Jim Carrey Paints Living Colors in Julian Schnabel's Studio, L.A. Artists' Work Goes to the Dogs, and More Must-Read Art News

Jim Carrey Paints Living Colors in Julian Schnabel's Studio, L.A. Artists' Work Goes to the Dogs, and More Must-Read Art News

Paint and Painter: Having made great art with his putty face and eloquent posterior, Jim Carrey is also applying his talents to the canvas these days, even renting studio space in New York from Julian Schnabel while he shoots "Mr. Popper's Penguins." According to a tipster who breathlessly gave the scoop to Page Six, "Jim is working on a large abstract canvas. His work is actually quite good." [NYPost]  

A Gourmet Dog's Dinner: Artists from Ed Ruscha to David Hockney have painted doggy bowls to support the pro-canine charity PAWS/LA, with the efforts set to sell at Bonham's in Los Angeles on November 23, with estimates between $2,500 to $3,5000. [LAT]  

 

Zombie Confidential: Even though the Australian Classification Board — agovernment-run group that reviews films — rejected incendiary photographer Bruce LaBruce's homoerotic "L.A. Zombie" and the Melbourne International Film Festival pulledits screening of the movie, the director of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival decided to show it anyway. Police responded by raiding thefestival leader's house for his copy of the controversial flick.[NYT]

Inflammatory Art: Brooklyn's Open Source gallery was severely damaged last week in a fire caused by an exploding boiler, and has been forced to relocate to a new space. [Hyperallergic]

Whose Is The Cost of History?: The ancient city of Pompeii has once again fallen victim to the elements — raising alarm last week when a small building known as the House of Gladiators on the ancient city's main street collapsed — but who is to blame? And who should pay for the preservation of archaeological sites? Mary Beard directs some blame at the British, whose 1943 bombingsleft Italian historic ruins in weakened states.[Telegraph]

Before the Sports, Bring on the Arts: South African-born Neville Gabie, who recently spent four months in Antarcticawith the British Antarctic Survey, has been named artist-in-residence to oversee construction for the Olympic Park for the 2012 games in London and other projects over the next 16 months. [BBC]

Beauty Among the Rubble: As part of the Guardian's "Photograph of the Decade" series, populist art scholar Simon Schama, whose literary style leans toward Counter-Reformation drama, chose a picture Akintunde Akinleyetook for Reuters of a Nigerian man standing over the rubble of an exploded gas line. An improbably gorgeous image, it seems to recreate Turner's swirling chaos on one of David LaChapelle'shigh-production-value sets. "Just occasionally, photojournalism rises to the level of great art," Schama writes. "When that happens, its subject is most often anonymous rather than famous, an Everyman embodying something tragic about the human condition." (Also, look at the tree in the background: Uncle Earl?) [Guardian]

The Louvre Wants Your €: The French museum, which has already raised €3 million ($4 million) toward the project, has turned to the public to help raise €1m ($1.4 million) to purchase of "Les Trois Grâces" a 16th-century painting by Cranach the Elder described by Louvre presidentHenri Loyrette as "amusing, troubling and mysterious, as well as very sensual at the same time." And one of the three Graces is wearing a hat![Guardian]