No Name For Art – # 1

Welcome to the March 31, 2008 premiere edition of the fine art blog carnival ‘No Name For Art‘. It is our objective to showcase the best current blog articles on fine art that would be of use and interest to collectors of fine art.

We’ll work with our submissions, reviewing what comes up. The submissions for this un-marketed first issue were interestingly coherent: The clear and overwriting theme across all submissions for this issue is :What makes art art and kitsch kitsch?

Art Collecting

As I have ‘no name’ for this carnival yet, I certainly have ‘no words’ for Kinkade. Unlike Margaret here, who makes an indisputable stance to what is art and what is kitsch. Well written and actually not too snobbish. Right on. Margaret Mary presents Bad Art and the Rise of Thomas Kinkade at saying, “Why are people so drawn to the art of Thomas Kinkade? This article examines the motivations of Kinkade collectors and questions why his “bad” art has gained such tremendous popularity in recent years.”


Here is a new take on the prior discussion of art made by apes. Question: is a painting made by a dog art? Madeleine Begun Kane presents Cashing In With Doggie da Vincis. The article she’s referring to, moved, and is now located at:
Note from eArtfair: ‘If all animals and people have a soul, than at least, dog art is soulful art. That’s my take.’

One of the most controversial artists of our time, Jeff Koons, produces (or rather orders in) artwork that could be easily classified as kitsch. Should it? Check out The Kitsch or Art of Jeff Koons?’ an article written by Astrid Lee, here at

Which leads us to the next topic:

Museum Shows

Incidentally, Jeff Koons has a show coming up in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, US: “Jeff Koons on the Roof,” April 29 – October 26, 2008. If you want his art being contrasted with its surroundings even more dramatically: you can go see his work in a palace: Chateau de Versailles, Paris, France, will feature his works this September.

Fine Art By Jeff Koons, Michael Jackson with monkey, SFMOMA collection

Albert Decker expresses disappointment about the removal of an interesting but controversal public artwork at the entrance of the Dallas Museum of art from the free to the paid section of the museum: Last Saturday... saying, “The last time I was there, the art invited me in. This time, it seemed She had been abducted…” Note from eArtfair: ‘Fortunately, the Dallas Museum of Art offers free general entry at certain times: Thursday: 5:00 to 9:00 pm, plus 1st Tuesday of each month ‘.

GrrlScientist presents Audubon’s Aviary: Portraits of Endangered Species saying, “My review of the annual art exhibition of John James Audubon’s paintings of North American birds, hosted by the New-York Historical Society.”

Other Art Topics

Sheila Scarborough‘s submission is not about fine art, or is it? In either case, her article made me contemplate the preservation of our contemporary graffiti art. Will the Leaderheads will be available in the centuries to come to restore our Banksy‘s ???!! Have a look at Sheila’s It’s a sign: restoring ad art on Route 66. Sign Art in small towns on historic Route 66.”

Next Edition of No Name for Art

Submit your blog article to the next edition of no name for art using our carnival submission form. The No Name For Art carnival #2 will be held May 14.


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  1. I haven’t had a chance to peruse the other entries yet, but thanks very much for including my $.02. I linked to the carnival in a new post at my place.

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