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Visual ArtsSun, 26 Jun 2016 16:30
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The Artist’s Muse Is An Artist Too

“We wanted to explore this exploitative Victorian hangover that has kidnapped the idea. A muse can simply be someone who unlocks someone else’s creativity, not a dominant objectification.”Source: The Observer (UK)

Visual ArtsSun, 26 Jun 2016 14:45
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A Fiery Tribune Column Says George Lucas’ Arrogance Is The Reason For Museum Plan’s Failure

“George Lucas didn’t court Chicagoans. He never made the equivalent of a visit to the front parlor to ask if he might build his narrative arts museum (whatever that was) in the city’s front yard. He seemed to consider city approval a matter of entitlement.”Source: Chicago Tribune

Visual ArtsSun, 26 Jun 2016 14:00
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NPR Takes A Gander At Bosch (And Freaks Out A Little)

The headline is “Hieronymus Bosch Died 500 Years Ago, But His Art Will Still Creep You Out.” The story below that headline, however, talks of art history custody battles, the Italian Renaissance, and Bosch’s Gothic printing press-style signature.Source: NPR

Visual ArtsSun, 26 Jun 2016 13:45
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Artists In The UK And EU React To The Brexit Vote

“Many artists in London who are already accustomed to uncertain incomes are increasingly concerned about the effect Brexit will have on their lives.”Source: Hyperallergic

Visual ArtsFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:32
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Social Media Can Power Art – But There Are Landmines Everywhere

“The relationship between art and social media is a tricky one. The former is about pushing boundaries; the latter, enforcing them — in the case of Instagram, in a literal square.”Source: Los Angeles Times

Visual ArtsFri, 24 Jun 2016 13:45
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More Art Museums Are Using Focus Groups In Planning Marketing And Programming – Is This A Good Idea?

“Museums are increasingly using the popular market research tool to gather input from the public and refine exhibitions and programmes. … [Yet] some feel that the use of focus groups to develop exhibitions – a practice pioneered by science and history museums – encourages institutions to act more like for-profit businesses than mission-driven entities.”Source: The Art Newspaper

Visual ArtsThu, 23 Jun 2016 21:35
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Christo’s Water Walk Is “Too” Popular, Has To Cut Back Hours

“Plans to keep “The Floating Piers” open day and night until July 3 have had to be shelved as it is being worn out faster than expected, local officials said.”Source: Yahoo! (AFP)

Visual ArtsThu, 23 Jun 2016 18:00
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Police In Spain Seize 10,000 Stolen Artworks And Antiquities

The Guardia Civil has arrested an antiques collector in the town of Bullas and impounded an enormous cache: 4,000 archaeological artifacts, some dating to the Bronze Age; 5,000 rare coins; 150 relics, included a supposed piece of the True Cross once certified by the Vatican; 40 paintings; and 30 manuscripts, including a late medieval Book […]Source: Murcia Today (Spain)

Visual ArtsThu, 23 Jun 2016 12:45
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There Was One Student Left In USC’s Art MFA Program, And She Just Dropped Out

“It’s been a year since the entire incoming MFA class at USC’s Roski School of Art decided to drop out en masse, leaving the program with only one student this year, HaeAhn Kwon. In an open letter to Provost Michael Quick, Kwon announced today that she too would be leaving the program, citing ‘the devastating […]Source: Hyperallergic

Visual ArtsThu, 23 Jun 2016 12:30
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The Most Expensive Cubist Painting Ever Sold Just Went For $63.7 Million

“Picasso’s Femme Assise, painted in the summer of 1909 – when the artist traveled to the remote Spanish village of Horta de Ebro, which could only be reached by mule – sold for $63.7 million at Sotheby’s in London on Tuesday, making it the most expensive Cubist painting ever sold at auction.”Source: New York Times

Visual ArtsWed, 22 Jun 2016 20:31
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Romania Tries Crowdfunding To Keep Brancusi Sculpture In Country

“Wisdom of the Earth is a 50cm (20in) tall sculpture carved from limestone in a primitive modernist style. … Dating to 1907 or 1908, it is one of just a few Brâncuşi works remaining in his homeland. The government has pledged €5m towards the €11m price, much lower than its estimated value of €15m-20m, and […]Source: The Guardian

Visual ArtsWed, 22 Jun 2016 17:33
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How Christo Built His Floating Walkway

“The spectacle part is easy—the floating paths almost compel visitors to try them out, and [the town of] Sulzano expects about 40,000 people a day. But making them work was tricky.”Source: Wired

Visual ArtsWed, 22 Jun 2016 13:30
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Lost Gauguin Still Life Turns Up In Connecticut

“A still-life of flowers by Paul Gauguin – which hung for 30 years in the home of a retired Manhattan antiques dealer, who did not know it was by the artist – has been rediscovered by a Connecticut auction house.”Source: The Art Newspaper

Visual ArtsWed, 22 Jun 2016 12:45
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‘The Alpha And Omega Of Restoration Projects’ At Jerusalem’s Church Of The Holy Sepulchre

“They are going to repair Jesus’ tomb – with titanium bolts. Over the next nine months, a team of Greek conservationists will restore the collapsing chapel built above and around the burial cave where the faithful believe that Jesus was buried and rose from the dead after the Crucifixion.”Source: Washington Post

Visual ArtsWed, 22 Jun 2016 12:00
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New Tate Modern Breaks Attendance Records

“Tate said there had been 143,000 visits since the revamped and expanded modern art gallery opened on Friday. On Saturday alone there were more than 54,000 visits – around double the usual visitor number and the highest ever attendance for a single day.”Source: BBC

Visual ArtsTue, 21 Jun 2016 19:01
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Barcelona To Get A Hermitage Museum

“The museum will have a permanent collection, ‘which will change every ten years’, a room for permanent exhibitions and one in which “the piece of the month” will be installed, an outstanding work of more than three million pieces that the large Hermitage. The museum will not be a mere franchise his Russian counterpart, but […]Source: El Pais (translated from Spanish)

Visual ArtsTue, 21 Jun 2016 14:32
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A Big New Tate Modern – Is Bigger Really Better?

“The Tate vaunts these statistics with the pride with which the Kremlin used to announce an increase in tractor production. But, the footsore visitor might wonder, can there be too much of a good thing? And how good are the things in Tate Modern?”Source: Wall Street Journal

Visual ArtsTue, 21 Jun 2016 13:45
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Watch A Conservator Clean The Gunk Off A Van Gogh

“This video from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston takes us behind the scenes of the conservation work necessary to restore Vincent van Gogh’s Houses at Auvers. According to [conservator] Lydia Vagts … the ‘gunk’ … comes from previous cleanings, and includes varnish residues, wax residues, and cotton fibers.”Source: Slate

Visual ArtsTue, 21 Jun 2016 13:30
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Recreating Van Gogh Paintings In A Water Dish

“Ebru, a decorative paper art, hails from East and Central Asia in the 10th and 16th centuries, respectively. The technique involves sprinkling and brushing pigments onto the surface of oily water in a pan, then laying paper atop the water, effectively dyeing the paper with tendrils of color. [Garip] Ay is classically trained in the […]Source: Hyperallergic

The WorldSun, 26 Jun 2016 19:49
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Last Week’s Don’t-Miss AJ Stories: Brexit Edition

Clearly Brexit is a cultural decision, and it will have a big impact… A new jazz scene emerges and re-energizes the art form… There’s a practical reason there are so few women ballet choreographers… Christo’s simple idea wows the world… Has public radio figured out a compelling future?Source: diacritical | Douglas McLennan




 
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