Bushwig Grows Up

The annual festival celebrated 10 years of drag, queerness and artistry this month, but some local queens want more.

#art, #brooklyn-nyc, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #music, #performance-art, #theater

Overlooked No More: Remedios Varo, Spanish Painter of Magic, Mysticism and Science

In the 1950s, and ’60s, she depicted women, artists and thinkers in intricate dreamlike canvases that now fetch high prices.

#art, #biographical-information, #mexico, #spain, #varo-remedios

Paranormal Play in Denver From Meow Wolf

“Convergence Station,” the company’s third installation, may be good business. But is it good art?

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #art, #convergence-station-exhibit, #denver-colo, #las-vegas-nev, #meow-wolf-art-collective, #santa-fe-nm

At Art Basel, Everyone’s Playing It Safe

Dealers brought familiar works to the flagship Swiss fair, and the event’s organizers soothed nervous exhibitors with reassuring gestures.

#art, #art-basel-festival, #basel-switzerland, #conventions-fairs-and-trade-shows, #murdoch-james-r, #neel-alice, #spiegler-marc

Man Convicted in Thefts of a van Gogh and a Hals From Dutch Museums

DNA evidence found at the two museums after the burglaries led investigators to the suspect, who has now been sentenced to eight years in prison by a Dutch court.

#art, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #hals-frans, #museum-hofje-van-mevrouw-van-aerden-leerdam-netherlands, #museums, #netherlands, #robberies-and-thefts, #singer-laren, #van-gogh-vincent

Behind the Trees, a Brooklyn Artists’ Collective

A historic house in Clinton Hill South has been colonized by painters, designers, poets, architects and activists, living and working together.

#allinone-collective-art-collective, #art, #artistscollectives, #brooklyn-nyc, #clinton-hill-brooklyn-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Review: ‘Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror’ Divides and Conquers

“Mind/Mirror,” a monumental retrospective at the Whitney Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, reveals an artist’s protean talent, changing perspectives and resiliency over six decades.

#art, #castelli-gallery-manhattan-ny, #content-type-personal-profile, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #johns-jasper, #manhattan-nyc, #museums, #philadelphia-pa, #philadelphia-museum-of-art, #rauschenberg-robert, #whitney-museum-of-american-art

A Broken Frame, and DNA Traces, Led to Arrest in van Gogh Theft

Dutch prosecutors said that DNA evidence tied a man to the thefts of a van Gogh and a Frans Hals painting; he denies the charges.

#art, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #groninger-museum, #museum-hofje-van-mevrouw-van-aerden-leerdam-netherlands, #museums, #netherlands, #robberies-and-thefts, #singer-laren

Art Basel Reasserts Its Importance at Home

‘The mother of all art fairs’ is a hybrid of sorts, but the emphasis is on the in-person presentation in Switzerland.

#art, #art-basel-festival, #basel-switzerland, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #spiegler-marc

Art That Looks at What Women See

An exhibition at a Swiss museum asks visitors to consider how female artists view their portrait subjects.

#art, #basel-switzerland, #beyeler-fondation, #cassatt-mary, #dumas-marlene, #kahlo-frida, #modersohn-becker-paula-1876-1907, #morisot-berthe, #museums, #neel-alice, #women-and-girls

Restored Vermeer painting finally reveals hidden Cupid in background

Side-by-side comparison of painting before and after restoration.

