The Shows That Made Contemporary Art History: The Salon Des Refusés
The Shows That Made Contemporary Art History: The Salon Des Refusés
First of a string of groundbreaking contemporary art shows, the 1863 Salon des Refusés has radically changed the course of Art History.
Artland Magazine
Unfinished Art: The Enduring Fascination Of Incompleteness
Unfinished Art: The Enduring Fascination Of Incompleteness
Surprising and intriguing, unfinished art offers new perspectives on the artistic process, ultimately revealing what was bound to remain secret.
Artland Magazine
Art and Fiction: 15 Brilliant Novels About Art and Artists
Art and Fiction: 15 Brilliant Novels About Art and Artists
What better way to spend your summer than with a great book in hands? From Thrillers to romance, discover our pick of the best art-themed novels.
Artland Magazine
Where Should Art History Go in the Future? As Survey Courses Change, the Past Evolves
Where Should Art History Go in the Future? As Survey Courses Change, the Past Evolves
Curricular changes rarely make headlines even in the confines of a college town, but after Yale University’s art history department announced plans to revamp its introductory survey courses with global offerings less focused on Europe and the United States, the news prompted a national outcry.
Art News
Narrated By Contemporary Art: The Darkness Of The Fairytale Reimagined
Narrated By Contemporary Art: The Darkness Of The Fairytale Reimagined
Often gruesome in their original versions, fairy tales have an inherently dark side, which has been reinvented by a number of artists.
Artland Magazine
The Harmony of Form and Function: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Organic Architecture
The Harmony of Form and Function: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Organic Architecture
Discover one of the most groundbreaking architectural philosophies in modern times and the man behind it.
Artland Magazine
Agents Of Change: Net Art. How The World Wide Web Created A New Medium For Contemporary Art
Agents Of Change: Net Art. How The World Wide Web Created A New Medium For Contemporary Art
Can browsers, software, code, websites, and images randomly found on the internet be art?
Artland Magazine
Farty paintings and getting sozzled on gin: a seriously silly history of art and comedy colliding
Farty paintings and getting sozzled on gin: a seriously silly history of art and comedy colliding
Can comedy ever be art? From the crucifixion in puppet form to Vic Reeves on dada, we celebrate the daftness that can ensue when one spills over into the other
Guardian
Frank Popper (1918–2020)
Frank Popper (1918–2020)
Pioneering art historian Frank Popper, whose writings were among the first to explore the relationship between modern art and technology, has died at age one hundred and two in Lugano, Switzerland. At the time of his death, Popper held the title of Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the Science of Art at the Sorbonne. In addition to helping lay the groundwork for discourses concerning new media and ethics in his later writing on what he called the “virtualization” of art, Popper influenced countless historians and artists with scholarship conducted in the 1960s, when he published early analyses of light and movement in contemporary art.
Art Forum
Stories of Iconic Artworks: Paul Klee’s Angelus Novus
Stories of Iconic Artworks: Paul Klee’s Angelus Novus
In 1921, Walter Benjamin bought Klee's "Angelus Novus". The angel made it possible to understand a humanity proving itself by destruction.
Artland Magazine
The Mysterious Case Of Darko Maver. Or The Many Deaths Of This Most Elusive of Artists
The Mysterious Case Of Darko Maver. Or The Many Deaths Of This Most Elusive of Artists
Darko Maver was a provocative Serbian artist whose life and work hid a secret that shocked the art world...
Artland Magazine
Lost (and Found) Artist Series: Vivian Maier, Street Photographer
Lost (and Found) Artist Series: Vivian Maier, Street Photographer
Discover the work of a career nanny that has rewritten the history of Street Photography.
Artland Magazine
A Short History Of the African Diaspora Through the Eyes of Its Visual Artists
A Short History Of the African Diaspora Through the Eyes of Its Visual Artists
Throughout history, African American artists have been narrating the implications and social magnitude of the African diaspora.
