Tag: art

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

Art News Roundup: Delightful Dewing Edition

My latest for The Federalist is out this morning, reviewing the stylish, albeit temporarily-shuttered exhibition, “Dewing’s Poetic World” at the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938) was a distinctive American painter who specialized in ethereal, quiet images of elegant ladies in landscapes and interiors. He was prominent at the turn of the previous century, but today … Read More Art News Roundup: Delightful Dewing Edition

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

Art News Roundup: Bowled Over Edition

Ah, early spring in Holland: it’s a time for flowering bulbs, creaking windmills, and incredibly rare art objects. The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) is an organization whose shows are where institutions and serious collectors of Old Master paintings and fine antiques often head to make acquisitions, with sales trends and prices providing valuable information on the health and direction of the art market. … Read More Art News Roundup: Bowled Over Edition

The Tale of the Typeface Thief

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

Art News Roundup: Institutional Insanity Edition

For this week’s Art News Roundup, it’s time to settle in for a good wallow into some rather juicy new scandals from museum world, all of which seem to have hit the fan at about the same time. If you don’t have time to look into all of these stories, I want to at least encourage you to read this absolutely jaw-dropping report by … Read More Art News Roundup: Institutional Insanity Edition

A Vanity of Vanities in Vienna

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. During this period, believers fast, pray, engage in acts of penance, and perform acts of charity in recognition of their own faults and failings, and in preparation for the celebration of the commemoration of Christ’s Resurrection from the dead at Easter. And this particular Lent, perhaps no one will be more conscious … Read More A Vanity of Vanities in Vienna

Art News Roundup: Who’s Buried In Tut’s Tomb Edition

One of the very big stories in the art world (writ large) this week is that we may be on the verge of a major archaeological discovery from Ancient Egypt. Or not. As you may recall, for the past few years there’s been a great deal of back-and-forth speculation in the media regarding claims that there are additional, as-of-yet undiscovered chambers connected to the … Read More Art News Roundup: Who’s Buried In Tut’s Tomb Edition