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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.

Some unusual doings in the Tournament this week.First, one of the matches feeding into the contest that was originally scheduled to run today has failed to make quorum!  Therefore, if you are someone other than Christine M, Morgan, pfly, chuckdaddy, Mrs.5000, Susan, Cand

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Mark Rothko1903 - 1970Russian-born American

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June's Element of the Month:Fluorine! F9Atomic Mass: 18.998403163 amuMelting Point: −219.67 °CBoiling Point: −188.11 °CWhatever else you might say about Fluorine, it is most cert

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Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn1606 - 1669DutchSurvived a brush with Guido Reni in Round 1 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!

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This post appeared yesterday on my long-dormant quilt blog, State of the Craft.I suppose you could say more cutting things about a fellow than that he has fallen down on the job of documenting his quilt output.Right?

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It's the Fluorine anniversary of Infinite Art Tournament, formerly known at the Life & Times of Michael5000!

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So far this year, five out of the sixth artists to appear in Fourth Round matches have come out of the Play-In Tournament. Good thing we had a Play-In Tournament!Thomas Hart Benton1889 - 1975American

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It seems like a long time since we've had a Grudge Match. But what a coincidence, here's one now!The first time that Richard Estes met Max Ernst, it was a thriller that went down to the last vote, with Estes clawing out a photorealist-finish win, seven votes against six.  But that was more than th

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The Jazz Thing, Round 1 (40 Word/Album Limit)#58 "The Pat Metheny Group" (1978) v. #74 Abbey Lincoln, "Straight Ahead" (1961).

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Nicolas Poussin1594 - 1665French; worked in ItalyDefeated American sculptor Hiram Powers in Round 1.Beat Ljubov Popova in

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Hey, it's Memorial Day!  This is a yearly celebration in which of the people of my country take a long weekend to celebrate the arrival of summer.  Also, it apparently has a military/nationalist element to it that I didn't know about, or more likely am vaguely aware of at some level but have to be reminded o

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti1828 - 1882British

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Antonio del Pollaiolo1430ish - 1498FlorentineLost to Jackson Pollock in Round 1.Beat Modernist Serge Poliakoff in

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It's been two years since the last Jazz Thing post, and I've since declared the project dead, but what the heck.The Jazz Thing, Round 1 (40 Word/Album Limit)#37 Dexter Gordon, "Go!" (1962) v. #40 Bessie Smith, "The Collecti

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John Piper1903 - 1992BritishLost to Pisanello in Round 1.Beat Florentine master Andrea Pisano in

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James RosenquistBorn 1933 American

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As the Tournament soars majestically on through the firmament of time, its scheduling must inevitably be tweaked from time to time.  Welcome, then, to the first instance of Third Thursday!  On the third Thursday of the month, we will now be launching Semifinal matches.  Third Thursday: Bringing bi

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Here's the second half of the tiebreak rounds we started last week.L.S. Lowry1887 - 1973BritishSoundly defeated Lucas van Leyden in R

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George Romney1734 - 1802English

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Once we rustled up a quorum, there was a tie in the Left Brackets between Nash and the Master of Moulins.  That's good news for Maillol and Lowry, who have been pacing nervously in the green room since their July 2015 match ended in a tie.   Here's the first of the two tiebreaker matches!

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Faceoff #1: Moholy-Nagy v. RamsayLászló Moholy-Nagy1895 - 1946Hungarian; worked in Germany and U.S.Tied with Piet Mondrian in his

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"Semifinals" designates the Fourth

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Camille Pissarro1831 - 1903Caribbean-born; FrenchLambasted Andrea Pisano in Round 1.Came from behind to beat 15th century master Pisanello in

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Odilon Redon1840 - 1916FranceBeat Robert Rauschenberg decisively in Round 1.

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Alexander Rodchenko1891 - 1956Russian

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