“Don McCullin, one of the world’s finest photographers of war and disaster, said the digital revolution meant viewers could no longer trust the truthfulness of images they see.”
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“Perhaps the most glaring incongruity to educators’ employment is that while they are crucial to the museums’ long-term public engagement, these are freelancers, hourly waged workers-for-hire who lack the job security of a full-time, salaried position.”
The Unseen Art project aims to approach 3D artists to contribute interpretations of famous artworks, which could then be downloaded for free and printed out anywhere there is a 3D printer.
“Liu was the winning bidder for Amedeo Modigliani’s Reclining Nude at a Christie’s auction earlier this month, offering $170.4 million — and when the sale closes, he’ll be putting it on his American Express card.”
“On March 18, the museum will unveil the Met Breuer, better known as the former home of the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Met’s annexation of the building prompted an initial burst of skepticism.”
“It is in many ways the role of a cartoonist to bring emotive weight to events as enormous as the Syrian civil war. They publish their work for a global audience, but many cannot sign their art for safety reasons.”
“The project is part of the city-state’s wish to become a centre of culture and the arts and to overcome its traditional reputation as a money-driven, and somewhat sterile, environment.”
One year after the city emerged from bankruptcy, the DIA still finds itself at a crossroads.
“Jean-Luc Martinez, the president of the Louvre, has drawn up a 50-point plan to protect cultural treasures around the world. He was asked to do so by President François Hollande and one of his key recommendations – that France offer ‘asylum’ for artefacts under threat – is immediately being pushed through as law.”
“Vegetable gardens, flying carpets and Scrooge McDuck: in the late ’60s, young Italian architects ripped up the traditional nightclub and designed a new type of boogie wonderland.”
“While various theories had been suggested for the location of the painting over the years, Grijzenhout was the first researcher to consult an arcane document from 1667, about a decade after the work was painted.”
“The patient, rhythmic tapping of hammer on metal permeates this alley of coppersmiths. Shelves are filled with gleaming pots, bowls and pitchers. In a corner of each shop, a single worker, usually an older man, patiently toils away on his latest creation — never quite identical to the ones that preceded it.”
“In America, pretty much every major city – Detroit, St Louis, Chicago, Dallas, Forth Worth, Houston, LA, San Francisco, Seattle – they all have museums which could virtually be national museums in terms of their scope and their quality. This situation just doesn’t happen in England, and there are very few museums that have got the ambition to emulate that sort of level of excellence.”
“The issue is not just about changing address and revisiting the menu, it is about a failure to respect the integrity of hands-on creative education or understand the real skills involved that make it attractive to students and their employers and enable it to thrive. Homogenisation is not the way forward.”
“Four men forced their way into the museum, the Castelvecchio, just as it was closing for the evening on Thursday but before alarms had been activated.”
“The Brooklyn-based architecture firm, REX has been selected to reconceive the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center, which was originally designed by Frank Gehry.
“The lanes and back roads, diners and gas stations and Kmarts of rural Pennsylvania were crawling with intrepid reporters, festooned in tape recorders and videocams, looking for Helga. Whether Wyeth was obsessed with her or not, the media certainly were. The quest for Helga began to take on the epic proportions of the search for Patty Hearst, or even the Lindbergh baby.”
The question echoing around the art world is how one of the world’s richest, toughest investors could make himself so vulnerable.
As Iran lurches toward reengaging with the world after the end of years of sanctions, a crown jewel waits in history’s shadow.
“American robber barons snuck ancient stones out of the war-torn countryside in the dead of night, Europeans fretted over how their familiar landmarks were rapidly disappearing, and U.S. cities spent decades of the 20th century fighting over what to do with tens of thousands of displaced medieval remnants.”
Eike Schmidt is one of seven non-Italians appointed to direct the country’s state museums as part of a sweeping reform that seeks to bring the institutions in line with their more business-minded peers in the US and the UK.
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“Mimicking termites’ strategies, architects and engineers can drastically improve energy efficiency in buildings.”
Liu Yiqian and Wang Wei own the Long Museum in Shanghai and plan to make it one of the world’s great art institutions. “And nothing, Mr. Liu said, says world class quite like a Modigliani nude. … He added, ‘The message to the West is clear: We have bought their buildings, we have bought their companies, and now we are going to buy their art.'”
“In 1890, Forest City, Iowa, built a palace – not of stone, or wood, or brick, but of flax. … The inventive structure was not the only one of its kind. In the late 1880s, the Midwest was seized by a craze for building palaces out of grains – hay, bluegrass, alfalfa, and corn, corn, corn.”
“His output is very large, almost incontinent, and the failures of his work are legion. But the talent is vast enough to fill the output. I hope I’m not dumb enough to think he can do no wrong. But what he does right matters so much more than what he does wrong. He is, I think, the genius of American art since the death of Pollock, and I’m not sure that I don’t prefer the higher achievements of his art to most of Pollock anyway.”
“A well-known piece of art in Shorewood’s Atwater Park will be removed and altered after a New Jersey blogger’s accusation that it contains hidden anti-Semitic messages went viral, generating concern among village residents and local Jewish leaders.”
What’s more, the alleged thief was acquitted of stealing the painting but convicted of stealing the frame, was sentenced to three months, and may not have been the culprit even though he turned himself in. As a bonus, the return of the painting was straight out of The Importance of Being Earnest.
“An unknown Italian man identifying himself as a retired art thief has contacted the police in the northern city of Piacenza demanding €150,000 ($163,000) for the safe return of a Gustav Klimt painting. … The artwork disappeared from the Galleria d’Arte Moderna Piacenza in February 1997 while the alarm system was incapacitated due to ongoing renovation work.”