Artland Magazine
Photographer Ming Smith’s Dreamlike Portraits of Everyday Life From Harlem to Ethiopia Are the Subject of a Tender New Online Show—See Them Here
Photographer Ming Smith’s Dreamlike Portraits of Everyday Life From Harlem to Ethiopia Are the Subject of a Tender New Online Show—See Them Here
As galleries and art institutions around the world begin to reopen, we are spotlighting individual shows—online and IRL—that are worth your attention.
Artnet
'Their stories should be told right': how museums are documenting the protests
'Their stories should be told right': how museums are documenting the protests
From collecting and storing placards to recording oral histories from those who were there, museums across America are archiving a vital moment from history.
Guardian
From Keith Haring to Dread Scott, a Brief History of Public Art in New York City
From Keith Haring to Dread Scott, a Brief History of Public Art in New York City
New York City may be home to the world’s premier museums and galleries, but many of the most celebrated and experimental artworks memorably shown in the city debuted outside the walls of those spaces. From the 1960s to the present, public art in New York has undergone huge changes and reinventions by artists, with pieces evolving from interventions in abandoned warehouses to multi-location installations. To trace the history of some of the most important public artworks in the city’s recent history, ARTnews spoke to Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator of the Public Art Fund, and Micaela Martegani, executive director and chief curator of the nonprofit More Art. Their insights on standout works over the years follow below.
Art News
Photographer Gordon Parks Captured a Changing America in the Midst of the Civil Rights Era for Life Magazine
Photographer Gordon Parks Captured a Changing America in the Midst of the Civil Rights Era for Life Magazine
As galleries and art institutions around the world begin to slowly reopen, we are spotlighting individual shows—online and IRL—that are worth your attention.
Artnet
Archaeologists Have Uncovered Ancient Tools in Gabon That May Rewrite Our Understanding of Humankind’s History in Central Africa
Archaeologists Have Uncovered Ancient Tools in Gabon That May Rewrite Our Understanding of Humankind’s History in Central Africa
The discovery marks the earliest known evidence of human activity in the Congo Basin.
Artnet
'We should question it': galleries and museums uneasy about old masters
'We should question it': galleries and museums uneasy about old masters
Critics cite ‘uncomfortable combination of hierarchical, racial and sexist connotations’
Guardian
Chamber Of Aesthetics: Revisiting The White Cube, Its Rules Of Display And Erosion of Influence
Chamber Of Aesthetics: Revisiting The White Cube, Its Rules Of Display And Erosion of Influence
While artists are constantly restaging the gallery space, the history of The White Cube phenomenon is worth bearing in mind today.
Artland Magazine
Lost (and Found) Artist Series: Maria Lai
Lost (and Found) Artist Series: Maria Lai
Maria Lai's peculiar artistic research unified tradition and innovation, history and the present, and rediscovered the power of communities.
Artland Magazine
Diego Rivera Is Famed for His Murals, But His Early Paintings Also Made Art History
Diego Rivera Is Famed for His Murals, But His Early Paintings Also Made Art History
Though celebrated as one of Mexico’s preeminent muralists, Diego Rivera’s path to fame was defined by long-overlooked experimentation. Born in 1886, he lived through unsettled, revolutionary times, and he is best known for his pursuit of a decisive national and artistic identity for Mexico in the wake of the country’s revolution, which ended in 1920.
Art News
A Pristine 16th-Century Reproduction of the “Last Supper” Has Been Digitized
A Pristine 16th-Century Reproduction of the “Last Supper” Has Been Digitized
Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the “Last Supper” has faded and cracked over time, but an accurate reproduction likely made by one of his pupils reveals details you may have missed.
Hyperallergic
The Art of a Movement: Protest Art And The Artist As Activist
The Art of a Movement: Protest Art And The Artist As Activist
Explore just a few examples of how artists have acted as activists, and see how they have contributed to protests and raised awareness of their causes.
