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)

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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 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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ART EDUCATION NEWS

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 April 20, 2013: The Books that Shaped Art History – Review

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The Books that Shaped Art History – review

The essayists are bound by connections in this thrilling account of the history of 20th-century art

Source: Guardian UK, 4-20-13

The Bathers by Paul Cezanne

Form meets colour … A detail from The Bathers by Paul Cézanne (1894-1905). Photograph: Corbis

How strangely comforting it is to learn that a book as important as Roger Fry’s Cézanne slipped into the world in less than stellar circumstances. It was first published in 1926 in a French magazine with virtually no illustrations, and all Fry received in return was a handful of free copies. Even when his friends Virginia and Leonard Woolf came to the rescue a year later and did an English version for their Hogarth Press, Cézanne: A Study of His Development, it left a lot to be desired. There were pictures this time, but laid out so crazily that even the mildest reader might feel annoyed at having to flip back and forth to find what they were after….READ MORE