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
Like something out of an OuLiPo novel, the solution to a recent, mysterious crime involving an emblematic bit of architecture caught my eye this morning – but first, a bit of explanation is needed. In Spanish, a “granja” is a “farm”, but in Spain it’s also a type of café where dairy products are served, along with things that one might have alongside dairy … Read More The Tale of the Typeface Thief
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?
In case you missed it, my latest for The Federalist was published yesterday, in which I reviewed the new exhibition, “Edward Hopper and the American Hotel”, which just opened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond. After a long run in Richmond through late February, it will move on to Indianapolis until late summer of 2020, so those of you in the … Read More Art News Roundup: American Spirit Edition
Amidst the furor over the causes of the fire that ravaged the Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame de Paris back in April, and lingering questions about how the church should be rebuilt, one very important, but until now relatively under-reported, aspect of the conflagration got lost in the shuffle: burning lead. Lead, as you probably know if you’ve ever had to do repair work … Read More Art News Roundup: Lead Balloon Edition