Archive for the ‘art’ Category

Sunday palate cleanser: Royal Ballet company class

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

This will [hopefully] be the first of a new category, Sunday palate cleansers, dedicated to the arts:

Royal Ballet company class

Insights at Neo-neocon.

Puerto Rico: Flaming June at the Frick

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

#FlamingJuneattheFrick – One of my favorite paintings is showcased at my favorite NYC museum:

Flaming Frick

Leighton’s Flaming June
June 9, 2015 to September 6, 2015

At the end of his career, the British artist Frederic Leighton painted the now-iconic image of a sleeping woman in a vivid orange gown. This nineteenth-century masterpiece embodies the modern philosophy of “art for art’s sake,” the belief that the value of art lies in its aesthetic qualities rather than in its subject matter. The sensuously draped figure — freed from any narrative context — is integrated into a harmonious ensemble of rhythmic lines and radiant color. On loan from the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, Flaming June makes its first public appearance in New York City, exhibited alongside the Frick’s four full-length portraits by James McNeill Whistler, another major proponent of “art for art’s sake.”

Lecture live webcast tomorrow Wed. June 10 at 6PM Eastern.

This, and the Museo de Arte de Ponce‘s collection of Pre-Raphaelites, started my interest in late 19th Century painting.

Leighton House

The Artsy folks emailed regarding the 2014 page. There’s also the 2015 Art Basel coming up June 18-21.

Art: Abstract interpretation of a minion sells for $46.5million

Friday, May 15th, 2015

For your consideration:



Today’s podcast: Adrian Plasencia

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Talking about art with artist Adrian Plasencia in Silvio Canto’s podcast

and, Art Basel‘s on this weekend.

“Neat . . . sweet . . . petite!

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The royal Danes go full Addams,

Brazil: The highflying tastemaker

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

The WSJ has an article on art collector Pedro Barbosa, and the Art of a Global Deal
To play in the big leagues, art patrons need a private plane to jet off to international art fairs, staff curators, prizes, artist residencies and private museums. How a rising Brazilian collector does it.

Here are some of the items in his collection. I can’t help but wonder what Gerard would say about this.

You and I may call that an old refrigerator, but to a [rich enough] connoisseur, it’s art.

Art, schnart UPDATED

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

I don’t call it performance art if anyone else other than the “artiste” would get busted for loitering if engaging in the same activity, but the MMA found the convergence of exhibitionism and celebrity worship:

Tilda Swinton sleeps in glass box for surprise performance piece at Museum of Modern Art
As part of her installation ‘The Maybe,’ the ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ actress napped in a transparent box full of cushions while museum-goers gawked.

The cot’s too short, too.

Here’s a group of bloggers engaging in performance art at a different venue,



Climbing new heights of bad taste

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Siegfried & Roy, or The Poor Little Rich Girls of Mexico?

“they represent 70 years of PRI rule”. . . and jaw-dropping bad taste. The photographer twaddles on about liberation and stuff:

And, if Moschino is selling it, Daniela, it’s still garbage.

¿Cómo se dice “chutzpah” en castellano?*

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Elderly woman who botched religious fresco demands royalties
The elderly Spanish woman who ruined a religious fresco with her botched restoration is now demanding royalties from her work after it became an unlikely tourist attraction.

Give it time: the Whitney will have her as guest artist.

* How do you say “chutzpah” in Castilian Spanish?

The case of the pixilated purloined painting

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Better than The Geek Interpreter!

CNN reports that FBI agents find missing Matisse in undercover sting

Two suspects were arrested in Miami Beach after trying to sell “Odalisque in Red Pants,” valued at $3 million, federal prosecutors said.
The painting was stolen from a Venezuelan art museum in 2002, the statement said.

Thing is, CNN pixilated the breasts of the odalisque; Ed Driscoll noticed,

Now is the time at Ed when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals style:

– Headline, TV, June 21st.

– Ann Althouse, today, who adds that “The clip is hilarious.”

Unexpectedly! — to coin another Internet meme, as the network that brought you The Wright-Free Zone now brings its Saudi Arabian viewers a surfeit of Seurat.

Here’s the CNN video,

But the story gets better,

The story started in 2002 when it was discovered that the Matisse hanging in the museum wall was a fake, after the Chavez administration had changed the Board of the museum a couple of years earlier, including Ms. Imber, who had run it from its beginning (And purchased this particular painting for a relatively low price)

Initially there were accusations that the painting had disappeared after the management change, but others have suggested that the switch took place even before when the painting was lent in 1997 to a Spanish exhibit. However, those at the museum until the management change have stated privately that they would have certainly noticed the switch. The current Director of the museum has suggested it was an inside job, without ever explaining her statement.

The switch was discovered when a collector was offered the painting in 2001-2002 and began performing due diligence on the painting and wrote to the Director of the museum. This led the museum to check the painting and the discovery that the one hanging in Caracas was a fake. The painting was offered to a number of collectors and rumors of that it was for sale have recurred over the years.

Hopefully, with the recovery of the painting the full story of the switcheroo will be revealed and those responsible prosecuted.

For now, this is another picturesque (pun intended) story of the always devious Venezuelans in Government (no matter when the switch took place) always looking for an angle that will make them rich overnight.

For now, at least, the original has been found.