The Portrait of an Artist by Another Artist

If a picture says a thousand words, then a portrait says a million. More than just an image, true portraiture captures and conveys a persons character and vulnerability.

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ABOVE: Chuck Close, Kara Walker, 2008, pigmented inkjet print, 47 x 34.5 inches

andy warhol

ABOVE: Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, 1975, gelatin silver print, 9 x 7 inches

joseph beuys

ABOVE: Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust Joseph Beuys, 1980, silkscreen inck and diamond dust on synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 40 x 40 inches

ABOVE: Frida Kahlo, Portrait of Diego, 1937, oil on masonite, 20 x 15 inches

Louise Bourgeois 1982, printed 1991 by Robert Mapplethorpe 1946-1989

ABOVE: Robert Mapplethorpe, Portrait of Louise Bourgeois with Filette, 1968, taken in 1982, printed in 1991, 14 x 14 inches

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2014: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

From appropriation to plagiarism, and art selfies to art vandalism, 2014 was a busy year. Here are some of the art world’s highs and lows – mostly lows.

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ABOVE: Kara Walker, Sugar Baby, 2014, sculpture, installed at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn

ABOVE: Paul McCarthy, Tree, 2014, sculpture, installed at the Place Vendôme in Paris

ABOVE: Brett Bailey, Exhibit B (Human Zoo), 2014, performance at the Barbican Centre in London.

Without further ado, here are the good, the bad, and the ugly for 2014 :

The Good

Kara Walker’s Sugar Baby was arguably the most talked about – and praised –  artwork of 2014. The accolades are well deserved.

The Bad

In October, Paul McCarthy installed Tree (a giant green butt plug) at the Place Vendôme in Paris. While that in itself is more funny than bad, some ass-hats took it upon themselves to attack the artist, and then the artwork. Not cool.

The Ugly

Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B (Human Zoo) caused a shitstorm everywhere it went last year. The threat of ‘extreme’ protests finally forced the Barbican Centre to cancel the show in September.