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Florence’s Soccer Stadium Is A Modernist Masterpiece But Badly Outdated. Preservationists And The Team Are At War.

The Artemio Franchi stadium, designed by Pier Luigi Nervi in 1930, is regularly featured in architecture textbooks and is even on a page in Italy’s passport. But the seats are uncomfortable, some of them are exposed to rain, and there’s no place for revenue-generating shops or eateries. The team’s owner, with the fans on his side, wants to tear it down and build a new one; preservationists are aghast; the culture ministry in Rome will be the referee. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Rome, Italy, Florence, Visual, Artemio Franchi, 12.02.20, Pier Luigi Nervi

Muslims Have Been Visually Depicting The Prophet Muhammad For Centuries

Certainly, images of the Prophet of Islam have been far, far less common than those of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and other Christian figures, and Muslim culture, especially in the Arab world, has tended to disapprove of pictures of any human or animal. Yet miniatures and manuscript illuminations featuring Muhammad did start appearing in the late Middle Ages in the Persianate world, and a calligraphic equivalent in Arabic was developed as well. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Christian, Visual, Muhammad, Jesus Christ the Virgin Mary, 11.24.20

Remorseful American Tourist Returns Ancient Marble Fragment She Stole From Rome

“The National Roman Museum recently received the piece of stone, which was inscribed in black marker, ‘To Sam, love Jess, Rome 2017.’ ‘I feel terrible for not only stealing this item from its rightful place, but writing on it,’ said the note accompanying the item. ‘It was a big mistake on my part and only now, as an adult, do I realize just how thoughtless and despicable it was.'” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Rome, Sam, Visual, National Roman Museum, 11.30.20, Jess Rome

An Emerging “Museum of The Future”?

A long period of relative peace, prosperity, and globalisation after the Cold War had lulled the museum field into complacency not only about its financial viability, but also about its relevance and credibility. The Covid-19 crisis—which coincided with a painful reckoning with the intertwined legacies of colonialism and racial injustice—has accelerated a push to adapt and innovate, in six principal ways. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.30.20

Hegra, Petra’s Sister City And Saudi Arabia’s First Secular Tourist Attraction, Is Now Open For Business

“Once a thriving international trade hub, the archeological site of Hegra (also known as Mada’in Saleh) has been left practically undisturbed for almost 2,000 years. … Hegra was the second city of the Nabataean kingdom, but Hegra does much more than simply play second fiddle to Petra: it could hold the key to unlocking the secrets of an almost-forgotten ancient civilization.” – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Petra, Visual, Saleh, Mada, Hegra, 11.23.20, Hegra Petra, Sister City And Saudi Arabia, Nabataean kingdom

Ancient Cave Art Masterpieces Discovered In Colombia

Hailed as “the Sistine Chapel of the ancients”, archaeologists have found tens of thousands of paintings of animals and humans created up to 12,500 years ago across cliff faces that stretch across nearly eight miles in Colombia. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Colombia, Visual, 11.29.20

Big Art Telling Big Stories

“The resurgence over the past two decades of artists working in the grand manner suggests that the energies inherent to this style didn’t disappear but were merely redirected: into cinema like that of Cecil B. DeMille; into cycles of narrative painting such as the African American history paintings of Jacob Lawrence; and even into political spectacle, lingering on in the rallies of President Trump. And now they are coalescing again into a coherent artistic form, with multiple offshoots and vari...
Tags: Art, Visual, Trump, Cecil B DeMille, Jacob Lawrence, 11.28.20

The Impossible Weight That Public Sculptures Of Women Must Bear

It’s not just the sexualized, weirdly tiny Mary Wollstonecraft; it’s not just the naked Medusa in the park; it’s not just that rather iffy sculpture of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth all sitting down to plan universal suffrage. No. It’s the arc of public art for its entire history – and we do mean history in this case. “Two millennia of European and American history could be told through a genealogy of equestrian monuments to men, from Marcus Aurelius to Gattamela...
Tags: Art, Wiley, Medusa, Mary Wollstonecraft, Visual, Kehinde Wiley, Marcus Aurelius, Sojourner Truth, Susan B Anthony Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Gattamelata, 11.27.20

