Category: art

Art News Roundup: Not In Spain Edition

On Monday, I was supposed to leave for Spain on a three-week vacation, but (supposedly) thanks to people eating things which they should not, I’m stuck at the Fortress. Not being able to visit the Motherland is a severe disappointment, not only because I just need a break, and because being over there at this time of year – when everything smells of jasmine … Read More Art News Roundup: Not In Spain Edition

Art News Roundup: Predominantly Parisian Edition

Imagine that instead of your online shopping consisting of bulk orders of paper products and pet food, you inadvertently purchased an item of significance to Western art history. Such is the case with French journalist Brigitte Benkemoun, who was looking around on Ebay for a vintage Hermès address book. Once she won and received the item, she became intrigued by its contents. Whoever had … Read More Art News Roundup: Predominantly Parisian Edition

Art News Roundup: Pandemic Projects Edition

I suppose I should stop apologizing for missing my Tuesday essay entry once again, gentle reader. At the moment, I find myself busier than ever, between both my work-work and the various projects that I am working on in my own time. This makes taking the time to write a more in-depth examination of a particular topic a bit more difficult right now. At … Read More Art News Roundup: Pandemic Projects Edition

Art News Roundup: Back to Black Edition

No, you did not get an essay from me on Tuesday, gentle reader – again – and no, subscribers, you did not miss an email. Despite working from the Fortress for the last 7,320 days of quarantine, I find myself both incredibly more efficient but also much busier at the moment. My apologies. That said, before we turn to high culture of the week, … Read More Art News Roundup: Back to Black Edition

Art News Roundup: Landscape Orientation Edition

I know, I know. I didn’t post my usual longer-format essay on Tuesday, but I was unfortunately overtaken by events requiring my attention. In any case, as you might imagine, most of the news from the art world at the moment is awful, and not just because of all the utter garbage I have to read on a daily basis to keep up with … Read More Art News Roundup: Landscape Orientation Edition

Art News Roundup: Springing Eternal Edition

It’s rather curious how some of the most short-lived of living things – flowers – can bring us a great deal of joy and fascination, and indeed hope, when things aren’t exactly hopeful all around us. Case in point, let’s consider one of Florentine Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli’s (1435-1510) most famous works, “Primavera” (“Spring”) (painted sometime around 1480), which currently hangs in the Uffizi … Read More Art News Roundup: Springing Eternal Edition

Hungry For Hippos: Making Metamorphs

Hopefully today’s story will get you smiling a bit, gentle reader, because we all certainly need some of that at the moment. In addition, for those of you with a creative bent, I’m hoping that you just might find yourself becoming a bit inspired as you read this, even while we’re all staying safe at home. For behold: I bring you, “Famille d’ Hippopotames” … Read More Hungry For Hippos: Making Metamorphs

A Holy Week Gift from La Sagrada Familia

Just a brief post today to let you know that there will be no art news reporting or commenting from me this week, as this is Holy Week and my thoughts are elsewhere. I hope that my readers and subscribers will understand my not wanting to post during the Paschal Triduum, in particular. That being said, I did want you to be aware of … Read More A Holy Week Gift from La Sagrada Familia

Art News Roundup: Learning In Place Edition

A rather unusual architectural project is about to go up in Brno, the second-largest city in the Czech Republic – or it will, when we can all go outside again – and it struck me as something that I could tell you about both because it’s interesting, but also as a jumping-off point to share some resources I’ve come across over the last week, … Read More Art News Roundup: Learning In Place Edition

Van Gogh Your Own Way: Interpreting A Stolen Picture In A Stolen Spring

News broke yesterday that a rare, early work by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) was stolen from the Singer Laren Museum in the town of Laren, south of Amsterdam, where it had been on loan from another Dutch museum for an exhibition. As I mentioned recently following a theft of Old Masters from a college gallery at Oxford, with so many museums closed for no … Read More Van Gogh Your Own Way: Interpreting A Stolen Picture In A Stolen Spring

Art News Roundup: Sweeping Down the Plain Edition

ICYMI, my latest for The Federalist published yesterday, in which I review the new exhibition “Degas at the Opéra” at the National Gallery of Art here in DC. As with everything else in this town at the moment, the museum, and indeed the exhibition, are currently closed. However, as you’ll see if you’re so kind as to drop by the magazine site, the NGA … Read More Art News Roundup: Sweeping Down the Plain Edition

“Luminous and Beautiful”: News from Notre Dame de Paris

Developments at the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre Dame de Paris aren’t on anyone’s list of top stories at the moment, including mine. That being said, given what it is that I do, and why you’re probably here, it’s a subject that I’m interested in, and have been following and commenting on as warranted. So if you’ll allow me to share a couple of pieces of … Read More “Luminous and Beautiful”: News from Notre Dame de Paris