Art Buzz February 22, 2013: The Cross-Dressing of Art and Couture Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Cross-Dressing of Art and Couture ‘Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity,’ at the Met

Source: NYT, 2-22-13

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Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity Monet’s “Luncheon on the Grass” and a white cotton piqué day dress in this exhibition at the Met. More Photos »

The Met’s exhibition “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity” brings together great paintings, lavish garments and accessories to detail the entwined rise of modern painting, modern fashion and modern (upper middle-class) life in the 19th century….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 15, 2013: Louvre museum returns Nazi-looted artwork stolen from Jewish owners

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Louvre museum returns Nazi-looted artwork

Source: BBC, 2-15-13 

Portrait of Bartolomeo Ferracina by Pietro Longhi and The Temptation of St Anthony by Sebastiano Ricci

Portrait of Bartolomeo Ferracina by Pietro Longhi and The Temptation of St Anthony by Sebastiano Ricci are among the four paintings held by the Louvre

The Miracle of Saint Eloi by Gaetano Gandolfi and Saint Francis of Paola by Francesco Fontebasso

The Miracle of Saint Eloi by Gaetano Gandolfi and Saint Francis of Paola by Francesco Fontebasso are among the four paintings held by the Louvre

Seven paintings taken from their Jewish owners in the 1930s are being returned to their surviving relatives as part of an ongoing French effort to give back looted, stolen or appropriated art.

The works include four paintings that currently hang in the Louvre in Paris.

Six of the pieces were owned by Richard Neumann, an Austrian Jew who sold off his collection at a fraction of its value in order to leave France.

The seventh was stolen in Prague from Josef Wiener, a Jewish banker….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 15, 2013: Piero della Francesca: At the Altar of Renaissance Tuscany at the Frick Collection

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At the Altar of Renaissance Tuscany

Source: NYT, 2-15-13

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Piero della Francesca in America , at the Frick Collection, shows six altarpiece panels by Piero, including “Virgin and Child Enthroned with Four Angels.”

“Piero della Francesca in America,” at the Frick Collection, reunites six panels from a single altarpiece, painted by Piero in the mid-to-late 15th century….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 8, 2013: Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People defaced at Len’s Louvre gallery

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Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People defaced at Len’s Louvre gallery

Source: Guardian UK, 2-8-13

The Louvre’s Lens branch closed two galleries on Friday after a woman defaced its main attraction, Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People.

Vincent Pomarede, Director of the paintings department at the Louvre Museum, poses front of Eugene Delacroix 's painting,

Vincent Pomarede, Director of the paintings department at the Louvre Museum, poses front of Eugene Delacroix ‘s painting, “Liberty Leading the People (28 July 1830) (La Liberte guidant le peuple) in “La Galerie du Temps”  Photo: REUTERS

The 28-year-old woman scribbled “AE911” on a foot long section at the bottom of the painting.

She was immediately seized by a guard and another visitor, and is being questioned by police.

“AE911” is a shortened form of “Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth”, a group whose website says they are seeking to establish the truth behind the suicide attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers on 11 September 2001.

Liberty Leading the People is Delacroix’s most famous work, and it was chosen as the emblem of the Louvre-Lens at its opening last December….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 7, 2013: David Joselit: Interview: After Busan Biennale, Yale Art Historian Urges Art World to Think Local

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Interview: After Busan Biennale, Yale Art Historian Urges Art World to Think Local

Source: Asia Society (blog), 2-7-13

Asia Blog recently interviewed the art historian and critic David Joselit, Carnegie Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, to ask him about his recent trip to Busan, Korea to cover the 2012 Busan Biennale….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 5, 2013: Kim Sajet: New Director Named for National Portrait Gallery in Washington

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New Director Named for National Portrait Gallery

Source: NYT, 2-5-13

Kim Sajet, the current president and chief executive of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, will be the new director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 1, 2013: Metropolitan Museum of Art: ‘Buddhism Along the Silk Road’: ‘5th-8th Century’

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‘Buddhism Along the Silk Road’: ‘5th-8th Century’

Source: NYT, 2-1-13

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A bust from “Buddhism Along the Silk Road,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“Buddhism Along the Silk Road: 5th-8th Century,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, tells a story of the transmission and transfer of art….READ MORE