Category: art

Art News Roundup: Exotic Tales Edition

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that a somewhat forgotten genre of 19th century art has been regaining quite a bit of attention in both museums and salerooms. In general terms, “Orientalism” was an art movement that depicted individuals and locations in the Middle East and North Africa, or at least inspired by such places. These areas were becoming more familiar to Westerners … Read More Art News Roundup: Exotic Tales Edition

When Buildings Vanish: Digital Technology Brings Back Long-Lost Structures And Their Art

Over on The Art Newspaper recently, Noah Charney explored the question of what to do with the memory of historic buildings, after they’ve been completely razed to the ground. In writing about the World War II-era destruction of castles in Slovenia, where Mr. Charney resides, he gives some examples of how local institutions are now creating landscaped environments that evoke a memory of vanished … Read More When Buildings Vanish: Digital Technology Brings Back Long-Lost Structures And Their Art

Art News Roundup: Seeing And Believing Edition

For those of you who are new to my blogging, each week I do a writeup of some interesting items that I’ve come across in the art press, which I refer to as the “Art News Roundup” – even though I’m still not hugely satisfied with that moniker. For one thing, I don’t just write about “art” per se, but also about architecture, archaeology, … Read More Art News Roundup: Seeing And Believing Edition

The Collector In Private: How Our Objects Tell Our Stories

Recently when ill with the flu, I found myself binge-watching HGTV, probably because I occasionally like to add insult to injury in my life. One of the programs featured a designer creating “artwork” for a finished home. While the end result was predictably awful, it actually told me more about the people who lived in the house than it did about the host. The … Read More The Collector In Private: How Our Objects Tell Our Stories

From The Federalist: A Review Of The New Tolkien Exhibition At The Morgan

I hadn’t realized that The Federalist was going to run my review of the new J.R.R. Tolkien exhibition that just opened at the Morgan Library in New York so soon, but since it appeared today I’m happy to share the link with you. As I always do, I extend my sincere thanks to my editor for being the patient and careful reader that she … Read More From The Federalist: A Review Of The New Tolkien Exhibition At The Morgan

From The Federalist: An Interview With Sculptor Alexander Stoddart

Gentle Reader: Welcome to the newly-redesigned and updated site, which among other things will be the home for my blogging activity from now on. Thanks to those of you who migrated here from Blog of the Courtier, which I recently archived after over a decade of posts. Realizing as I do that there are still a few kinks to work out over here, please … Read More From The Federalist: An Interview With Sculptor Alexander Stoddart