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Visual ArtsSun, 18 Aug 2019 20:30

If Mega-Dealers Have Eaten The Art World, What’s Next?

How long can this last? “This market brings together two groups who normally don’t socialize: critics and collectors. There are the exotic-seeming rich people, as any reader of Henry James would know well; once at dinner, asking one collector where he lived, I got a listing of his homes: the Park Avenue apartment, the ranch […]Source:

Visual ArtsSun, 18 Aug 2019 20:00

Ruling: Calatrava Must Pay Venice For The Damage Rolling Luggage Has Done To His Bridge

Whoops, forgetting (or neglecting to worry about) maintenance isn’t going to cut it anymore, or at least not in this case. “The five judges on a Roman court overseeing the use of public funds ruled on Aug. 6 that Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish-Swiss architect globally renowned for his sleek and elegantly curved designs, had committed […]Source:

Visual ArtsSun, 18 Aug 2019 18:30

The Old Argument Continues: Is ‘Craft’ A Bad Word In The Visual Arts Community?

Magdalene Odundo, a Kenya-born British ceramicist who hand-builds her work, says clay is a natural substance for creating bodies and other shapes. And no, she doesn’t find the word “craft” offensive – but: “Crafting work is a term that means you are making work, you are actually crafting a piece of work. There is nothing […]Source:

Visual ArtsSun, 18 Aug 2019 13:30

It’s Fine – It’s Great, Actually – To Take Photos In Museums

Don’t get distracted by your feelings about obnoxiousness. Well … a little, maybe. “It’s easy to see why phones can be annoying. They represent a sort of loud carelessness, the idea that someone isn’t really paying attention, isn’t really experiencing the thing that’s in front of them.” But: “The important thing about art is just that you experience it, […]Source:

Visual ArtsSun, 18 Aug 2019 12:00

Moving Art Out Of The Galleries

In Brisbane, the Trace show is taking art to bakeries, luggage repair shops, and mechanic shops. The point? To “democratize” the art. – The Guardian (UK)Source:

Visual ArtsFri, 16 Aug 2019 19:30

So Now We Have Augmented Reality Art In Real Spaces. What’s It Like?

“What mobile AR adds is the ability to changefocus by actively moving around a simulated object in real space. The technology wants you to do that. So it may just not be the ideal way to experience anything that requires any degree of sustained focus, like a poem or a performance.” – ArtnetSource:

Visual ArtsFri, 16 Aug 2019 17:30

Detroit Art Is Hot. And With It Come The Challenges

“Artist studios get filled up pretty quickly,” he said. “And people are getting priced out.” – ArtsySource:

Visual ArtsFri, 16 Aug 2019 14:31

‘I Love Staring At One Spot For Six Hours!’ Life-Drawing Models On The Trials And Joys Of Posing Nude For Art Students

The person who gave that quote actually meant it. Tim Jonze talks to three professional figure models about the worst and best parts of their jobs. – The GuardianSource:

Visual ArtsThu, 15 Aug 2019 22:03

Abandoned Sketch Found Beneath Leonardo Painting

“Why Leonardo abandoned this first composition still remains a mystery. Handprints resulting from patting down the priming on the panel to create an even layer of more or less uniform thickness can also be seen, probably the work of an assistant – but perhaps even by Leonardo himself.” – The GuardianSource:

Visual ArtsThu, 15 Aug 2019 19:31

Kennicott: How Seeing Video At The Barnes Foundation Made Me Reconsider The Whole Place

“It took seeing the museum’s powerful survey of Bill Viola’s rich, deep and deeply moving video work to fully understand what is so hollow and dispiriting about the main galleries of the collection, which hold an invaluable collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art assembled in the first half of the previous century.” – Washington PostSource:

Visual ArtsThu, 15 Aug 2019 19:02

Hostile Architecture In The Big Apple

Here’s a look at the some of the design features — often touted as amenities — that keep people from lingering, stretching out, or even sitting down in various public (or should that be “public”) spaces in New York City. – GothamistSource:

Visual ArtsThu, 15 Aug 2019 12:01

Trump Postponed Tariffs On Chinese Goods? Not On Art He Didn’t

Among the items imported from the People’s Republic that will be subject to import duties as of Sept. 1 are “paintings, drawings, engraving, prints and lithographs, sculptures and statuary of any material and antiquities more than 100 years old, as well as stamps and collectors’ pieces of archaeological interest.” And that will include Chinese items […]Source:

Visual ArtsWed, 14 Aug 2019 13:37

How Far Are Institutions Obligated To Protect The Art In Their Possession, And What Can The Public Reasonably Insist Those Institutions Do?

Reflecting on the contretemps over the Life of Washington murals at a San Francisco high school as well as the decision by one small Northern California museum to sell much of its art and another to end an exhibition program, Charles Desmarais considers “what I think of as a kind of cultural duty of care […]Source:

Visual ArtsWed, 14 Aug 2019 13:03

Controversial San Francisco School Mural Won’t Be Removed. It Will Be Hidden By Panels.

In a 4-to-3 vote, the San Francisco Board of Education voted to reverse its earlier decision to paint over the series of 13 Victor Arnautoff frescoes, collectively titled The Life of Washington, at the city’s George Washington High School. Students and activists had complained of the murals’ depiction of Native Americans and of Washington’s African-American […]Source:

Visual ArtsTue, 13 Aug 2019 18:02

How They Design The Cards For ‘Magic: The Gathering’

“Mark [Rosewater, head designer,] explains how, once he and his team come up with the creative concept for a particular Magic set, there are lots of other things to think about. They have to figure out not only how that deck works on its own, but also how it fits into a game that has […]Source:

Visual ArtsTue, 13 Aug 2019 13:03

The Most Visited Single-Artist Museum In The World? It’s Not The Van Gogh Museum Anymore

“The art collective teamLab’s new, immersive museum in Tokyo attracted more visitors than the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam last year, and twice the combined number of visitors to the three Dalí museums in Spain. … In its first year of operation, teamLab Borderless in Tokyo attracted 2.3 million visitors in total. A further 1.2 […]Source:

Visual ArtsMon, 12 Aug 2019 17:02

NY Mega-Galleries Are Building Opulent New Homes, Redefining Galleries

In designing such new homes, these heavy hitters — Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, David Zwirner and Pace, which is consolidating its spaces on the Upper East Side and West 25th Street — are redefining what it means to be a gallery, shifting their emphasis from selling and showing art to a more full-service visitor experience […]Source:

Visual ArtsSun, 11 Aug 2019 19:56

Some Museums Are Collecting Performance Art. What Does That Mean?

“You’re collecting an idea and the documentation, if the artist has stipulated, but sometimes they prefer it to be fleeting and ephemeral and totally experiential,” says Amanda Hunt, director of education and senior curator of programs at MOCA. – Los Angeles TimesSource:

MediaSun, 18 Aug 2019 19:30

Endeavor Content, An ‘Aggressive’ Arm Of William Morris, Owns Parts Of Hit TV Shows, Irking Writers

The company is part of Killing Eve, the movie Book Club, and around 100 other media properties, to date. Their spin: “In a world of media consolidation at an unprecedented scale, the size and scale and reach of media companies today is unlike anything we’ve ever seen, and the idea of ownership and creative freedom […]Source:

PeopleSun, 18 Aug 2019 19:00

Paule Marshall, Influential Author Of ‘Brown Girl, Brownstones,’ Has Died At 90

Marshall, the child of immigrants from Barbados, wrote novels and short stories that connected the US African American community and the communities of the Caribbean – and influenced many writers who came after her, including Angela Flouroy, author of The Turner House. – The New York TimesSource:


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