Security camera footage shows more than a dozen men in balaclavas bursting into Kiev’s Visual Culture Research Center, beating a guard, and destroying artist Davyd Chychkan’s show Lost Opportunity. They left behind holes in the walls and graffiti reading “Moscow’s mouthpiece,” “Glory to Ukraine,” and the like.
“Jen Graves, who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for criticism and a nominee for the best art reporting award from the U.S. section of the International Association of Art Critics, was an increasing rare entity: an art critic working full time at a major city newspaper. The number of people in that role has dwindled in recent years as the media business has struggled and publications have cut staff.”
“If Apple designs at its best when attending closely to details like those revealed in the construction of its spaceship headquarters, then presumably the details of its products would stand out as worthy precedents. Yet, when this premise is tested, it comes up wanting. In truth, Apple’s products hide a shambles of bad design under the perfection of sleek exteriors.”
The Great Salt Lake is drying up at a worrisome rate.
While the painting, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II, was hanging at MoMA last year (she lent it anonymously in 2014), David Geffen approached her to say that Larry Gagosian had a buyer lined up. (Gossip!) And she made quite a profit.
Last year the auction house discovered that the Portrait of a Gentleman that it had sold to a collector in 2011 was a forgery – and it reimbursed that collector. So Sotheby’s is taking dealer Mark Weiss to court to get its money back.
The piece by Manaf Halbouni, described as a “Monument” to Aleppo and its people, consists of three buses stood on end in front of Dresden’s restored Frauenkirche. The city is the home base of the anti-immigration group Pegida.
“In a blog post on Wikimedia, Richard Knipel, the Met’s “Wikimedian-in-Residence,” stated the goal of the initiative was to “Wiki-fy the Met, and Met-ify the Wiki.” The museum is currently planning edit-a-thons and further efforts to update the data entries for each work. Among the institutions helping with the Open Access program are Pinterest, the popular picture-sharing social media platform, and Artstor, the online database for images of artworks used mainly by academics and researchers.”
“Stripped to the absolute bare necessities, the artists of De Stijl promoted a design reminiscent of the contemporary web, with clean lines, solid colors, and simplicity. But how could a hundred-year-old movement influence contemporary digital design?” Here’s how.
Colby College’s Museum of Art is already the largest in the state of Maine, thanks in large part to previous gifts by Peter and Paula Lunder of a major collection of American art (itself worth $100 million) and of 100 Picasso etchings. Now the Lunders have made another gift of 1,500 works ranging from Rembrandt to van Gogh to Whistler to Ai Weiwei.
“I think elevating something as iconic, in some circles, as the Spiral Jetty to be our official state work of art could bring it more into the mainstream consciousness of all Utahns,” Rep. Mike Winder, R-West Valley City, said.
That’s not the only plan in The Hague for the 100-year anniversary of the founding of Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg’s De Stijl: “Brinkman said the city planned to adorn other buildings with similar Mondrian-inspired works, including floating cubical pontoons on the Hofvijver, the small lake in front of the centuries-old Dutch parliament.”
Though he’s famous for scaling buildings to steal from wealthy owners’ apartments, this was easier: “During several scouting visits, he discreetly sprayed the window’s mounts with acid so they could be easily dismantled later. Then, around 3 a.m. on May 20, 2010, he disassembled the window, removed the glass, cut the padlock and the chain of the metal grid behind it and entered the museum. The alarm systems remained silent.”
The museum houses more than 9500 pieces of Islamic art from all over the Islamic world. One professor of Islamic art history: “‘I think the reopening of the museum is extremely important because there’s been so much negative propaganda’ about Islam, she says. ‘I think it will show people that this was one of the most advanced cultures — and how better to see it than through art?'”
Tame Iti, a member of the Tūhoe Nation, returned from prison and shifted his focus to art: “Art is an intricate part of activism. To be an active participant, to try and provoke people’s thinking, to capture your audience. People that come and look at art, they’re looking for something. They’re looking for the moments, looking for the magic.”
