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The New Maria Callas Statue In Athens Is Attracting A Lot Of Attention

But not for its skill or beauty. One complaint: “Nothing could be less representative of Maria Callas, as no opera singer, not even a second-grade student at music school, would ever adopt such a pose with crossed arms in front of their chest.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Athens, Visual, Maria Callas


Was Mexico City’s Pyramid Light Show A Victory For Decolonization – Or For Revisionist History?

During a light show on a replica of the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan, “vendors walked among the crowds selling Aztec-style souvenir headdresses with colored lights, filling the Zócalo with flashes of revelry.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Mexico City, Visual, Tenochtitlan


Reinventing The Nude

Mickalene Thomas keeps a “loving, lusty, multifaceted gaze on the Black female form.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Mickalene Thomas


Chicago Art Institute Board Chair Explains Why 150 Docents Were Fired

Robert M. Levy: “In order to succeed, the Art Institute and our peer group must let go of the museum tenet of “this is how we have always done it” and explore new ways to ignite enthusiasm in our visitors.” – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Visual, Art Institute, Robert M Levy, Chicago Art Institute Board


Chicago Art Institute Fires 150 Docents

Once you cut through the blather, the letter basically said the museum had looked critically at its corps of docents, a group dominated by mostly (but not entirely) white, retired women with some time to spare, and found them wanting as a demographic. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Visual, Chicago Art Institute Fires


Landscape Architect Who Rehabs Contaminated Sites Is Inaugural Winner Of Oberlander Prize

Julie Bargmann, whose firm is called D.I.R.T. (“Dump It Right There”) has been given the first Oberlander Prize, a $100,000 biennial award for landscape architecture. Justin Davidson explores how Bargmann’s approach leaves onsite as much as possible of what’s there and uses nature for cleanup. – Curbed
Tags: Art, Featured, Visual, Justin Davidson, Bargmann, Julie Bargmann


This “Library” Lends Artworks To Hundreds Of Museums

Since 1984, the Broad Art Foundation (yes, as in Eli and Edythe) in Los Angeles has made more than 8,700 loans (well over 200 a year) to nearly 600 institutions. How does it work? Here’s a look at the operation’s logistics. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Visual, Eli, Broad Art Foundation, Edythe


London Bans Wood In Constructing Some Buildings — Expert Says Rule Harms Climate

Rules restricting the use of wood in UK buildings are hampering the switch to low-carbon building methods, according to timber architecture expert Andrew Waugh. – Dezeen
Tags: Art, UK, London, Visual


UK Museums Show Impacts Of COVID Shutdown

More than 18 months since the coronavirus pandemic hit Britain, its long-term effects on the country’s museums are becoming clear. Months of closures have caused havoc with their finances, and as a consequence, many museums expect to be strapped for years. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, UK, Britain, Visual


Could A One-Atom-Thick Layer Of Graphene Really Protect Artworks From Fading? Very Likely, Say Scientists

“Graphene is a two-dimensional carbon allotrope whose molecules bind together through a phenomenon called Van der Waals forces. … It can be produced in large, thin sheets; it blocks ultraviolet light; and it is impermeable to oxygen, moisture, and other corrosive agents.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Featured, Visual, Van


Antiquities Dealer Confesses In Court To Selling Thousands Of Forgeries

“Mehrdad Sadigh pleaded guilty to seven felony counts that included charges of forgery and grand larceny. … The prosecution of Mr. Sadigh was something of a departure by the Antiquities Trafficking Unit, which generally pursues people dealing in artifacts that have been looted.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Sadigh, Mehrdad Sadigh, Antiquities Trafficking Unit


AI Recreates Three Lost Gustav Klimt Paintings In Glorious Color

The Faculty Paintings — three allegorical works titled Philosophy, Medicine, and Jurisprudence — were likely destroyed in a fire near the end of Word War II; all we have today are black-and-white photos and some verbal descriptions. Here’s how Google and Vienna’s Belvedere Museum recreated the artworks. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Google, Art, Vienna, Visual, Belvedere Museum


University Of Hong Kong To Remove Tiananmen Commemoration

The 23-foot tower of naked bodies twisted together, some mid-scream, was created by Danish sculptor Jens Galschiøt and is the last remaining Tiananmen commemoration on Chinese soil. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Featured, Visual, Tiananmen, Jens Galschiøt


One Of The World’s Most Notorious Art Forgers Is Releasing His Own NFT Collection

“Fittingly, the artist (Wolfgang Beltracchi) — infamous for his uncanny ability to mimic the work of others — is making 4,608 versions of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, in a variety of different artistic styles.” Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art … – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, Wolfgang Beltracchi


Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Utopian Ideal For A 21st-Century Museum

“I keep returning to an unrealized project of the late philosopher, public intellectual, and curator Édouard Glissant, who consistently told me that what matters is the production of reality.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Édouard Glissant


