I’m totally a dog person but that’s not to say I dislike cats, I love them too but the people I have lived with in the past were cat-haters. In my art quiz “Musicians like dogs and writers like cats“, it was all about the dogs so this time it’s a cat quiz inspired by Flavorwire.
Why not test your cat-love in this quiz on famous artists and their cats, you can even try the dog quiz. I’ll tally the results in this cat vs dog and let you know the outcome. Just to let you know -I don’t see individual results so don’t be ashamed if you secretly turn out to be a cat-lover while flaunting your pup. Good luck and I’ll post the answers next month. If you can’t wait that long let me know.
Multiple exhibitions in one venue can sometimes be a mixed bag of lollies. There’s usually the big musk stick that pops out the top of the bag and draws you in and then there are the ones at the bottom, the three for 5 cent jubey things. My trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney was like that.
Anish Kapoor proved musk stick-like to be as good as it looked. Something sweet and distinct at every bite, leaving a unique taste in your mouth. The promise of more sweets inside was the huge mirror dish reflecting Sydney Harbour on a perfectly blue hundreds-and-thousands sparkly day. Having been impressed by his work for a long time I was hoping for the best and I got better. As usual looking at the works on line, in books, on DVDs doesn’t cut the musk stick.
At the same time the other exhibition South of No North jubes proved to be strawberries and cream. Delicious with no fan-fare, three for one. The exhibition was based on works by Noel McKenna, Wiliam Eggleston and Laurence Aberhart. Noel McKenna’s work has always made me smile. From his doggie poster series to big things. This was a wonderful exhibition and although it is hard to compare the monumental work of Anish Kapoor, there was a similarity in the complete paring down of subject and the strength in simplicity. I especially loved these small tiles of simply drawn ordinary objects and one of the best known useful products ever deserving to be lauded in glazed ceramic : liquid nails. It was also wonderful to see his influences in Aberhart and Eggleston.
So my little bag of MCA mixed lollies proved to be quite sweet . It wasn’t too sickly and way too tempting to refuse.
So far in the How Much is that Doggie Quiz -Australia has it. No other countries have participated, funny considering I know how much the San Frannites love their poochies. (See my blog about the dog children of San Francisco).
So far we have one top dog with 100%. Well done! You know who you are and I don’t, so congrats and if you want to own up to your score feel free to let me know in the comments. I won’t judge.
If you feel you want to test your knowledge on arty dogs click here to take my quiz.
You can also try the other art quizzes. They are still all open and can find them in my Art Quiz Category. I post the answers later on or if you can’t wait just let me know.
Well that seems to be the inference in this article by Emily Temple that recently linked from one of my blogs about David Hockney. I’m a dog person so I think that means I can’t write (or perhaps shouldn’t).
This week my library pick up was wonderful Dogs in Australian Art by Steven Miller. Does it get any better – art and puppies in one book, and it’s not heavy! But wait it gets better. My favourite artist Noel McKenna has my breed of dog -SNAP! (here’s a work he did based on lost dog posters)
Tim Storrier brought his dog Smudge to share in his glory of the win at the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery NSW so I have decided to share the love and do another quiz – I know about time! This time it centres around doggies and artists.
Having undergone a number of tests to check your capabilities for differing positions, I thought this one seemed more appropriate to me. Most of us have done the bonding, teamwork exercises and in reality there should always be a different category for artists. At a job test a while back I was given the scenario of air crash in the snow with 12 things on the list, prioritise….blah blah blah until they said a roll of canvas. I guess the others would have thought of it as shelter. I think more like shoot the others, eat them and paint like Frankenthaler, stains on canvas. It would be better and easier than gaining a residency to the antarctic. There should be an alternate category for artists. We’re thinkers and feelers but art is always uppermost in our minds.
My car is white. I think if I had a choice I might paint it green, lime green. Lately cars have been getting less and less colourful. This quiz is based on some BMW’s that have been given a coat by some major artists. Ready to give it a spin? Put yourself into gear and put you fingers to the metal. See if you can match the artist to the car.
I would say that BMW may just supply the artist with a car but I’m afraid there are no prizes in this game except for the absolute glory of getting past the winning flag. Give it a try and click here
After the quiz you can click on this link and see how you fared.
Well you all did pretty good on this one- ARTIST OR HOUSEWIFE QUIZ quite a few topping the 100%. USA & Australia topping the polls. I didn’t get anyone that took the chance to name the artists or housewives so no bonus points. I’m sure Martha Stewart would rather have been called an artist but she was indeed one of the housewives.
And those of you who picked my daughter as a housewife -you know who you are!- deduct 50% off your score.
If you still want to take a punt don’t read any further, NO PEEKING. Click on the link. If you want to take a stab at who they are make a comment. Remember it’s anonymous if you want.**** SPOILER ALERT READ NO FURTHER****
ARTIST : Margaret Olley
HOUSEWIFE: Margaret Fulton (Chef/Cook)
ARTIST: My beautiful daughter (Graphic Artist/Zinester)
HOUSEWIFE: Martha Stewart
ARTIST: Alice Neel (Painter)
ARTIST: Helen Frankenthaler (innovating painter, RIP)
It was a vintage typewriter that gave away the secret of Santa. I guess I was about eight or so, I had desperately wanted a typewriter for Christmas from Santa. The generous old man that he was led to Christmas morning under the old silver foil tree decorated with purply glass grape lights, a very old typewriter with a piece of lovely white paper rolled ready -waiting. The paper turned out to be a note from Santa, it said this was a special typewriter, “your grandfather’s whom you had not known, take very good care of it”.
The note was not typed by Santa, perhaps he had prepared the note before getting the typewriter from grandfather? Perhaps it was that sticky “S” key that didn’t ever quite reach the paper with enough force? There was however something familiar about the scratchy blue writing. Grandfather had been a police sergeant, like his father before him. Obviously those powers of deduction had reached down the generational line and grabbed me that morning and shook the slowly dawning sensation that the note was in Dad’s writing! He was Santa! There was no Santa! I never asked why he had written that note rather than typed it, perhaps I would have been woken by the gentle tap, tap, tapping. You could never mistake typing for hooves on roofs. Dad wasn’t a policeman or detective like his brother, or a writer like his brother Ian but he was inventive, creative and would admire the way Typewriters can be used in art.
Typewriters still are used in our home so it was with great delight when I saw a cover of a magazine with an array of models and thought I would base my next quiz on this topic. Whose Typewriter is This?
Thank you to Benjamin Law & Amanda Austin for their article in Smith Journal -the Frankiepress
I recently read a blog from a painter that stated all she wanted was to be a housewife and an artist. I have in the past painted with a broom and used cauliflower for monoprinting in the midst of preparing dinner. I am certainly not a housewife but I really feel that the two don’t mix that easily. It has however inspired me to create my 3rd art quiz. ARTIST OR HOUSEWIFE? Have a crack and let me know what you think. The image above is from Australian Artist Davida Allen. I read her book The Autobiography of Vicki Meyers over 10 years ago and it has stayed with me. I felt this was a great image that would suit this quiz Teatime