Tag: Madrid

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: 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: De-Escalation Edition

It remains the case that a good eye the best tool for spotting an overlooked work of art, whether in a flea market, or in grandma’s basement or…out in a trout stream. A man who was trout fishing in a rural area near the city of Santiago de Compostela stumbled across what experts believe to be a 14th century statue of the Madonna and … Read More Art News Roundup: De-Escalation 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: 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: 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

Art News Roundup: Modern or New?

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?

Art News Roundup: We Got The (News) Beat Edition

Now that things are starting to get back to normal around the Fortress of Solitude following a very enjoyable vacation, it’s time to get back to the news beat. Before we get into some art stories of interest, I want to share two links regarding the ongoing reconstruction efforts at Notre Dame de Paris. The devastating fire at the church, which consumed the roof … Read More Art News Roundup: We Got The (News) Beat Edition

The Witching Hour

Whether you’re talking about late-17th century Salem, or mid-20th century DC, people love a good witch hunt. In the Massachusetts colony, the fear of witchcraft was just as real to the people of that time, as the fear of insidious Communism was to people in the age of the Red Scare. Like worshiping the Devil, a practice of which Communism is merely a modern … Read More The Witching Hour

Art News Roundup: Spanish Stories

We’re back to the weekly roundup of curated news stories from the art world, and since I still have Spain on the brain – I just booked my next trip for after Christmas – today we’ll be looking at a few interesting items that touch on Iberian artists and architecture. While many artists’ homes or final resting places in Spain have become places of … Read More Art News Roundup: Spanish Stories

From The Archives: At Home With Sorolla and Rusiñol: Two Very Different Artists, Two Very Similar Collectors

When I published this piece about a year and a half ago, I had recently returned from seeing the newly-restored beach house of Santiago Rusiñol (1861-1931) in Sitges, and the grand, urban villa of Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923) in Madrid. Both homes contain not only many examples of these artists’ respective work, but also their studios, as well as impressive collections of art and decorative … Read More From The Archives: At Home With Sorolla and Rusiñol: Two Very Different Artists, Two Very Similar Collectors

From The Archives: The Curious Conundrum Of Catalan Vs. Castilian Coffee

Although I published this post two and a half years ago, I still periodically get comments about it, since people really care about their coffee – and they’re also, if they’ve traveled in Spain, inevitably confused as to why the coffee in Barcelona is so much better than the horrible swill that one gets in Madrid. As you read this, I’m probably enjoying the … Read More From The Archives: The Curious Conundrum Of Catalan Vs. Castilian Coffee