list of the 100 most powerful women in the art world.  There are a few Germans on the list including Susanne Gaensheimer (Art Historian), Isa Genzken (German Artist), Karen Boros (Collector)
  • Are you a working artist?   In America many art graduates are not working as artists.  Here are some interesting facts from the Artists Report created by BFAMFAPHD.
    • Only 16 percent of working artists have an arts related bachelors degree.
    • Of the 715,000 working artists who do have bachelor degrees, 27 percent have an arts related degree.
    • 23 percent of arts graduates work in professional or managerial occupations.
    • 7 of the top 10 most expensive schools (after financial aid is taken into consideration) are art schools, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.
    • Arts graduates’ debt loads are higher than those of non-arts graduates.
    • Women make up 60 percent of arts graduates but only 46 percent of all working artists.
Tear art off the walls in Seattle, WA USA


  • Our new art challenge started yesterday.  The challenge is 14 days long and focuses on emotions. Here is the link if you want to follow along.  If you are a Munich artist, join our closed Facebook group to share your work.

News From Everywhere Else – Go Sell Your Art On EBay’s Art Portal

Ebay’s online art auction portal is now open for business.  A select group of galleries are selling artwork from a few thousand to more than 100k USD on the platform which uses live online auctions.   The site still does not have Sotheby’s and there has been no statement as to when Sotheby’s will be going live. For more info go here to the NY Times Post.

12 labours of Putin

12 labours of Putin.  I didn’t realise that Putin was that old or that he would allow his image to be used in this way.  If you run out of ideas for Christmas presents, how about creating digital prints of the 12 pieces on wood blocks and creating a leaning tower of Putin.

Banksy Art in NYC

What happens when owners of Banksy art pieces get greedy?  The work doesn’t sell. The article here.

Rothko #21

Schlumberger art collection is estimated to sell for about 85 Million USD at auction. The sale includes The Rothko No. 21 (Not the red one)  85 Million could buy a lot of Munich Artwork. Here is an article about the Sotheby sale and the artwork that will be sold at auctions on November 4 and November 12th.



Munich Project Updates

This Week’s Project Updates:

  • B/W artists book:

Last Saturday, Munich Artists started a project for an artist’s book focusing on black and white ink on paper.  The artists have now collected their supplies and are in the process of making their art pieces.  As the weeks go by, I will share more images of the artwork.

  • Long Night Of the Museum Connected Installation:

The centrepiece of our installation is a zoetrope which now has a physical form thanks to the Werkbox 3. I will be picking up the skeleton for the zoetrope today and will post an image next week of the finished piece.  Katrin Vogl is currently at the space working on her sculpture and our floor stickers will be printed next week.

If you want to take a peek at what we are doing, you are welcome to stop by and see.  We will be at Frauenstrasse 18 M-F from 830 until 1600 until October 16th.

  • Free Art Friday Munich 

Katrin Klug has been putting her small pieces out every friday.  Last week, Katrin left a piece of art in a cafe and it was snatched up! If you decide to participate in Free art Friday, please do not to put your art in a store or someplace difficult for people to reach.   If you do put outwork out for Free Art Friday, please let us know so we can write about it on the Free Art Friday Munich Facebook Page and on the Free Art Friday Munich Blog.  On new media, we share where each piece of art can be found and the artist’s name if they want to share it.

  • New Projects:
    • 1.  Artists book with Brigitte Pruchnow.  We have set down the parameters for the book and the project will begin in January 2015.  This is a unique project and may turn into a series.  The project will be open to all Munich/Bavarian artists but you cannot apply. each artist is picked by the artist before them. I will only be choosing artists if we end up getting stuck because an artist did not finish their art piece in the designated time.  If you are a Munich artist you may submit your name to the list of standby artists but I can’t promise that you will be picked. I will post the name of the artists as they complete their art piece and show on a map where they are located. This way you can see how the project is working its way around the city and how the artists decide who to pick as the next artist in the chain of artwork.
    • 2. Artists book/zine with Andreas Hirsch.  This project is starting in November 2014. It is open to illustrators and writers.  I must meet you before I will put you on the team.  We are looking for visual artists who love to think outside of the box, have their own illustrative style that is not Manga related and flows well with the other artists involved. For Writers, we are looking for writers interested in a magazine/zine/graphic novel and able to write flash fiction that translates well into English.  All the artists for this book series must want to work in a group, must be able to meet deadlines, and must be interested in long term group project.  We are looking for a group of like minded artists with a sense of humour so that the project stays fun and professional.  We want the first product from this group to leave the nest in March 2015.



