Archive for the 'Art' Category

First House Built by Antoni Gaudí Will Become a Museum

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Click Here to Read: First House Built by Antoni Gaudí Will Become a Museum: Following a major two-year restoration, Casa Vicens is opening to the public for the first time in the building’s 130-year-old history by Claire Voon on the HyperAllergic website on June 7, 2017,

Virtual Psychoanalytic Museum 2nd Season – 2016-2017

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Virtual Psychoanalytic Museum 2nd Season – 2016-2017 on the VMP website.

Why We Need to Start Seeing the Classical World in Color

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Why We Need to Start Seeing the Classical World in Color: The equation of white marble with beauty is not an inherent truth of the universe; it’s a dangerous construct that continues to influence white supremacist ideas today by Sarah E. Bond on the HyperAllergic website on June 6th, 2017.

Large polychrome tauroctony relief of Mithras killing a bull, originally from the mithraeum of S. Stefano Rotonodo (end of 3rd century CE), now at the Baths of Diocletian Museum, Rome (photo by Carole Raddato/Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Massive Freud Collection for Sale

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Massive Freud Collection for Sale By Barbara Basbanes Richter on the Biblio Blog website.

Laughing at the Jokes on Ancient Greek Vases

Monday, June 5th, 2017


Click Here to Read: Laughing at the Jokes on Ancient Greek Vases: An exhibition at the Princeton University Art Museum showcases the vessels of the so-called Berlin Painter, highlighting the oft-overlooked comedy in Greek ceramics by Daniel Larkin on the HyperAllergic website on May 1, 2017.

One of the World’s Oldest Art Workshops Is a Cave in Ethiopia

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Click Here to Read: One of the World’s Oldest Art Workshops Is a Cave in Ethiopia: According to a new study, the Porc-Epic Cave served as a site for the continuous production of ochre powder for at least 4,500 years by Claire Voon on the HyperAllergic website on June 1, 2017.

View of Porc-Epic Cave (photo by A. Herrero; all images © 2017 Rosso et al., used under CC BY 4.0 license)

Saul Steinberg’s View of the World

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Saul Steinberg’s View of the World by Chris Ware in the New York Review of Books Daily on May 26, 2017.

Saul Steinberg: New York Moonlight, 1974-1981; The Saul Steinberg Foundation

The Eclectic Objects that Inspired Matisse’s Art

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Click Here to Read: The Eclectic Objects that Inspired Matisse’s Art: Matisse in the Studio, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is the first exhibit to focus specifically on Matisse’s objects and how they influenced his art making by Debbie Hagan on the HyperAllergic website on May 24, 2017.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, “Matisse with his collection of Kuba cloths and a Samoan tapa on the wall behind him, Villa La Rêve, Vence” (1944) (© Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos, image courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Chronicling the Rivalry and Camaraderie of Michelangelo and Sebastiano

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Chronicling the Rivalry and Camaraderie of Michelangelo and Sebastiano: The exhibition methodically and academically does what it says on the tin: offer compelling instances of collaboration and reveal the twists and turns of a 25-year friendship and artistic relationship by Olivia McEwan on the HyperAllergic website on May 24, 2017.

Sebastiano del Piombo, “The Judgement of Solomon” (c. 1506-9) tempera (lower layers) and oil on canvas, traces of gold leaf (in half-dome) 208 x 318 cm, Kingston Lacy, the Bankes Collection (National Trust) (© National Trust images by Derrick E. Witty)

The 2017 Whitney Biennial—a survey of contemporary American art: What does it show?

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  The 2017 Whitney Biennial—a survey of contemporary American art: What does it show? By Clare Hurley on the World Socialist Web Site on May 25, 2017.

Botticelli’s Venuses and Our Enduring Need for Beauty

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Click Here to Read: Botticelli’s Venuses and Our Enduring Need for Beauty: The Botticelli exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, so filled with the hopes and ambitions of the Renaissance, seems especially timely in our deplorable political moment by Susan Silas on the HyperAllergic website on May 19, 2017.

Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” (1444 or 1445–1510)

The Graphic Persuasiveness of 20th-Century Communist Posters

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Click Here to Read: The Graphic Persuasiveness of 20th-Century Communist Posters: The first major survey of communist poster art considers the visual legacy of propaganda graphic design in nations around the world by Allison Meier on the HyperAllergic Website on May 18, 2017.

Central Academy of Fine Arts Woodblock Print Combat Group, “Smash the Old World. Establish the New World” (People’s Republic of China, 1967) (courtesy University of Chicago Press)

The Lost Sights and Sounds of Storyville, New Orleans’s Red Light District

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  The Lost Sights and Sounds of Storyville, New Orleans’s Red Light District: Through guidebooks and rare artifacts, the New Orleans Historic Collection considers the complicated legacy of Storyville, the city’s former red light district by Allison Meier on the HyperAllergic website on May 18, 2017.

A woman in striped stockings in New Orleans’s Storyville red light district (1912), attributed to E. J. Bellocq (via Wikimedia)

Studying the Design of a 19th-Century Mental Asylum

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Studying the Design of a 19th-Century Mental Asylum: An exhibition at the National Building Museum explores St. Elizabeths in Washington, DC, and the history of mental health architecture in the United States by Allison Meieron the HyperAllergic Website on May 12, 2017.

An “old electric shock machine” used for patient therapy at St. Elizabeths in the early 20th century (1920s) (courtesy the National Archives and Records Administration)

The Multifarious Feminism of the Whitney Biennial

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Click Here to Read: The Multifarious Feminism of the Whitney Biennial: Through its feminist contributions, the exhibition offers a window onto some of our most pressing cultural concerns, as well as our shortcomings by Anne Swartz on the HyperAllergic Website on May 11, 2017.

What a Renaissance artist taught Freud about memory

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   What a Renaissance artist taught Freud about memory: A new book looks at the psychoanalyst’s favourite Old Mater fresco—and his inability to remember the artist’s name by Pac Porbick on the Heffel website on May 10, 2017.

Luca Signorelli, The Damned Cast into Hell (1499-1504) (Photo: courtesy Wiki Commons)

Should the National Cathedral remove its Robert E. Lee windows?

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Should the National Cathedral remove its Robert E. Lee windows? It’s complicated By John Reeves in The Washington Post on April 28, 2017.

A detail of a stained-glass window in the Washington National Cathedral honoring Robert E. Lee. (John Kelly/The Wwashington Post)

Philip Johnson’s First House Needs a New Owner

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Philip Johnson’s First House Needs a New Owner: The owners of the concrete residence known as the Booth House in Bedford, New York, are now trying to sell Johnson’s 1946 building within a month by Claire Voon on the HyperAllergic website on April 24, 2017,

Interior of the Booth House (all photos by Robert Gregson unless otherwise noted, courtesy Matt Damora)

The Painter and the Novelist

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   The Painter and the Novelist: Review of: Vanessa Bell (1879–1961) an exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, February 8–June 4, 2017 Catalog of the exhibition edited by Sarah Milroy and Ian A.C. Dejardin, and Philip Wilson, sex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion an exhibition at Two Temple Place, London, January 28–April 23, 2017, Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision, Catalog of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, by Frances Spalding, London: National Portrait Gallery, 191 pp., £22.50 (paper), Vanessa and Her Sister: A Novel by Priya Parmar and Becoming Virginia Woolf: Her Early Diaries and the Diaries She Read by Barbara Lounsberry Reviewed by Paul Levy in the New York Review of Books. MAY 11, 2017 Issue.

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven/Estate of Vanessa Bell/Henrietta Garnett
 Vanessa Bell: Self-Portrait, circa 1915

See incredible pictures of a giant statue of the Goddess of Beauty being built in China

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   See incredible pictures of a giant statue of the Goddess of Beauty being built in China by Megan Eaves on the Lonely Planet website on April 20, 2017.

The construction site as it is today and on the right, an artist’s rendering of the completed statue. Image by: Imagine China