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"Can only have been painted by a madman."

Words by Edvard Munch in tiny letters in the most famous version of "The Scream," The Art Newspaper reports. Can we be sure that the artist wrote these words? Mai Britt Guleng, the curator of Old Masters and modern paintings at the National Museum of Norway, says yes. First, the handwriting matches up to other samples of Munch's handwriting. Second, the writing is tiny: “Had this been an act of vandalism by another person, the size of the letters would probably have been larger and the whole tex...
Tags: Art, Writing, Law, Munch, Edvard Munch, Reuters, Don, Kiki, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Mai Britt Guleng, Guleng, The Scream, Destruction Of Art, National Museum of Norway


"It truly feels as though you and I have crossed an ocean of outrage together… but something tells me it’s time to rest my social media gavel and reclaim a little neurological bandwidth."

"If it seemed like I was ignoring my main Twitter followers here and outside the US and Canada in my quest to rid our democracy of 'Orange Julius Caesar' and his Empire of Lies, it was not my intention. I just assumed that a radicalized America is a threat to us all. When a madman grabs the wheel of the bus loaded with innocent passengers and threatens to drive it off a cliff, it tends to steal everyone’s focus."  Jim Carrey lets us know he's giving it a rest. He needs to get his brain back. He...
Tags: Art, Law, Suicide, US, America, Canada, Jim Carrey, Ny Post, Julius Caesar, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Trump derangement syndrome


"When I saw people putting in their windows, it just felt like this fluffy, billowing feeling of potential and growth and things happening again."

Said Angelica Palmer, quoted in "Can Cute Windows Resurrect a Depressed Town in Upstate New York?/A project in Cherry Valley, a longtime artists’ haven, is brightening storefronts and telling the world, 'We’re still here!'" (NYT).  [O]ver the last eight weeks, several hundred people have come to Cherry Valley to see the windows and visit the pop-up boutiques, traveling from Cooperstown, Sharon Springs, Albany, even New York City. It’s premature to suggest that this small number of visitors would...
Tags: Travel, Art, New York, Shopping, Law, New York City, Cherry Valley, Upstate New York, Ann Althouse, Angelica Palmer, Cooperstown Sharon Springs Albany, Cherry Valley Instagram


"Nearly a year of being disheartened by the online garishness and promotional smarm of digitized images has set me up to rediscover the pungency of direct aesthetic experience."

"There can be no meaningful discourse about art divorced from that. Intellectual appreciation starves for want of it. The less you see, the dumber you get."  Writes Peter Schjeldahl in "The Revelations of an Unlikely Pairing/In a show at Zwirner, the soft cosmos of Giorgio Morandi’s domestic tableaux is relieved and refreshed by the architectonics of Josef Albers’s squares" (The New Yorker).  How awful is it not to be looking directly at paintings? Schjeldahl takes a strong position. [Author...
Tags: Art, Law, Computers, Josef Albers, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Peter Schjeldahl, Giorgio Morandi, Schjeldahl


"Truth is the property of being in accord with fact or reality.... typically ascribed to things that aim to represent reality or otherwise correspond to it, such as beliefs, propositions, and declarative sentences...."

"Most human activities depend upon the concept, where its nature as a concept is assumed rather than being a subject of discussion; these include most of the sciences, law, journalism, and everyday life.... Most commonly, truth is viewed as the correspondence of language or thought to a mind-independent world." From "Truth," a Wikipedia article I stumbled upon, via "The McNamara Fallacy," as I was writing the last post, which ended with my saying I needed to start this new post, because "Truth...
Tags: Art, Law, Washington, Wikipedia, America, Joe Biden, New York Times, Philosophy, John F Kennedy, Propaganda, Jfk, Biden, Trump, Nixon, Susan Glasser, Glasser


The Bidenification of the Oval Office.

