On May 24th, 1813, Jane Austen visited a blockbuster art exhibition--the first major retrospective of Sir Joshua Reynolds
, the premier English portraitist of the 18th century. Debuting 200 years to the day later, What Jane Saw
is a room-by-room virtual recreation of the exhibition, based on the original catalog of the paintings and contemporary depictions of the building where it was held.
posted by Horace Rumpole
on May 27, 2013 -
Confessions of a Genius Art Forger
— In one of Germany's greatest art scandals, former hippie and talented artist Wolfgang Beltracchi forged dozens of paintings over a period of 35 years, earning millions and fooling top collectors and museums. In a SPIEGEL interview, he reveals how he did it and why he eventually got caught. Photo Gallery.
Background... [more inside]
posted by netbros
on May 26, 2012 -
Throughout 2011, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been producing Connections
, a series of short audiovisual pieces in which various staff members talk about their favorite parts of the Met's vast holdings. The last of the 100 videos was posted today.
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Dec 28, 2011 -
In these difficult economic times, what's a museum to do? Is an art collection a financial asset or a trust to be held in perpetuity? These questions are being raised by The National Academy
in New York's recent sale (or "deaccessioning" in museum lingo) of two important paintings for $15 million to shore up its finances, first reported by Lee Rosenbaum's ArtsJournal blog.
The museum's director told The New York Times
that it was the only way for the 183-year-old academy, which runs a chronic operating deficit, to survive. The Association of Art Museum Directors censured the Academy
and called on its members to suspend any loans of art to the institution. New York lawyer Donn Zaretzky's ArtLaw Blog has
become ground zero for a fascinating debate involving art critics, museum directors, financial bloggers and others.
posted by up in the old hotel
on Jan 7, 2009 -
In 2006 in the Fitzwilliam Museum three enormous porcelain vases from seventeenth or eighteenth century China were smashed by a museum visitor who fell down the stairs. This presentation
"follows the vases' progress from scattered fragments to their redisplay in the Fitzwilliam Museum. The site includes slideshows, film clips of the conservation process and a timelapse of one of the vases under reconstruction". [more inside]
posted by paduasoy
on May 5, 2008 -
DADA Hits the MOMA. DaDaism
was an art movement that arose prior to the rubble of WW1 where the artists
led a creative revolution that shaped the course of modern art by combining different mediums to create a message of protest and hope. The MOMA exhibit
tells one story (scroll to data and select full program - req flash 7)
and the New Yorker reaffirms
the influence on art today. However, the real story is with Richard Huelsenbeck
, the ring leader and founder of the DaDa movement An interview with him from December 1960 (45 mins mp3)
explains the start - as one of the few German artists in protest to the war. My favourite part is where he tells of picking out the name DaDa from an encyclopedia at a cabaret.
posted by Funmonkey1
on Jul 19, 2006 -
Sir John Soane
(1753-1837) was responsible for the design of quite a few of London’s public buildings
(and to some extent, its phonebooths
). His home, now a museum
, is filled to the brim with architectural relics, sculptures, paintings, drawings, stained glass, and assorted curiosities. Almost unchanged since his death, it also contains the gravesite
of his wife’s beloved dog Fanny, a mummified rat, an Egyptian sarcophagus
, and an imaginary monk named Padre Giovanni. Best of all, on the first Tuesday of every month the museum has a candlelight tour which enhances the spooky splendor
of the rooms.
posted by annaramma
on Dec 15, 2005 -
"Time passes, or rather doesn't pass.
It is just there, solid as a coffee mug
on the diner's counter
. Time hangs
like the reek of old tobacco in the hotel furniture
". We all think we know Edward Hopper
's images, even if we've never seen his paintings
. Somehow the solidity of the world
-- even the sky is like a wall
-- is at odds with the transience
of the people
in it, however long they sit
. Hopper's people, like Manet
, often appear consumed by the irreducible business of being
, too, would descend into his own silences
, would delay himself in self-doubt... (more inside)
posted by matteo
on May 25, 2004 -
As the Wiki
Insecula: L'encyclopédie des arts et de l'architecture is a French language art website containing images and descriptions of thousands of works of art from major museums and collections in France and elsewhere, including the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Palace of Versailles, the Centre Pompidou, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MOMA.
But it's not just museums and art. It's got Mayan ruins
, and of course lots of Paris streets
. I can't believe plep hasn't posted this already...
posted by languagehat
on Apr 10, 2004 -
Daniel Rozin makes mirrors
. But not the
boring ones we're used to -- he prefers to make his out of wood
and occassionally, shiny balls
. His works are a combination of artistic expression and computer vision, and have been on display
around the world. Check out the quicktime videos of his mirrors in action
and prepare your mind to be boggled. [via cool/lame]
posted by krunk
on Oct 21, 2003 -
The On-Line Picasso Project
offers 6,893 works for your ogling pleasure, plus an obsessively documented chronological bio. I'm stunned. (please read the user's manual, inside.)
posted by taz
on Oct 2, 2003 -
Italy privatizes its culture.
At least that's what will happen when a bill turning management of all of its museums sails through the Parliament this week. Critics of the Berlesconi-driven measure say that trying to turn culture into a profit center is foolish as there are only a few attractions that make any money now.
posted by MAYORBOB
on Dec 8, 2001 -
If anyone is (or will be) in New York and have nothing else planned for this evening, may I suggest a trip to the Brooklyn Museum of Art
. BMA is free on every first saturday of the month
(from 5 PM - 11 PM). Today's theme for the evening entertainment revolves around their special exhibition, Hip-Hop Nation: Roots, Rhymes and Rage
. There will be an outdoor dance party (at the BMA parking lot) starting at 9 PM featuring samples from 20 years of Hip-Hop music. You can also walk through their current exhibitions
, of which the Robots and Space Toys
posted by tamim
on Oct 7, 2000 -