Artland Magazine
Commercial Art? When Fine Art Is Enlisted To Sell
Commercial Art? When Fine Art Is Enlisted To Sell
This article covers the relationship between art and advertising and the line of influence between them.
Artland Magazine
Art Beyond Boundaries. The Raw Appeal of Outsider Art
Art Beyond Boundaries. The Raw Appeal of Outsider Art
What is Outsider Art? We look at the history of this whimsical and peculiar genre, with some of the most illustrious examples.
Artland Magazine
Imagining New Worlds. Or How  Architecture Has Dreamt Of Utopia
Imagining New Worlds. Or How Architecture Has Dreamt Of Utopia
From Ancient Greece to the present, discover how architects have developed utopian visions.
Artland Magazine
Carceral Aesthetics: The Conditions Of Making Art In Prison
Carceral Aesthetics: The Conditions Of Making Art In Prison
Nicole R. Fleetwood's new book explores prison art and the broader visual culture of incarceration.
Art News
Body Issues: How Artists Have Fought against Erotic Readings of Their Work
Body Issues: How Artists Have Fought against Erotic Readings of Their Work
“I could make up stories of what the circle means to men, but I don’t know if that is conscious. I think it was a form, a vehicle. I don’t think I had a sexual, anthropomorphic, geometric meaning.”
Artsy
How Have Artists Shaped Previous Protest Movements? 7 Historians on How the Past Can Help Us Understand the Present
How Have Artists Shaped Previous Protest Movements? 7 Historians on How the Past Can Help Us Understand the Present
We asked historians to weigh in on the role that artists have played in past instances of social, economic, and cultural unrest.
Artnet
Subtracting reality, revealing beauty. A tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude's unique legacy
Subtracting reality, revealing beauty. A tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude's unique legacy
A glance at the pair of revolutionary artists' life who have changed our perception of urban and natural surroundings.
Artland Magazine
Prized $45.6 M. Gauguin Painting at Spanish Museum May Be Sold Amid Dispute: Report
Prized $45.6 M. Gauguin Painting at Spanish Museum May Be Sold Amid Dispute: Report
Earlier this month, Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum became one of the many major European museums that began allowing visitors into its galleries after a months-long temporary closure related to the coronavirus pandemic. The cause for celebration was tempered by an unexpected shift in programming: one of the masterpieces that was once on view at the museum, a Paul Gauguin painting called Mata Mua (In Olden Times), from 1892, was no longer there—and it is possible it may never return.
Art News
Sotheby’s Just Lost Its Lawsuit Against Greece Over an 8th-Century Horse Statue—and the Decision May Have Lasting Implications for the Trade
Sotheby’s Just Lost Its Lawsuit Against Greece Over an 8th-Century Horse Statue—and the Decision May Have Lasting Implications for the Trade
The ministry of culture in Greece has won a court ruling over Sotheby’s that may leave lasting effects on the antiquities market.
Artnet
Art Historian Sues Wildenstein Plattner Institute for Holding Modigliani Research ‘Hostage’
Art Historian Sues Wildenstein Plattner Institute for Holding Modigliani Research ‘Hostage’
In a suit filed in New York Southern District Court on June 9, art historian Marc Restellini alleges that the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, a nonprofit organization that supports the production of digital catalogues raisonnés and archives, has made copies of and disseminated his research on the artist Amedeo Modigliani without his permission. The French newspaper Le Monde first reported the news.
Art News
RENEGADE ART HISTORIAN ABY WARBURG CHALLENGED THE DISCIPLINE’S ELITISM WITH PHOTOGRAPHY
RENEGADE ART HISTORIAN ABY WARBURG CHALLENGED THE DISCIPLINE’S ELITISM WITH PHOTOGRAPHY
I suppose I am something of an Aby Warburg agnostic. Or, I vacillate.
Art News
Appropriation! When Art (very closely) Inspires Other Art
Appropriation! When Art (very closely) Inspires Other Art
Appropriation art has been around for centuries, though the rise of consumerism led to a newfound significance and prevalence.
Artland Magazine