  And now I have the answer to the question we had when we watched him sign those executive orders on Day 1: Who's that a bust of in the most prominent place right behind the desk, looming amongst the family photographs? Answer: Cesar Chavez! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Art, Law, Biden, Oval Office, Cesar Chavez, Ann Althouse, Interior Decoration


"A 33-metre reinforced concrete vagina has sparked a Bolsonarian backlash in Brazil..."

"... with supporters of the country’s far-right president clashing with leftwing art admirers over the installation. The handmade sculpture, entitled Diva, was unveiled by visual artist Juliana Notari on Saturday at a rural art park... In a Facebook post, Notari said the scarlet hillside vulva was intended to 'question the relationship between nature and culture in our phallocentric and anthropocentric western society' and provoke debate over the 'problematisation of gender.'...  Bolsonaro’s US...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Law, Wikipedia, US, Bbc, Language, Paris, Brazil, Anish Kapoor, Versailles, Kapoor, Ann Althouse, Genitalia, Bolsonaro


"Eighty-eight rarely seen drawings of Dante’s The Divine Comedy have been put on virtual display as Italy begins a year-long calendar of events to mark the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death."

"The drawings, by the 16th-century Renaissance artist Federico Zuccari, are being exhibited online, for free, by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. 'Until now these beautiful drawings have only been seen by a few scholars and displayed to the public only twice, and only in part,' said Eike Schmidt, the Uffizi’s director. 'Now they are published in full, alongside a didactic-scientific comment, where from [Friday] they will be freely available.'"  The Guardian lets us know. Go here for all the art...
Tags: Art, Law, Museums, Italy, Florence, Dante, Uffizi Gallery, Ann Althouse, Eike Schmidt, Federico Zuccari


"Bob Ross was wrong. Everybody can't paint.... I just want people to know that none of the trees in my paintings are happy. They're very unhappy...."

  I'm excited about this because I loved John Lurie's old show, "Fishing With John." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Art, TV, Law, Bob Ross, Ann Althouse, John Lurie


"Successfully making art requires accepting yourself, in Mr. Koons’s philosophy, so that you can pursue your interests without shame."

"'Everything about your past is perfect,' he says. 'Everything up to this moment about you is spectacular.' ... I found myself mindlessly nodding along, as he compares an ashtray that he remembers loving as a child, with a reclining woman holding her legs aloft, to Michelangelo’s 'Pietà.' 'How can that be any less than this masterpiece by Michelangelo?' he says. 'It’s equal.'... He asks himself, 'What have I been pulled to? What have the interests been lately?' He believes this will work for you...
Tags: Art, Education, Writing, Law, Jeff Koons, David Sedaris, Koons, Michelangelo, Ann Althouse, Bobbie Brown, David Mamet Both Davids


Monopffft.

The mysterious metal monolith that was found last week in the Utah desert has vanished. https://t.co/tUFYRCfhe0— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 29, 2020 I question whether the monolith has vanished. If you're with me in a room, then you leave and come back a week later, and I am not there, it would be a gross failure to follow Occam's Razor to say that I had "vanished." In all likelihood, I walked out, and I continue to exist. I've gone somewhere else. You just don't know where. The qu...
Tags: Art, Landscape, Utah, Movies, Law, Australia, New York Times, Antarctica, Harry, Herald, Don, Charlie, Occam, Ann Althouse, Seen And Unseen, Henry Sunderland


No nudes is good nudes.

I'm reading this NYT article by Roberta Smith about the rearrangement of the various permanent galleries at the Museum of Modern Art. I see what's going on here: The fourth-floor gallery, with a mix of what most people would recognize as Pop Art, was previously “From Soup Cans to Flying Saucers” and is now “Domestic Disruption.”... This gallery... is far less discombobulated than its previous iteration, corroborating more convincingly the internationalism that is a recurring subtext on this floo...
Tags: Art, Law, Museums, Naked, Breasts, Tom Wesselmann, Noah Purifoy, Paradox, Ann Althouse, Roberta Smith, Beatriz Gonzalez, Wesselmann


"Shall I be mean about British art? Okay. Realism and literature haunts almost all British art."

