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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.

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round Two: Leighton v. Witz!

Frederic Leighton1830 - 1896BritishTied with Fernand Léger in his first try at Round One.Tied with Paula Modersohn-Becker in his

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: van Scorel v. Seurat!

Jan van Scorel1495 - 1562DutchDefeated Sebastiano del Piombo in Round 1.Lost to Kurt Schwitters in

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

Auguste Rodin1840 - 1917FrenchUpset by Alexander Rodchenko in Round 1. By a single vote! YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!Ousted Piet Mondrian in

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Round Four: Signac v. Spencer!

Once again, the Fourth Round brings us to a pair of artists who were alive at the same time, yet who each had his own stylistic thing going on.  To celebrate the first Saturday of October, here's a Fourth Round match between Paul Signac and Sir Stanley Spencer!

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Renoir v. Orpen!

Pierre Auguste Renoir1841 - 1919FrenchPulled away from Sir Joshua Reynolds in Round 1.Lost to Rembrandt in

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We interupt this Art Tournament to inform you that...

My running avatar made it to Fallingwater!

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Second Round: Tanguy v. Newman!

Yves Tanguy1890 - 1955FrenchLost to Rufino Tamayo in Round 1 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!Tied with Gerard Ter Borch in

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Velázquez v. Duchamp!

And here it is, folks: the final match of the First Round of the Infinite Art Tournament!---Diego de Silva y Velázquez1599 - 1660SpanishTied with Victor Vasarely in

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George Bellows (4-1-3) had a rough-and-tumble route to this contest.  After a Left Second Round tie with Bingham, he locked up again in the Left Third with Ford Maddox Brown.  The tiebreaker, with Avercamp, was also a tie.  Only in his third shot did he beat Ingres to make it through to Elimination. 

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The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: Avercamp v. Anguissola!

Hendrick Avercamp lost his first match back in November 2011, but since then has stayed alive with a remarkable string of four wins and three ties.  To make it to his ninth Tournament appearance, which is probably a first for any artist, he knocked out Jacob Jordaens, who had a final record of 3-2-1.

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Zuccarelli v. Zurbarán!

At this point, the Infinite Art Tournament would like to thank Phaidon Press for compiling The Art Book, which -- unbeknownst to them -- provided the idea and the basic roster for this complicated art-historical entertainment.  Which is, mind you, far from finished yet.

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The Semi-Finals: Picasso v. Prud'hon!

"Semifinals" designates the Fourth

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The Infinite Art Tournament, First Elimination Round #62/64

Faceoff #1: Watteau v. WesselmannAntoine Watteau1684 - 1721FrenchPasted by Waterhouse in Round 1.

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Zoffany v. Zorn!

Johann Zoffany1733 - 1810German; worked in Britain and India

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The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: GRUDGE MATCH: De Hooch v. Homer!

Today's match features two artists last seen all the way back in 2015. Dutch master Pieter De Hooch (3-1, 23-22, .511) takes on American Winslow Homer (4-1, 48-19, .716). If you look at those statistics, Homer looks like the clear favorite -- except,

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Rogier Van der Weyden1399ish - 1464DutchCame from behind to beat Benjamin West in Round 1.

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Tatlin v. Vasarely!

Vladimir Tatlin1885 - 1953RussianTied with Antoni Tàpies in his first shot at Round One.

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The Infinite Art Tournament, First Elimination Round #61/64

Faceoff #1: Vigée Le Brun v. VouetÉlisabeth Vigée Le Brun1755 - 1842FrenchLost to M. C. Escher in Round 1.

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John William Waterhouse1849 - 1917EnglishBeat Antoine Watteau decisively in Round 1.

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The Semi-Finals: Gentileschi v. Feininger!

"Semifinals" designates the Fourth

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Félix Vallotton1865 - 1925FrenchDefeated Maurice Utrillo by a single vote in Round 1. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!Beat Kitagawa Utamaro in

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Round 3: Tissot v. Turner!

James Tissot1836 - 1902FrenchBeat Tintoretto in Round 1 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!Put a big upset on Titian in

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Wyeth v. Yeats!

Andrew Wyeth1917 - 2009American

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Round Two: Vuillard v. Warhol!

Édouard Vuillard1868 - 1940FrenchTrounced Edward Wadsworth in Round 1.

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Round Two: Escher v. de Vlaminck!

M. C. Escher1898 - 1972DutchTied for First in Phase 1, Flight 4 of the Play-In Tournament.Placed Third in Phase 2, Flight 4 of the Play-In Tournament.

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Wood v. Wright of Derby!

Grant Wood1892 - 1942American

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The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Second-Round Elimination TIEBREAK: Laurencin v. Raeburn!

We started the Matta/Renoir tiebreak match last month.  This one is the other half of that one.Marie Laurencin1883 - 1956French

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The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: GRUDGE MATCH: Rego v. Redon!

Back in Spring of last year, Redon and Rego met in the Second Round.  Rego won a squeaker, six votes to five, but then ran smack into Raphael in the Third Round and fell to the Left Brackets.  Meanwhile, Redon has waited patiently, besting Moholy-Nagy, Modigliani, and Poussin, hoping always for this chanc

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The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Wilson v. Witz!

Richard Wilson1713 - 1782British

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Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Round Three TIEBREAKER: Bellows v. Ingres!

Here's the other half of the tiebreaker that we launched the day before yesterday.  Long-timers will now have seen George Bellows more than almost anyone else in the Tournament, but they sure haven't seen him recently.George Bellows1882 - 1925American

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