Archive for the ‘Art World’ Category

De Vaartkapoen -(1985, Molenbeek) by Tom Frantzen

May 1st, 2017 Comments off


 It is not surprising. Tom Frantzen, who was born and bred in Brussels, appreciates the “zwanze”, a unique form of humour which he thinks is characterized by the absurdity and surrealism that stem from the mixture of languages so typical of Brussels.

Because this type of humour is “becoming extinct” (as he says), the artist tries to perpetuate it and to confront the next generations with it.  For this “zwanze” to remain integrated in the minds and in the streets, the artist really wanted his works to be sealed in the streets’ pavements and he was concerned that pre-existing elements of the surrounding environment (manhole covers, lampposts, mileposts, etc) be used as part of his works.

Working on an imposed subject, that of “De Vaartkapoen”, which is the name given to the people who were born in Molenbeek (literally “de vaart” means “the canal” and “kapoen” means cheeky), Tom Frantzen stages a little scene on two levels: the level of the sewers (which lead into the canal) and the level of the pavement (see the lamppost, the cobblestones and the manhole cover).

Low down, a young rebel, the Vaartkapoen, reminiscent of a jack-in-the-box, topples over a policeman higher up, thus overthrowing his authority.

In a snapshot-like motion, the two characters gracefully turn into bronze and remain so forever, leaving the rest of the scene to our imagination… which is how the rebellious Brussels artist gets passers-by to share a joke with him.

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Another Neighborhood Artist

April 9th, 2017 Comments off

One of my neighbors, Dan, works for the movie studios.   His art work is striking.  I appreciate this piece being displayed for all to see, even if it does get dusty.

“Self-Portrait Without Beard”, 1889, A gift for ‘Mom’.

October 29th, 2016 Comments off

Vincent_van_Gogh_self_portrait Vincent  Van Gogh painted 37 self portraits between 1886 and 1889.

“Self-portrait without beard” from 1889 is the last self portrait van Gogh painted.

It was given to his mother as a birthday gift.

The painting is an oil on canvas, 40 cm × 31 cm (51 in x 12 in)


I wonder what his mother thought when she received the painting.  Did it disturb her to see him  looking so vulnerable and sad or was she content to just get the likeness of him? Knowing he was well enough to paint may have consoled her some. Her dear Vincent was brilliant, and yet suffered from severe mental illness that would eventually drive him to suicide.  It must have broken her heart.

As big a Vincent fan as I am I still ask . . . is it worth the money?

September 28th, 2016 Comments off

Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Vincent van Gogh (1890) – sold for 152 million USD – The painting was done in 1890, the last year in van Gogh life. It depicts Dr. Paul Gachet who took care of Van Gogh during his last months. The oil painting is 67 cm × 56 cm (23.4 in × 22.0 in), and it was sold for the mentioned amount on May 15, 1990 at a Christie’s auction in New York





Brilliant Balancing Act – Boy With Dolphin

September 23rd, 2016 Comments off


The piece was created by Sir David Wynne; a self-taught artist who established his studio on Campden Hill, Holland Park in the early 1960s.

Located on Chelsea’s Cheyne Walk opposite the approach to Albert Bridge, the Boy with a Dolphin sculpture is widely considered to be one of London’s most graceful public works of art.

Of his Boy With a Dolphin statue, Sir David says that “the boy is being shown that if you trust the world, the thrills and great happiness are yours… if one meets a dolphin in the sea, he is the genial host, you the honoured guest.”


Some Giant Clothespin!

September 21st, 2016 Comments off


Built for the Festival of the Five Seasons in Chaudfontaine Park, which lies on the outskirts of Liege, Belgium, a giant clothespin sculpture appears to be holding on to a mound of dirt and grass.

Designed by Turkish artist Mehmet Ali Uysal, a professor of art at the Middle East Technical University, the giant sculpture is just one piece in a string of Uysal works that rely on flawless illusion.  


How Does This Work?

September 19th, 2016 Comments off
Floating Giant Tap
Note that the water flows down smoothly without splashing.
That’s because a transparent tube takes the water to the tap
and it flows out through the outer side of the tube. 

Sculpture in Metal, A Study in Human Form, “Empty Body”

September 16th, 2016 Comments off


Suspended Sculpture Over My Head?

September 14th, 2016 Comments off

No thank you.  

I’ve never understood why people will stand in, under, or over objects that appear to be destined to give way to the powerful pull of gravity.  Oh well, that’s just me! 6

Flying Stone Statue in Cairo

September 12th, 2016 Comments off

It seems impossible, but the smarty pants at think they have it figured out.  So if you want to see their idea, you can track it down, or just enjoy the illusion.

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