Sometimes, art movements are just too avant-garde for their own good. This seems to be the case with the high-minded, 1970s Pittura Analitica group which, until now, has been rather under the radar in the UK. Mazzoleni gallery in London has remedied the situation, with a comprehensive 21-piece exhibition dedicated to the minimalist art group (until 23 July)…..
Koons’s ambitions are crass and he has achieved them all – he has turned his art into business and, boy, has he made it big in that business. He is the Donald Trump of art. In what is now a pretty long career, Koons has done more than any other human being to destroy taste, sensitivity, and the idea that striking it rich as an artist has anything to do with talent. He has also inspired an ambitious young man from Leeds to follow in his golden footsteps.
“I’m not a spokesman for anything – I know nothing,” Jodie Foster declared in Cannes on Wednesday, in front of a room of press attending her Kering Women in Motion talk. But over the course of her hour-long conversation with Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh, she proved herself wrong, passionately advocating on behalf of fellow female directors…..
Autobiography’ was what Nietzsche wrote ‘in order to see who he was’.
On the evidence adduced here, what he was was a mummy’s boy. As late as her son’s undergraduate days, Franziska Nietzsche was still lecturing him on what coat and trousers to wear in the rain…..
‘Meanwhile, back at the ranch’ and other storytelling tricks explained in ‘Plots’….
…Iñárritu’s revenge thriller is so intense and immersive that it makes you wince, shudder and duck for cover. Towards the end, though, it might make you check your watch a few times too…..
The high-powered art dealer Larry Gagosian says he bought it. The royal family of Qatar says it bought the sculpture, too. And now they are facing off in court over who owns Picasso’s important plaster bust of his muse (and mistress) Marie-Thérèse Walter….
Art historian Hartwig Fischer to take charge at the London musuem – second-most visited in the world after the Louvre in Paris and most popular visitor attraction in Britain….
Gustav Mahler as conductor….
Among those who knew Ted Hughes — friends, rivals, lovers, wives — it was universally agreed that, his other qualities notwithstanding, he was very, very good-looking. Six feet tall, broad-shouldered, and floppy-haired, his face lantern-jawed and slightly concave, he was almost a caricature of manliness…..
Our society is supposedly drowning in a flood of information brought on by the frenzied pace of technological change. A tour through history, however, shows us that these concerns are nothing new…..
Researchers are urged to make their work accessible, but simplifying complex ideas doesn’t support great scholarship…
Just weeks after becoming mayor in June, Luigi Brugnaroinitiated what he dubbed “Operation Truth,” a mission aimed at confronting the shaky state of this canal-riven city’s finances.
Mr. Brugnaro’s bitter truth? La Serenissima—or the “serene republic,” as Venice is called—is all but broke.
The rediscovery of Shelley’s Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things caused a wave of excitement a decade ago but until now this recently-resurfaced literary gem has only been seen by a handful of scholars and, thus, unavailable to students, scholars and lovers of poetry.
There is a conventional wisdom that you come to classical music later. Maybe you have a road-to-Damascus moment, in which Beethoven finally speaks to you. Or perhaps it is something more mundane: as you become an older thing yourself, you come to prefer other older things (although, ironically, much of the musical canon was composed by young men, with Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and Mendelssohn all dying in their 30s)…..
The correspondence between 20th-century art historian Bernard Berenson and the youner Kenneth Clarke….
Guggenheim was one of the great heroines of 20th-century art…..