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Peeping Toms get a leg up in painting and sculpture

“Susanna,” a sculpture once seized by the Nazis and now returned to the heirs of its owner, prompts thoughts about what the work means.
Making the news this week is a marble sculpture of the Biblical figure Susanna carved by 19th century German artist Reinhold Begas. The figure, plundered by the Nazis from noted newspaper publisher...
7 December 2016 -
J. Altabe

Telling the difference between fake and real Van Gogh’s

The Van Gogh Museum and a Van Gogh scholar are fighting about whether a trove of drawings are emulations or are legitimately his.
A fight has erupted in the art world between the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and a Toronto historian. Grounds for the battle are 65 found drawings that the scholar from Canada attributes to Van Gogh....
27 November 2016 -
J. Altabe

Earthquakes and art, Italy’s precarious heritage

Italy is the custodian of the world’s richest cultural heritage and faces a true challenge saving its treasures
The width and the depth of Italy’s Cultural heritage are frightening. While most tourists know the three great centers of tourism, Rome, Florence, and Venice, few are aware of the many other centers...
26 November 2016 -
G. (. Pezzano
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  • In defense of Facebook’s community standards for art

    For the second time, the social media site censored a posting of an Old Master painting showing a figure in the raw, and later okayed it.
    Censorship is in the news again. Milan art dealer Hamilton Moura Filho posted a Caravaggio painting of a nude Cupid on Facebook, which ruled it a violation of community standards only to rescind the...
    25 November 2016
    J. Altabe
  • Donald Trump’s election turns museum exhibit upside down

    Artist Annette Lemieux reacted to the surprising reversal of the 2016 election by reversing the direction of her exhibit at the Whitney Museum.
    Pushing back at the results of the 2016 U.S, presidential election, artist Annette Lemieux opted to update a work she made in 1995 on view at the Whitney Museum titled “Left Right Left Right” by...
    20 November 2016
    J. Altabe
  • How Hillary Clinton’s loss shaded a photography show portraying women

    Photographer Annie Liebowvitz, known for her penetrating portraits, misses the mark with her image of Hillary Clinton.
    When an exhibit of Annie Liebowvitz’s photo-portraits of women from all walks of life opened in New York last week, it was supposed to be a celebratory event. The photographer explained that the...
    22 November 2016
    J. Altabe
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  • When interpreting art is not a good idea

    In their pitch to sell a painting by Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline, auctioneers at Sotheby’s made debatable assumptions about his intent.
    Interpreting art, trying to figuring out what it means, is no one’s business but yours – the viewer, not the art critic, not the historian. Even the artist’s intent is beside the point. After a...
    10 November 2016
    J. Altabe
  • Sensationalizing the lives of a popular painter and sculptor stains them

    New takes on the histories of Michelangelo and Van Gogh take down these artists with questionable evidence.
    Shading artists’ bios darker than they are gives art reporting a black eye. Yet such reporting popped up twice this month. One embellishment – running under the headline “How a forged sculpture...
    12 November 2016
    J. Altabe
  • Private lives exposed in full view of the public

    A pair of current shows in New York of Nan Goldin’s art-making suggests that private lives are a thing of the past.
    In her diaries, early 20th century printmaker Blanche Lazzell wrote that her thoughts weren’t intended for anyone’s eyes but hers and that after her death she wished her journals burned. Sorry,...
    29 November 2016
    J. Altabe
  • Did sex jumpstart art history?

    Is art-making driven by the love-making urge? A show at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania makes the case.
    The Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, Australia has mounted a show called “On the Origin of Art,” a topic as titanic perhaps as pondering the origin of the world; except the museum seems...
    15 November 2016
    J. Altabe
  • When 16th century cartoons by Hans Holbein rival 'SNL’s' political skits

    Five-century-old woodcuts spoofing the power hungry prompt comparison with 'Saturday Night Live’s' mock debates between Clinton and Trump.
    A new book about German artist Hans Holbein the Younger, best known for portraits of the Tudors, including King Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, focuses on another side of him: his drawings...
    8 November 2016
    J. Altabe
  • Post-election protests in 2016 recall a 1949 sculpture

    Sculptor Louise Bourgeois, 1911-2010, couldn’t know that her “The Blind Leading the Blind” would speak for America today.
    Leonardo da Vinci used to say that sculpture had nothing going for it except durability. Such thinking demonstrates that even great people can say stupid things. Sculpture has more of a bragging right...
    18 November 2016
    J. Altabe
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