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EMPTY KINGDOM IS RENOVATING!

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November 14, 2014

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EMPTY KINGDOM is currently changing and upgrading our website. In the Meanwhile, you can take a look at some of our past posts. We'll be back soon. Photo by Acacia Johnson
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Donate to EMPTY KINGDOM

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July 31, 2014

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Most of our faithful fans know that we here at EK do what we do simply for the love of Art. And if you don't know, now you know. We originally started our site to share our love of Art with the world, but it grew quickly from a fun side project to an intense, all-consuming labor of love, and now, we have been blessed with this beautiful baby whose life it is our job to nurture and grow in a positive, impactful way. Our dream is to be a 90/10 company, meaning we donate 90% of our company's net income and keep only 10%. Take a moment to think about how retardedly difficult that sounds. There isn't a businessman in the world who'd invest in a business plan like that.
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EK Summer Art Show 2014

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June 18, 2014

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And after the smoke clears...we are pleased as punch to announce our very first art show as a smashing success! Friday, June 6th at the one and only 111 Minna Gallery was a night full of drinks, fun, amazing people, and most importantly, amazing art! EK would like to thank every single person that supported us, and all the artists both in the show and who came to the show (we hope to be working with all of you soon enough).
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Vivian Maier

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May 5, 2014

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The story of Vivian Maier is one the more fascinating and magical ones in photography. In 2007 a man named John Maloof bought, at auction, an old storage locker for $400. What lay in that trunk were thousands of photographs and undeveloped rolls of film, within a matter of months Maloof's discovery was nationwide news.
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Euan Uglow (1932-2000)

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March 10, 2014

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Euan Ernest Richard Uglow (10 March 1932 – 31 August 2000) was a British painter who was famous for his nude and still life paintings. Uglow was predominantly a painter of the human figure, although he also painted still lifes and landscapes. His method was meticulous, involving a great deal of measuring and correction to create images that are not hyper real, but appear almost sculptural.
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013

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January 31, 2014

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[Photo by: Shelbie Dimond] 939 is the magic number for EK in 2013. 939 only has 4 factors: 1, 3, 313, 939...which doesn't really have any significant meaning relating to our TOP 100. AMD made a CPU called the Socket 939 back in June 2004...but we're not sponsored by them nor any other computer tech company to supply us with the machines that we need to run EK. The year 939 in Roman numerals is CMXXXIX...which doesn't mean crap since none of us use Roman numerals anymore. According to HistoryOrb.com, 4 major events took place in year 939 that were documented: July 8th (The Major Occultation, or Ghaybat el-Kubra of Muhammad al-Mahdi), August 6th (Battle at Simancas - Spain beats Moors), October 2nd (Battle at Andernach: King Otto & Hermann of Zwaben beat Eberhard of France & Giselbert of Lutherans), October 27th (Edmund I succeeds Athelstan as King of England)...which all has nothing to do with EK. Nonetheless, 939 is the exact number of posts we had to sift through for 2013 in order to bring to all of you art-fiends our fourth annual EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013!
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EK Interview: Steve Johnson

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January 13, 2014

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The work of Steve Johnson is as insightful as it is beautiful and detailed.  Each piece tells a story and his stories are universal, addressing the very differences and challenges humans encounter in their daily life.  To hear Steve tell it, the juxtaposition of rats and chickadee, though opposing, shouldn't be boiled down to simple binary forces, they represent dynamic and deep personalities in us all.  Read his interview to hear more.
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ART BASEL: OPEN CALL EXTENDED!

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October 9, 2013

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You asked for it, so we’re giving it to you! We’ve extended our OPEN CALL! Artists by nature are procrastinators. We understand, you can’t rush inspiration. Many of you have asked for an extension to the open call, so we’re giving you until Nov. 15th to get your best work to us! This is your chance to be selected to exhibit with our amazing artists at the official EMPTY KINGDOM and SELECT FAIR ART BASEL Miami exhibition! Amanda Elizabeth Joseph (April 2012, July 2011), Andreas Englund (December 2012, March 2012, August 2011), Erin M. Riley (December 2012, Scott Hove (May 2013, March 2011, April 2010), and Shawn Barber (July 2013, July 2011) will be exhibiting their work for the show, so this IS the opportunity that you don't want to miss! Did we mention that all of the artists have been on our TOP 100 list at one point or another? BOOYAH!
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EK + SELECT FAIR = ART BASEL AWESOMENESS