Make Big Art and People Will Think Your City Is Forward Looking And Fun

  • Public Art will make your city feel more forward looking and fun Says this article about Boston public art.
Invisible art? Spoof on you.
app switches ads for art

What’s Happening with Munich Artists – September 17, 2014

This morning, I wondered what ransom I would need to pay to get the sun back from the fog. As I walked over the Isar, I saw this moody image of Munich and decided that the sun could stay away for a bit longer.

Art Challenge News:  Munich artists are doing a collage challenge. There were some images here but when I moved the blog they disappeared.  Maybe, someday, I will find them again.  If you want to look at our challenge work, please visit the challenge page.

We will be showing several of the collages on Friday at the Friday gallery in combination with Emmy Horstkamp’s T-project.   If you don’t know Emmy, come and visit the gallery on Friday and say hello.

Munich Artists News:

Munich Artist Brigitte Pruchnow is having a busy autumn.  Last weekend she attended the Rotterdam art fair and she has been accepted into a gallery in Japan (The gallery will be taking her artwork to a Tokyo art fair in the spring).  If you want to see Brigitte’s work, her art is scattered around Bavaria in group exhibitions like this one and she will be having a solo exhibition at the Friday gallery in 2015.

Roterdam Art Fair

If you have time this weekend, plan a trip to Landsberger Lech to visit the long night of art which starts at 1800 and goes until 2300. If you would like a brochure which includes a map you can download it by clicking 140825 Flyer Kunstnacht 2014.

Gabriele Rothweiler will be one of the 70 artists displaying work during the evening.  Her paintings will be on display at Asam-fashion in the Schlossergasse 376.  Gabriele will also have her artwork on display at her gallery during the open studios in Neuhausen if you don’t want to leave Munich this weekend or have made other plans for this Saturday.

Emmy Horstkamp will be showing the Title pages from her T-project at the Friday gallery starting on September 19th. The series is based on the idea that women like to see their romantic partners as projects to be fixed up or manipulated. The title pages are the initial architectural idea of what each man should be.  The series continues with a blueprint for each man and then the final man created in a mixed media format which may be nothing like the ideal (Just like the difference between what the architect designs and what the builders actually create.   The art pieces are made using photography, digital printing and acrylic paint on art paper and canvas.

Moscow Art Fair Cancelled and Other News From Far Away

Art Moscow
Artist: Gerhard Richter at the Art Institute Chicago
Poor Bunny taken down by a chainsaw
  • Watch your Chainsaw around Giant Bunnies.  The colossal bunny named “Moon Rabbit,” was put on display in Taiwan at the Taoyuan Land Art Festival by the Dutch artist and builder Florentijn Hofman. While taken the piece apart, a spark ignited and all that was left was a few limbs.
  • Singaporeans are collecting contemporary SEA oil paintings. Remember this fact if you are wanting to take your art to Asia. Also remember that Singapore is humid and hot all year round which can be a nightmare for conservation of delicate watercolours and other less sturdy art pieces when the AC fails.
  • Regeneration – an interesting PDF that talks about how to build a stronger art community.  Please read it and share what you think Munich needs to add to the art scene.

photo and photo

Art News from Everywhere Else – Rothko, Miley Cyrus, Hunk and Moo

The Red Rothko involved a legal battle.
  • A battle over the sale of A Rothko ends. After a four year legal battle, the only liable party seems to be the art gallery. Here is the article.
Hunk and Moo Anderson donate art to Stanford
Miley Cyrus Art

Mily Cyrus is dabbling in fine art. She creates her art while high on weed and other substances.  Here is the article.

Another app to sell art online

Here is an article about this app trying to change the way people buy art. I’m curious if these app creators collect art or know the pain points in the art market.  Buying art is not the pain point boys. Artists and Art galleries bend over backwards to throw art at collectors.

Art News from Someplace Else – Do you like bad art?

bad art map


How About a City Wide Art Gallery Using Billboards?

Tova Lobatz, Luke Groesbeck billboards around SF

A day late but not a dollar short is our motto today.  I’ve been working on a commission which means being off the internet.  Now that I’m back, I want to share these links with you.

