Archive for January 2020

Hong Kong follows China in closing museums amid coronavirus outbreak

Usually a time of celebration and enjoying time with family, the Lunar New Year’s celebrations in China have now been used as a way to help stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV. Last week, state museums in China and other public attractions have closed until further notice while the outbreak continues. Now, […]

From the gallery wall to the silver screen: getting artwork into a movie

When used well, an artwork can add volumes to a movie. In SKYFALL, James Bond first meets Q at London’s National Gallery. The pair sit in front of JMW Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire (1839) – you also catch a glimpse of Joseph Wright of Derby’s An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768) […]

NEA releases survey of how adults in America interact with the arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a government supported entity in the US that helps support the arts across the country. In partnership with the US Census Bureau, they create the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA), which shows just how involved Americans are in the arts, offering a snapshot of […]

The Long Game: how Wolfgang Beltracchi conned the art world

Former art forger John Myatt—who in the 1980s forged hundreds of “masterworks” and fenced them to institutions as venerable as London’s Tate Gallery—recently told reporters that in his opinion, pulling off such a scheme is “just as easy today”. Recent events would seem to prove Myatt’s point. In late 2019, Prince Charles’s charitable foundation was […]

The Obama portraits, by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, to tour five US cities

Getting to meet the president of the United States is an honour that many people won’t see in their lifetime. Usually, the closest you get is visiting Washington DC, the Capitol Building, or, by heading to the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in DC to see the official presidential portraits. Of course, getting to DC is […]

‘100 Years | 100 Women’ at the Armory

One hundred years ago this year, women, and a handful of men, in the US fought for the right for women to have the vote. Their labour resulted in the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution allowing certain women the right to vote. While the amendment was not totally inclusive, for example, women of colour […]

Conservators give the lamb in the Ghent Altarpiece a facelift, now, everyone is freaking out

When restorationists took to cleaning and conserving the Ghent Altarpiece, no one could have expected the reaction the internet was going to have. Without a doubt, the project, which has already spanned years and is only finished with its second phase, was going to turn heads. The artwork is, of course, one of the most […]