New Images
28 February 2007
  Drawing, Murtaz Shvelidze

muta-new7, originally uploaded by grijsz.

2006 made for Gyumri


  Submit your new image
If you count yourself an artist and want your new image featured on this blog, submit from 1 to 3 of your newest images to Include your name, website, date of production, medium, size and title. Best regards, Hans

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27 February 2007
  Vladimir Mayakovsky by Tom Schnick

mayakovsky by Tom Schnick, originally uploaded by grijsz.

painting from Tom Schnick from 1995


  New Art Links
Ruin_Tourist sent me some cool art links: bezembinders
and gmtPlus9 where I found famous Philip Taaffe and his amazing progression of a body of paintings. Don't forget to have a pinhole view into his studio
and have some fun with The Gyros Project

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  Venezia Royal Raven by Azzaki

Royal Raven, originally uploaded by [ azzaki's point of view ].

I am either to call it the "curator", the "art critic" or the "collector" ;-) It has this funny-serious theater sadness Thanks to Azzaki

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26 February 2007
  "Saatchi Your Gallery" starts "Show down"
I like this idea, to let users vote for art, the "best" gets a nice win of 1000 pounds, and there is a sort of kick, maybe to follow. But when will the first smart scripts arrive voting automatically ? Some artworks already on the first day of submission refer to the visitor with a "Vote for me!"-tag. Will art with sex-themes and nudes take too much attention and votes in advantage ? It turns out to be a lottery for artists. So lets include bet function too ;)

I think this idea of voting for artworks has maybe a lot of potential. What I don't like, and some questions here:

- the overall bad user interface, you find yourself looking minutes for the most common links

-Is there any master plan against art behind, as it is this what comes to mind when seeing the unclear and bad site structure and the ugly design ?

- the slow page load

- the bad thumbnail and image quality

- Why not a comment function for every image, or at least on every artist-page ?

- I tried the chat 20 times with different artists, it never worked

- Why is there no counter ?

- Why only 8 works for every artist page ?

- Why to start with the submission two weeks before the voting starts ? Why the voting starts not immediately ?

- What sense makes the flash-preview for thumbnail-images ?

- Why is the Gallery-Logo so ugly and so huge, that it takes 4/5 size of my screen ?

Link to Showdown

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bad-chicken-arrives, originally uploaded by grijsz.

I dreamed last night, that I sold a piece on Pulse. It was a photo-poster of a book reading tramp in b/w, what was a print and very popular in the former German Democratic Republic. I remember I just signed and framed that poster and it got sold in minutes for USD 16.000


  Polka dots- red.

Polka dots- red., originally uploaded by pk-Images.

by pk-images

Have a nice week !

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the-bad-chicken-arrives, originally uploaded by grijsz.

24 February 2007
  Eulen Unthier by Eno Henze

Eulen Unthier by Eno Henze, originally uploaded by grijsz.

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  Kong-big-niza-falli and Saatchi Showdown

kong-big-niza-falli, originally uploaded by grijsz.

At Saatchi's My Gallery sites (here is mine) is starting a showdown on Monday, where visitors will score for artworks The winner of the final head-to-head vote will receive £1000 and the runner up will receive £750. The winning work will go on display at the new Saatchi gallery. Link

I am really curious what kind of works will win ;-)

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  City by ruin-tourist

City, originally uploaded by ruin_tourist.

Ruintourist40, originally uploaded by ruin_tourist.

You need no Pulse, you just need Flickr.
Check out ruin_tourists great works

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  King Kong Sayat-Nova-St

King Kong Sayat-Nova-St, originally uploaded by grijsz.

I had fun today with the yellow Uzbek Gorilla from Samarkand, see the original photo here


23 February 2007

cats1kong1, originally uploaded by grijsz.


  Art market is dead 1 and the mid-career guys groove
These day the new young artist pops to the top before...he pops his first cherry
Thanks to Sagittarius and ps


Sagt Ihre Frau, sie haben dreckige Schuhe?

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22 February 2007

horse-thief-blue1black2, originally uploaded by grijsz.

  "What is it? Art?"

"What is it? Art?", originally uploaded by Martin Hoogeboom.

Nice cool new images by Martin Hoogeboom Link to Flickr

Martins website:

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horse-thief-blue-grey-round, originally uploaded by grijsz.

21 February 2007

donkey-street1-600, originally uploaded by grijsz.

20 February 2007
  DIE by Cardstock Brock

DIE, originally uploaded by Cardstock Brock.

What a cool image !

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  Horse dealer

horse-dealer-wide1200, originally uploaded by grijsz.