"I surmise that the capacious feel for language, narrative, and drama that seems to be inculcated in the British brain causes a lot of British art to fall into clever commentary, agitprop, or academicism — or be pulled back into realism. Great Britain’s is a primarily literary art; this doesn’t work well visually. I further surmise that abstraction is not foremost in the British mind. So much for my silly xenophobia. The real answer for why most public sculpture is bad — and why this keeps happe...
Tags: Art, London, Law, Sculpture, Great Britain, Jerry Saltz, Saltz, Maggi Hambling, Ann Althouse, U.K, Kitsch Feminism Jerry Saltz New York Magazine


At least in art restoration, you can see what's gone wrong when things have been handed over to people who don't know what they're doing.

The potato head of Palencia: defaced Spanish statue latest victim of botched restoration"Conservation professionals have questioned why Spain's heritage is continually handed over to those with no formal training."https://t.co/O4b2lvxwkP pic.twitter.com/RZI3AI4go9— Mark Rees (@reviewwales) November 11, 2020 Strangely, it doesn't just look awful. It looks awful in the same way that the most famous botched restoration looks awful: It's a botch-up! Monkey Christ and the worst art repairs o...
Tags: Art, Law, Religion, Spain, Ann Althouse, Mark Rees


"She likes jokes. She likes the one David Hockney told her once. It goes: 'The trouble with Van Gogh is if you tell him something it goes in one ear and stays there.'"

"She laughs again.... Maggi, I exclaim, you are smoking again! Didn't you give up five years ago? She says she did but last year, on her birthday, her large bronze sculpture of a rising wave was being erected, and it was fraught, and 'I thought: fuck it. It's my birthday. I'll smoke.'... She smokes with sensational gusto... I can't stand namby-pamby, take-it-or-leave-it smokers. I call them 'crap smokers' and Maggi is not a crap smoker.... 'I think I was once put forward to paint the Queen Mothe...
Tags: Art, London, Smoking, Law, Wikipedia, Margaret Thatcher, Sculpture, Naked, Mother, Malorie Blackman, David Hockney, Charing Cross, Motherhood, Oscar Wilde, Van Gogh, Mary Wollstonecraft




"And while Trump had to mount a (successful) hostile takeover of the Republican Party, [Kanye] West’s run indicates a far less difficult path as an independent candidate for any celebrity..."

"... willing to spend the money and actually do a little bit of work. There’s no reason to think that it won’t happen in the future, and West has shown the path. Without lifting a finger to campaign or formulating a single discernible policy, he will receive tens of thousands of votes in November. If, in 2024, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson or Oprah Winfrey or even Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian, decides to mount a bid for the White House, there is a road map. With a little bit of foresight and the sa...
Tags: Art, Kim Kardashian, Law, White House, Kanye West, West, Republican Party, Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Kanye, Trump, John the Baptist, Ann Althouse, Merging Politics And Showbiz, Kanye -RSB- West, Ben Jacobs NY Magazine St John


"... this is presumably a caricature of the artist as the devil."

Noticed, this morning, in the lower right corner of a painting, as I was looking into the authorship of the Book of Revelation. The image appears over the artists signature. Nice feet, tail, wings, armor, and whatever that is on the head. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Art, Law, Bible, Satan, Hieronymus Bosch, Ann Althouse


The University of Texas school song, "The Eyes of Texas," is disparaged as originating in minstrel shows.

I'm reading a WaPo column by Cindy Boren: "Texas players told to stand for school song, despite its origin in blackface minstrel shows."  The lyrics to “The Eyes of Texas” were inspired in part by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, who after the Civil War was a teacher at what would become Washington and Lee University, where he made an impression on future UT president William Prather by repeatedly telling students that “the eyes of the South are upon you.” .  ... Edmund T. Gordon, a professor of...
Tags: Art, Music, Texas, Law, Washington, Slavery, Surrealism, Blackface, Gordon, UT, University of Texas, WaPo, Robert E Lee, Lee University, Race And Education, Ann Althouse


"On retiring from acting, Nolan bought a remote farmhouse in Spain, where she forged a career... creating montages from her early publicity shots that deconstructed the notion of glamour in a feminist critique of the commodification of women."

