Monthly Archives: March 2012

Art museum news

  Swedish museum opening delayed until May The opening of Bildmuseet, the new art museum building in the northern Swedish city of Umea, has been postponed from March to 19 May. “It [has taken] longer to install all the necessary…

Brian Sewell – Tracey Emin

Emin’s skill has been usurped by celebrity Brian Sewell A scrupulous art critic must admit that it was with a groan that he greeted the first news of Tracey Emin’s exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, with a groan that he…

Michel Houellebecq The Map and the Territory

Ancient Curse By Ben Jeffrey The Map and the Territory is the fifth novel by the French misanthrope and provocateur Michel Houellebecq. At this stage in his career, there is a checklist of flaws that any balanced reviewer is more or less…

Sotheby’s

ALICE GREGORY I spent the summer after graduation reading novels in McCarren Park. I had been warned that nobody was hiring and was secretly relieved because this meant it wasn’t entirely on me to have a legitimate job. I could copy-edit…

A Lost da Vinci Masterpiece?

Have Art Experts Discovered a Lost da Vinci Masterpiece? In 1505, the city of Florence commissioned its treasured artist, Leonardo da Vinci, to paint a sprawling fresco depicting the city’s victorious battle with the Milanese in 1440. Da Vinci, who…

Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton

Book Review: Religion for Atheists, by Alain de Botton Reviewed by José Teodoro “I’m an atheist,” the great Aragónian filmmaker Luis Buñuel famously declared. “Thank God.” Besides being a conspicuously agnostic, characteristically mischievous aphorism, I think Buñuel’s words have been…

Damien Hirst and Money

Damien Hirst: ‘I still believe art is more powerful than money’ Damien Hirst has gone from mouthy YBA to global brand over the past 25 years – and become the world’s richest living artist on the way. Here he talks…