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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

Inside The Sad, Sudden, Dramatic Demise Of The Marciano Art Foundation

Was it a dispute between art workers and ultra rich owners, a lack of attendance – or so much more? The shut-down “raises questions about the public benefit of private museums run by wealthy art collectors as foundations. Such establishments, often viewed by skeptics as vanity projects or tax shelters, have mushroomed in recent years.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Marciano Art Foundation, 02.16.20

What Philly Must Do To Preserve Its Jazz Legacy

A ton of Philadelphia jazz history – including John Coltrane’s house – is in dancer of disappearing. Property neglect, loss of institutional memory, gentrification by Temple University and unprotected development threaten several foundational spots in the city – but steps could be taken, were there someone to take them. – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Philadelphia, John Coltrane, Visual, Temple University, 02.16.20

Making Art So Big It Can’t Be Ignored

Jordan Casteel paints portraits – huge portraits. And that means something to her subjects. “‘I knew I wanted to use this opportunity to place my mom and I in the art historical canon,’ said Emmanuel Amoakohene, one of Ms. Casteel’s students, who posed with his mother in 2019. The scale of the radiant, seven-foot canvas, he said, ‘makes me feel like I matter.'” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Jordan Casteel, Casteel, 02.14.20, Emmanuel Amoakohene

New Banksy In Bristol Vandalized Almost As Soon As It Appears

Yikes: “A picture shared on social media showed ‘BCC wankers’ scrawled across the artwork, which shows a young girl firing a slingshot filled with flowers.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Bristol, Visual, 02.15.20

Why Has A Whole Series Of Private Art Museums Shut Down?

Just last year in L.A., the Marciano and the Main Museum ended operations, and the year before that, the Pasadena Museum of Californian Art. In recent years there have been similar closings in Paris, London, Vienna, Moscow, Cape Town, Beijing, and Chengdu. Georgina Adams identifies three reasons for these failures — funding, disengagement, and generational change — that boil down to the same thing: the danger of relying on a single founder-donor. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Chengdu, Visual, Marciano, 02.13.20, Pasadena Museum of Californian, Paris London Vienna Moscow Cape Town Beijing, Georgina Adams

The Obama Portraits Have Become, In Essence, Pilgrimage Sites

“Stories of visitors praying or breaking down in tears before the portraits circulated on social media.” (Not unlike Jerusalem or Lourdes.) Says the director of the National Portrait Gallery in D.C., “It’s a form of what I call secular pilgrimage. Much like people go to Graceland or John Lennon’s grave — the response has that quality to it.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, John Lennon, Jerusalem, National Portrait Gallery, Audience, Visual, 02.12.20

See A 3D Recreation Of Ancient Greece

Visitors to the site can browse reconstructions that date back as early as 1200 BCE, the Mycenaean period — or Bronze Age — through Classical Athens, featuring the rebuilds made necessary by the Greco-Persian War, and ages of occupation by Romans and Ottomans. Tsalkanis traces the evolution of sites like the Acropolis throughout the ages, the rise and fall of the city walls, the Agora, which served as center of city life, and various temples, libraries, and other fortifications. – Hyperall...
Tags: Art, Greece, Athens, Visual, Acropolis, 02.10.20

Playing Against The Web – How Art Criticism Is Evolving

The web favors certain virtues—wit, weirdness, bombast, and urgency—over others. In real time, we’ve witnessed critics watch their well-crafted essays sink to the internet’s depths like a stone. As our cameras rolled, a critic at one of the nation’s largest newspapers darted from one editor’s desk to another, trying to understand why a blog post was bombing and, eventually, with a moving show of emotion, broke down. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Visual, 02.12.20

A Second Court Rules That Tate Modern’s Neighbors Should Buy Some Damn Curtains Or Quit Their Bellyaching

Four owners in a condo building had gone to court for an injunction requiring the museum to screen or block off part of its popular 10th-floor viewing gallery so that “hundreds of thousands of visitors” would stop “relentlessly” looking into their floor-to-ceiling windows. Last year, a judge dismissed the plaintiffs’ suit, saying that they could put up curtains or blinds. The condo owners went to the Court of Appeal, which has now rejected their complaint, adding that the Supreme Court would no...
Tags: Art, Supreme Court, Court of appeal, Visual, 02.12.20

New Study Contests When Easter Island Collapse Happened

The research, which appears in the Journal of Archaeological Science, contests the accepted timeline that the Easter Island society was already in decline by the year 1600 and its massive stone statues left to fall into disrepair. Conducting radiocarbon dating on 11 sites on Easter Island, the authors determined the timeline of each monument’s construction. Their findings indicate that Easter Islanders were still actively building new Moai figures, and maintaining existing ones, up until ...
Tags: Art, Visual, Easter Island, Easter Islanders, Journal of Archaeological Science, 02.11.20

Bizarre Twist In Case Of Stolen Klimt Found In Museum Wall

The 1916-17 Portrait of a Lady, stolen from an art gallery in Italy in 1997, was discovered hidden in a wall of that very museum this past December. Now an entry in the diary of the gallery’s director at the time of the theft raises the possibility that the painting’s disappearance could possibly have been a publicity stunt gone wrong. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, 02.11.20

Surprise: There’s Been A Rembrandt In Allentown, Pa. For 59 Years

The 1632 Portrait of a Young Woman was attributed to Rembrandt van Rijn when it was given to the Allentown Art Museum in 1961, but during the 1970s the attribution was changed to a student from the master’s studio. But after the painting was sent to a high-tech NYU lab in 2018 for “routine conservation,” scholars reconsidered. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Rembrandt, Visual, Nyu, Allentown, Allentown Art Museum, Rijn, 02.11.20

What We Learn From Ruins

Ruins excite our imagination with the lesson that our greatest structures will one day return to the ground, while reminding us that in their fallen states these sites are endowed with beauty, even redemption. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, 02.07.20

Using Art To Engage How People Learn

“There’s a rich history of thinking about how we learn across our lifespans in library settings and other community-based arts programs. But museums have only started to look at this arena pretty recently. Our goal is to create a space where patrons can absorb information and feel intellectually stimulated. But we also want to provide a starting point to help them make new and lasting connections . . . because simply trying something new and coming together around a shared interest can ...
Tags: Art, Visual, 02.04.20

Edward Munch’s ‘The Scream’ Is Fading. Scientists Are Figuring Out Why

“Since 2012, scientists based in New York and experts at the Munch Museum in Oslo have been working on this canvas — which was stolen in 2004 and recovered two years later — to tell a story of color. But the research also provides insight into Munch and how he worked, laying out a map for conservators to prevent further change, and helping viewers and art historians understand how one of the world’s most widely recognized paintings might have originally looked.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Oslo, Munch, Visual, Edward Munch, Munch Museum, 02.07.20