Enlarge / A new restoration of Johannes Vermeer’s Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window has revealed a Cupid in the background. The restored painting will be the centerpiece of a new exhibition at the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden, Germany, from September 10, 2021, through January 2, 2022. (credit: Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, SKD)

Since 1979, art historians have known that Johannes Vermeer’s Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window (circa 1657-1659) featured an overpainted figure of a Cupid in the background. Most assumed Vermeer himself had painted over the figure. Now, thanks to a major restoration by the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden in Germany, the overpainting has a been removed to reveal the Cupid. That process also revealed that someone else painted over the Cupid in the 18th century, after the artist’s death, causing a rethinking of how the painting should be interpreted. The fully restored canvas is now on view to the public for the first time at the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, one of many galleries that form the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

The use of various X-ray imaging techniques—especially synchrotron radiation—has become a powerful tool for the nondestructive analysis of great works of art. For instance, European scientists in 2008 used synchrotron radiation to reconstruct the hidden portrait of a peasant woman painted by Vincent van Gogh. The artist (known for reusing his canvases) had painted over it when he created 1887’s Patch of Grass. The synchrotron radiation excites the atoms on the canvas, which then emit X-rays of their own that can be picked up by a fluorescence detector. Each element in the painting has its own X-ray signature, so scientists can identify the distribution of each in the many layers of paint.

In 2019, we reported on the work of a team of Dutch and French scientists who used high-energy X-rays to unlock Rembrandt’s secret recipe for his famous impasto technique, believed to be lost to history. And in 2020, an international team of scientists used synchrotron radiation to determine the cause of alarming signs of degradation to Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream. The team’s analysis revealed that the damage is not the result of exposure to light, but humidity—specifically, from the breath of museum visitors, perhaps as they lean in to take a closer look at the master’s brushstrokes.

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#art, #art-conservation, #dutch-masters, #gaming-culture, #infrared-photography, #johannes-vermeer, #pointille, #science, #x-rays

Yolanda López, Artist Who Celebrated Working-Class Women, Dies at 78

She was celebrated for recasting the Virgin of Guadalupe in her own image as a feminist superhero — a young, strong, brown woman in running shoes.

#art, #deaths-obituaries, #lopez-yolanda-1942-2021, #mexican-americans, #museum-of-contemporary-art-san-diego, #portrait-of-the-artist-as-the-virgin-of-guadalupe

Memorial Along National Mall Honors Pandemic Victims

Hundreds of thousands of white flags honor the more than 670,000 people in the United States who have died from the coronavirus.

#art, #bowser-muriel-e, #bunch-lonnie-g-iii, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-mall-washington-dc, #national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture, #smithsonian-institution

These Are the Art Shows and Events to See This Season

From an enormous roundup of Black American portraits to a two-city retrospective of Jasper Johns, the new art season is buzzing again — and as busy as it ever was.

#aldrich-contemporary-art-museum, #art, #art-institute-of-chicago, #asia-society, #baltimore-museum-of-art, #bard-graduate-center-for-studies-in-the-decorative-arts, #brooklyn-academy-of-music, #brooklyn-museum, #cleveland-museum-of-art, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #new-york-city, #smithsonian-institution, #whitney-museum-of-american-art, #yale-university-art-gallery, #zwirner-david-gallery

Wrapped Arc de Triomphe Is Christo’s Fleeting Gift to Paris

Planned by the conceptual artist 60 years ago, the posthumous work transforms a great monument with a glistening cloak. It feels like a liberating moment for the city.

#arc-de-triomphe, #art, #christo, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #paris-france

Fall Preview: The Thrill is Back. So Is the Anxiety.

This new cultural season promised the most triumphant of returns, but the vagaries of the virus have ushered in nervousness, too.

#art, #blue-album, #brooks-garth, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mac-taylor, #mitchell-joni, #movies, #pop-and-rock-music, #television, #theater

A New Level of Ambition in Art by 3 Women

Three gallery shows of new work by veteran artists who happen to be women highlight their different ways and means of development, and the way they are taking new risks.

#art, #cohan-james-gallery, #jet-magazine, #levy-gorvy-gallery, #photography, #taylor-alison-elizabeth, #thomas-mickalene, #women-and-girls, #yuskavage-lisa, #zwirner-david-gallery

Interactive Shadowboxes Breathe Life Into the Legacies of Village Artists

“Village Voices,” an interactive outdoor exhibition, honors Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Jackson Pollock and more.

