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Dean Kirkland

Infinite Art Tournament

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The Infinite Art Tournament frees art appreciation from the straitjackets of chronology and categorical conventions in order to place it in a new straitjacket of its own devising. The IAT further seeks to delight its community of bracingly intelligent and drop-dead sexy readers with glib but cheerful dispatches from the worlds of literature, film, the visual arts, music, Shakespeare, chemistry, postal ephemera, vexillology, and hagiography.

Round Six: da Vinci v. Ely

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Both of these guys have lost to Jan Steen, but where's the shame in that?  Jan Steen's in the Fifth Round!  He's painting against Vermeer!  But in this match, Sutherland and Stella are vying for the chance to take on Turner.  Frank Stellabor

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The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: Vlaminck v. Whistler!

Maurice de Vlaminck1876 - 1958FrenchDefeated Simon Vouet in Round 1.Lost to M.C. Escher in

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Left Bracket Round Four: Oldenburg v. Rockwell!

This Left Bracket Fourth Round Mat

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The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: Toulouse-Lautrec v. Tissot!

This match has been brewing for a long time.  Toulouse-Lautrec lost to Turner in the Second -- no shame in that, and then stayed alive by finishing off Tintoretto, after he'd lost to Tissot, and then Titian, after he'd been ambushed by Tissot.  But then Tissot also ran into Turner, and so, after a f

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Left Bracket Fifth Round Elimination: Gentileschi v. Friedrich

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Fifth Round Elimination: Not Quite Yet

Today was going to be the first day of FIFTH ROUND ELIMINATION -- I know you've all been excited about it -- but, as usual in this Tournament, something happened: the powerhouse pairing of Caravaggio and Church ended in... a tie. 

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This Left Bracket Fourth Round Mat

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Round Six: Monet v. Patenier

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Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination: Picasso v. Pissarro!

This Left Bracket Fourth Rou

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Sluter v. Leighton!

This is the final new match of the Left Bracket Third Round -- unless there are tiebreakers, and with twelve active contests there could well be tiebreakers.  Plucky, puckish Marcel Duchamp was the final artist to be knocked out in Second Round Elimination, falling to Claus Sluter 3 votes to 9.  Lord Leig

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Rubens v. Sodoma!

Sir Peter Paul Rubens1577 - 1640Flemish Crushed Théodore Rousseau in Round 1.Tied with Henri Rousseau in

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Wright of Derby v. Velázquez!

It's the antepenultimate content of the Left Bracket Third Round!  Wright of Derby, who was accidentally entered in the Play-In Tournament and tanked there, has acquitted himself well after earning his main Tournament seed back.   But can he prevail against the great Spanish painter Velázquez? 

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Terbrugghen v. Sutherland!

Hendrick Terbrugghen1588 - 1629Dutch Beat pastry specialist Wayne Thiebaud in Round 1 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!Lost to Switzerland

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The Fifth Round: Escher v. Michelangelo!

"Semifinals" designates the Fourth to Se

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Left Bracket Round Four: Sisley v. Rosa!

This is a Left Bracket Fourth Roun

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Left Bracket Fifth Round: Fra Angelico v. Bernini!

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The Fifth Round: Steen v. Vermeer!

"Semifinals" designates the Fourth to Se

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Rivera v. H. Rousseau!

This Left Bracket Fourth Round Mat

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Spilliaert v. Sittow!

Léon Spilliaert1881 - 1946BelgianSlaughtered Nicolas de Staël in Round 1.Lost to Sir Stanley Spencer in

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Stella v. Tamayo!

Frank Stellaborn 1936AmericanLost to Dutch master Jan Steen in Round 1 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!Skunked -- Skunked! -- Canadian pai

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This is the other half of the tiebreaker pair that started on Tuesday.Anders Zorn1860 - 1920SwedishDefeated Johann Zoffany in Round

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round Tiebreaker: Raeburn v. Vieira da Silva!

Until recently, if you'd asked which IAT artist had been in the most ties, the answer would have been "it's a tie."  But no longer.  Sir Henry Raeburn has become, and probably will remain, the King of Ties, having fought to a draw for a remarkable fourth time against Sweden's Anders Zorn.  Meanwhile,

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: de Vlaminck v. Waterhouse!

Maurice de Vlaminck1876 - 1958FrenchDefeated Simon Vouet in Round 1.Lost to M.C. Escher in

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Whistler v. Vuillard!

James Abbot McNeill Whistler1834 - 1903American; worked in Britain Defeated Sir David Wilkie in Round 1.Lost to Rogier Van der Weyden in

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The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Second-Round Elimination semi-tiebreak: Sluter v. Duchamp!

This is the second half of the "semi-tiebreak" duo that started last Thursday. These two are vying for the chance to take on Lord Leighton in the Third Round.Claus Sluter1380ish - 1405Dutch; worked in France.Pounded by Michie

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Round 5: Ely v. Matisse

"Semifinals" designates the Fourth to Se

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The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Second-Round Elimination semi-tiebreak: Rubens v. Zurbarán!

It's time again to invoke that one rule, the one that says that any unresolved ties at the end of a bracket can be played off against the artists who would otherwise be in the final match of that bracket.  It turns out that, like so much else in the Infinite Art Tournament, this rule is... "imperfect," let's s

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Orozco and Oldenburg are the guys who punched Bryan Organ's ticket on his way out the Tournament.  They both beat him by an 9-4 margin, which on the face of it would make you think, hmm, they must be fairly evenly matched.  But then when Orozco and Oldenburg went head to head in the Second Round, Orozco w

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