curatorial speculations art nothing eric bourdon

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Curatorial speculations on the art of nothing at all
when the weather is nice and we would rather go play outside

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Original acrylic painting on extra strong drawing paper
with grain Carte d’Art 340g by Sennelier (D340)
Artwork size : 7.87 x 7.87” / 20 x 20 cm

© Online art gallery of painter Eric Bourdon
Lille, France, 2020



     Fanciful academic and curatorial speculations, and arbitrary over-interpretation of works of art, can be examples of intellectual siliness such as those amusingly dissected by Roger Kimball in The Rape of the Masters. Kimball takes as his epigraph the well-known saying of Bishop Butler, from 1726, that “Everything is what it is and not another thing”.

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Lazar Berman shopping at the art market in Oslo - Eric Bourdon

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Lazar Berman shopping at the art market in Oslo
while making satisfied little noises

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Original acrylic painting on extra strong drawing paper
with grain Carte d’Art 340g by Sennelier (D340)
Artwork size : 7.87 x 7.87” / 20 x 20 cm

© Online art gallery of painter Eric Bourdon
Lille, France, 2020



     Drawings and paintings, musics and songs are made, and in their making embody unique meanings that transform our perception of space-time and sense of finitude. As Merleau-Ponty wrote in the Visible and the Invisible, “Essence and existence, the imaginary and the real, the visible and the invisible, painting blurs all our categories in unfolding its oneiric universe of carnal essences, of efficient resemblances, and of silent significations”. Soviet Russian classical pianist Lazar Naumovich Berman was a thrilling interpreter of Liszt and Rachmaninoff and a late representative of the grand school of Russian Romantic pianism, but has been virtually invisible on this issue.

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dumb art painting artwork eric bourdon

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Dumb Art

Original acrylic painting on linen canvas
Artwork size : 25.59 x 21.26” / 65 x 54 cm

© Gallery of painter Eric Bourdon, Lille, France, 2019



     A historical piece : the first artwork of official Dumb Art. Read the Dumb Art Manifesto !

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Old classical art in a contemporary gallery

Published on 2019-08-07 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
Category(ies) : Analysis, Painting


Old classical art in a contemporary gallery - Eric Bourdon

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Old classical art in a contemporary gallery

Original acrylic painting on linen canvas
Artwork size : 23.62 x 23.62” / 60 x 60 cm

© Gallery of painter Eric Bourdon, 2019



     A dark traditional portrait of Eric Braeden (Victor Newman in The Young and the Restless), as an antique not very at ease in an explosive contemporary art gallery ! Classical art causes skepticism, fear and misunderstanding among the general public. Getting to the end of the old representative art ?…

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the casting of leonardo da vinci la gioconda mona lisa nathalie vessie hodges

© L’Atelier du Poisson Soluble / Musée du Louvre Éditions
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     “The Casting of Leonardo”, the latest illustration book by Belgian sketch artist Nathalie Vessié-Hodges, will be released very soon, on August 21st ! As you will have understood, it is obviously about the Florentine painter and inventor, there aren’t a thousand Leonardo… On the other hand, if you thought the model who inspired his masterpiece “La Gioconda” had no competition, you’re going to discover a beautiful, little-known episode in art history !…

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Red cop on Yellow vest – Acrylic painting

Published on 2019-03-31 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
Category(ies) : Analysis, Painting


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Red cop on Yellow vest

Original acrylic painting on linen canvas
Artwork size : 25.59 x 21.26” / 65 x 54 cm

© Eric Bourdon, 2019



     The Yellow vests, or Yellow jackets (French: Gilets jaunes), is a social movement that began in France in November 2018, motivated by rising fuel prices, high cost of living, and claims that a disproportionate burden of the government’s tax reforms were falling on the working and middle classes.

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burnout expressionism painting artwork by eric bourdon

 

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BURNOUT

Original acrylic painting on linen canvas
Artwork size : 31.50 x 31.5″ / 80 x 80 cm

© Eric Bourdon, 2019



The Burnout, post-post-postmodern expressionist version
  of the Scream by Edvard Munch, “father of expressionism”…

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brett kavanaugh judge precedent eric bourdon 440

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Brett Kavanaugh, a judge without precedent…

Pen, marker on paper, digital retouching
Eric Bourdon © 2018

 

     An illustration with Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s pick for US Supreme Court, a highly conservative judge (described by The New York Times as a “conservative stalwart”) obsessed with judicial precedents, but having a very fuzzy memory of his own past…

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Teacher training in America

Published on 2018-05-05 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
Category(ies) : Analysis, Drawing, Drawings on paper


teacher training america usa 440 eric bourdon

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Teacher training in America

Pen, marker on paper, digital retouching
Eric Bourdon © 2018

 

     Excerpts below are selected from an article by German Lopez published on Vox.com : www.vox.com/…/armed-teachers-gun-violence-mass-shootings (2018/03/20)

     “The case against arming teachers”
More “good guys with guns” wouldn’t be enough – and would likely make a lot of problems worse.

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The Kiss by Auguste Rodin

Published on 2018-02-24 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
Category(ies) : Analysis, Sculpture


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The Kiss

Marble sculpture
Auguste Rodin / Carved by Jean Turcan
H. 181,5 cm ; W. 112,5 cm ; D. 117 cm

 

     The Kiss is a sculpture of an entwined couple, of which Auguste Rodin created as early as 1882 small versions in plaster, terracotta and bronze.

     In 1888, the French government commissioned Rodin to realize the first large marble version of The Kiss, for the 1889 Paris Universal Exhibition. But Rodin will take almost ten years to deliver it.

     This marble version appears for the first time at the Paris Salon (former name of the Salon of French Artists) in 1898. It is currently on display at the Musée Rodin in Paris.

     What many people don’t know is that Rodin’s The Kiss, like a lot of the Rodin Museum’s works, was not sculpted by Rodin…

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