The Monolith Has Disappeared

And, just as quickly as we all learned about it, the monolith in the Utah desert is gone. “The Bureau of Land Management said it would not be investigating the disappearance because ‘crimes involving private property’ are managed by the local sheriff’s office. The San Juan and Grand County Sheriff’s Offices did not immediately respond to requests for comment.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Utah, San Juan, Visual, Bureau of Land Management, 11.28.20, Grand County Sheriff 's Offices

London’s Proposed Tulip Means Nothing About Cultural Capital, But A Lot About Ego

Rowan Atkinson is not happy with the proposed tower or its boosters’ claims that it will make London, exhausted from the battle with COVID-19, feel better. “Its outdated futurism resembles nothing more than the fantasies of a third-world dictator.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Visual, Rowan Atkinson, COVID, 11.27.20

American Museums Are, Finally, Going Through An Identity Crisis

Perhaps, as one museum director claims, we’re “at a moment for complete reimagination of museums,” but it’s a painful one with the pandemic shutdowns mixing with a long overdue racial reckoning. “Museums are caught in a disheartening dilemma: They’re facing growing calls for diversity, equity, and inclusion, but without the funding they need they’re more likely to close than to be able to meet those demands.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.28.20

Slightly Correcting The Scales By Adding A Portrait Of One Woman To Britain’s Royal Society

Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered a new type of star – the pulsar – when she was in grad school. A Nobel Prize for its discovery went to her male PhD supervisor. Now her portrait is going into the Royal Society at its headquarters in London. “‘I’m sure that will upset a few fellows,’ she said, chuckling, when told by the Guardian of her position at the top of the grand staircase. ‘It is really prominent I must say, I’m surprised at that.'” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Britain, Royal Society, Visual, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, 11.28.20

Is That Mysterious Monolith In Utah Actually By Artist John McCracken?

McCracken’s son says maybe. “He was inspired by the idea of alien visitors leaving objects that resembled his work, or that his work resembled. This discovery of a monolith piece — that’s very much in line with his artistic vision.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Utah, Visual, McCracken, John McCracken, 11.27.20

Why We Need To Rethink The Idea Of Public Statues

Ideas about statues change as society changes. As this happens, different groups contest the meanings behind the sculptures, leading to disagreement about whether they should be kept or taken down. But while ideologies can change, causing this iconoclash, communities retain their collective memories about something, whether they are good or bad. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.24.20

Three Lessons Museum Leaders Learned From This Very Painful Year

“No museum has been able to escape the impact of the pandemic, from long periods of closure decimating revenues, to the continuous landslide of the exhibitions calendar. But in periods of crisis, there can also be opportunity. One idea that came up repeatedly throughout [the Louvre Abu Dhabi and NYU Abu Dhabi’s ‘Reframing Museums’ symposium ] was that many of these problems were identified years ago. But now, there is a real urgency to solve them. Here are three key takeaways for the industry f...
Tags: Art, Visual, NYU Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, 11.24.20

Judge Rules Seller Of Fake Hals Must Pay Sotheby’s

As one of the judges said of this costly procedure, the law has “to fall on someone“, as “obviously it did not fall on the forger“. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, Sotheby, 11.23.20

Metal Monolith Discovered In The Utah Desert

Wildlife officials spotted the “unusual” object while counting sheep during a flyover in a remote south-eastern area of the US state. They said the structure had been planted in the ground between red rock. There was no indication who installed the monolith, which was about 10 to 12ft (3.6m) tall. – BBC
Tags: Art, US, Visual, Utah Desert, 11.23.20

France’s Anti-Colonialist Art Thief-Activist Acquitted On Free-Speech Grounds

Mwazulu Diyabanza and three accomplices were found not guilty of attempted theft by a judge at Marseille’s High Court over a July 30 incident in which the four men took a ceremonial ivory spear from its perch in the city’s Museum of African, Oceanic, and Amerindian Arts, carried the object to the museum’s courtyard, denounced the “plunder” of African art by European colonials during the 19th and 20th centuries, and awaited the arrival of the police. – Artnet
Tags: Art, France, Visual, Mwazulu Diyabanza, 11.19.20, Marseille s High Court

Why I Steal From Museums: Mwazulu Diyabanza Makes His Case

“These artefacts belong to me, because I am African and Congolese. But also because I am a descendant of Ntumba Mvemba, one of the royal families that founded the Kingdom of Kongo in 1390. … People have to understand that if someone stole their heritage they would react as I am now. Many of my ancestors died protecting these items: they were beheaded. … Their pain is inside me.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.20.20, Ntumba Mvemba, Kingdom of Kongo

