DAILY ART FIX: Heritage Auctions returns missing Margaret Keane painting stolen in 1972


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Margaret Keane is notorious as the low brow “big eyes” painter. If you’ve ever seen an image of a cute/sad child with oversized eyes, it’s most likely either Keane or a knockoff. When I first heard about the source of these paintings years ago, her husband Walter Keane was still stealing the credit for the works, but that’s another story.

The value of Keane’s paintings have soared over time, even if it was driven by a sense of irony. Recently, an art theft of an original Keane work got resolved.

On Nov. 14, 1972, a painting by iconic artist Margaret Keane was stolen from a dentist’s office waiting room in Honolulu, and remained missing for nearly 50 years. On Wednesday, Heritage Auctions reunited the lost artwork with its original owners – among them, the woman depicted in the painting as a 7-year-old girl.

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DAILY ART FIX: Video-Destino, the Long Delayed Collaboration Between Salvador Dali and Walt Disney


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Salvador Dali Disney

Dali and Disney

The Disney Company is the source of much evil these days, as they are collaborating with communist Ch1nese. But back in the day, the film studio just wanted to entertain, and were often very innovative in their efforts.

In 1945-1946, Disney studio artist John Hench worked with surrealist painter Salvador Dali to storyboard an animated short. Animation would have been an excellent medium for Dali’s hallucinatory, shifting imagery. Unfortunately the project was not completed at the time due to budgetary reasons.

In 2003, using the mysterious story boards created by Dali and Hench, the project called Destino was finally completed, using a combination of computer and traditional animation.


RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over…

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DAILY ART FIX: 11 Greatest Matte Paintings Of All Time


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Raiders of the lost Ark

Raiders of a Lost Art: The Special Effect of Matte Paintings

Before CGI ate film, actual paintings on glass were used to create fantastic vistas that would have been too expensive or challenging to build as sets. I feel this old fashioned technique was much more compelling than the cold digital imagery which is so overused today.

Many classic movies used this blend of art and technology.


Burn Hollywood Burn: Matte Painting from Earthquake (1974)

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DAILY ART FIX: Rare, Arresting Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s Short Stories by the Irish Stained Glass and Book Artist Harry Clarke


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Harry Clarke ““He shrieked once— once only.”

I grew up loving the morbid writings of great American author Edgar Allan Poe. It does not surprise me that many artists have turned to Poe as an inspiration for their own dark Symbolist artwork. From Brain Pickings:

Old fine-lined illustrations and classic tales that outgrim the newspapers’ front pages, twisting the grisly into the sublime, come together in a rare 1933 edition of Edgar Allan Poe’sTales of Mystery and Imagination, with illustrations by the Irish stained-glass and book artistHarry Clarke(March 17, 1889–January 6, 1931), whose visionary work influenced the Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and French Symbolism movements…

Clarke’s haunting, terrifying, yet lyrical illustrations become the perfect visual counterpart to Poe’s haunting, terrifying, lyrical prose.

Harry Clarke ““It was the most noisome quarter of London.”

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The Four Freedoms Famously Portrayed by Norman Rockwell Are Under Assault


From Back When Our Own Government Wasn’t the Threat

Norman Rockwell’s “The Four Freedoms

Back in the Stone Ages of the early 1990s, when I finally settled on Painting as my major at Virginia Commonwealth University, I encountered a curious attitude among the art students.

I was trying to learn to paint realistically. After an initial mandatory assignment, I was the only one in my Basic Painting class who continued to paint from the model which was provided to us. It’s easy to make assumptions about why a single 20ish-year old guy would want to spend hours staring at a nude lady, but trust me, in art school, it’s not like that.

There’s nothing titillating about an 8am class crowded into a dirty, chilly studio with 20 other students, struggling to depict in oils an elbow or knee which looks like it bends the right way. A nude model…

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DAILY ART FIX: In the Arizona desert, James Turrell is creating one of the most ambitious artworks in American history.


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James Turrell's volcanic masterpiece: a trip inside the crater with Kanye  West's favourite artist

A view of the sky from inside the volcano

In early 2001, shortly after I moved to Arizona, I was fortunate enough to see a James Turrell exhibit at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Turrell creates incredible illusions through precision architecture and the manipulation of light. The strange effects he conjures through these mediums have to be experienced in person. Photos do not do justice to the impact of the environments he designs.

The show was a major art event in Arizona. Turrell was installing one of his Skyspaces at the museum, and had many other pieces on display. I remember one where I entered a plain white room which had an enormous blue rectangular painting hanging on the opposite wall. I had to draw closer to realize I was not seeing a flat surface of a painting at all. It was…

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