Category: Opinion

Latest Opinion and Letters to the Editor from the readers of the World Art News

Women in Art: A glimpse into Central & Eastern Europe

Whilst women have always been an essential topic in the visual arts they have historically been excluded from the entire artistic canon. That is not to say that women have not participated in the creation of Art, rather that the Western canon solely includes the work of men. To be more specific, the Western artistic canon includes and values the works of Western men only.

One might think that it makes perfect sense the Western Art canon is inclusive of male artists considering the fact that the first wave of feminism only begun around the late 19th century. So, before that, women weren’t really a part of many industries. Also, as stated in the name, the western Art canon is in fact “western” and does not proclaim to be the “global” art canon.

Cellini In Trouble Again? Charges Brought Against His €107 Million Portrait

It seems that the mischievous spirit of Benvenuto Cellini lives on in his mysterious €107 million self-portrait that 500 years later continues to stir up trouble for everyone who comes in contact with it.

Explore this fascinating story of money, betrayal, and prestige in our exclusive interview with Prof. Mikhail Tamoikin, the man who appraised and put the now-famous self-portrait of Benvenuto Cellini on the map.

It’s a saga worthy of Cellini himself!

HUNTER BIDEN’S ART – FAME TRUMPS TALENT

OPINION | The rise of Hunter Biden’s art career proves that fame trumps talent. It’s a discouraging lesson for many young, talented artists who are struggling to be noticed in the overcrowded art world. The message is clear, no matter how good your art is, unless you have famous parents, chances are, you won’t make it.  

Those that decide to stay in the art game may take away a much more dangerous lesson – to be noticed you must embrace scandalous decadence and become a self-destructive public figure like Hunter Biden. After all it worked for Andy Warhol, who was a lifelong drug addict; it worked for Jackson Pollock, who was an alcoholic for most of his life; it worked for Petr Pavlensky, who nailed his scrotum to the ground; it just may work for you – right?  

Who is Czeslaw Znamierowski

Czeslaw Znamierowski

Czeslaw Znamierowski was a renowned Soviet Lithuanian painter whose large body of work spanned from the 1920s until the 1970s. During his fifty-year career, he painted over 1,400 landscapes, drew over 800 sketches, and completed over 3,000 artworks. His work is particularly regarded for its featuring of stunning landscapes, some of which cover canvases larger than 8 feet by 4 feet. Due to his affiliation with socialist political movements in Russia, Znamierowski and his work have demonstrated a growing appeal to collectors in foreign markets who hold similar political affinities, particularly China, where his work is reported to have sold for as high as $120,000.

How to Make Art a Career: The Three Golden Questions to Ask Yourself

Take steps. Small steps. If you want a career to be long-lasting you don’t want to force something to grow. Building a career is just like growing a plant. It needs to be planted in good soil and taken care of while it’s still small and unknown to the world. It has to get love and the right nutrition to be able to function and to live up to its potential as a bigger plant. 

Do not rush. I can’t emphasize this enough. Yes, you need to throw yourself out there and be willing to do things that scare you, but you should never compromise with your own health – mental, physical or spiritual – nor should you lower your morals or let go of your integrity in order to get to where you want to go. This needs to be intact and if you are a solid artist your career will take off in the time you are ready for it. 

How To Discover Your Art Style

Let’s say you have discovered yourself as an artist and you want to express yourself in some of the more traditional ways we look at creativity, for example painting, singing, writing music, dancing, or sculpting and designing. If you are certain about the way and the technique you want to express yourself in, but you’re new and haven’t discovered your specific style yet, it can be a very tricky task. It’s not because you don’t have it already but because of the influence of everything around you. It is important to remember you can’t give what you don’t have. We all know this but we tend to forget it while starting to look around us and being affected by what others do and think. This leads us towards the two approaches we will highlight in this article to clarify how you can discover your art style and what actually makes an impression on your creative self.

Interview with Chris O’Rourke | Part 2 – Business Side of Metal Sculpting

Chris O’Rourke sculptures

As a longtime car and motorcycle enthusiast, Chris O’Rourke’s journey from metal fabricator to sculpture artist is a shining example of how materials typically reserved for mechanical applications are equally suited to art when in the right hands. In this two-part series, WAN has the pleasure of interviewing a unique artist whose pursuit of perfection has resulted in his work being highly valuated in the art world.

Exclusive Interview: MONCHO1929 – Explosive Public Artist for the VIP | Google, Audi, Figge, Buffett

From Google and Audi to the French Consulate of the US, from Paramount and Universal Pictures to the Public Art collections of cities like Glendale, Los Angeles, and West Hollywood – his work has been featured in various solo and group exhibitions in the United States and all over the World! This is WAN’s exclusive interview with an explosive public artist – MONCHO1929

The Problem with NFTs

Around February of this year, in the midst of the still-pending cryptocurrency boom, a sub-category of digital assets started to really take off. NonFungible.com reported that by the first quarter of 2021, over $2 billion worth of transactions had taken place in the NFT market. Musician Grimes sold almost $6 million worth of digital art via digital asset marketplace Nifty Gateway, who are partnered with Sotheby’s. Twitter founder Jack Dorsey auctioned his first ever tweet as an NFT, the final bid closing at $2.9 million. UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou sold NFTs following his knockout victory over Stipe Miocic. The proceeds of the sale, $580,000, was actually more than his disclosed purse for the fight itself that earned him the belt. Despite the hype, in many regards serving as a speculator’s dream, NFTs come with inherent issues that threaten to hamper widespread and enduring adoption.