VMFA receives gift of artwork by Asher B. Durand making museum donation history

Tis the season for holiday giving, right? This year, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) received an extra special gift. In a December 13th press release, the museum announced it was gifted American artist Asher B. Durand’s Progress (The Advance of Civilization). The donation is the first time the painting will be part of […]

Roland Barthes goes to the movies

Bringing some of the major influences in the Humanities into the context of film criticism is the zeitgeist of the moment. As an example, in 2011 Patrice Maniglier and Dork Zabunyan published and analyzed the (quite rare) essays dedicated to 7th art by philosopher Michel Foucault. At that time they described the relationship between Foucault […]

Tomás Saraceno, Aerocene, upturned umbrellas, and Art Basel

During the week of Miami’s Art Basel, 40 upturned silver umbrellas dotted Miami Beach between 21st and 22nd Street resembling large-scale industrialized petunias. The structures were a part of Berlin-based artist Tomás Saraceno and Swiss watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet’s installation. Titled Albedo, the sundial cum solar energy source is an immersive, kinetic artwork that makes […]

Tim Burton to take over the Neon Museum in 2019

With Christmas upon us, people everywhere are settling in to watch their favourite seasonal movies. For some this might mean a night of popcorn and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Well, Burton fans now have an exhibition to look forward to in 2019. For the first time in over a decade, Burton will be […]

Gentileschi debut at the National Gallery…but was it plundered by Nazis?

In May of last year, London’s National Gallery (NG) acquired its 1st painting by Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian Renaissance painter and pioneering female artist. The painting represents one female artist of only 21 that make up the NG’s vast 2,300-strong collection. Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria was painted in the early 1600s and sold […]

Annette Messager’s imaginary love affair with Giacometti

A surprising, often subversive carte blanche on view at the Giacometti Institute through January 13, 2019, pairs works by contemporary French artist Annette Messager with those by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti in the institute’s new Paris space.       Messager conceived of the exhibition as an imaginary “love affair” with the deceased artist, inventing […]

Postrauma – Coping in a post-capitalist society

How does a post-capitalist society cope with trauma?  An exhibition that opened last Friday is giving a pessimistic, almost drab answer to that question in Santiago. Jorge Brantmayer, Victor Castillo, Catalina Gonazalez, Angie Saiz, and Joaquin Segura collaborated to present Postrauma – an in-depth artistic study of the post-traumatic state in the post-capitalist fabric.   Angie Saiz, also acting as the curator for the exhibition, said of […]