Published November 27, 2013
Art news , Pedagogy
In a recent paper published in Creativity Research Journal, economist P. H. Franses (Erasmus School of Economics, The Netherlands) studied “189 highest-priced works by as many modern art painters, comparing the moment of creation with their life span of these artists.” He concluded that this comparison shows each artist’s “optimal point in their lives” is about 2/3 into their life span, an estimated fraction of 0.6198 (and only 0.0018 from divine).
The Catacombs of Priscilla in Rome have been closed for a five-year restoration, but it was worth the wait. Most articles announcing the unveiling include a photo gallery/slide show showing details of the restoration. Better still: visit Catacombe di Priscilla in Google Maps, where you experience the site courtesy of Street View.
The most discussed topic from the restoration concerns the restored frescoes in a room known as the Cubiculum of the Veiled Woman, which depict “the earliest known image of the Madonna with Child — and frescoes said by some to show women priests in the early Christian church.” Another interesting observation: “She wears what the catacombs’ Italian website calls ‘a rich liturgical garment’. The word ‘liturgical’ does not appear in the English version.”
via ABC News and Yahoo; h/t Heather Seneff
The three guest curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial—Stuart Comer (Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art, MoMA), Anthony Elms (Associate Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia), and Michelle Grabner (Artist and Professor, Painting and Drawing Department, School of the Art Institute, Chicago)—have announced the artists who will participate in next year’s exhibition. Each curator will oversee installations on one floor, “representing a range of geographic vantages and curatorial methodologies….This can be seen in [the curators'] choice of artists working in interdisciplinary ways, artists working collectively, and artists from a variety of generations. Together, the 103 participants offer one of the broadest and most diverse takes on art in the United States that the Whitney has offered in many years.”
This Biennial will be the last in the Whitney Museum’s current building at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street; the museum will relocate to its new, Renzo Piano designed building in Spring 2015.
Published November 4, 2013
In a story over 70 years in the making, over 1,500 works of art — some known to have been confiscated by the Nazis and in total now worth about $1.3 billion — have been found in the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, the 80-year-old son of a well-known Nazi-era art dealer. What has compounded the problem for families of the former owners of these works is that it has taken almost three years to acknowledge the discovery and officials still haven’t made public a comprehensive list of the works they found. Apparently, Gurlitt sold some pieces when he was in need of money, including a pastel drawing by Max Beckmann, “Lion Tamer, Circus” (above) that went to auction after his “collection” was discovered.
via LA Times (updated here) and the original German-language story in Focus here
In an effort to expand its public art program, LAX has installed Influx: Art at LAX, the “first-ever public art festival” of eleven new temporary art installations scattered throughout the airport. Some spaces are viewable only to ticketed passengers while others are open to the public. In all, the project contributes to “nearly doubling its art exhibition space at LAX, with new installations in Terminals 1, 2, 3, Tom Bradley International Terminal, 6, 7, and 8.” Influx will run until the end of the year.
The dates for the 19th Annual Los Angeles Art Show have been announced: Thursday, January 16 through Sunday, January 19, 2014. The Art Show will once again be at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall J and K and offer its four distinct “fairs-within-a-fair” for Modern & Contemporary, Historic & Traditional, Vintage Posters, and the IFPDA Los Angeles Fine Print Fair. Click here for more information and check out their blog for the latest news.
Published August 21, 2013
Art news , Museum news
Reports have been surfacing that the Malawi National Museum in Minya, Egypt (roughly 190 miles SW of Cairo) has been severely looted during the last week’s demonstrations and unrest. Most portable objects were stolen while heavier objects were burned or vandalized.
also via Guardian, LA Times, Daily News Egypt and Unesco
Published August 16, 2013
One year ago this month we reported about an enthusiastic parishioner from the Sanctuary of Mercy Church, in Borja, Spain, who “helped” restore a deteriorating church fresco depicting Christ as Ecce Homo. As it turned out, the restoration was so popular it became a tourist attraction, raising over $66,000 for the church and inspiring a line of merchandise featuring the image. The most recent news: the parishioner, an 81-year old retiree, will lose her amateur status next week when she signs deal giving her 49 percent of the merchandise profits.
via Yahoo! News
Recently, Detroit’s Emergency Manager has called for Christie’s auction appraisers to determine the current value of the Detroit Institute of Arts‘ holdings, potentially to be sold to help pay off the city’s debt. Now a number of websites and blogs have responded by raising awareness of the museum’s vast and important collection and what’s at stake if the city loses it. Read the museum’s official response to the art appraisal request here.
via Culture Monster