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July 13, 2013

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Psst...to all the lovely art-loving people in the world, EK has a little secret to tell you... WE ARE GOING TO ART BASEL!!!! EMPTY KINGDOM is absolutely ecstatic to announce our partnership with SELECT FAIR for collaborative exhibition madness at the internationally infamous ART BASEL in beautiful Miami, Florida from DECEMBER 4-8. What the hell does that mean for all of you? It means there's only one place for you to be in December this year, and it's South Beach!
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Eyvind Earle

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March 23, 2013

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Eyvind Earle (April 26, 1916 – July 20, 2000) was an American artist, author and illustrator, noted for his contribution to the background illustration and styling of Disney animated films in the 1950s. He began his prolific career at the age of ten when his father, Ferdinand Earle, gave him a challenging choice: read 50 pages of a book or paint a picture every day. Earle choose both.
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WORLDWIDE CALL FOR COLLABORATORS!

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January 30, 2013

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EK is looking for you! (image credit: Brooke Golightly) Yes, it is true -we are opening up another round of call for collaborators, and you just might fit the bill.
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Malcolm Browne (1931 – 2012)

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September 3, 2012

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Malcolm Browne is most famous for his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of the self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức, a Buddhist monk who was protesting the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnam's Roman Catholic government. Browne passed away last Monday, August 27th, of complications from Parkinson's disease at the age of 81. Originally hailing from New York City, New York, Browne first delved into journalism after being drafted into the Korean War, and within two decades, his work would capture the collective experience and sentiments of an entire generation in turmoil, striving for global change.
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A Great Day in Harlem (1958)

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August 31, 2012

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This is undeniably a one of the most significant group portraits ever to be taken marking a milestone in the history of Jazz, one of America's greatest inventions of innovation and creativity. On a warm August morning in 1958, avid jazz-enthusiast and photographer Art Kane (April 9, 1925 – February 3, 1995) gathered 57 jazz musicians (without cell phones, Facebook, email, Twitter, etc.) in Harlem, New York for a one-of-a-kind group portrait consisting of some of the most influential figures in Jazz, including Art Blakey, Count Basie, Lester Young, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Mary Lou Williams, and Marian McPartland.
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Picasso’s Light Drawings

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May 8, 2012

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Pablo Picasso was a world-reknown painter, sculptor and contemporary artist - one of the most influential figures of the art world in the 20th century, and founder of the cubist movement. His art ranges from the simplistic to the spectacular, and his peculiar view of the world is captured in this fascinating LIFE magazine series of 1949, "Pablo Picasso Draws with Light."
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The Forgotten Master

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March 8, 2012

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Adolf Hiremy-Hirschl (1860-1933) is a Hungarian artist whose mastery in the arts has been unjustly obscured in history, (much like the Korean war) I mean Jesus Christ, he doesn't even have his own Wikipedia page!   Thank God for Empty Kingdom and our mausoleum, as part of our mission is to allow our artists to live forever within these hallowed halls.
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EMPTY KINGDOM TUMBLR

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November 20, 2011

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Albert Camus

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November 10, 2011

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On November 7th 1913 one of the most absurd men took his first breath, the ethical Albert Camus. Personally this author, labeled philosopher, absurdist was one of my biggest influences in a post-modern existentialist era. Celebrating his birth, I’ve laid down a handful of his personal quotes and some from his books.
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The 2011 Top 100 are coming!!!

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October 18, 2011

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(photo credit: Marc West) Hello beautiful people! Last year our impromptu Top 100 mega-post spread like wildfire on the internet, causing both acclamation and controversy (although none of the artists we selected seemed to argue with us)  ...so you better believe we're gearing up for another mega-post featuring our top one hundred favorite artists shared on our website in 2011! This time we want your help.
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Steve.

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October 6, 2011

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"Find what you love." -Steve Jobs
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Henry Darger (04.12.1892 -04.13.1973)

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August 27, 2011

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I wonder if Henry purposely waited a day past his birthday to die?  In any case Mr. Darger's story is a strange and interesting one.  He was a reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a custodian in Chicago, Illinois.  He has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion,
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