Gilbert asked this question on the artcone forums: Is there any sites which give examples of interesting and simple abstract art?

I have looked but I cant find a site with all different types… most people who are selling their artwork have a certain style, but is there anywhere where you can get instructions on how to create great peices?

what is the best easiest way to become an artist?

Posted on 12 Sep 2007 In: Forums

HahaYouNoob asked this question on the artcone forums: I have done a couple of abstract paintings, I went colege for two years but I dont like the idea of going to university

Spamalot Reaps Show Nominations

Posted on 2 May 2005 In: Forums

Lombi asked this question on the artcone forums: Monty Python musical Spamalot has picked up 12 Drama Desk nominations, honouring the best in New York theatre.

Based on the Monty Python and the Holy Grail film, the show has had largely rave reviews since opening on Broadway in March. Romantic musical The Light in the Piazza received 11 nominations from the organisation of theatre critics.

The awards will be handed out at a ceremony hosted by Broadway star Harvey Fierstein on 22 May. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the hit movie comedy starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine, was named in 10 categories, including best musical.

The best musical shortlist features Spamalot, The Light in the Piazza, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Altar Boyz and The Audience.

Early closure

British playwright Michael Frayn’s Democracy has been nominated in the best play category, alongside The Pillowman, Sin (A Cardinal Deposed), Doubt and Pentecost. David Hyde Pearce, best-known for playing Niles in Frasier, and Hank Azaria, a voice of The Simpsons, were both nominated for best musical actor for Spamalot.

Christiana Applegate’s turn in Sweet Charity has been recognised, although she pulled out of the show with injury. The musical eventually closed before beginning its Broadway run. Among the nominations for best actor in a play were Adam Arkin for Brooklyn Boy, Bill Irwin for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and John Turturro for Souls of Naples.

On the actress in a play shortlist were Kathleen Turner for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Laura Linney for Sight Unseen and Frances Sternhagen for Echoes of War. British comic Dave Gorman has been nominated in the solo performance category for his Googlewhack Adventure show, alongside Barry Humphries, Billy Crystal and Jackie Mason.

The Drama Desk, founded in 1949, honours both Broadway and off-Broadway productions.

Just A Suggestion

Posted on 28 Aug 2006 In: Forums

RecordBreakingNews asked this question on the artcone forums: I was thinking of cool things to do to the site and I think that maybe we should have a new layout done over. I love the examples of artwork but couldn’t that be placed somewhere else and make the forum itself more regular?

If not its alright,

The Swan

Posted on 8 May 2007 In: Gallery
The Swan submitted in ArtCone gallery by Metal_Gypsy
Photo of a swan, edited using Levels, Saturation and Gausion blur.
2569 The Swan

Stefan cel Mare

Posted on 20 Jan 2007 In: Gallery
Stefan cel Mare submitted in ArtCone gallery by sheeva
2236 Stefan cel Mare

TheGatesOfBill asked this question on the artcone forums: I need some pictures of horses in sitting pose, preferably in this pose

Help will be appreciated

Erin asked this question on the artcone forums: I’m not interested in the cheapest, but the best – high quality to produce fine art photographs on a digital printer and relatively easy to use.

NoName asked this question on the artcone forums: Where is the best place to get photos made into posters? About how much does it cost? Is it legal to have pictures you found on the web made into posters? Thanks!

The Forgotten Artists Of Auschwitz

Posted on 24 May 2005 In: Forums

Lombi asked this question on the artcone forums: An exhibition tells the story of how concentration camp inmates survived by using their talent with brush and pencil. The blue eyes of a baker’s daughter stare out of a portrait painted by a concentration camp inmate, one of a group of talented prisoners whose lives were saved or at least softened by art in Auschwitz.

An extraordinary collection of paintings goes on display for the first time in the Centrum Judaicum of Berlin today. Each is the symbol of a story of survival.

There are some graphic scenes of everyday life in Auschwitz, of delousing and beatings, but most striking are the portraits, drawn from memories, which were smuggled out of the death camp.

The previously untold story of the Auschwitz artists began in 1940. Rudolf Höss, the camp commandent, caught Franciszek Targosz, a Polish prisoner, drawing a horse. Any form of artistic activity was punishable by death, but Höss loved horses.

He decided that the camp should set up a museum, with gallery space for paintings and drawings by the most-gifted prisoners. Pride of place was to go to images of horses.

In the evenings, a dozen Polish artists carried out official commissions from the camp leadership and private portraits of the wives and girlfriends of the SS guards.

In between these lifesaving commissions — about 70 per cent of the artists survived Auschwitz — they developed their own work; paintings of imaginary landscapes, remembered lovers, men who were not shaven or emaciated, women whose perfume one could almost smell.

The baker’s daughter was Anna Madej, painted by a 33-year-old Polish inmate named Jacques Markiel, who was forced to work in a nearby coalmine. Markiel, 33, was responsible for collecting the sparse rations from the baker. Anna stuffed extra bread in the bag when no one was looking. He paid the girl with a portrait painted on linen, smuggled out of the camp strapped to his stomach. Suddenly aware of the power of paintings, he drew Geza Schein, a ten-year-old Hungarian Jewish boy, who also worked in the coalmine. The boy gave the picture in turn to a Polish woman who supplied him with the food he needed to live.

In July 1940, Bronislaw Czech, 32, a Polish Olympic skiing champion, was deported to Auschwitz for being a member of a resistance group.

At 32, he was already a sporting hero — 16 times the Polish skiing champion and a participant in three winter Olympic Games.

The Auschwitz artists were determined to keep him alive and told the SS that he was potentially a great painter. Mieczyslaw Koscielniak, a prominent prewar painter, who had been ordered by Höss to put a price on stolen Jewish treasures, secretly taught the skier how to draw.

Soon Czech was painting impressive landscapes, above all of the Tatra Mountains. He died, nonetheless, of typhoid contracted after he fell out of favour with the SS and was consigned to the cremation cleaning squad.

“His fellow inmates improvised a funeral, carrying his body last on to the cart of corpses,” Jürgen Kaumkötter, the art historian who sifted through 1,562 artworks to present this exhibition of 176 paintings and drawings, said. “They covered him in flowers and followed him to the crematorium in a procession.”

Most of the 44 painters represented in the exhibition are Poles. Before Auschwitz became a slaughterhouse for more than a million Jews, it was a camp for Polish political prisoners who were sent to work in quarries, in the cement factory or draining the marshes of Birkenau.

When the artist Jozef Szajna was sent to the camp in the summer of 1941, only 7,000 out of the originally arrested 18,000 were still alive. But, unlike the Jews driven straight to the gas chambers, they could communicate (in short, censored letters) with the outside world and this allowed the artists to feel that they were still in contact with real life.



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