Yikes. “Tension inside the Met, the country’s largest art museum, is running so high that when curators and conservators recently wrote a letter protesting compensation cuts, the museum’s leaders chose not to show it to trustees for fear of leaks and bad publicity. Those who wanted to see the document had to go to the office of the Met’s general counsel and read it under observation.”
With new technology, humans are building taller and taller residential – and luxury – skyscrapers. But “the payoff for peace and endless views can be five-minute waits for the lift at rush hour – and even sunburn. ‘You could get tanned in winter if you sat right by the window: there’s a bit of a greenhouse effect,’ the owner of a 64th-floor apartment above Chicago tells me. Vertigo can be another danger.”
It’s simply a relief: “Freed from the world, all you sense is your body moving through water and all you hear is the sound of your pulse inside your head. Contemplating abstract sculpture, you enter a relationship bereft of language, of story and of illustration; you have to simply measure yourself against the object and admire its intrusion.”
What’s going on in our brains when we see an authentic work versus a copy? Experts, it seems, tend to be right when they follow their initial “vibe,” an instinctual judgment call uncluttered by additional material. From my research into how forgers successfully hoodwinked experts, I know that it is usually the additional material (origin or discovery stories that push the right buttons, doctored or invented provenance) that passes off a forgery, when the object itself, if examined in a vacuum, shouldn’t fool anyone. In Gladwellian terms, this means that the smartest forgers plant clues that provoke “analysis paralysis” and encourage experts to overlook their “thin-slice” response: we might call it encouraging “thick-slicing.”
“Spanish-born architect Santiago Calatrava has designed a 24 metre-high (79ft) glass arcade with “winter garden” atrium for the complex, which will be topped by three towers, each rising more than 30 storeys above North Greenwich station, which is to be renamed Greenwich Peninsula.”
The initiative, which begins next month with an exhibition devoted to Suor Plautilla Nelli (1523-87), the first known female painter in Florence, grew out of a conversation between Uffizi director Eike Schmidt and the Guerrilla Girls.
At the Shah Cheragh in Shiraz, “mosaics made of mirror shards and tiles cover each wall. Glittering chandeliers hang from the ceilings and spots of light dance in the domes. As the above video by Great Big Story shows, being inside is like inhabiting a disco ball.”
A longread with photos about the conservators and craftsmen preserving traditional gypsum glass work at the Muslim holy site
At the annual art-crime symposium held in November at New York University, participants agreed that the culprit was the market’s notorious secrecy. But discussions revealed deep divisions about what should be done. Insurers, auction houses, dealers and other players each have their own interests to protect in a market where, as one participant remarked, the “level of greed… is so great”.
Anna Furman: “An appealing remix of rococo excesses, Flemish portraiture and Latin American funerary symbols.”
And not only for the oversexed Instagram feed. “Jerry Saltz is the anti-critic critic, making critic-art out of the whole cloth of himself. Saltz is human Xanax; always ‘on’, he’s forever cheerful, an antidote to life’s chores and routines, maybe shying from his family history of despondency. I can’t remember ever seeing him grumpy or imagine him out of character.”
“From stolen Italian masterpieces ending up on the walls of a provincial South Island gallery, to a steady supply of fake Dick Frizzells being sold online,” New Zealand has more than its fair share of forgeries and fraudsters.
Their effort to use that link in a Facebook ad — which would make it possible for people who don’t follow the museum to see it — was thwarted by Facebook robots that determined that the story, headlined “Bronze Dildos and Jade Butt Plugs Show Life and Death in Ancient China,” was unfit for the platform. Facebook ads, read a notice the museum received, “can’t promote sexual or adult products or services.”
A thief nicknamed “Spider-Man” because of his ability to scale walls is on trial for taking a Picasso, a Matisse, a Modigliani, a Braque and a Léger from the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2010. The paintings have never been recovered, and one of the fellow defendants – the fence – tearfully told the court that, afraid of being caught, he broke all the stretchers and threw the canvases in the garbage. (Nobody believes him.)
“Support your local galleries simply by going. Many galleries secretly terrified of closing now. Trump’s chaos has brought sales to a standstill.”