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The Forger As Artist – A Superfan’s Show Of Work By Elmyr de Hory

In the 1950s and ’60s, Elmyr de Hory is believed to have forged over a thousand works by major artists. Many have been removed from museums. Others, some experts say, have not. Mark Forgy has spent years dedicated to the memory of de Hory. He has written a book, gives talks and contributes to exhibitions on forgery. It is his calling, he says, and has all led to his newest endeavor: putting on an exhibition of de Hory’s original work. No forgeries. Just de Hory in his own voice. – The Ne...
Tags: Art, Visual, Elmyr de Hory, 02.21.20, de Hory, Mark Forgy


Is It Possible To Enjoy The Instagram “Museum” Without Your Phone?

Specifically, the Ice Cream “Museum,” which is all about shareable selfies. After all, what’s the point of going if not to take appealing pictures? – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Instagram, Audience, Visual, 02.21.20


Los Angeles Gets Its First UNESCO World Heritage Site

And it’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, almost destroyed in the 1940s. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Frank Lloyd Wright, Visual, Hollyhock House, 02.23.20


Art Literally Made Of Bones (And Other Human Remains)

The British got a lot wrong as the empire spread, and one facet of colonial mistakes was how to look at Tibetan religious and art objects made of skulls or thighbones. “To British colonial officials and missionaries in the 19th and early 20th centuries, such items were morbid examples of devil worship. To Tibetans they were objects used to celebrate life.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, 02.23.20


The Scottish Artist Who Brought Oz To Life

Sound stages of the 1930s and 1940s needed lots of stage sets, and at MGM, George Gibson was the man in charge. “The backdrops he created appeared in films such as The Wizard of Oz (1939), An American in Paris (1951) and Brigadoon (1954). His backdrops were as large as 60ft x 150ft (18m by 45m) and so realistic that the audience often did not realise the setting was a soundstage.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Paris, MGM, Visual, George Gibson, 02.21.20


Archaeologists Find A New Shrine In Rome, Perhaps To Romulus

The find is in the Roman Forum, where authorities revealed on Friday that they believe this may date to the 6th century B.C.E., 200 years after Romulus was said to have lived. That means it’s a memorial site, if indeed it is a site to Romulus. Also, oops: “It’s the second time the sarcophagus and cylindrical stone stub have been unearthed, but it’s only now that archaeologists are attributing an exciting significance to them.” – The Washington Post (AP)
Tags: Art, Rome, Visual, Romulus, Roman Forum, 02.22.20


When Grandma Moses Was Conscripted For The Cold War

“Between June and December of 1950, a government-backed exhibition of Moses’s picturesque American scenes toured six European cities. … One Foreign Service officer who was involved with the Moses show declared that the exhibition had been as valuable as ‘pure gold’ in promoting ‘the core of our national character which we are endeavoring to articulate in opposition to the efforts of the communists.'” – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Moses, Visual, Foreign Service, March 2020


Researchers May Just Have Located Nefertiti’s Secret Burial Place Inside Tutankhamun’s Tomb

“A radar survey around the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings has revealed possible evidence of further hidden chambers behind its walls. The findings … resurrect a controversial theory that the young king’s burial place hides the existence of a larger tomb, which could contain the mysterious Egyptian queen Nefertiti.” – Nature
Tags: Art, Egypt, Visual, Nefertiti, 02.19.20


Should LACMA Start A New Building When It’s Already $443 Million In Debt?

According to the museum’s most recent 990 tax forms, filed in 2018, LACMA is carrying $331 million in county bond debt that was used to pay for construction of the Resnick Pavilion, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, the Pritzker Parking Garage and other projects. In addition to that debt, the museum has $112 million in other liabilities, such as accounts payable and accrued expenses. This brings LACMA’s total debt to almost $443 million. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Visual, LACMA, 02.20.20


Major New Alexander Calder Museum Planned For Philadelphia

“A little more than two decades after a Calder museum was first proposed for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the long-dormant idea has blossomed again, funding has materialized, and backers say that, by spring 2021, construction should get underway between 21st and 22nd Streets across from the Barnes Foundation and the Rodin Museum.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Philadelphia, Calder, Visual, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Barnes Foundation, 02.20.20, Major New Alexander Calder Museum Planned For


Martin Filler: The Fascist Implications Of Trump’s Architectural Plans

This effective ban on modern architecture commissioned by the US government is horrifyingly reminiscent of Hitler’s insistence that public buildings in the Third Reich hew to the Classical tradition (though usually a stripped-down version of it) and that modern design, except for some industrial uses, was streng verboten (strictly forbidden). – New York Review of Books
Tags: Art, US, Hitler, Visual, Trump, Martin, 02.19.20


LAMA’s Plan To Remake Its Museum Home Starts With A False Premise?

