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Rob Jones
Fresh air art blogging.
Interests: Commenting on the world's visual arts scene.
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Although it may already be obvious to artPark followers, I am officially signing off. Like most blogs, this one has run its course. Please know this has not been an easy decision for me. Writing about so many talented artists and the product of their talents has been a privilege... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at artPark
Having completed my jurying duties for Visual Overture Magazine’s Emerging Artists competition (Summer), I thought it might be useful to share with artists a little of what goes on “behind the scenes” of the review and selection process. Too often, and artist submits work and months later gets an email... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2011 at artPark
I have completed my duties as juror for the Summer edition of Visual Overture’s Emerging Artists competition. Whew! What an experience. I’ve juried many art contests and been on selection panels before, but this one was different… in a good way. First and foremost, I was the lone juror. I... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2011 at artPark
Our good friends and superbly talented glass blowers Jeremy Newman and Allison Ciaciabelli sent this great notice: Jeremy Newman and Allison Ciancibelli recently won the Award for Excellence in Glass at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington DC. The Smithsonian Craft Show is the most prestigious event of its kind... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2011 at artPark
The submission deadline for Visual Overture Magazine’s quarterly “Featured Emerging Artists” competition has passed. As the Summer 2011 juror, I now have the very large task of reviewing all the submitted work and grading each one of them. It will be a total immersion sort of thing. Very rarely, even... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at artPark
Ouch. This video is kind of painful to watch (but it’s only 1:50 long). These are words from New Yorkers, on the spur of the moment, to describe what they think of “Art.” I’m not sure if it’s the “Ummmmmmm” everyone starts with, the silence, or the lack of confidence... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at artPark
After a succinct lesson on the art of Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei. I aspire to one day be referred to as Ai Robrob. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at artPark
Every day, we encounter many messages. Some are clear. Others are less clear. Today, I ran across this one. However, I don’t know if it is a declaration, hopeful, or an overstatement. Or... maybe... it's not meant for me at all, and a guy named Art needs to turn left. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2011 at artPark
Very sad news. Anyone who has studied art in the past 40+ years has been touched by Mr. Steinberg. As reported on : NEW YORK— Leo Steinberg, the Russian-born art historian and Renaissance scholar whose work had a heroic impact on the understanding and reception of postwar American art,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2011 at artPark
Below are 28 Vincent van Gogh paintings visualized as pie charts featuring the five most common colors as a percentage in each. Can you pick out the individual paintings by its corresponding pie chart? Thanks to FlowingData for this bit of fun. Everyone knows Van Gogh was heavily into earthy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at artPark
Art themed blogs like this often post "Calls for Entries" to get the word out. I’m going to do that now. But this is not your normal Call for Entries. This one is special to me. Why? Because I’m the juror. Visual Overture Magazine, a publication that promotes emerging artists,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at artPark
The following is an article from this week's C-ville Weekly. It discusses the grassroots work that the Piedmont Council for the Arts is doing to get the City of Charlottesville to pay attention to the value the arts has on this little community. Of course the only way for city... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at artPark
As reported at, Jeff Koons Claims Exclusive Right to Sell Balloon Dogs... San Francisco gallery Park Life received a present from superstar artist Jeff Koons this Christmas: a cease-and-desist letter. The missive from Koons's lawyers ordered the space's art shop to stop selling and advertising a set of balloon-dog-themed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at artPark
I was asked by The Art Market Poll Center to participate in this year's art market survey – sponsored by Artfinding. The results of the poll estimate worldwide buying intentions according to specialties, expertise levels, country of origin, genders, and age of the markets’ protagonists. The 2010 results show that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2010 at artPark
During this season of traveling, I thought this was a relevant bit of art news - airport art. I'm not talking about the art of airports (i.e. the architectural wonders of airports like Washington Dulles or Raleigh Durham's new Terminal 2), rather the art in airports. CNN dropped this little... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2010 at artPark
‘Tis the season for giving, right? Well, I just got a nice gift from my friend Stacey Evans. She introduced me to an artist website called The Studio Visit. Now I get to re-gift it to you. Started in 2008 as a virtual public access forum by Isabel Manalo, The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at artPark
Yesterday, I reported on the censorship mess at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Throughout the day, the story grew. Naturally, those who called for the exclusion of David Wojnaroicz's video titled "A Fire In My Belly" (due to an 11 second segment that showed ants crawling on a crucifix) said... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at artPark
Once again, I have been amazed how ignorant and misplaced certain people’s “outrage” can be. If you haven’t heard, The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (one of my don’t-miss-when-you-are-in-DC museums) has bowed to the “outcry” from the Catholic League and Republican congressman John Boehner’s office over a short segment of a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at artPark
I'm not so sure this is a good thing... A new magazine titled The Art Economist will launch in January 2011 (the first public exposure event will be at Art Basel Miami Beach on December 1 – go figure). The Art Economist is advertised as a publication that "celebrates and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at artPark
I've been invited to be the juror for the Summer 2011 selection of artists for Visual Overture Magazine. I'm flattered. Visual Overture is a quarterly art magazine that aims to introduce exceptional international emerging artists to galleries, curators and art collectors worldwide. This is done through the juried quarterly competition... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2010 at artPark
There is always a kernel of truth to all good humor. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2010 at artPark
Yawn.... I'm just now waking up from my siesta. I'm staring to pull together info on the great things that happened over the summer and looking ahead to the notable shows coming up. Stay tuned!
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2010 on Summer Siesta at artPark
If you are looking to buy a piece, it's always best to contact the galleries that represent the artist rather than contacting the artist directly. A Google search will reveal a number of galleries that represent Lino.
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2010 on Lino Tagliapietra at artPark
Traditionally, throughout the hot summer months, no matter how hard artists and galleries work, the "art scene" always seems to be quiet. I have never figured out why. But this, year, I'm not going to fight it and follow suit. So, if it hasn't already been apparent, I am in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2010 at artPark
I am a Weather Channel junkie. Plain and simple. I watch it a lot. But, over the last few weeks, I've grown tired of all the talk of the Tor:Con Index, Vortex 2, Fujita Scale, and all those horrible home videos of tornadoes raging through Midwestern open fields. It's all... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2010 at artPark