Category: art

Art News Roundup: Institutional Insanity Edition

For this week’s Art News Roundup, it’s time to settle in for a good wallow into some rather juicy new scandals from museum world, all of which seem to have hit the fan at about the same time. If you don’t have time to look into all of these stories, I want to at least encourage you to read this absolutely jaw-dropping report by … Read More Art News Roundup: Institutional Insanity Edition

A Vanity of Vanities in Vienna

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. During this period, believers fast, pray, engage in acts of penance, and perform acts of charity in recognition of their own faults and failings, and in preparation for the celebration of the commemoration of Christ’s Resurrection from the dead at Easter. And this particular Lent, perhaps no one will be more conscious … Read More A Vanity of Vanities in Vienna

Art News Roundup: Who’s Buried In Tut’s Tomb Edition

One of the very big stories in the art world (writ large) this week is that we may be on the verge of a major archaeological discovery from Ancient Egypt. Or not. As you may recall, for the past few years there’s been a great deal of back-and-forth speculation in the media regarding claims that there are additional, as-of-yet undiscovered chambers connected to the … Read More Art News Roundup: Who’s Buried In Tut’s Tomb Edition

Parthexit? A Trojan Horse for Britain

Whatever you may think of Brexit, the impact of that action is already being felt in the art world – and as of yesterday, it’s taken a rather interesting turn with respect to the most famous ancient sculptures in the UK. The business impact of Britain’s departure from the European Union has, until now, been the main area of interest for those following the … Read More Parthexit? A Trojan Horse for Britain

Art News Roundup: Thickening Plot Edition

Art crime is always one of the most fascinating topics that arises when you’re keeping up with what’s going on in the art world, and a story about a stolen Austrian painting in Italy that I’ve been following for the past couple of months is a perfect example of why. Subscribers and regular readers will recall my telling you back in December about the … Read More Art News Roundup: Thickening Plot Edition

Notre Dame’s Nooks and Crannies

It’s hard to believe that very soon, we’ll be coming up on the one-year anniversary of the devastating fire that nearly destroyed the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre Dame de Paris on April 15, 2019. The good news is that visitors may soon be able to get physically closer to the church than they have been able to do since last year’s devastating fire. The bad … Read More Notre Dame’s Nooks and Crannies

Art News Roundup: Modern or New?

I was pleased to read a press announcement recently from the Meadows Museum in Dallas, which has one of the most important collections of Iberian art outside of Spain, announcing that they had acquired two new works by two important 20th century Catalan artists: Santiago Rusiñol i Prats (1861–1931) and Josep de Togores i Llach (1893-1970). This is terrific news, but I think there’s … Read More Art News Roundup: Modern or New?

A Nose for Trouble: The Significance of Damage to Ancient Egyptian Art

When you look at Ancient Egyptian art in museum collections or temporary exhibitions, you probably aren’t surprised to find that oftentimes these objects aren’t in perfect shape. It’s perfectly logical to assume that these sculptures, paintings, and carvings, many of which are thousands of years old, bear their cracks and scars from having been buried in the sand or knocked about over the centuries. … Read More A Nose for Trouble: The Significance of Damage to Ancient Egyptian Art

Art News Roundup: Astrocat Edition

I had intended to do a regular post on Tuesday, Gentle Reader, but I was (happily) prevented from doing so by the arrival of my new niece. Everyone is doing well, so hopefully we can get back into the usual swing of things at this point. And to that end, one of the interesting things about studying art, and keeping up with what’s going … Read More Art News Roundup: Astrocat Edition

Art News Roundup: We Got The (News) Beat Edition

Now that things are starting to get back to normal around the Fortress of Solitude following a very enjoyable vacation, it’s time to get back to the news beat. Before we get into some art stories of interest, I want to share two links regarding the ongoing reconstruction efforts at Notre Dame de Paris. The devastating fire at the church, which consumed the roof … Read More Art News Roundup: We Got The (News) Beat Edition

Art Origins: Tales of The Four Cats

Having had a very pleasant sojourn in the motherland, Gentle Reader, I’m glad to get back to writing and reporting on areas of artistic interest which, hopefully, will encourage your curiosity and exploration in the year ahead. One of the most interesting experiences I had during my time away was a visit to the current exhibition, “Barcelona i Els Quatre Gats. Un gir cap … Read More Art Origins: Tales of The Four Cats

Art News Roundup: Year-End Thanks Edition

‘Tis the season for year-end retrospectives and year-ahead prognostications in media, and my humble offering of same is out in The Federalist is out this morning: what I consider to have been the Top 5 Art Stories of 2019. There should be something here for everyone, from those among my readers who are deeply interested in the art world, to those with just a … Read More Art News Roundup: Year-End Thanks Edition