Zumthor’s single, integrated composition (now tan instead of black!), raised high above the grime of the city, is just a building. The strength of LACMA as it stands now is its complexity; it’s more like a city, and a vibrantly messy one at that. It’s connected to the street, the neighborhood and its varied parts, encouraging movement between structures, levels and plazas, whether you’re in the museum or not. It’s one of the few major destinations in L.A. that feels like a true urban en...
Tags: Art, Visual, LACMA, Lama, Zumthor, 02.20.20


EU Will Demand UK Return Parthenon Marbles To Greece As Part Of Brexit Deal

The European Union will demand that Britain gives a collection of ancient marble sculptures back to Greece as part of a post-Brexit trade deal. Greece has long argued that the Parthenon Marbles — also called the Elgin Marbles — were unlawfully removed from the Parthenon temple in Athens in the early 19th century by the British diplomat Lord Elgin. – Business Insider
Tags: Art, UK, Greece, Eu, European Union, Britain, Athens, Parthenon, Visual, 02.19.20


A Huge Frank Stella Painting Disappeared In Chile And Ended Up Being Used As A Lunch Table

“It’s a little known fact that in 1972, minimalist artist Frank Stella donated the painting Isfahan III (1968) to the Museo de la Solidaridad in Chile, a new institution that invited artists from around the world to donate art in honor of Chilean president Salvador Allende’s new socialist government.” And then came Augusto Pinochet’s coup … – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Chile, Visual, Isfahan, Augusto Pinochet, Frank Stella, Salvador Allende, 02.14.20, Museo de la Solidaridad


Louvre Cancels Show Of Bulgarian Icons After Bulgarian Government And Church Object

Curators intended the June exhibition, titled “Art and Cultures in Bulgaria between the 16th and 18th Centuries,” to examine the influence that Islamic art had on Bulgarian Orthodox religious art during that period, when Bulgaria was under the control of the Ottoman Empire. This approach did not go over well in present-day Bulgaria. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Bulgaria, Visual, 02.19.20


Allentown Museum Painting Discovered To Be A Rembrandt After It Was Sent Out For Cleaning

The scientific analysis “showed brushwork, and a liveliness to that brushwork, that is quite consistent with other works by Rembrandt,” said Shan Kuang, a conservator at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts who restored “Portrait of a Young Woman.” – Toronto Star (AP)
Tags: Art, Rembrandt, Visual, Allentown, New York University 's Institute of Fine Arts, Shan Kuang, 02.18.20


Meet The Workers Who Inspect The Sistine Chapel’s Frescoes

The BBC was given rare access to the preparations and spoke to three experts involved. – BBC
Tags: Art, Bbc, Visual, 02.18.20


Will UK Have To Return Elgin Marbles To Greece To Get Post-Brexit EU Trade Deal?

“That’s the message embedded within a clause recently added to the E.U.’s negotiating mandate, which says the British government should ‘address issues relating to the return or restitution of unlawfully removed cultural objects to their countries of origin.'” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, UK, Greece, Visual, EU Trade Deal, 02.18.20


Crystal Bridges Changed The Landscape Of American Art. Now It’s Taking On Contemporary Art

The effects Crystal Bridges has had on the region are more than clear. And later this month, the museum is going one step further. It’s opening a satellite contemporary art center, the Momentary, which, by all accounts, is expected to further solidify the impact art has had on this town that once counted the Walmart Museum as one of its biggest cultural attractions. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, Crystal Bridges, Walmart Museum, 02.17.20


Forgers And The True Believers That Want To Believe Them

Perhaps the forger’s best tool is the desire of buyers to want something to be real. No matter how improbable. – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Visual, 02.18.20


Art Critic Christopher Knight Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

It’s the second Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation award and comes with a $50,000 prize. Knight has been an art critic at The Times since 1989, where he continues to chronicle the growth of Southern California’s visual art scene. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 1991, 2001 and 2007, and he received the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for art and design criticism last year. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Times, Southern California, Visual, Christopher Knight, Dorothea, 02.18.20, Leo Rabkin


