If Artworks Could Watch Us Watching Them

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“As museumgoers, we’re used to looking at art, but a new project from filmmaker and artist Masashi Kawamura inverses the traditional relationship of viewer to artwork. For his blog What They See, Kawamura has taken photographs from the perspectives of famous artworks, inviting us into their visual fields. We see what they would see – if they could see.”

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You Can See The World’s Greatest Stolen Artworks In One Place – Online

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“The virtual museum was designed to look just like a real one. The works hang on spare white walls, surrounded by ornate frames. An audio guide walks visitors through the halls. For Schneider, recreating the traditional museum environment was a chance to restore some dignity to these stolen works, which often just exist as thumbnail images on FBI and Interpol websites.”

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Tokyo Still Deeply Split Over Zaha Hadid’s ‘White Elephant’ Olympic Stadium

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“The most withering criticism has come from the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, who designed the Palau Sant Jordi used in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. In a long open letter sent to the Japan Sports Council (JSC) in November, the 83-year-old said Hadid’s design looked like ‘a turtle waiting for Japan to sink so that it can swim away.'”

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Milan’s Trompe-L’Oeil Church

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“Standing in the doorway, you’re drawn to the majestic, cavernous space behind the altar. Rows of columns support a lofty, gilded ceiling that matches the decadently adorned arches above the pews. But it’s all a clever deception – the space behind the altar is less than 3 feet deep. The seemingly vast expanse is actually a painted wall.”

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MoMA Is Selling One Of Its Monets

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Sotheby’s will auction Les Peupliers à Giverny on Feb. 3; it’s currently expected to fetch between $13.8 million and $18.4 million. The auction house’s catalog says the painting is being sold to “benefit the acquisitions fund.”

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The Man Who Tried To Turn Perm Into Russia’s Art Hotbed Gives Up And Emigrates

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“Marat Guelman, the Muscovite cultural impresario and political operative who attempted to create a contemporary arts revolution in the Soviet city of Perm, is moving to Montenegro this month to open a new cultural centre. He cites the difficulty of working in Russia and the conflict in Ukraine as factors in his decision.”

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Painting The Town Of Johannesburg – Pink (Yes, Literally)

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“Led by the Colombian-American artist Yazmany Arboleda, the group [Beware of Colour] wanted to draw attention to the neglect of the city’s downtown buildings. A good number of them sit empty, even while many South Africans live in shacks. … Which is why he and roughly 30 other artists marked them with about 264 gallons of hot-pink, water-soluble paint.”

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Modern Architecture Continues To Implode

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“Modernist architecture, like Modern art, has tended to be a revolt against bourgeois taste (and values): If granny, abuelita, or bubbe is for it, they’re against it. But if bourgeois taste is bad—all that chintz and those lace curtains, those cushy sofas, that flag flown from the front porch—just imagine what architects think of the working class and poor.”

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This Whole ‘Overlooked Female Artist’ Trope Is Getting Annoying, And It Has To Change

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“The rhetoric surrounding these ‘rediscovered’ artists excludes too much about the specifics of their lives and the sociopolitical contexts that have perpetuated their exclusion — not simply from notoriety, but also from market success and a place in art education. Instead of acknowledging these forces, we often say women artists were too unorthodox for their times.”

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What’s Next For Thrice-Detained Cuban Artist Tania Bruguera?

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“For me, this is ‘Arte de Conducta’ — Behavior Art — and it’s a piece that is decided not by the artist but by a political condition. It was like a test to see how ready everyone was to create a new behavioral dynamic. Right now, people have an on/off button that they turn on and off when something like this happens. I wanted to change that reaction.”

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The Vast Reach Of The Courtroom Sketch Artist

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“Shafer Edwards uses alcohol-based markers to sketch out courtroom scenes on a 9″ by 12″ pad of paper. She doesn’t use pencils to outline and she never erases. ‘I love the stress. I love the immediacy, the spontaneity,’ she says. ‘There is a buzz. There is this electricity that goes on.'”

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The Power Of Iconoclasm Versus Art

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“Sculptures have the face or head smashed and the eyes gouged out. The faces of paintings are often removed and burned. Far more art has been destroyed in the name of these four religions than has survived. Looked at through this prohibitive lens, it’s a wonder that any religious art survives at all.”

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Renzo Piano Wants To Fix Italy’s Blighted Suburbs

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As soon as the architect became a member of the Italian Senate, “he handed over the office, along with his government salary, to six much younger architects and asked them to come up with ways to improve the periferie – the often run-down neighborhoods that ring Rome and Italy’s other major cities.”

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