  Ursula Sokolowska's virtual reality
Ursula Sokolowska is developing a unique virtous individual reality. The presentation of the images is in Flash, be sure to check out my favourite "The constructed family", thanks to Claudio Parentela from theextrafinger,who has an interview with Ursula about her works

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19 February 2007
  A perfect smile light scream by Mirjana Veljovic

My smile, originally uploaded by Mirjana Veljovic.

Check out Mirjana Veljovic's paintings, collages and photos at Flickr here

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  Dead-horse in lane

dead-horse-lane2-50, originally uploaded by grijsz.


streets 007-packhorse2true2, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Pack-horses bringing salt into town


sayat-random, originally uploaded by grijsz.


sayat-random-p, originally uploaded by grijsz.

18 February 2007

skull-treppe5cross-text-aa, originally uploaded by grijsz.



skull-treppe5cross-text-aa, originally uploaded by grijsz.

  A growing story about a horse thief in Old Tbilisi

hrsethifsaytnva7xtrue, originally uploaded by grijsz.

  Unknown horseman at Sayat-Nova-St

sayat2-800-fini, originally uploaded by grijsz.

  The French Bulldog

The French Bulldog, originally uploaded by grijsz.

  The fictional horse thief

horse-thief-pawel-true, originally uploaded by grijsz.

  The fictional investigating police-officer Bukhu

horse-thief-police-buchu-tbilisi, originally uploaded by grijsz.

  Rue de Sayat-Nova

sayatnova1, originally uploaded by grijsz.

This is the Sayat-Nova-Street, you can compare it with one of the tiny streets in Paris, like for example with the wonderful Rue de Nesles

Unknown horseman turning into Sayat-Nova-Street

Who was Sayat Nova ?

One of the greatest poets of Tbilisi of Armenian origin. More information



Information about the famous film "The Color of Pomegranates" by Sergei Parajanov here



This story will have to do with the Street named after Sayat-Nova, with horses, thieves, with a fictional plot, with romantic and reality and surrealism, with inner truth and beauty, and with Tbilisi, the grooving capitol of Georgia. I am Hans Heiner Buhr, more about me here

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  Tkhenis kurdi wanted

tskhenis-kurdi, originally uploaded by grijsz.

16 February 2007
  The investigating Police officer Bukhuti

horse-thief-police-buchu-tbilisi, originally uploaded by grijsz.


15 February 2007

horse-thief-pawel-true, originally uploaded by grijsz.

I am working on a photo-fiction story around a horse thief in Tbilisi, this is the thief.


14 February 2007

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4reiter4-liqui-greyed-white200, originally uploaded by grijsz.


  The Rie-Folder by Martin Bromirski

sunflower16, originally uploaded by Bromirski.

A wonderful set of art and of a relationship
by Martin Bromirski from Anaba, see the complete set here
and a commented selection on Anaba here

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12 February 2007

bergeplus-blackdraw, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Collage of two paintings over each other.2007

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11 February 2007
  Black drawing

Black drawing 800, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Hans Heiner Buhr 2007


08 February 2007
  Rider at Sayatnova St. Tbilisi

sayat2-800-fini, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Collage, Hans Buhr, 2007


  Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

2.0 described in 4:31
Great and a cool sound too.


07 February 2007

mutter, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Mutter, 2002,50 x 60,Oil on plastic


  Two hunters

Two hunters, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Hans Heiner Buhr 2002, 200x160cm


06 February 2007
  Poor rich Artists in Berlin
Christian Saehrendt wrote an very interesting article discussing the living conditions of Berliner Artists in the Swiss Neue Zürcher Zeitung, read the full article here

5000 professional artists are officially registered in Berlin, although the estimates are much higher.

15 percent of artists in Berlin make a living by their art, the others are working in jobs as bar-men, web-designer, teachers.

There are around 55 000 artists (Fine Art) in Germany with an average income of 10 000 Euro per year, beginners around 7500 Euro.

The average artist has 750 Euro income per month, but a share of 15% of the questioned artists have no income at all.

Berlin has around 5000 art students of those about 700 graduates each year.

"Das Ende der Boheme"
paints a mixed picture of Berlins artists hopes and realities. Some few younger artists have success on the booming market, others share a growing number of lucky heirs, but the mayority fights hard for dreams and existence as art-proletarian.

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  The Sons of the Great Mother Bear
Grown up in former East Berlin under Socialism or Soft Communism or Soft Dictatorship of Erich Honecker and the Genossen, however you want to call it, I had a very happy childhood, good parents, success at school, friends and a children-freedom of little forests, a lake for fishing, bicycling and secret smoking.

I had a huge affection towards North America, the Indians (Native Americans) and the Cowboys, I learned all the maps of Montana and Wyoming, of the Black Hills, of the history of the Pawnees and Crows and Siksikau.

