Art


    • Italy's sights, deprived of visitors, go online

      Italy's sights, deprived of visitors, go online

      Italy has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world, it relies on its cultural heritage and the tourists who come and visit and fall in love with it. But under lockdown, its cultural institutions are now struggling to come up with ideas. Some are experimenting with virtual tours, while others are displaying art in their windows, yet all are struggling to survive. 

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    • Laura Hart's art as a symbol of flowers’ fragility and resiliency

      Laura Hart's art as a symbol of flowers’ fragility and resiliency

      Made of translucent glass, Laura Hart’s brilliant orchids appear to be the paragon of delicacy: the fleshy petals and neon-illuminated columns are in full bloom, representing a fleeting stage of life that’s modeled with an easily breakable substance. The Suffolk-based artist, though, is more concerned with the floral family’s historical resilience and aptitude for survival.

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    • Why did Hilma af Klint elude art history for so long

      Why did Hilma af Klint elude art history for so long

      The visionary Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) was a pioneering abstract painter, but her place in the art history books is only now being assured. The first major step in cementing her legacy was the blockbuster 2019 exhibition at the Guggenheim, and now, a new documentary film coming out this week, Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint, is the latest attempt to chronicle her contributions to abstract art.

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    • COVID-19 “turns” sculptures into drawings

      COVID-19 “turns” sculptures into drawings

      I do not want to think about humankind having to leave Earth, but it is high time that we changed our lifestyle. Sculptor Bistra Lechevalier, who has been living and working in France for many years, wrote these prophetic words long before our planet was given its recent grave warnings and shaken out of its deep sleep.

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    • Russians decorate isolation by recreating artworks

      Russians decorate isolation by recreating artworks

      In the coronavirus lockdown, Russians can’t go to their beloved and renowned museums. So they’re filling the holes in their souls by recreating artworks while stuck at home and posting them on social media. The Facebook group where the works are posted has become a huge hit. The art recreations range from studious and reverent to flippant and goofy.

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    • New York's Metropolitan Museum turns 150 in lockdown

      New York's Metropolitan Museum turns 150 in lockdown

      Parties, new exhibits and a big anniversary show: The 150th anniversary of New York Metropolitan Museum was supposed to be marked with fanfare. Monday, 13 April was to be an occasion to celebrate the achievements that brought the museum to this moment, as well as to show where things go from here, director Max Hollein said last year when presenting the anniversary program. The museum was even making its own biscuits bearing the anniversary logo in sugar icing: "The Met 150".

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    • The fascinating history of the prestigious Paris Salon

      The fascinating history of the prestigious Paris Salon

      In 1874, several artists based in Paris banded together to hold an independent art show. Later known as the Impressionists, these figures took it upon themselves to present their own paintings, prints, and sculptures, bypassing an external selection process. Today, this may seem like standard practice. In 19th-century France, however, it was considered a radical move, as it subverted the Salon.

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    • Become your own Italian masterpiece...at home

      Become your own Italian masterpiece...at home

      What is an art enthusiast to do, now that galleries and museums worldwide have closed their doors to vistors? The world-famous J. Paul Getty Museum, based in Los Angeles, has a suggestion: recreate famous works of art using household items. And the results are simply marvelous. 

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