Tag: art

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

Staycation

No Art News Roundup this week I’m afraid, as I’m on a much needed break. While due to present apocalyptic conditions I’m mostly just puttering about the manse, I’ve been productive to a degree, and managed to visit the (partly) reopened National Gallery yesterday. Look for an upcoming article on that subject in The Federalist soon. In the meantime, regular readers will recall my … Read More Staycation

Art News Roundup: The Collector Who Reconsidered Collecting

The really big news in the art world at the moment is that billionaire Ronald Perelman plans to sell off a significant portion of his massive art collection through Sotheby’s – and the interesting question is, why? Mr. Perelman is perhaps best known as the principal shareholder of Revlon cosmetics, and he also maintains interests in a wide variety of financial, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and … Read More Art News Roundup: The Collector Who Reconsidered Collecting

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: So This Is Love Edition

Normally, the only time I might stop to think about wishing upon a star or the like is when listening to the “Dave Digs Disney” (1957) album by the Dave Brubeck Quartet – particularly their take on “So This Is Love” from Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” (1950). Of course in the present climate, if there’s any fairy tale that seems to resonate most, it’s probably … Read More Art News Roundup: So This Is Love Edition

Art News Roundup: Masterpiece Market Edition

The art world regularly tells us that Old Master paintings are out of fashion, but those of us who love them (and those of us who have the means to acquire them) don’t particularly seem to care. On Tuesday night, a very beautiful self-portrait of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1699) that I told you about back in June sold at Sotheby’s London for a whopping … Read More Art News Roundup: Masterpiece Market 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: Thinking Is Hard Edition

The ability to read and write does not automatically impart the ability to think – or indeed, the ability to write well. Case in point, this week the always wince-worthy online art magazine Hyperallergic offered a rather juvenile, ill-informed take on the latest botched art restoration in Spain, a story I reported on in last week’s Art News Roundup. I won’t comment on the … Read More Art News Roundup: Thinking Is Hard 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