#art, #culture-arts, #east-village-manhattan-ny, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #mason-leslie-s, #new-york-city, #noho-manhattan-ny, #triangle-shirtwaist-factory-fire-1911, #village-preservation-nonprofit, #village-voices-exhibit

The World Catches Up With Dindga McCannon

After over five decades of making art, and confronting the double bind of racism and sexism, she is having her first major solo show. Unfazed, she says, “I just kept making what was right for me.”

#art, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #fridman-gallery-manhattan-ny, #mccannon-dindga, #philadelphia-pa, #women-and-girls

Met Costume Institute and Brooklyn Museum Bring Back Fashion

With “In America” at the Met and “Christian Dior” at the Brooklyn Museum, our critics debate the nuances of showing fashion in art institutions, and find a depth of influence among young American designers.

#art, #bolton-andrew, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-museum, #chiuri-maria-grazia, #christian-dior-sa, #costume-institute, #couture-fashion, #dior-christian, #dresses, #fashion-and-apparel, #femenine-musical-work, #fifth-avenue-manhattan-ny, #hood-by-air, #in-america-a-lexicon-of-fashion-exhibit, #museums, #rogers-christopher-john

In an Ancient Greek Port, a New Cultural Hub

The city of Piraeus, just outside Athens, is becoming a haven for galleries and design studios attracted by its abundant warehouses and growing creative community.

#architecture, #art, #athens-greece, #greece, #niarchos-stavros-foundation-cultural-center, #piraeus-greece, #restaurants

A Climate Opera Arrives in New York, With 21 Tons of Sand

“Sun & Sea,” an operatic installation that won the top prize at the Venice Biennale, is being staged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

#art, #barzdziukaite-rugile, #brooklyn-academy-of-music, #grainyte-vaiva, #lapelyte-lina, #opera, #sunsea-marina-opera, #venice-biennale

Behind Jasper Johns’s New Exhibition ‘Mind/Mirror’

Two major museums teamed up for “Mind/Mirror,” only to realize they disagreed. Alike yet different, the two shows offer a revelatory look at America’s most famous living artist.

#art, #carlos-basualdo, #cezanne-paul, #content-type-personal-profile, #duchamp-marcel, #johns-jasper, #lauder-leonard-a, #manhattan-nyc, #museums, #philadelphia-pa, #philadelphia-museum-of-art, #rauschenberg-robert, #rothkopf-scott, #sculpture, #sharon-conn, #south-carolina

First Look: Jasper Johns ‘Slice’

The newest painting by Jasper Johns was inspired by a fan letter from a female astrophysicist. Here’s a first look.

#art, #cambridge-mass, #geller-margaret, #johns-jasper, #mind-mirror-exhibit, #mirrors-edge-2-exhibit, #philadelphia-museum-of-art, #slice-exhibit, #stars-and-galaxies, #whitney-museum-of-american-art

Adam Pendleton Is Rethinking the Museum

“Who Is Queen?” at MoMA is the artist’s most personal and ambitious show yet, exploring how we might live beyond labels in American society. “I want to overwhelm the museum,” he said.

#art, #baraka-amiri, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #culture-arts, #freedman-jill-1939, #halberstam-jack-1961, #lee-robert-e, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #moten-fred, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #pendleton-adam, #richmond-va

Michel Laclotte, Who ‘Created the Modern Louvre,’ Dies at 91

He championed two of the most debated architectural projects in recent Paris history: the Musée D’Orsay (in a former train station) and the Louvre pyramid.

#architecture, #art, #aulenti-gae, #deaths-obituaries, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #laclotte-michel, #louvre-museum, #musee-dorsay, #museums, #paris-france, #pei-i-m

Alice Neel’s Apartment Is Still a Portrait of the Artist at Work

Her final residence, the Upper West Side flat where she painted many of her subjects, remains almost exactly as she left it.

