Fictions Of ArtBy Barry Schwabsky
Every artwork has to be imagined before it is made, and every artwork thats made only takes effect in someones imagination, where it may continue to unfold even long after it has been lost to sight.
Picture a Picture of a BedBy Edwin Frank
Being a mere imitation of a thing, a picture is a bad thing, and since other forms of imitation, such as epic and tragic poetry, are likewise bad, it is essential that the citizens of the republic not develop a taste for such things, which offer empty distraction and false gratification and will only bring them to grief.
Paula Rego and Balzac: A FootnoteBy Anthony Rudolf
The story is about an invented painter of genius, Frenhofer, and his obsessional perfectionism. The real-life Franz Porbus and Nicolas Poussin are the other main male characters and friends of Frenhofer, who is one of Balzacs most significant crazies.
The Cursed PainterBy Jean Frémon
For example, Lantier claimed that he'd rather die of hunger than cave in to commerce, which for him included doing portraits for bourgeois clients, an activity he considered on a par with painting restaurant awnings and baubles for churches.
Oscar Wilde's Basil HallwardBy Tosh Berman
An artist that I think a lot about is Basil Hallward. His fame is attached to his painted portrait of Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.
A War on the World of SurfacesBy Ann Reynolds
With a light touch to its frame, a painting depicting a deep interior gallery space filled with ancient sculptures suddenly and unexpectedly slides up into the wall to reveal a pitch black rectangular void behind its frame.
Elstir's Harbor at CarquethuitBy David Carrier
When staying at a luxurious Normandy beach hotel, Marcel, the narrator of In Search of Lost Time, and a pal write a friendly note to a famous painter, Elstir, who lives nearby. Elstir then invites Marcel for a studio visit, though Marcel would prefer to meet the girls he sees but doesnt yet know.
A Hunger ArtistBy Betsy Kaufman
On my first date with an artist who would eventually become my husband, I said, Look at me, look at me, look at me! I am also an artist and I wanted him to know, from the beginning, that I not only live for my work, but that I need an audience to view that work. Eventually my husband gave me A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka.
Virginia Woolf's ParagoneBy Jonathan Gilmore
Look at paintings limits, Woolf suggests, and see how my novel transcends them.
Art World DoggerelBy John Yau
The first time we see him painting, he is in the bathroom, trying to paint a flower that had been given to him by Katharine Kitty March (Joan Bennett) the night before.
The Museum Frozen In AmberBy Seph Rodney
For Holden, who can hardly imagine being in an adult, productive relationship with the people and institutions that surround him, the reflex gesture is to defensively negate them.
A Chance EncounterBy Rhona Bitner
I was delighted to bump into my old friend Harold in Grand Central last Tuesday, literally, as he was busy staring at the celestial ceiling. Not surprising, given his proclivity to look up at the moon. His intrepid nocturnal adventuresas chronicled by Crockett Johnson in his book Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955)were a source of early inspiration to many young minds, my own included.
The Hypothesis of the Stolen PaintingBy Dalia Neis
In 1978, the Chilean filmmaker/writer, Raúl Ruiz, was commissioned by French television to make a documentary on the painter/writer, Pierre Klossowski. Over the course of its production, Ruiz abandoned this documentary to make The Hypothesis of the Stolen Paintinga feature-length film which smuggled Klossowskis theories of art into a neo-baroque portrait of an imaginary nineteenth-century artist, Fredéric Tonnerre, whose exhibition of a series of seven paintings caused a major yet mysterious scandal in the Parisian court.
Nalo Hopkinson's Message in a BottleBy Steven Shaviro
Kamla is an art curator from the future. Sent back into our presenther pastin order to retrieve artworks that otherwise would not survive until her own time, shes one of a group of curators who had themselves cloned.