"'Part of me was living behind this screen of men’s expectations,' she explained. 'That’s why I made some of them quite grotesque — the idea that I was this passive woman, being looked at. But behind my eyes, I knew what was going on.'"   From "Margaret Nolan obituary/Glamour model and actress who starred in Goldfinger and the Carry On films and epitomised ‘everything cool in the Sixties’" (London Times).  Nolan played the character who was painted gold and who appears in the opening credit...
Tags: Art, London, Movies, Law, Wikipedia, Spain, Feminism, Nolan, Beatles, Sean Connery, 1960s, PAUL, Ann Althouse, Margaret Nolan


In financial stress from the pandemic, "Museums Sell Picasso and Warhol, Embrace Diversity to Survive."

Bloomberg reports.Museums are not only selling works long off the market but acquiring pieces by female, Black and Latino artists, and -- they hope -- gaining new visitors who will see themselves reflected in the hushed halls.... This week at Christie’s, Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, sold its sole Jackson Pollock painting for $13 million and Springfield Museums in Massachusetts offloaded a Picasso for $4.4 million.... “Museums have amazing power,” [said Adam Levine, the new leader...
Tags: Art, Maryland, Law, Massachusetts, Bloomberg, Museums, Commerce, Warhol, Baltimore, Adam Levine, Black, Jackson Pollock, Andy, Toledo Museum Of Art, Brice Marden, Levine


"But the people who run our great institutions do not want trouble. They fear controversy. They lack faith in the intelligence of their audience."

"And they realize that to remind museum-goers of white supremacy today is not only to speak to them about the past, or events somewhere else. It is also to raise uncomfortable questions about museums themselves—about their class and racial foundations. For this reason, perhaps, those who run the museums feel the ground giving way beneath their feet. If they feel that in four years, 'all this will blow over,' they are mistaken. The tremors shaking us all will never end until justice and equity ar...
Tags: Art, Law, Museums, Kkk, Joan, Jonas, Piper, White Supremacy, Paul Gauguin, Ann Althouse, Francis Picabia, Philip Guston, Guston, Jason Farago, Philip Guston Now Google, Matthew -RSB- Barney


4 major museums have postponed a retrospective for a highly respected painter — Philip Guston — because some of the paintings have images of the KKK.

I'm reading "Delay of Philip Guston Retrospective Divides the Art World/;Philip Guston Now' has become Philip Guston in 2024, after four museums postponed an artist’s show that includes Klan imagery."There's no reason to think Guston liked the Klan. It's for the viewer to gaze on these painterly cartoons... ... and wonder what the hell is this supposed to mean? or just to think hmmm, there's that or whatever you think in a museum... those bastions of white supremacy!Maybe you think, yeah, this i...
Tags: Art, London, Instagram, Law, Ukraine, Drawing, Museums, Kkk, University Of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Nuance, Ford Foundation, Nixon, Richard Nixon, Godfrey


The OED Word of the Day is an obsolete word, "Titanolatry."

Is the OED suggesting that we bring it back to life? We could use it: it means "Worship of, or excessive respect for, power." The mythological Titans represent power in this concoction with the familiar "-olatry" ending. What's the worst Titanolatry going on today? Is the OED obscurely nudging us about Trump, whose crowds these days chant "We love you"?Here's "The Fall of the Titans" by Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem (1596–1598). I love the placement of the dragonfly (and the overall it's-rainin...
Tags: Art, Law, Mythology, Language, Insects, Trump, Haarlem, Cornelis Cornelisz, Ann Althouse


The NYT's Frank Bruni says Trump replacing RBG will put us in "a special hell" — because the Court "won’t represent what most Americans believe."