The Real Problem Of Instagram

The platform’s erasure of certain kinds of work has the net effect of discouraging the making and exhibiting of that work. It erases art that is confrontational, that expresses points of view outside of the mainstream, while promoting art that is decorative and/or unchallenging. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Visual


Cuban Artist Tania Bruguera Left The Island In Exchange For The Release Of Political Prisoners

The activist artist says she accepted a position at Harvard after telling the regime, “Look, you want me to leave, well now you have an opportunity. … But I’ll leave on the condition that you release [them], and I handed a list of several people.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Harvard, Visual, Tania Bruguera


The Curator Who Can’t Live Without Sculpture

Claire Lilley, who placed 18 sculptures for the London Frieze Sculpture show this year: “I love how we as humans occupy the same space as sculpture. I’ve seen people press their entire bodies against sculptures and hug them.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, London, Visual, Claire Lilley


The Theatre Performance That Turned Actor Karen Lee Into A Visual Artist

It was a particularly bad evening for the actor who had recently been diagnosed with epilepsy: “I was onstage, and I forgot my lines, I forgot where I was, and I thought, I can’t do this anymore.” – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Karen Lee


How Did The Pandemic Affect The Indian Art Market?

Some things went better, including a lot of pivoting to digital, but “Before the pandemic hit India, the annual India Art Fair took place in Delhi. ‘We were at an all-time high,’ said its director, Jaya Asokan. … Just weeks later, everything ground to a halt.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, India, Delhi, Visual, Jaya Asokan


A Portrait Of Chopin Bought At A Flea Market Turns Out To Be From The 19th Century

The portrait was peeling with age, and it hung for three decades in a private home in Poland after that consequential flea market find. “Only the artist’s first name, Alfred, is preserved.” – ABC News (AP)
Tags: Art, Poland, Alfred, Visual


So How Did the Elgin Marbles End Up At The British Museum In The First Place?

The short answer is that Lord Elgin simply took them from the Parthenon and shipped them home to London. True as such, but, as this backgrounder explains, Elgin had reason to believe that he was doing the right thing and had legal permission to do it. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, London, Parthenon, Visual, Elgin, Lord Elgin


Holocaust Museum LA Plans To Transform Itself With Major Expansion

When it moved into its current location in 2010, the museum expected 15,000 visitors a year; by 2020, it was getting 65,000. Now, with an additional building by Belzberg Architects due to start construction next year, the museum plans to draw 500,000 annually by 2030. – MSN (Los Angeles Times)
Tags: Art, Visual, Belzberg Architects


Capturing The Movement Of Starlings As Art

Kathryn Cooper first films the starlings in 4K resolution. Then, working with clips that range in length from less than a second to more than a minute, she designs algorithms that help her select and splice together a compelling set of frames. – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Visual, Kathryn Cooper, Movement Of Starlings


A Wave Of Unionizing At US Museums, With Baltimore The Most Recent

“Workers at the Baltimore Museum of Art have announced plans to form a union, making the employees the latest in a nationwide push for better working conditions and higher pay at art museums, a field that suffers from drastic inequities.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, US, Baltimore, Visual, Baltimore Museum of Art


Gotta Love How This Year’s Documenta Artists Were Announced

In Germany on Friday, October 1, you might have picked up a copy of Asphalt—a publication that is sold to benefit poor and people struggling with homelessness. Within its pages, the art collective ruangrupa announced their artist list for the 2022 edition of Documenta. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Featured, Germany, Visual, Documenta


What’s Up With The Movie Museum’s Giant Orb? (Death Star?)

A big glass-and-steel ball is not vanishing into the mist. It sits there and it’s shiny and hard and you have to pay to get in. Doesn’t it also defy the whole point of a museum of movies, which is to take this vaporous art and give it substance and permanence? – Curbed
Tags: Art, Visual


Veteran New York Antiquities Dealer Pleads Guilty To Trafficking In Looted Objects

“Nancy Wiener, 66, whose mother had also been a well-known expert in the field, acknowledged Thursday that she had taken possession of items that showed possible signs of looting … and presented them for sale with false statements of provenance.” –
Tags: Art, Visual, Nancy Wiener


Two Of Shanghai’s Major Museums Close Without Explanation

Last week the Long Museum West Bund shut for “facility maintenance,” though it reopened two days later. Then the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum announced, with no reason given, that it would close indefinitely starting October 1, normally the start of a busy holiday week. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Shanghai, Visual, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum


Come For The Star Wars, Stay For The Kara Walker…

At the Lucas Museum: “What would be fantastic is if people came looking for Star Wars and learn about Ralph McQuarrie and then they learn about Gentileschi,” Sandra Jackson-Dumont says. “If they come for Star Wars and leave having seen Kara Walker. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, Lucas Museum, Kara Walker, Sandra Jackson Dumont, Ralph McQuarrie



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