“More than 40 historic sites, including a mosque, a church and an ancient bath, were damaged or destroyed in Gaza during the 51-day war this summer, reports the Middle East news organisation Al-Monitor.”
The Clyfford Still Museum in Denver has exceeded every expectation in its first three years of operation, “quieting some who doubted that Still, a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism but never a household name, could carry a single-artist museum, let alone one constrained by a will dictating that no work by any other artist could be ever be shown there.”
“Many people donate percentages of a painting to a museum over several years so that the deduction matches their income. While the ultimate goal is to give 100 percent of the painting to the museum, people might be deterred from giving art gradually if the I.R.S. discounted the value for charitable gifts.”
“The Metropolitan Museum of Art played the role of deus ex machina late last week, agreeing to purchase a trove of Egyptian antiquities that were about to go on the block at Bonhams in London, consigned by a St. Louis archaeological society. Archaeologists and historians alike had assailed the auction, fearing that the nearly 4,000-year-old artifacts would disappear into the hands of private collectors.”
“It is far from common for an artist to revisit the site of a commission to recreate the work of decades past. In [Sheila] Hicks’s case, the effort is particularly unusual. She turned 80 in July. She lives in Paris. She had to finance much of the project herself. And at this stage in her career, she had nothing to prove.”
“The performance will last until her rapist has left campus. The mattress will only be carried on campus. She cannot ask for help, but can accept it once it is offered. Once a person helps her carry the mattress, they enter into ‘the space of performance.’ By quite literally bringing the site of the crime (in this case an ostensibly ‘safe’ domestic space) into public sight, Sulkowicz’s performance relocates its subject in between the shifting grounds of public and private, personal and political.”
Opening the three museums every day of the week “will allow better access for the public and better access to the works” housed there, said the culture ministry. It added it would hold consultations with unions about the change, and predicted that the “net economic effect would be positive”, with ticket receipts outweighing the costs involved.”
“Andres Bautista, chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, said court sheriffs also tried to seize paintings from a condominium belonging to Marcos’ widow, Imelda. He said the sheriffs were kept waiting outside for an hour, and when they entered they saw her crying and found only empty walls and hooks that once held paintings.”
“After a five-year conservation effort to restore its original colour balance, height, and spatial configuration, Henri Matisse’s The Swimming Pool returns to view at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art … This video takes viewers behind the scenes of MoMA’s ambitious conservation effort and reveals the process behind bringing this iconic work back to life.”
“After years of spending time in art museums, I’ve come to accept that I believe wildly contradictory and incompatible things about art. The usual cliché about this realization would be that by forcing us to confront contradiction, art makes us more human. But never trust anyone who says that last part: “art makes us more human.” That’s meaningless.”
“The dominant architectural site in the city is [no longer] the Sacred Mosque, where the Kaaba, the symbolic focus of Muslims everywhere, is. It is the obnoxious Makkah Royal Clock Tower hotel … The city is now surrounded by the brutalism of rectangular steel and concrete structures – an amalgam of Disneyland and Las Vegas.”
“Using Google Earth, researchers have discovered an archeological gem in northern Kazakhstan—more than 50 previously unknown geoglyphs of different geometric shapes and sizes sprawled across the landscape. Geoglyphs are large designs created on the surface of the ground, usually made by arranging stones or sculpting the earth.”
“The Demuth Museum and the Lancaster Museum of Art will merge into one museum at two locations. … The museums will not change their names, nor will they unite under an umbrella title, Lampe said, because the community has strong ties to both museums. … [but] they will be a single 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with one staff and one board of trustees.”
“With more than one million visitors a year, Longwood – the former estate of the industrialist Pierre S. du Pont, who designed and built the Fountain Garden in 1931 for his own entertainment – is the most popular public garden in the country.” Currently, the fountains’ original plumbing – described as “a network of Band-Aids” – is still in use.
“Michelangelo was said to have mixed the pigments for his work and painted the frescos using natural light, and for centuries, the only illumination came through the few windows in the chapel or from candlelight. In modern times, Vatican officials blocked off the windows for fear the sunlight would damage the frescos. In the 1980s, the museum installed a halogen system that emitted low-level lighting to protect the artworks.” Now, things are changing.