The Art Newspaper: Sistine Chapel to get even more crowded.
“While it will be almost invisible to visitors, the switch to more energy-efficient and powerful heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology in October is expected to have a major impact on attendance.” You would think they’d be more concerned about quality of experience, rather than quantity of visitors. From today’s 700 at a time, to 2,000. Note, I see online it costs 14 Euros to access St Peters and the Sistine Chapel. You do the math.
Collectors Weekly: How Railroad Tourism Created the Craze for Traditional Native American Baskets.
“Going way back in time, men produced basketry cradles for infants. [snip] Women didn’t normally do that. Men also produced various forms basketry needed in hunting and fishing, like traps and weirs. But very few men made the fine basketry that was offered for sale. It was largely a woman’s art form.” My italic emphasis. Nowadays, local stores in Santa Fe sell baskets from Asia and Indonesia, and tourists can’t tell the difference (and really don’t care, because most are clearly marked).
BBC: Bayeux Tapestry: The islanders who finished the final scenes.
“Now, a team of embroiderers on Alderney, a small island just off the coast of William’s native Normandy, have ‘finished’ the job. The project took a year to complete and every effort was made to ensure it fitted in with its famous forebear. Embroiders used the same techniques, fabrics, colours and similar types of wool to the medieval original.”
ArtDaily: Early nineteenth century painted Buffalo hide robe now on display at the Reading Public Mu
I wonder how they manufactured that lurid green color. And why a few green horses?
Colossal: Miniature Medieval Interiors Carved into Raw Marble Blocks by Mathew Simmonds.
Totally cool. I don’t want one … I want to carve one myself.
ArtDaily: Exhibition at Fundacion Mapfre includes over 500 photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson.
A great entry that delves deeper than most into Cartier-Bresson’s motivations, history. If you’re around Madrid, go.
ArtDaily: Native American masks sold in Paris at Auction house Eve despite protests from the US emba
ArtDaily: Gustav Klimt’s ‘Lady with a Muff’, thought lost, unveiled at National Gallery in Prague.
Italian Ways: The irreconcilable couplings in Soffici’s collages.
There is a whole niche on the internet that doesn’t realize it is a mere footnote to Soffici.
Italian Ways: Adolfo Wildt’s masks of human pain.
Company of Marionettes - Puppet Shop.
Harper’s: What Is Literature?
“In effect, the canon formalized modern literature as a select body of imaginative writings that could stand up to the Greek and Latin texts. Although exclusionary by nature, it was originally intended to impart a sense of unity; critics hoped that a tradition of great writers would help create a national literature. What was the apotheosis of Shakespeare and Milton if not an attempt to show the world that England and not France — especially not France — had produced such geniuses? ”
Some NSFW. Just be warned before clicking and viewing thumbnails.
junkculture: Artists Explore the Abandoned Railways of Mexico in a Homemade ‘Spacecraft’.
“Between 2010 and 2012, Mexican artists and brothers Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene set out to explore the abandoned passenger railways of Mexico and Ecuador in a retro-futiristic silver vehicle converted for rail travel called the SEFT-1.” [Ed. note: their misspellings.] Read on, read on.
Garden and Gun: The Photography of Marty Stuart.
Italian Ways: A place for everything at the Agostinelli Museum.
Oh, to have my camera and a few hours …
The New Yorker: Ida Lupino’s Prescient “Outrage”.
“It’s a haunting, infuriating movie—and it’s not available on DVD or, to the best of my knowledge, on streaming services. Lupino is among the greats, and her directorial career is sadly under the radar. A boxed set of her six films for The Filmakers would be essential.”
ArtDaily: Major outdoor exhibition of artwork by Dale Chihuly opens at Denver Botanic Gardens.
The Art Newspaper: Matisse painting in Gurlitt hoard was Nazi loot, researchers find.
“Even though it could not be documented with absolute certainty how the work came into [Cornelius Gurlitt’s father] Hildebrand Gurlitt’s possession, the task force has concluded that the work is Nazi loot and was taken from its rightful owner Paul Rosenberg.” And, who is Paul Rosenberg?
Italian Ways: Gaetano Cellini and the fight of man against evil.
This reminds me - this is something the Internet has not yet elucidated fully. How such works of art were made, before the invention of precision tools (and sandpaper). Closest I could find, but still a far cry from Cellini.
BoingBoing: Vermeer’s paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs.
Or eye impairments. We habitually look for the exotic excuse. No doubt we were as innovative in the past as we are today in looking for better ways to do things, but we shouldn’t be so quick to discount that which we today take for granted. Along these lines, you can purchase a ‘Neolucida’, and play around with a modern take on the Instagram of the 1800’s.
LA Review of Books: The 100-Year-Old Who Taught Garbo to Waltz.
“During a career that stretched from Josef von Sternberg silents to Streisand musicals, Houghton was propositioned by a Munchkin, blew off Lucille Ball, and taught Greta Garbo to waltz for the 1937 costume drama Conquest.”
Pacific Standard: Study - Art Museums Foster Appreciation for Ambiguity.
Lost Type Blog: Diagrams – John Philipps Emslie.
“John Philipps Emslie illustrated a large number of maps and contributed to the British topographical archive in the mid to late 1800s. These astronomical and geographical illustrations from his body of work are insane.”
Compound Interest: The Aroma of Books.
Infographic. I think I would have preferred some beautifully-formatted text to explain the situation.