The Met Museum @150: Peter Schjeldahl

“The Met is our Home Depot of the soul. It has just about whatever you want, and it has a lot of it, very largely the harvest of past donations, en masse, of the collections of major benefactors—a New York tradition that, per a bequest in 1969, entitled the banker Robert Lehman to require the construction of a whole new wing, devoted to his gifts. (That was annoying, but the art was worth it.)” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, Peter Schjeldahl, 11.23.20, Robert Lehman

Philadelphia Museum Of Art Closes, Furloughs Staff

The PMA reopened on September 6 after almost six months of closure. In August, the museum laid off 85 of its employees; an additional 42 workers accepted voluntary separation agreements. The decision to reduce staff was announced two days before the outcome of a union vote at the museum in which 89% of workers voted “yes.” The August layoffs followed a reduction of over 20% of the museum’s workforce (100 employees) in June through a combination of furloughs and voluntary separation agreements. ...
Tags: Art, Visual, PMA, 11.20.20, Philadelphia Museum Of Art Closes Furloughs Staff

Where Did The Banksy Bike Go?

Someone stole half of the artwork in Nottingham, even though the bike was not rideable and seemingly not an attractive target. It’s not the first time the art was hit: “The council had protected the mural with clear plastic sheeting, but it was also targeted with spray paint at least twice.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Nottingham, Visual, 11.23.20

Artists Are Turning London’s Residences Into Street Galleries

The newly developed (for Britain’s second lockdown) Artists’ Walk has more than 115 artists signed up so far – meant for London, yes, but including artists as far away as Wales. One artist: “It’s a great idea and affords people a different experience during their daily walks. … It does mean that those who would be reluctant to set foot in a gallery can still view contemporary art, and others can get their fix.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Wales, Britain, Visual, 11.20.20

A Family Scrapbook Passed Down For Centuries Held An Artistic Surprise

“Not bad: “Four previously unknown drawings by John Constable have been discovered hidden among a jumble of letters, poems, jokes and even dried leaves accumulated in a family scrapbook made over the course of the late 18th and 19th centuries.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, John Constable, 11.22.20

Bringing A Social Sculpture To Life During The Pandemic

And at a retirement home, at that. “With the 31-acre community as her canvas and its 500 residents and staff members as her medium, [Elizabeth] Turk envisioned ‘a wild garden on steroids” for a moving-art installation.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.20.20, Elizabeth -RSB- Turk

Artist Esther Mahlangu Wants African Artists To Stay The Course

Limited public funding is harming African artists, says Ndebele superstar painter Esther Mahlangu. She sees how many young people want to learn at the school she’s set up, but she adds, “there should be more support for artists from governments. They need to promote African art and culture around the world. That would be a very good thing. That way it won’t vanish.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, Esther Mahlangu, Ndebele, 11.22.20

The London Home Of Verlaine And Rimbaud Was Slated To Be An Arts Center, But Now It’s Up For Sale

The owner pledged the house to a charity, but a decade after that promise, he’s put it up for sale on the open market. “The campaign for a poetry house had attracted widespread support from leading figures such as the novelists Julian Barnes and Tracy Chevalier, the poet Sir Andrew Motion and the actor Simon Callow.” The charity is now seeking legal advice. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Visual, Simon Callow, Julian Barnes, Andrew Motion, Tracy Chevalier, 11.22.20

Pure Visuals

No need for stories in or about her art, says painter Suzan Frecon. “The more I looked at the paintings, the more I understood how they were painted. That is what mattered. I went with that understanding and direction forever.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.21.20, Suzan Frecon

In Boston, Museum Of Fine Art Workers Vote, In An Absolute Landslide, For A Union

And what union will the more than 200 museum employees be joining? “The vote, which passed by a margin of 133 to 14, means employees across some 30 departments are eligible to join United Auto Workers Local 2110 at a time of deep economic uncertainty.” – The Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Visual, United Auto Workers

Banks Have Continued To Collect Art As Museums Retreat

As pandemic-related shutdowns have entered their ninth month, and as public collections around the world dramatically scale back programming—if not the collections themselves—banks and other large corporations have continued to collect, lend, and exhibit art. By comparison, 1 in 3 American museums never reopened after shutting down in March, according to a survey released on Tuesday by the American Alliance of Museums. – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.19.20