#art, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #neel-alice, #new-york-city, #upper-west-side-manhattan-ny

Art Fairs Come Blazing Back, Precarious but Defiant

New and overlooked artists shine at the Armory Show, New York’s largest in-person fair since the pandemic, and other shows across the city.

#303-gallery-manhattan-ny, #armory-show-the-international-fair-of-new-art-nyc, #art, #firestone-eric-gallery-manhattan-ny, #javits-jacob-k-convention-center-manhattan-ny, #lylesking-manhattan-ny, #manhattan-nyc, #ulterior-gallery-manhattan-ny

Still Independent, and Still Exceptional

Let your fall re-entry begin at the Independent Art Fair in Manhattan, which features painting, photography and the pioneers of net art.

#art, #battery-maritime-building-manhattan-ny, #independent-art-fair, #manhattan-nyc

At Future Fair, Discovering Emerging and Undersung Players

The new art fair wants to be a “change agent” with more collaboration, global locations and a hyperlocal New York scene.

#art, #chelsea-manhattan-ny, #future-fair, #leibowitz-cary, #nguyen-tammy, #sculpture, #sokol-apolonia

After the Storm, Philip Guston for Real

Compensating for a postponed museum retrospective, an exciting gallery show revisits the painter’s late figurative style.

#art, #chelsea-manhattan-ny, #guston-philip, #hauserwirth, #ku-klux-klan

A Vermeer Restoration Reveals a God of Desire

An image of Cupid was covered over in “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window” for nearly 300 years. Now that he’s back on show, the famous painting looks quite different.

#art, #frick-collection, #museums, #restoration-and-renovation, #state-art-collections, #vermeer-jan

Why Art Struggled to Address the Horrors of 9/11

After the attacks, American culture became one of prohibitions. Then the Iraq War made it difficult to address Sept. 11 on its own terms.

#25th-hour-movie, #art, #bush-george-w, #iraq-war-2003-11, #jennifer-bartlett, #labute-neil, #lee-spike, #messud-claire, #movies, #muslim-americans, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #the-emperors-children-book, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

‘Gender Alchemy’ Is Transforming Art for the 21st Century

With the growing visibility of gender-nonconforming and transgender people, the scope of feminism is fast evolving. Now two major museum shows in California explore the impact on art.

#art, #berkeley-art-museum-and-pacific-film-archive, #cheang-shu-lea, #davis-vaginal-1969, #green-nicki-1986, #hammer-museum, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #institute-of-contemporary-art, #muholi-zanele-1972, #museums, #new-time-art-and-feminisms-in-the-21st-century-exhibit, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #witch-hunt-exhibit, #women-and-girls

Nick Cave Digs Deep, With a Symphony in Glass

For his new installation of mosaics in New York, the artist ventures below Times Square.

#art, #cave-nick-1959, #content-type-personal-profile, #mayer-michael, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #sculpture, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #transit-systems

Julian Schnabel Revisits van Gogh, and Paints Oscar Isaac’s Severed Head

In a new exhibition, the artist returns to the subject of his latest movie and explores the connections between two seemingly separate parts of his career.

#art, #brant-foundation-art-study-center, #isaac-oscar, #schnabel-julian, #van-gogh-vincent

A New Way to Look at Furniture in Milan

A special edition of the Milan Furniture Fair, called Supersalone, turns pandemic constraints into a chance for innovation and anchors a five-day design celebration throughout the city.

#art, #ceramics-and-pottery, #conventions-fairs-and-trade-shows, #design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #mirrors

Ernst van de Wetering, Authority and Arbiter on Rembrandt, Dies at 83

His decisions on whether a painting was authentic, a copy or an outright fake could jolt the art market. “No one else alive knows as much as he did about Rembrandt.”

#art, #deaths-obituaries, #rembrandt-research-project, #research, #van-de-wetering-ernst, #van-rijn-rembrandt-harmenszoon

The Roots of Joan Mitchell’s Greatness

A retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art tracks how the painter’s signature style extended the contours of Abstract Expressionism.