He says those words — "won’t represent" — and he must immediately back and fill. He knows it's not right, but... but what?!Sure, the court isn’t supposed to be beholden to public opinion, but...But what?!!!... Americans’ faith in their institutions and feeling that their voices are heard might be strained even further by what seem to be lurches backward by a court forged in the hottest flares of partisan passion.Reread that. I love the way the word "strained" appears in the most strained sentenc...
Tags: Art, Supreme Court, Law, Wikipedia, Court, Hell, Metaphor, Bulgaria, Trump, Frank Bruni, Bruni, Ann Althouse, RBG, replacing Ginsburg


Life in New Hampshire.

The Merrimack Police Department in New Hampshire is asking for residents to look out for a missing forty pound, four year old African Serval named Spartacus that is a family pet and legally owned and permitted. pic.twitter.com/6Qexuv8cuf— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) September 11, 2020 Note: The serval has been found.For more on servals, here's the Wikipedia article. I see: "The association of servals with human beings dates to the time of Ancient Egypt. Servals are depicted as gifts or traded o...
Tags: Art, Cats, Law, Wikipedia, Boston, Egypt, New Hampshire, Nubia, Ann Althouse, Merrimack Police Department, African Serval


"Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, which allows for multiple originals...."

"A monoprint is a single impression of an image made from a reprintable block. Materials such as metal plates, litho stones or wood blocks are used for etching upon.... Monoprints are known as the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques; it is essentially a printed painting. The characteristic of this method is that no two prints are alike. The beauty of this medium is also in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking, painting and drawing media.... Monoprinting has been ...
Tags: Art, Law, Puzzles, Language, Rembrandt, Georg Baselitz, Degas, Ann Althouse, Monoprinting


Womansplaining mansplaining.

In "She Explains ‘Mansplaining’ With Help From 17th-Century Art/In her new book 'Men to Avoid in Art and Life,' Nicole Tersigni harnesses her skill with a Twitter meme to illuminate the experience of women harassed by concern trolls, 'sexperts' and more" by Alisha Haridasani Gupta (NYT).Here's Tersigni's Twitter feed, but it's not entirely examples of the meme explained and explained in the article. Here are 2 examples: "there probably just weren't any qualified women for the job" pic.twitter.co...
Tags: Art, Twitter, Comedy, London, Law, Italy, Monty Python, National Gallery, Jones, Bosch, Terry Jones, Bruegel, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Gilliam, Ann Althouse


Can you tell whether it's elevating and not racist to compare Black Lives Matter artists to cavemen?

I'm trying to read "New York’s Sidewalk Prophets Are Heirs of the Lascaux Cave Artisans/What street art adorning boarded-up storefronts tells us about our shared political realities and the ways our stories are connected. A critic’s tour deciphers the signs and symbols" in the New York Times.Maybe to answer my question you need to know more about the racial identification of the writer, whose name is Seph Rodney. I'm just going to give you a sample of the prose:What became apparent to me is that...
Tags: Art, New York, Writing, Law, Wikipedia, Religion, Earth, United States, New York Times, Hugh Hefner, Playboy, Intellectual Property, Mars, Smith, Black Lives Matter, King


"I'm not very social, I don't go out that much. Frankly my life consists of reading and painting and a few nights of nice sex."

"When you realise you've got something really good to do, at my age, you get very, very excited... It made me feel a lot younger, fitter. I realised: that's a stimulant. You're living. Life is exciting, interesting, thrilling."Said the artist David Hockney, who is 83, quoted in The Daily Mail.He said that he no longer cared for living in London and the artistic politics that went with it. He described living in Bridlington, East Yorkshire... He has recently been living in Lisieux in the Calvados...
Tags: Psychology, Art, London, Law, Sex, France, Aging, David Hockney, Bridlington, Lisieux, Ann Althouse



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