Painting Reproduction Article, and My Thoughts

February 6, 2016

“A Fake of Art.” by Noah Charney.

This is an article about art and art copies, good and bad. This is a subject I’ve written about a lot. Here are some quotes from the article and some points I’d like to add to the discussion. Thanks to my friend JHC for telling me about this art story link.

There are art purists that are against making exact copies of paintings. There are also starving artists that can’t get paid because of art purists like this. I say let the purists jet to their favorite single, painting in some far off ivory tower of a museum or mansion and wallow in that elitist experience.

But for the rest of us,

1. Let the artist make copies and sell to thousands across the globe.

2. Let museums make copies of the thousands of paintings locked in their basements that no one ever sees. That will give them a new major way to make money while they guard the originals they keep stored.

The follow up point is this: be sure to label the copy ‘Copy”. Then let the purist do what he wants, enjoy the copy or not. The rest of us will see thousands of works now buried in basements as copies. The rest of us will be able to afford to buy the painting copies of contemporary painters we love.

Mass marketing of an art form, in this case painting, always brings a massive golden age along with it. For examples, see lit/books, film/DVD, Music/records. So look for an upcoming golden age in art and painting as more and more paintings are mass produced.

Quote from the Article: Quality reproductions, clearly labelled so that no one is fooled, play an important role in the globalisation and democratisation of the study of art. Not everyone can afford to fly to see original work in countries beyond their borders: such art can be admired and analysed only in print or digital reproductions. So much has already been said about art’s power when seen in person, and lost in reproduction, that it hardly needs repeating. But for the purposes of study, reproductions offer not only a necessary evil (nothing close to the real thing, but far better than nothing), they can also be portals of discovery – provided they are of high enough quality.

The means of reproduction are so good now that they can recreate not only the subject in the paintings but the texture of the paint on the painting.

Quote from the Article: Three-dimensional scanning and printing technology now allows for texturally identical reproductions. The Madrid-based firm Factum Arte applies such techniques to preserve artworks, including whole rooms, for posterity.

The final test to prove how good copies can be, is my Hendricks Test. Take four copies of a painting, all the same size as the original. Frame them all alike, place them on a wall, and let viewers guess which is the original and which four are the copies. If there is no consensus then the copies pass the test.

Final Quote from the Article: Visitors expect a reverberant experience when confronting an original masterpiece.

This article is written by me, and I am an artist of over 8,000 works. And to be honest any reverberant experience that I can paint in the original, I also see in the copies I make of my originals. To say differently is to oppose what artists like me are saying and saying clearly and out loud. You miss nothing by seeing a high quality copy of a painting.

Then too that argument suggests that prints by Rembrandt to Picasso, that those artists never even touched, are worthless, void of content, or lacking in reverberant experience!

Finally mass production of paintings helps thousands of artists. Right now very talented artists with a lifetime of skill, are often barely making minimum wage off a sale of a work here and there. Purists, stop blocking them from fair careers at what they have worked all their lives to do and do well. It changes nothing for you, but it helps all of us.

PS I’ve included a sample of my work for this article. Here’s your choice, You can buy the original here for one million dollars, or you can buy an exact copy for about $5. Your choice.

The reproduction of art is a part of the art movement called Postism art. More about the Revolution in Arts is at this link.

Do you support musicians or want 5 pop stars to marginalize all the rest

February 4, 2016

Sadly it’s clear to me that before any musician can make a living beyond selling a few t-shirts and cd’s we will have to work together to end the corporate music that is down to about 5 pop stars and 3 mega music corporations. That’s why I started the Texas Video Showdown, a video that brings the conflict to one point, one video, one challenge, one vote.
Those of you who say you support good musicians will have to prove it – either vote for a change here, or let 5 pop stars marginalize all the good musicians in the world.
Every musician you will have to make a choice too, be marginalized by a handful of pop stars that make millions and millions on sound alike music, or oppose it and open music to everyone again, like it used to be decades ago.

The indie musician, Hunkasaurus, has purposely made the worst video ever – he didn’t even comb his hair – with simple solid fun music to challenge the over produced generic corporate music of the sound alike pop stars. Help him by voting thumbs up on youtube. Be a part of a big change in music. Stop allowing the sameness to continue.

5 Kid’s Poems

February 3, 2016

Five Kid’s Poems

sweep, sweep,
sweep, sweep,
more dust than
any broom can handle

little drone
little drone
enchanted with flying
and won’t come home /down

the donkey
is just as stubborn
for the priest
as the stable boy

Poor Alice
little to play with
but rabbit holes
and looking glasses!

I love my house
it has legs
and a leash
to walk each day
“Hello and hi”
say passer-bys
“How’s your house
doing today?”
We circle the block
We play in the park,
I stop at the grocery
it waits by the door.
We walk back home
under evening skies



February 3, 2016


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