Friday, November 04, 2005

O'Sullivan on Neel

Michael O'Sullivan delivers a really good review of Alice Neel's current exhibition at the NMWA.

Read it here.

Alice Neel by Lida MoserOne of the paintings in the exhibition is of our own Lida Moser, who posed for Neel four times (one of the portraits is at the Met in NYC), and who traded Neel paintings for slides of Neel's work so that she could send them to NYC galleries as Neel seeked a place to show her work. Apparently Neel was on welfare and traded Moser paintings for the documentation of her work.

Two of the paintings discussed by O'Sullivan are shown in the portrait of Neel by Moser displayed to the left.

Alice Neel and Lida Moser were apparently really close friends and Lida has a million stories about Alice, especially the tremendous resentment that Neel faced once she began to gather some recognition. The resentment came from the then popular male abstract painters who were in vogue, and who resented Alice's success because she was a woman and a representational painter.

Several photographic portraits of Neel by Moser are in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

WaPo Editorial Cartoonist of the Future

The is seeking an "Editorial Cartoonist of the Future" with a digital animation competition!

The has launched a competition to find digital animators interested in exploring the world of editorial cartooning.

The Editorial Shorts Digital Animation Competition is looking for digital artists and humorists to submit short-form (3 minutes or less) animated commentary focused on current political or topical issues. Entries must be designed, edited or distributed in digital form.

Entry details may be found at

Hal Straus, Opinions editor for, said "The Washington Post print edition has a 125 year-old tradition of editorial cartooning that has influenced opinion and covered both the drama and comedy of news and politics. We thought it would be interesting for to see who out there is interested in picking up the mantle for the digital age."

The winner of the competition, to be announced in January 2006, will get visibility for his or her entry in a special section Opinions in the

Deadline for entry is December 31, 2005.

Entries will be judged on humor, originality, use of the medium and topical relevance.

Judges for the competition include representatives from the editorial divisions of and The Washington Post, as well as RES Media Group, the publishers of RES digital media magazine and coordinators of the multi-city RES Digital Film Festival.

Media or competition inquiries, contact:
Eric Easter at

More money

There's more money for the arts in DC; the District government is pumping $4 million in new funding into arts programs.

Read the story here (thanks g.p.)

New art blog

t . s. m c c l e l l a n is a new (new to me that is) artist's blog out of Richmond.

Visit him often!

1st Fridays

Tonight I'll try to make it to the gallery openings and extended hours at the Dupont Circle area galleries. Good weather + good art + late meal somewhere = a great time!

See ya there!

Tapedude takes over 3M?

Mark Jenkins: CEO Material?

Read it here.