Archive for July 2020

Church volunteer arrested for setting fire to 15th century Gothic cathedral in France

French authorities have arrested and charged a church volunteer for setting a fire that wreaked havoc on the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Nantes. The man was questioned immediately following the July 18th blaze but was released without charge the following day. Then, after lab analysis confirmed it was arson, the man […]

Three women artists pushing ceramics forward

Ceramics have long been classified as craft work and for thousands of years, people have created ceramics for use or decoration and the line between the two has often been blurred. However, in recent years, ceramics as a medium has gained traction within the art world allowing it to stand on its own as an […]

Art World Roundup: from Thomas J. Price’s new London statue to NYC’s odd COVID-19 poster to the ongoing 5Pointz battle

This week’s Art World Roundup covers a British artist’s depiction of the Black “everywoman”, the ongoing battle over 5Pointz, NYC governor Cuomo’s unusual COVID-19 poster, museums masks, and a recently discovered Picasso.    Statue of Black “everywoman” unveiled for East London Thomas J. Price, a British artist known for his figurative sculptures, this week revealed […]

Thanks to astronomy, researchers in Texas figure out the time, date, and year of Vermeer’s “View of Delft”

Nothing if not technical, Vermeer is known for his expert handling of light and shadow, which has mesmerised many for centuries. However, even today, not a lot is known about the artist’s life and how he worked, which is how he earned the nickname “The Sphinx of Delft” and why many of his works remain […]

New research shows ancient Greeks may have used ramps for accessibility

Laws, like the Americans with Disabilities Act signed into action in 1990 and the 1995 UK Disability Discrimination Act, seek to make society more accessible. These kinds of regulations make buildings accessible, tasks doable, and more for those who are disabled while they also benefit many who would be considered able-bodied. Ramps are one of […]

The REALM Project sheds light on how long the COVID-19-causing virus can live on library materials

Social distancing and other safety precautions have adjusted the way visitors experience museums, galleries, and more as lockdown restrictions have been relaxed. However, for libraries, whether it be a public library or the Victoria & Albert’s reading rooms, what happens when their main items are meant to be handled, thumbed through, and taken home, yet […]

Phi Centre’s Emergence and Convergence blooms with the space’s return

After nearly a third of the year in hibernation, certain physical art spaces are tentatively re-opening their doors. With reduced entrant numbers and some distancing measures put in place, it seems like there can be a return of semi-normalcy for galleries and the like. Phi Centre in Montreal has reopened their doors with its latest […]