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 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 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 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 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 May 24, 2013: New European Paintings Galleries, 1250-1800, at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art

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New European Paintings Galleries, 1250-1800, at the Met

Source: NYT, 5-24-13

Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

Italian Baroque works in the Metropolitan Museum’s European paintings galleries, which have expanded by nearly a third and undergone a reinstallation.

When a monument wakes up, you notice. It’s been more than 40 years since the Metropolitan Museum of Art rethought what many considered its raison d’être, its galleries of European paintings….READ MORE

 A Fresh Home for Familiar Paintings

Source: NYT, 5-24-13

Photos from the new European galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art….READ MORE

Art Buzz May 23, 2013: Pablo Picasso: Catalogue Raisoné by Christian Zervos: A Tome to Rival the Artist Himself

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A Tome to Rival the Artist Himself

Source: NYT, 5-23-13

“Pablo Picasso,” a catalogue raisoné by Christian Zervos, is to be republished this fall.
Editions Cahiers d’Art

“Pablo Picasso,” a catalogue raisoné by Christian Zervos, is to be republished this fall.

A legendary catalogue raisonné of Picasso’s works is being republished at a stratospheric price….READ MORE

Art Buzz May 23, 2013: Massimiliano Gioni, Venice Biennale Curator: New Guide in Venice

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New Guide in Venice

Source: NYT, 5-23-13

Massimiliano Gioni, 40, the 2013 Venice Biennale curator is also the associate director and director of exhibitions for the New Museum.
Samuele Pellecchia for The New York Times

Massimiliano Gioni, 40, the 2013 Venice Biennale curator is also the associate director and director of exhibitions for the New Museum.

Massimiliano Gioni’s ambitious Venice Biennale art extravaganza opens this week…..READ MORE

Art Buzz May 13, 2013: Defending a Scrap of Soul Against MoMA: The American Folk Art Museum Building & the Museum of Modern Art Expansion

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Defending a Scrap of Soul Against MoMA

Source: NYT, 5-13-13
Far left, the former home of the American Folk Art Museum. Its neighbor, the Museum of Modern Art, in other photographs above, has sought to raze the folk art museum in an expansion.

Photographs by Robert Wright for The New York Times

Far left, the former home of the American Folk Art Museum. Its neighbor, the Museum of Modern Art, in other photographs above, has sought to raze the folk art museum in an expansion.

West 53rd Street needs the character of the former home of the American Folk Art Museum, a building threatened by a Museum of Modern Art expansion plan….READ MORE

Art Buzz May 8, 2013: Cezanne painting goes for $41.6 million at Sotheby’s Auction of Impressionist and Modern Art

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Cezanne painting goes for $41.6 million at Sotheby’s Auction of Impressionist and Modern Art

Source: Art Daily, AFP 5-8-13


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Cézanne’s painting ‘‘Les Pommes,’’ from around 1890.

Paul Cezanne’s “Les Pommes” sold for $41.6 million at an auction of Impressionist and Modern art held by Sotheby’s in New York, while a painting owned by pop star Madonna went for $7.16 million….READ MORE

Art Buzz May 5, 2013: Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy Exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford

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Caravaggio, and Some of His Admirers

Source: NYT, 5-5-13

An exhibition featuring the works of the great artist and 21 “Caravaggisti” is on view through June 16 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford….READ MORE

Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy


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Art Buzz May 3, 2013: ‘Boy With Frog’ Sculpture to Be Removed in Venice

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‘Boy With Frog’ to Be Removed in Venice

Source: NYT, 5-3-13

To the chagrin of the artist, the city of Venice plans to remove the 2009 sculpture “Boy With a Frog” from a pivotal spot next to the Punta della Dogana museum….READ MORE

Art Buzz May 2, 2013: Henry Hope Reed, Architectural Historian, Is Dead at 97

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Henry Hope Reed, Architectural Historian, Is Dead at 97

Source: NYT, 5-2-13

Jack Manning/The New York Times

Henry Hope Reed in Central Park in 1979. He was an early leader of historical walking tours.

Henry Hope Reed, an architecture critic and historian whose ardent opposition to modernism was purveyed in books, walking tours of New York City and a host of curmudgeonly barbs directed at advocates of the austere, the functional and unornamented in public buildings and spaces, died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 97.

The death was confirmed by Paul Gunther, president of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art….READ MORE