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(Atlas Obscura)   I don't know anything about art, but I know that I like "Dog in a Sweater" at Pier 1   ( atlasobscura.com) divider line
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2017-11-22 12:02:04 PM  
 Too artsy.  I like Dogs at Poker Table.
 
2017-11-22 12:54:04 PM  
 I would totally be heading to pier one right now to buy that if it was a German Shepherd.
 
2017-11-22 12:58:09 PM  
I like my own stuff. So that makes one..well..kinda.

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2017-11-22 01:41:55 PM  
Reminds me a bit of this film..

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The history of commercial art is odd to say the least
 
2017-11-22 02:11:28 PM  

bhcompy: Reminds me a bit of this film..

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The history of commercial art is odd to say the least


i've never seen or heard about it before? What's it about? I gather the commercial art industry?

hey, if I were any good at it, could make money doing this stuff and selling it. But eyes have beholders, and so.. you know

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2017-11-22 02:20:08 PM  
Nods in agreement:
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2017-11-22 02:39:22 PM  

Kirablue42: bhcompy: Reminds me a bit of this film..

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The history of commercial art is odd to say the least

i've never seen or heard about it before? What's it about? I gather the commercial art industry?

hey, if I were any good at it, could make money doing this stuff and selling it. But eyes have beholders, and so.. you know

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It's a true story about Margaret Keane, who was an artist in the late 50s and 60s whose husband took her work and marketed it as his own, pushing it in the commercial art world(and opening retail stores selling posters and the like).  The film touches on that interpersonal relationship(which revolves around him claiming credit for her art) as well as the relationship of commercial artists to the traditional high brow art world(which climaxes in the film at the 1964 World Fair where her husband was supposed to showcase).  The film is pretty accurate and fairly interesting, though it's odd and slow(typical Burton, but restrained).  The art itself is fairly outlandish because of its hypercaricature of sad little children with big doe eyes(hence the name of the film), but apparently sold well enough for Time Magazine to call it the best selling art available in 1965 and had fans like Andy Warhol.
 
2017-11-22 03:25:21 PM  
bhcompy:

It's a true story about Margaret Keane, who was an artist in the late 50s and 60s whose husband took her work and marketed it as his own, pushing it in the commercial art world(and opening retail stores selling posters and the like).  The film touches on that interpersonal relationship(which revolves around him claiming credit for her art) as well as the relationship of commercial artists to the traditional high brow art world(which climaxes in the film at the 1964 World Fair where her husband was supposed to showcase).  The film is pretty accurate and fairly interesting, though it's odd and slow(typical Burton, but restrained).  The art itself is fairly outlandish because of its hypercaricature of sad little children with big doe eyes(hence the name of the film), but apparently sold well enough for Time Magazine to call it the best selling art available in 1965 and had fans like Andy Warhol.

Oh man, you missed my favorite part of both the true story and the movie. Spoilers ahead, I guess? Margaret and her husband divorce and they end up in court contesting who gets the cash from the art sales. Both of them allege that they were the original artist, so finally the judge made them both paint in the court room. Margaret does her big eye thing, and her ex says he has a shoulder injury and is unable to paint.
 
2017-11-22 03:26:34 PM  

the_vicious_fez: bhcompy:

It's a true story about Margaret Keane, who was an artist in the late 50s and 60s whose husband took her work and marketed it as his own, pushing it in the commercial art world(and opening retail stores selling posters and the like).  The film touches on that interpersonal relationship(which revolves around him claiming credit for her art) as well as the relationship of commercial artists to the traditional high brow art world(which climaxes in the film at the 1964 World Fair where her husband was supposed to showcase).  The film is pretty accurate and fairly interesting, though it's odd and slow(typical Burton, but restrained).  The art itself is fairly outlandish because of its hypercaricature of sad little children with big doe eyes(hence the name of the film), but apparently sold well enough for Time Magazine to call it the best selling art available in 1965 and had fans like Andy Warhol.

Oh man, you missed my favorite part of both the true story and the movie. Spoilers ahead, I guess? Margaret and her husband divorce and they end up in court contesting who gets the cash from the art sales. Both of them allege that they were the original artist, so finally the judge made them both paint in the court room. Margaret does her big eye thing, and her ex says he has a shoulder injury and is unable to paint.


Also, if you liked that one, Netflix has (had?) an excellent documentary on Drew Struzan, who painted all of George Lucas' movie posters.
 
2017-11-22 03:28:48 PM  

bhcompy: Kirablue42: bhcompy: Reminds me a bit of this film..

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The history of commercial art is odd to say the least

i've never seen or heard about it before? What's it about? I gather the commercial art industry?

hey, if I were any good at it, could make money doing this stuff and selling it. But eyes have beholders, and so.. you know

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It's a true story about Margaret Keane, who was an artist in the late 50s and 60s whose husband took her work and marketed it as his own, pushing it in the commercial art world(and opening retail stores selling posters and the like).  The film touches on that interpersonal relationship(which revolves around him claiming credit for her art) as well as the relationship of commercial artists to the traditional high brow art world(which climaxes in the film at the 1964 World Fair where her husband was supposed to showcase).  The film is pretty accurate and fairly interesting, though it's odd and slow(typical Burton, but restrained).  The art itself is fairly outlandish because of its hypercaricature of sad little children with big doe eyes(hence the name of the film), but apparently sold well enough for Time Magazine to call it the best selling art available in 1965 and had fans like Andy Warhol.


Good Lord, my mother had at least 2 of those.  They hung in bedrooms, and I could not sleep around them.  Freaking creepy as hell.  My luck, there's probably a market for them now, and I don't have either of them.
 
2017-11-22 03:38:26 PM  

the_vicious_fez: Oh man, you missed my favorite part of both the true story and the movie. Spoilers ahead, I guess? Margaret and her husband divorce and they end up in court contesting who gets the cash from the art sales. Both of them allege that they were the original artist, so finally the judge made them both paint in the court room. Margaret does her big eye thing, and her ex says he has a shoulder injury and is unable to paint.


Oh for sure, but I didn't want to give away the whole story.  It's quite comedic and hilarious that it actually happened.  I commend the judge for his creative use of latitude
 
2017-11-22 04:46:53 PM  
The rest looks like mass market fluff. better than average mass market fluff, but nothing exciting. I really get a kick out of dog in a sweater, though...
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2017-11-22 04:47:08 PM  
It's not often you see just one sweater puppy.
 
2017-11-22 05:31:17 PM  
The key to successful commercial art is to use colours that match popular furnishings.
 
2017-11-22 07:47:13 PM  

Kirablue42: I like my own stuff. So that makes one..well..kinda.

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That's awesome!
 
2017-11-22 07:57:08 PM  
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Man in Rowboat.

I don't know how the hotels get away with it. My wife flipped her shiat when I suggested hanging a painting of a little man in a boat in our living room. Maybe I should try some bing searches for more examples.
 
2017-11-22 08:50:25 PM  
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2017-11-22 08:56:34 PM  
I tend to use commercial art that works for the room until I find something to replace it that has more personal significance. I've not got any high-dollar art, but I do have some signed and numbered nature photography prints. I've also got four of the Apple Think Different 11x17s - in custom frames my dad made.

Being a South Carolinian I have the requisite Jim Booth print. I think it's a state law that if you live here you have to have at least one.
 
2017-11-23 12:23:25 AM  
Nothing but Salty Seamon for my walls!

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