Tag: art history

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

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

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

Shelter Smarts: Expand Your Mind, Not Your Waistline

If you’re not going anywhere for awhile – thanks, Red China – you’re probably facing the temptation to sit around, think about all of the things that you could be doing but can’t, and then inhale way too much food or booze to make yourself feel better. Allow me to offer you an alternative. Yesterday, a friend posted a request on her IG stories … Read More Shelter Smarts: Expand Your Mind, Not Your Waistline

Art News Roundup: Canceled Edition

This isn’t (entirely) the cancellation news roundup that you might think it is. At the outset, let’s acknowledge the obvious: it’s no surprise to learn that the Coronavirus pandemic is having a major impact on the art world. The new normal in the art news media is swiftly becoming reporting on shows and events shutting down early, or never opening in the first place. … Read More Art News Roundup: Canceled Edition

From The Federalist: Raphael in Washington

My latest for The Federalist is out this morning, reviewing the small but well-curated exhibition, “Raphael and His Circle”, which opened recently at the National Gallery of Art here in Washington. The drawings and prints by the Master and his associates are appealing in themselves, but they also give us a chance to look at why Raphael’s legacy still matters today, even among those … Read More From The Federalist: Raphael in Washington