But it's so strange it sounds like it could be fiction. A group of French underground--literally--artists and hackers use their skills to put on secret film festivals, help museums with their security flaws, and fix things. Conservative secret organization that illegally preserves national treasures? Only in France.
The Word Above the Street project will raise global water awareness by putting art on water tanks in New York City. Among the artists expected to participate is Jay-Z.
So here's your task: write me a Jigga-worthy verse...about water. Put your submissions in the comments.
Since no one came to my aid for the Rothko, and no one mentioned buying one of the canine portraits, I assume you're saving your money for something big. Here it is: Munch's The Scream is going to be auctioned in New York, and is expected to go for at least $80 million. Actually, it's one of four versions of The Scream; this New York Times blog has all four of them so you can compare. Good luck bidding! (Buyer be warned: The Scream seems to be a popular target for thieves.)
Martin Kimas makes these photos the old-fashioned way: he drops porcelain figures and photographs them at the moment of impact.
While you're at it, go to his website to look at the series where he photographs perfectly still flowers...and shoots their vases with a steel ball. The photos, taken in one seven thousanth of a second, are stunning.
Thanks to Timothy for looking this up for me. I knew there had to be a photograph!
On the right is Dominique de Menil. She's talking to Renee Magritte, whom she brought to a rodeo while he was visiting. Because even surrealist painters need to see a real live rodeo when they're in Texas. I love his souvenir hat, and I really want to know what the cowboy on the left is thinking about.
My parents gave me The Art Museum for Christmas, and it is just about the most amazing book ever made. It's giant: 18" x 13", almost 1,000 pages, almost 3,000 high-quality color photos. It's the Platonic Ideal of an art museum--except that it's in book form. You really want this book.
I have run into a couple of problems, though. For one, it's expensive. It lists for $200, and even on Amazon will cost you at least a hundred. Compare this to college textbooks, though, and I think it seems a bit more reasonable. Also, it weighs in at 18 pounds. Due to its oversized pages and weight, I literally have no bookshelf for this in my house. If I had a larger coffee table and no small children in the house, it would be prominently displayed. As it is, I keep it on the floor under our desk and pull it out from time to time. But I'll be looking at this book for years and years. It has everything.
One of my favorite activities as a wee lad was when my grandma would let me "paint" on her patio with old housepainting brushes and water.
It turns out that water calligraphy is a cool old-guy pastime in China.
But this American figured out a way, of course, to mechanize and computerize the process.
I believe that this is the Twombly-Poussin pairing that Erin brought up in class. I don't believe it shows a direct line of "influence" between Poussin and Twombly, but is rather meant to show how two very different masters from two very different times and contexts worked with the same content and medium. I would love to see more shows like this. I would really love to see this show, actually.
An exhibit in Italy looks at the birth of the modern banking system as it's portrayed in Renaissance art and artifacts.
I wonder what sorts of art is being made today about banking. The Occupy movement is giving us some interesting stuff, but it's largely made up of posters and direct references. There's also a lot of art work about the influence of money on art.
Check out this Slate slideshow of Lilly McElroy's project where she makes a cliche literal.
Question of the day: what other cliches, especially those having to do with love or gender, would you like to see made literal? And don't say "heart on your sleeve." That's gross and kind of already been done.
The Prado museum in Spain has an early replica of Leonardo's Mona Lisa. After cleaning and restoration, they now believe it was painted by one of Leonardo's pupils, probably alongside Leonardo as he painted the original. The experts think this is huge, because the better-preserved and restored copy gives a glimpse of what the original looked like when it was painted.
I, not being an expert, am fascinated by two other questions: was this a normal practice, to have pupils copy your work as you were painting it? And if the two paintings were made simultaneously of the same subject, is Leonardo's necessarily more "original" than the pupil's? Or does Leonardo get OP (Original Painter) status because he's the master?
Click here for the interactive feature.
Bonus: have you ever just done a Google Image search for "Mona Lisa"? There's some funny stuff.