We made our own bows, arrows, knifes, leather leggings, loinclothes, mocassins. I had a very professional book from West-Berlin, how to make it the traditional way. Once I shot an arrow in my brothers leg, and got some problems.

The good guys always wanted to be Tokai-itho or Tashunka-witko or Geronimo, thus the Redmen and never the Cowboys, they were the bad... ;-)

The frames for our dreams were the famous Western movies by the East German DEFA Studios with the actor Gojko Mitic starring in the main role as Osceola, Geronimo and other real historic Native Americans. For some reason these Western movies, made in former Socialist Countries are called at Wikipedia "Osterns" or "Easterns" see the link
The movies had been shot mostly in locations of Romania and Central Asia, particular Uzbekistan.

Gojko Mitic starred in 12 DEFA Western movies, all are great and probably more authentic than most of the related Hollywood productions, from wich our biggest favourite always was The Sons of the Great Mother Bear from 1966

This particular movie is based on the series of books and the screenplay The Sons of the Great Mother Bear by Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich.

My son Hansi is reaching the Indianer-age and I was so happy, when a Georgian friend came up with a DVD with all 12 movies in Russian Language on it. That was a dive back in my childhood, and even today I really really adore these excellent movies.

Read a short English description of the 12 DEFA-Westerns here

If you got interested and want to see it, find the movie The Sons of the Great Mother Bear on DVD or together with 3 other Western movies from DEFA (additional: Apache, Tecumseh, Ulzana) on my Amazon aStore here

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  Maka Batiashvili

Maka Batiashvili, originally uploaded by grijsz.

"Art is not only a means of pleasure, but also expression and establishment of freedom, the relation of the internal world to the surrounding environment (…), the conflict of idealism and realism, the relation between the existence and non-existence. The mentality of the artist is always related to the events around him, because these events create the art." Maka Batiashvili

Maka Batiashvili lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia, where she was born in 1975. After her studies of monumental painting she devoted herself to smaller formats and video works that were shown in diverse exhibitions in Georgia. Her works are journeys into silent strange worlds – thanks to concentrated observations from an unusual perspective, and thanks to their references to Georgian everyday life. Apart from her work as artist Maka Batiashvili is member of the Georgian Artist Group and curates and organises political actions.

Shown painting is an older work from 2000.

Maka has a residency at Blumen-Residency, Leipzig January - April 2007 Her show with recent works will open on February, 8th

I wish Maka lots of cool guests and much success.
Here is the link to the Künstlerresidenz Blumen

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  Placebo by Brock

Placebo, originally uploaded by Cardstock Brock.

Brock returned to the virtual world, allthough his nice blogs disappeared, good that I saved some of his drawings local. Link to Brock' recent works

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  War by Paul Valerie
War is a massacre of people, who do not know each other, to the use of people, who do know each other, but do not massacre each other.

Der Krieg ist ein Massaker von Leuten, die sich nicht kennen, zum Nutzen von Leuten, sie sich kennen, aber nicht massakrieren. (Paul Valéry) Source:

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05 February 2007
  George on Paintings and Computer screens
"... I was in the middle of working on a painting which had reached the state of defining itself as a general image but still had a ways to go to completion. I often find this ‘middle stage’ the most difficult part in the process of making a painting, the painting more or less looks all right but I know I have to be willing to push it over the edge, to either resolve it or just create another set of problems. ..." Some very precise conclusions to read on Monday morning with your Coffee and then start in a successful week ... more at FutureModern

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04 February 2007
  156 by Neuk

156, originally uploaded by neuk.

Nice drawing by Neuk

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  Bob Ross Has Issues

Huhu, I had my laugh tonight ;-)


  Horse thief turns into Sayat-Nova-St.

hrsethifsaytnva7xtrue, originally uploaded by grijsz.

The horse thief turns into Sayat-Nova-St., collage,2007


03 February 2007
  Fine Digital Art at DAM

Mark Wilson

archival ink jet print on Crane paper
35 x 47 inches
(89 x 119 cm.)

The Digital Art Museum shows some of the finest created artworks by the pioneers of Digital Art. Link:

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  Khevsurs on horseback

khevsurs-horseback600, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Hans Heiner Buhr,2007


  Jörg Herold at Eigen-Art Leipzig

s/w Kopien übermalt mit Beize, Gouache, Acryl, 29,7 x 42 cm, WV Nr. 981, 2006
Rechte: courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin

Jörg Herold has a show going on at Eigen-Art in Leipzig "Das Kaukasische - Eine Nachlese zu Empfindungen des Herrn Blumenbach" more info and images here at

and here

These works on paper are b/w copies of historic photos, overpainted by the artist with Gouache and wood stain.

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  repository for visual quality

art-quality680, originally uploaded by grijsz.

For Franklin

To get an idea of this discussion read here
and here

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