Art Musings February 19, 2014: Obama rehabs art history loving image, sends apology letter, hosts Monuments Men

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Obama rehabs art history loving image, sends apology letter, hosts Monuments Men

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Since causing an uproar when he mocked the importance and relevance of graduating university with an art history degree, President Barack Obama has been publicly trying to make up for the “glib” remark, showing he truly “loves…

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President Barack Obama looks at the Edward Hopper paintings now displayed in the Oval Office, Feb. 7, 2014.

Obama appreciates two new Edward Hopper paintings now adorning the Oval Office

President Barack Obama appreciates two new Edward Hopper painting now adorning the Oval Office, Jan. 7, 2014; Obama is trying to rehab his image relating to the arts after joking about art history degrees in a speech about technical job training, Jan. 30, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Art Buzz February 17, 2014: Ai Weiwei Vase Is Destroyed by Protester at Miami Museum

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Ai Weiwei Vase Is Destroyed by Protester at Miami Museum

Source: NYT, 2-17-14

“Colored Vases” by the artist Ai Weiwei at the Pérez Art Museum Miami in Florida in December 2013. Police on Sunday arrested a man who allegedly smashed one of the vases.
Daniel Azoulay/Perez Art Museum Miami, via European Pressphoto Agency

“Colored Vases” by the artist Ai Weiwei at the Pérez Art Museum Miami in Florida in December 2013. Police on Sunday arrested a man who allegedly smashed one of the vases.

A vase by the artist Ai Weiwei on display at the Pérez Art Museum Miami was destroyed in a protest by a local artist, museum and police officials said….READ MORE

Art Musings February 16, 2014: Obama’s Art History Remarks puts the humanities vs professional degrees debate back in the spotlight

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Obama puts the humanities vs professional degrees debate back in the spotlight

By Bonnie K. Goodman

President Obama needs to look back at President Kennedy’s idealism to recognize the importance of the arts
The debate of the importance of the humanities, liberal arts and social science university degree versus a professional degree, or a degree…READ MORE

Art Buzz September 15, 2013: Marc Chagall: Love, War, and Exile at the Jewish Museum

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Horrors With Lighthearted Bookends

Jewish Museum Focuses on Chagall’s War Years

Source: NYT, 9-12-13

At the risk of sounding like a crank: Love is the problem with “Chagall: Love, War, and Exile” at the Jewish Museum….READ MORE

Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Chagall’s “Calvary,” a 1912 oil foreshadowing his wartime Crucifixion paintings evoking the horrors of the Holocaust.

Chagall: Love, War, and Exile

September 15, 2013 – February 2, 2014

Marc Chagall, The Juggler, 1943,oil on canvas, 43 ¼ × 31 ⅛ inches. Private collection. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris./Marc Chagall, Self-Portrait with Clock, 1947, oil on canvas, 33 ⅞ × 27 ⅞ inches. Private collection. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris./Marc Chagall, Time is a River without Banks, 1930–1939, oil on canvas, 39 ¼ × 32 inches. Collection of Kathleen Kapnick, New York. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Chagall: Love, War, and Exile, for the first time in the U.S., explores a significant but neglected period in the artist’s career from the rise of fascism in the 1930s through 1948, years spent in Paris and then in exile to New York. Marc Chagall (1887–1985), one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century, created his unique style by drawing on elements from richly colored folk art motifs, the Russian Christian icon tradition, Cubism, and Surrealism….READ MORE

Art Buzz September 15, 2013: Reassured about Syria, Italy loans Israel Botticelli’s The Annunciation of San Martino alla Scala

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Reassured about Syria, Italy loans Israel a Botticelli work

Botticelli's 'Annunciation'

Botticelli’s ‘Annunciation.’ Photo by Bloomberg

Italy’s culture ministry had declined to send the 15th-century “The Annunciation of San Martino alla Scala” to the Israel Museum due to geopolitical and logistical considerations….READ MORE

Art Buzz September 13, 2013: Harvard Art Museums project nearing end

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Harvard Art Museums project nearing end

Source: Boston Globe, 9-13-13

The last time Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum was open, George W. Bush occupied the White House and Manny Ramirez played left field for the Red Sox….READ MORE

Art Buzz September 10, 2013: Detroit Institute of Arts: In Detroit, a Case of Selling Art and Selling Out

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In Detroit, a Case of Selling Art and Selling Out

Source: NYT, 9-10-13

Suits of armor in the Great Hall at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times

Suits of armor in the Great Hall at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The recent suggestion that the City of Detroit, which owns the Institute of Arts’ building and collection, should sell some of the art to help cover municipal debts would be a betrayal of public trust and donors’ bequests….READ MORE

Art Buzz September 9, 2013: ‘Sunset at Montmajour': Long-lost Vincent Van Gogh painting discovered

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A van Gogh’s Trip From the Attic to the Museum

Source: NYT, 9-9-13

The work, titled “Sunset at Montmajour,” was painted in Arles in 1888. For decades, it was considered a fake and consigned to an attic….READ MORE

Art Buzz August 16, 2013: Brad Pitt Deemed Too ‘Dumb’ To Join Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Board

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Brad Pitt Too ‘Dumb’ To Join Art Museum Board

Source: The Inquisitr, 8-16-13

The World War Z star was reportedly very interested in being a member on the board of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Although Pitt seemed to think he had what it took for a spot, an insider says the actor was simply too “dumb” for the job….READ MORE

Art Buzz August 14, 2013: University of California, Riverside to Launch Ph.D. in Art History in Fall 2014

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UCR to Launch Ph.D. in Art History in Fall 2014

Source: UC Riverside, 8-14-13

The University of California, Riverside will offer a Ph.D. in art history beginning in fall 2014, a degree program that will focus on the history of photography, sculpture and architecture….READ MORE

Art Buzz August 6, 2013: 8 Lost Masterpieces of Art

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8 Lost Masterpieces of Art

Source: History, 8-6-13

Despite the best efforts of museums and art collectors, many of the world’s most important paintings and sculptures no longer exist….READ MORE

Art Buzz August 5, 2013: Villa Noailles: Architectural Landmark Now a Design Showplace

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Architectural Landmark Now a Design Showplace

Source: NYT, 8-5-13

Villa Noailles in southern France, a starkly elegant country home inspired by the radical De Stijl movement, has become a venue for design exhibitions….READ MORE

Art Buzz July 29, 2013: Detroit’s bankruptcy filing may imperil art museum collection

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Detroit’s bankruptcy filing may imperil art museum collection

Source: Public Radio International PRI, 7-29-13

That may include the art collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, which – uniquely for a major, comprehensive museum in America – belongs to the city, along with the building that houses it….READ MORE

Art Buzz July 22, 2013: Hoover Library and Archives brings out its art to illustrate history

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Hoover Library and Archives brings out its art to illustrate history

Source: Stanford University News, 7-22-13

Hoover Library and Archives brings out its art to illustrate history. The archives of the Hoover Institution has amassed quite a collection over 90 years….READ MORE

Art Buzz July 2, 2013: UCLA, LACMA team up to train art history doctoral students

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UCLA, LACMA team up to train art history doctoral students

In partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, UCLA is designing a new curriculum for the training of doctoral students in art history to prepare them to become future leaders in the field.

A $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will enable the university and the museum to create the UCLA-LACMA Art History Practicum Initiative… that integrates the academic classroom and the art museum….READ MORE
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