Sunday, May 17, 2009

Select Paintings from the Visionary Art Network

A few months ago, I started a Private Network of Visionary Artists on the Ning Platform with a handful of friends. Since then, the Membership has steadily grown and includes some of the very best Visionary Artists in the Universe. Many of these artists had been friends for decades, others are new to the fold. Below is a selection of PAINTINGS from the hundreds of works submitted so far.

Members of Visionary Art sign in here


List of exhibiting Members from the Visionary Art Network:

Miguel Tio - Jon Beinart - Martin-Georg Oscity - Pavel Surma - Christian Flora - Bernard Dumaine - Janelle McKain - Amanda Sage - Piotr Zygmunt - Sonja Tines - Otto Rapp - Agim Meta - Santiago Ribeiro - Dean Fleming - Peter Hutter - Jay Paul von Koffler - Pedro Prata - Shala Rosa - Joe A. MacGown - Ben Tolman - Philip Rubinov Jacobson - Barbara Wiewiórska - Tassos Kouris - Oleg Korolev - Steve Smith - Zoltan Ducsai - Chris Edler - Brajanne - Raul Casillas - Adam Pinson - Aleksander Rymarowicz - Janne Kearney - Gerald Butalewicz - Jeff Stewart - Paula Rosa - Danny Malboeuf - Andrzej Masianis - IT Hammar - Gautam Nair - Frank Nitkiewicz - R.L.Frisby - Felix Klee - Gromyko Padilla Semper - Laurie Lipton - Joseph Larkin - Ton Haring - Franz Landl - Pedro De Kastro - Manfred Marburger - Silvia Pecha - Dennis Konstantin Gerigk - Leo Plaw - Herman Smorenburg - Erik Heyninck - Edward Walton Wilcox - Gil Perry - Tim Zart - Ludgero Paulo Rôlo - Nad Wolinska - Peter Sibrin - Breck Outland
Previous Posts about Visionary Art:

For more information about the Private Visionary Art Network, please visit my webpage VISIONARY ART SHOWCASE

M.F. Husain - Controversial Indian Artist

Maqbool Fida Husain is one of India's most famous contemporary painters although he lives in Dubai. He is afraid to go home because he has provoked the ire of Hindu Nationalists for painting goddesses, sometimes in the nude.

read more..... and check out all the related New York Times articles.

There is a website dedicated to censoring this artist: MF Hussain Campaign - I had quite some heated discussions with the network creator (and censor) of the ArtLab network, concerning this issue, after a blog of mine featuring a slide show of select works by Visionary Artists was deleted on that network (most likely because of the latest inclusion of Miguel Tio's work) - now that I read the content of the Husain Campaign link above, I am beginning to understand that artistic freedom is not universal, and Husain's plight does touch us. Pictured below is one of the offending paintings:

On further research I found this essay about Hindu Fundamentalism, revealing the political background to this story.
It should be noted that, while the hounding of Husain continues, the Indian Surpreme Court Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul had exonerated him. The reasonings of the Indian Surpreme Court Judge are quoted in this blog by E=mc^2: MF Husain Nudes Judgement - July 3rd, 2008.

Love, Peace and Happyness, a rare commodity in the world today?

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Facebook is more than a fad — and museums need to learn from it - The Art Newspaper


By Jim Richardson

Social networks and blogs are the fastest growing online activities, according to a report published in March by research firm Nielsen Online. Almost 10% of all time spent on the internet is spent on these types of sites, which Nielsen describes as “member communities”, and they are visited by more than two-thirds of the world’s online users.

This has not gone unnoticed by museums and galleries, with many creating some kind of presence on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. But because this has primarily been done as a marketing tool, institutions are missing a far greater opportunity. By treading gently into the second generation of web development and design, known as Web 2.0, museums risk achieving little, and are effectively paying mere lip service to online social engagement. If they were to make a proper commitment to the enterprise, they could transform their relationship with audiences, change people’s perceptions of them and vastly expand the reach of their collections.
The Nielsen research shows that a major factor in the success of social networks is that they allow people to select and share content. This has become a hobby, even considered by some to be a serious creative outlet, with web users spending time “curating” their online space. Museums are well placed to appeal to this new generation of “curators” because they offer rich and interesting content that can be virtually “cut-up” and stuck back together online in numerous different ways to reflect the individual tastes of each user. If remixing, reinterpreting and sharing interesting content is, as Nielsen suggests, the kind of engaging interaction that draws people to social networks, then museums should embrace the idea that “everyone is a curator”, both online and offline.
Most of the institutions that are adapting their own websites with those facets of the social networks that so many people find attractive are in the US. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York relaunched its website in March. It now includes links to the museum’s online users on various social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Users can also create personal online accounts, which allow them to bookmark upcoming events, create online exhibitions and “collect” works of art via their mobile phone as they walk around the gallery and view them later on the website.
Victor Samra, digital media marketing manager at MoMA, says: “It's not enough just to broadcast information now. Sharing and participating in discussions are becoming normal activities on the web, so I think people are coming to expect it. People want to engage with content they are really passionate about, and museums have a great opportunity to provide this for them. This helps to change the perception of the museum as a building with four closed walls to an organisation with personality and a human face.”
One potential obstacle to museums sharing content online is the issue of copyright and how to protect images if they are put on the internet. Legal implications aside, from a practical point of view this approach is becoming outdated. For example, the Art Museum of Estonia has gone against convention by actively encouraging visitors to photograph its collection; the MoMA website helps users to co-create content and share these creations with friends.
All museums want to create a dialogue with their audiences, and most museum staff are well aware that the internet can be a useful tool for doing this. But museums such as MoMA that have wholeheartedly embraced the new digital environment are becoming part of the conversation, rather then just pushing content or questions at visitors and then sitting back.
Online activity such as MoMA’s requires investment, both in terms of web development costs and staff time, but if this is where people are and how they are communicating, then, one can argue, museums should be there too.
Curators pride themselves on using their collections to analyse issues, provoke reactions and ask difficult questions. But these questions are no longer just being debated over a coffee or in the galleries themselves; they are also being discussed online, whether it is on social network sites such as Facebook, online discussion forums or the many blogs, and the content prompting these responses is no longer restricted to the four walls it actually inhabits. This means museums and galleries need to expand the sites where they introduce, narrate and edit their programmes.
The writer is the managing director of Newcastle-based Sumo, a design consultancy specialising in arts and culture. He is a speaker at the conference, “Communicating the Museum”, in Malaga (24-27 June).

Facebook is more than a fad—and museums need to learn from it - The Art Newspaper