Rarity: Vienna Kunsthalle Museum Replaces Director With A Three-Person Collective

Founded in 1992, the Kunsthalle Wien is a large exhibition space with no permanent collection. How does a triumvirate lead such a venue in practice? Surely much more time is spent on meetings and co-ordination? To whom do the 35 staff report? WHW say: “We don’t have specific tasks, so no one is in charge of something. Decision-making is at the level of the collective. We have a single email address for staff [to contact us].” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, Kunsthalle Wien, 02.17.20, Vienna Kunsthalle Museum


Raphael’s Sistine Chapel Tapestries Displayed There For First Time In 500 Years

“All 12 tapestries designed by Raphael have been hung on the lower walls of the Sistine Chapel as part of celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death. … All 12, made with silk, wool and gold and silver thread, have been painstakingly restored by Vatican Museum conservationists in the last 10 years.” – Reuters
Tags: Art, Raphael, Visual, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, 02.17.20


15,000-Year-Old Wall Carvings Found In Spanish Cave

“Experts have discovered a cave full of prehistoric carvings in northern Spain. Among the hundreds of rock carvings, some believed to be 15,000 years old, are vivid depictions of horses, deer, and bulls, as well as a wealth of mysterious and abstract symbols. Unlike the famous prehistoric paintings at Altamira in northern Spain, the recently discovered cave art in Catalonia is carved directly into the soft surface of the rock.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Spain, Catalonia, Visual, Altamira, 02.17.20


Six Cooper Hewitt Boardmembers Resign Over Director’s Forced Resignation

Caroline Baumann was forced to resign on Feb. 7 after an investigation by the Smithsonian’s inspector general into how Ms. Baumann procured her dress and the venue for the ceremony. It was unclear whether there were additional allegations.According to two people familiar with the Smithsonian’s decision-making, the inspector general found the appearance of a conflict of interest, but several board members said they believed the punishment was unwarranted. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Visual, Cooper Hewitt, Baumann, Caroline Baumann, 02.17.20


Why The Trump Administration’s Greek Columns Plan For Federal Buildings Will Be A Bust

While much of the criticism that has been directed at NCAS’s proposal thus far (from the American Institute of Architects, from the profession at large, and from more or less the entire critical establishment) only threatens to elevate the group’s standing—reigniting a tiresome 1980s Style War, pitting pop historicists against high-minded modernists—it has tended to obscure some of the creepier implications of the incipient decree. The classicists may think they’re about to score a coup....
Tags: Art, Visual, NCAS, American Institute of Architects, Trump Administration, 02.13.20


Remember The Stolen-Klimt-Hidden-All-These-Years-In-A-Museum-Wall Story?

Weird, right? While the painting is definitely authentic, police are still trying to puzzle out the odd story of how it ended up there and who really did it. It’s complicated. – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Visual, 02.16.20


The Wedding Dress That Cost The Cooper Hewitt Director Her Job

In a reversal of fortune story that seems nigh-on impossible given certain trends in federal government, Caroline Baumann “was forced to resign as director of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in Manhattan last week following an investigation by the Smithsonian’s inspector general into potential problems regarding the procurement of the dress and the wedding space.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Manhattan, Visual, Cooper Hewitt, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Caroline Baumann, 02.14.20


Adding Back In The Workers That Art About Los Angeles So Often Forgets

For instance, David Hockney’s “splash” paintings created an idea of Los Angeles that was cool and secluded. Artist Ramiro Gomez imagines what was going on behind the scenes in No Splash – and other scenes of “cool” LA. “He creates these paintings more as questions than as heavy, social statements, using the words ‘subtle anger’ to explain his motivation. ‘I try to stay away from didactic work,’ he says. ‘I leave that to the activists. I’m trying to find the middle ground.'” – The Guardian (UK) ...
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, David Hockney, Visual, Ramiro Gomez, 02.16.20


Overheard At LA’s Art Fairs

“I walk into the wrong entrance at the large industrial building hosting the Spring/Break Art Show. ‘Sorry!’ a young cheery Englishwoman at a desk tells me. ‘This is a dumpling-associates popup!’ I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more beautiful sentence.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, La, Visual, 02.13.20



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