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Famous Paintings - The Arts


									Famous Paintings - The Arts, the Painters, and the Controversies
In 2005, the Today Program of Radio 4 and National Gallery summer scheme
were in the search of Britain's greatest painting. Controversy loomed
around this scheme, which was seen as a great way of celebrating art. At
first, it was the competition for the famous painting and later it turned
out to be for Britain's greatest painting. Artist Jack Vettriano, whose
paintings adorned numerous greeting cards, was not in the top 10 list. An
arts work by Rembrandt, voted for the most popular painting, was unable
to find a spot in the top 10. A panel of three, including a critic, an
artist, and a BBC Governor, decided the fate of these paintings in the
list. The famous painters, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, and Lucian Freud
were not given their due artwork credit. No painter from the 21st century
was included in the list. The work of David Hockney's Mr and Mrs Clark
and Percy (1970-71) was the only painting of the 20th century to be
enlisted. The oldest painting in the list was Arnolfini Portrait by Jan
van Eyck, which dates back to 1434. Half of the paintings were of the
19th century.
The painter of "The Marx Brothers" (1980), Andy Warhol, was amidst arts
controversy quite recently. Warhol became rich and famous when his
painting, "Ten Portraits" was exhibited in the Jewish Museum. Warhol
accumulated a lot of money through painting portraits. He would produce
portraits for people who offered him more than $37,000 for a print. The
crème of the celebrity society of approximately 1,600 people were willing
to pay him for a portrait. In 1979, when his artworks were exhibited in
the Whitney Museum of American Art, the judges accused him of exploiting
the Jewish community for money.
Artist Andy Warhol's 'The Marx Brothers' (1980) made a re-entry in the
Jewish Museum on March 16 as 'Warhol's Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered'.
Other portraits that appeared in the exhibition were the works of artists
Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka, George Gershwin, Gertrude Stein, Golda
Meir, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, the Marx Brothers, Sarah Bernhardt,
and Sigmund Freud.
Another latest controversy troubling the arts is the work of Adam Cullen
in Australia's top prize for religious art. The controversial painting
has the line "only women bleed," engraved on the Cross with Christ. The
line is inspired from an Alice Cooper song. One of the Blake Prize judges
had quit the panel, strongly condemning this painting. Painters are
relying on religious images to obtain a top position in the list. Another
controversial religious image was that of Melbourne party boy, Corey
Worthington as Jesus. The last thing the prize organizers wanted was any
controversy after the last year's provoking works of the statue of Virgin
Mary in a burqa and a hologram of Christ resembling Osama bin Laden. The
Prime Minister John Howard and the Archbishop of Sidney were aghast over
the artworks.
Sometimes I wonder if artists create paintings out of an inherent need to
express themselves or do they create paintings to shock and stir up
controversy. Perhaps it is a little of both; the artist's form of
expression is controversial.
My name is Annette Labedzki. I am a Canadian abstract painter. I have
been a full time artist for 25 years.
I have a web site in which I am able to invite other artists. The address
It's quite simple to join, click on "register", "login", "create/order
album"(this is where you give your album a title only,) then "upload
images", I usually only   load two or three at a time .Once you've loaded
you can go to home page   click on "user gallery" and you'll see your
images! Of course there   are no fees and your image upload is unlimited!
For art collectors this   is a great place to buy original art for a great
Thank you so much and I   really hope to see your work there.
Annette Labedzki

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