  • A project in SF wants to turn all the outdoor advertising signs into a city wide art gallery.  I could see doing this in Munich.  We have lots of signs with really ugly ads.  What would be cool is to rent the ads over by Tumblingerstrasse and have the street artists collaborate with artists who have no clue how to paint with spray cans or stencils.
  • I’m excited about a frame which will let you purchase and install digital artwork using your phone.  A Japanese designer by the name of Yugo Nakamura created it and an American startup called electric objects launched a kickstarter campaign to bring this product to the masses. It is basically a big picture frame that allows you to show both still and moving art.   Not a new idea but certainly one of the bigger photo frames I’ve seen.
  • The top ten living artists continue to make money and expand their market.   Don’t you want to be one of those top ten?  Here they are:

Gerhard Richter: $32,127,829
Cy Twombly: $10,716,969
Jasper Johns: $8,625,096
Frank Stella: $8,392,128
Ed Ruscha: $7,335,674
Agnes Martin: $6,037,900
Tom Wesselmann: $5,880,799
David Hockney: $5,135,596
Zao Wou-Ki: $5,133,200
Damien Hirst: $5,084,114 The article by Bloomberg gives some great data so go read it. —- Photo of billboard

Vagina Boats and other Art News

Megumi Igarashi, aka Rokudenashiko

  • Would you like a Vagina Boat?  Megumi Igarashi, aka Rokudenashiko created a vagina boat and then emailed a copy of the 3d scan of her vagina to her supporters (the people who paid for the boat to be created). She was arrested for sending the images.   Don’t blowup doll companies make 3d scans of vaginas? Next time she needs to label it educational. Everything seems to slide when labeled educational.   Maybe a Vagina boat will be the new status symbol for women.  I also could see her vagina being modified into a sidecar for a motorcycle.  As far as I know, there are no Vagina artists in Munich but I do know a 3d scanner company and a 3d printer company who may help you if you are tempted to try this idea of crowdsourcing 3d scans of your private parts.
  • I love this quote:

“Turns out the nude models were from Simplicity dress patterns and clippings of bathing beauties from Look magazine or newspapers. He just mentally took the clothes off them,”  and “Although an electrician by trade, he was an artist for life.” (source)

Christies breaking records

Here are some facts from the article:

  •  24 percent of all Christie buyers in the first half were new to the house.
  •  They have a 70 percent increase in online activity.
  •  Their new clients represent15 percent of the sales total for the first half of 2014

Is this why Sothebys is partnering with Ebay?   Watch out little art E-commerce startups, the giants are going to squash you.  There is one online auction art site Auctionata based in Berlin.  I’m curious who this will affect their business model.


Ai Weiwei collaborates in New Mexico

Art Collaboration:

Ai Weiwei pull of the moon

Dear Munich artists, don’t be afraid to ask an artist to collaborate.  Artnet reported that Ai Weiwei agreed to paticipate in a collaboration with artist Bert Benally.   Here is an interview with Ai Weiwei explaining in detail why he decided to do the work.

If you are passionate about your art, don’t be afraid to ask other artists to collaborate (Maybe Ai Weiwei will pick a Munich artist next time.)

Auction Sale:

Tracey Emin's Bed Sold for 2.5 million GBP

At a recent Christie’s auction, Tracy Emin’s Bed installation, which sold initially for 150k GBP, auctioned off for 2.5 Million GBP.  Ms. Emin created the piece after spending four days in bed after breaking up with her boyfriend.  The Japanese tried destroying this piece when it was shipped to Japan for an exhibition which tells you how unhealthy her breakup was.

Kurt Schwitters Sold at Auction

Kurt Schwitters mixed media work Ja – Was? sold for €17,463,125 which was four times the estimate for the piece.

Battles in the Art World

Helge Achenbach Art Dealer Dusseldorf

Düsseldorf based art adviser Helge Achenbach was arrested recently on suspicion of fraud. It seems one of his very wealthy billionaire clients is not happy with him and had him arrested when he returned from a business trip to Brazil.  Mr. Achenbach is famous in the German art scene and was considered a major player in the Dusseldorf Art Scene.

Not all press is good press for an artist.   Rolf Harris was convicted in the UK and the prices of his works have fallen.  There are some collectors who have put his work up on Ebay just in case you were looking for a good deal.

Artwork By Rolf harris