Tag: architecture

Art News Roundup: Going, Going, Gone Edition

Even as some museums are beginning to reopen following months of pandemic shutdown, visitors may notice that something – or some things – are missing. The Brooklyn Museum announced yesterday that, due to the financial impact of Covid-19, it would be auctioning off a dozen pieces from its permanent collection at Christie’s on October 15th, including works by German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the … Read More Art News Roundup: Going, Going, Gone Edition

Art News Roundup: More of the Same Edition

Quite frankly, I’m tired of reporting on this sort of thing, for various reasons. Following his recent action concerning the Hagia Sophia, Turkish President Recep Erdogan has ordered the conversion of yet another former Byzantine church into a mosque. The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, in Istanbul, boasts magnificent 14th century mosaics, such as those shown below, which were covered up under … Read More Art News Roundup: More of the Same Edition

Art News Roundup: Fascinating Finds Edition

Finding great works of art buried in unlikely places is the dream of every armchair Indiana Jones or Lara Croft. Obviously everyone enjoys seeing some magnificent bit of carving or metalwork put on a display stand in a museum, because the discovery of such objects adds to our knowledge of art from the culture and time period in question. This is one of the … Read More Art News Roundup: Fascinating Finds Edition

Art News Roundup: The Show Must Go On(line) Edition

It has to be said: I’m itching to see some art in person. The last show I saw, the Met’s retrospective on the legendary Gerhard Richter, was only open for a few days before it had to close due to Covid, and now that the Breuer Building has been leased to the Frick Collection, the exhibition won’t be mounted again. After that, I was … Read More Art News Roundup: The Show Must Go On(line) Edition

Art News Roundup: Unafraid Edition

I’d like to take a moment, if the reader will permit me, to address those who are behind the rash of church burnings and vandalism in France, the United States, and elsewhere. There has been quite a lot of this sort of thing in recent months, such as that which occurred at Nantes Cathedral earlier this week, destroying the 400-year old organ as well … Read More Art News Roundup: Unafraid Edition

Art News Roundup: History Repeating Edition

George Santayana’s famous maxim about those who forget history being doomed to repeat is, unfortunately, all too sad of a truism when it comes to architecture in this country. Among the greatest firms in the history of architecture, McKim, Mead, and White, built the sorts of structures that Americans at the turn of the previous century could justly be proud of when showing off … Read More Art News Roundup: History Repeating Edition

Art News Roundup: Fool Me Twice Edition

As you may have seen, gentle reader, yet another art restoration blunder in Spain has been making international headlines this week. The owner of a 19th century copy of a painting generally known as “The Immaculate Conception of El Escorial” (c. 1660) by the great Spanish Baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1618-1682) decided that he wanted to have the object cleaned and restored. He … Read More Art News Roundup: Fool Me Twice Edition

Art News Roundup: Last Call Edition

I generally try to focus on good news in these bad times, but an article about how the Wuhan Virus may seriously wound one of my preferred genres of music caught my eye, since it has broader implications. Aire Flamenco is an authoritative site for aficionados of Flamenco music and dance, and yesterday they shared the news that the association in Spain to which … Read More Art News Roundup: Last Call Edition

Art News Roundup: A Place for Everything Edition

Regular readers know that I have a love-hate relationship with museums. I love visiting both temporary exhibitions and permanent collections, in order to see the wealth of art that mankind has produced over the centuries, and thereby (hopefully) experience both pleasure and a greater sense of humility, as I recognize my own continual need for education. Part of the hate aspect, if that isn’t … Read More Art News Roundup: A Place for Everything Edition

Art News Roundup: Pursuing Perspective Edition

It’s not surprising that one of the most interesting subjects in art media, whether you follow it like I do or not, is the topic of art crime. Even someone with no particular interest in what’s going on in the art world will read an article or watch a report on the theft of a famous or valuable work of art, or the news … Read More Art News Roundup: Pursuing Perspective 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