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Infinite Art Tournament: the Life and Times of Michael5000

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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.

Sir Peter Lely1618 - 1680Dutch; worked in Britain

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Paul Klee1879 - 1940GermanBeat Yves Klein black and blue, mostly blue, in Round 1.

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Banksyb. 1974BritishFinished First in Phase 1, Flight 11 of the Play-In Tournament with a voting score of .909.Tied for First in

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Michael5000 vs The BeatlesPlease Please Me (May 2011) With the Beatles

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It's the first weekend of an even-numbered month, and that means it's time for some Round Four excitement!  To start your August off right, we've got representatives of Britain's Victorian era and the old Dutch Republic going head to head in artistic splendor.  Enjoy!

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Faceoff #1: Bonington v. KalfRichard Parkes Bonington1802 - 1828English, worked in FranceTied with Pierre Bonnard in his initial Rou

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In Second Round Elmination, the artists usually have some history in common.  What Naum Gabo and Dame Elizabeth Frink have in common is having been beaten badly by Caspar David Friedrich.  That, and that they were 20th Century sculptors.  In fact, this might be the first all 3-D contest to date! 

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I don't know if you've noticed that, outside of the Tournament itself, there hasn't been much "content" going on lately.  Two reasons: first, it's summer, and you are even less inclined than usual to sit still for my rantings.  But also, I have been on Road Trip:

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Fernand Léger1881 - 1955French

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Anish Kapoorb. 1954IndianClobbered Angelica Kauffmann in Round 1.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson1908 - 2004FrenchFinished First in Phase 1, Flight 11 of the Play-In Tournament with a voting score of .909.Finished First in

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Marie Laurencin1883 - 1956French

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Hans Hartung1904 - 1992German; worked in France Put up a good fight against Childe Hassam in Round 1.Won a close one against St. Ives' Patrick Heron in

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Richard Hamilton1922 - 2011BritishLost to Wilhelm Hammershoi in Round 1.Beat his near-contemporary Philip Guston in

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European Style If you

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Stanley William Hayter1901 - 1988BritishTied with Raoul Hausmann in his first try at Round One.

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I don’t like to use telephones for anything except what they were made for, which is to say text messaging. If I have to, although I really don't like it, I’ll use them to have a remote voice conversation. But that’s it, and for the other esoteric electronic business of Modern Life, I use task-specific tools. This

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Are artists that lose their First Round matches doomed?  Well, today sees the meeting of two artists who lost their initial match but have since won two straight to stay alive in the Left Bracket.  After this match, of course, one will advance to the Third Round, and the other won't.  

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Faceoff #1: Beccafumi v. JohnsDomenico Beccafumic.1486 - 1551ItalianTied with André Beauneveu in his initial Round 1 outing, in Ja

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Albrecht Altdorfer

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Halfway Week celebrations continue with the other half of the tiebreaker that started yesterday!Francisco Goya1746 - 1828SpanishScored a decisive v

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Halfway Week celebrations continue today and tomorrow as we try to untangle a snarl of ties that has had Jacques-Louis David and Francisco Goya in its grip for what seems like forever.  Will they finally play on through to the Third Round?  Will they fall to the Left Bracket?  Or will they just keepi

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A natural question to ask halfway through a tournament is "Who's winning?" And the answer, of course, is that there's no telling. No matter how anybody is doing right now, it's always possible that Mark Tobey, or Kitagawa Utamaro, or Johann Zoffany -- or, say, Vermeer -- will eventually cut through the brackets like a hot

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The letter C represents some of the biggest names in art, and today's Third Round Elimination match pits some of the survivors of a bracket cluster in which even artists like Marc Chagall, Christo, Claude Lorraine, and Giorgio de Chirico could not get any traction.Joseph Cornell and Jean-Baptiste-Simeo

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Two unrelated facts: We are halfway through 2014, and halfway through the Infinite Art Tournament!!Halfway Through the Infinite Art Tournament?!?Sort of!  For when Lanyon entered the ring against La Tour on Saturday, they were the 255th and 256th artists out of the 512 that will ultimatel

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Peter Lanyon1918 - 1964British

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June's Element of the Month:Sodium! Na11Atomic Mass: 22.98976928 amuMelting Point: 97.794 °CBoiling Point: 882.940 °CThe sun, as everyone knows, is a big ball of fusion en

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