#art, #baltimore-museum-of-art, #content-type-personal-profile, #mitchell-joan-1925-92, #paris-france, #san-francisco-museum-of-modern-art

Finding a Globe’s Worth of Art Treasures Close to Home

It took a pandemic to get our critic to explore the exquisite art in his own backyard. Here’s what he discovered.

#allen-memorial-art-museum, #art, #cleveland-museum-of-art, #detroit-institute-of-arts, #oberlin-college, #toledo-museum-of-art

Max Liebermann’s Heirs Compensated for Nazi-Looted Painting

A German foundation, which holds Liebermann’s portrait of his wife and two other works from the Jewish artist’s collection, will retain them but is paying a settlement.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bavaria-germany, #compensation-for-damages-law, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #liebermann-max, #museums, #schafer-georg-museum, #wills-and-estates

Thomas Nozkowski’s Final Statement

In the face of terminal cancer, an artist focused and refined his singular style of abstract painting right till the end.

#art, #content-type-personal-profile, #high-falls-ny, #nozkowski-casimir, #nozkowski-thomas, #pace-gallery, #robins-joyce

Maggie Nelson Wants to Redefine ‘Freedom’

In her new essay collection, the writer wants to enunciate all the meanings and manifestations of the word that our current conversation obscures.

#art, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #nelson-maggie, #on-freedom-four-songs-of-care-and-constraint-book, #poetry-and-poets, #the-argonauts-book, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #writing-and-writers

Joining Plastic, Glass and Metal on the Recycle List: Fake Art

Experts say discredited works of art often resurface on the market again and again, in part because their owners just won’t take no for an answer.

#art, #dedalus-foundation, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #forgery, #frauds-and-swindling, #knoedlerco

Very Personal Computing: In Artist’s New Work, A.I. Meets Fatherhood

Ian Cheng brings his latest piece to the Shed, a narrative animation powered by a video game engine and partly inspired by his daughter.

#animated-films, #art, #artificial-intelligence, #cheng-ian, #computer-and-video-games, #content-type-personal-profile, #life-after-bob-the-chalice-study-exhibit, #luma-foundation-arles, #shed-manhattan-ny

The Mystery of That Basquiat Painting — and Its Tiffany Blue

Ghosts of the artist’s past debate the connection to any brand.

#advertising-and-marketing, #arnault-alexandre, #art, #basquiat-jean-michel, #dayton-anne-s, #equals-pi, #gagosian-larry, #lvmh-moet-hennessy-louis-vuitton-sa, #tiffanycompany, #your-feed-fashion

John Akomfrah, an Artist Who Brings Order to Chaos

John Akomfrah’s films have shaken up official narratives around Black identity and imperialism. His latest tries to make sense of life in the pandemic.

#akomfrah-john, #art, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lisson-gallery-manhattan-ny, #movies, #race-and-ethnicity

Four Art Gallerists Create LGDR Consortium, Upending Traditional Model

Dominique Lévy, Brett Gorvy, Amalia Dayan and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn will become LGDR, a one-stop shop for artists and collectors.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #art, #auctions, #dayan-amalia, #finances, #gorvy-brett, #greenberg-rohatyn-jeanne, #levy-gorvy-gallery, #levy-dominique, #lgdr-manhattan-ny-gallery, #luxembourgdayan, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #real-estate-commercial, #salon-94-manhattan-ny-gallery, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny

Bank of England Removes Art of Leaders Linked to Slave Trade

Oil paintings and portraits depicting seven leading figures at the bank have been removed because of their connections to slavery.

#art, #bank-of-england, #europe, #great-britain, #museums, #slavery-historical

What to Do This Summer: Washington, D.C.

In the nation’s capital, the walkable neighborhoods of Logan Circle, West End/Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle are showing off new restaurants with tons of outdoor dining, shops and galleries.

#art, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #travel-and-vacations, #washington-dc