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  • Louvre 'courting disaster' over plans to send works to Fukushima

    01/16/2012 10:56:15 AM PST · by Razzz42 · 3 replies ^ | January 12, 2012 | By Henry Samuel Paris
    ...While describing the museum's intention "laudable", he said it was not "the Louvre's role to come to the aid, via exhibitions, of populations that are victims of cataclysms." "(If so), why not do it in all countries hit by earthquakes, forest fires, volcanic eruptions or even wars? ... Why doesn't the Louvre just send the works onto Bagdad?," he complained. France's nuclear safety and protection institute, IRSN, had advised French citizens only to visit the areas for essential reasons and to "regularly pass the vacuum cleaner over the surface of furniture and carpets" in the fallout zone. "What about the...
  • This is Just WRONG...

    01/15/2012 8:24:54 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 15, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    WRONG WRONG WRONG! Lambanana by Taro Chiezo
  • Nuns Lose $51 Million Lawsuit Over Painting

    01/12/2012 1:27:13 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Artfix Daily ^ | January 11, 2012
    William Adolfe Bouguereau, "Notre Dame des Anges." A long-standing lawsuit over the sale of a 19th-century painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau has been lost by New York State-based Catholic nuns who sued a Santa Fe, N.M., art dealer and a local art appraiser.In 2008, the nuns claimed that dealer Mark Zaplin and appraiser Mark LaSalle had colluded to defraud them of $1.7 million from the sale of their painting "Notre Dame des Anges," an 1889 work by Bouguereau depicting the Virgin Mary holding the Christ child.The Daughters of Mary Mother of Our Savior and St Joseph's Chapel, in Round Top,...
  • Woman Scratches, Rubs Butt Over $30M Painting

    01/05/2012 9:28:20 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 122 replies
    NBC S.Cal ^ | 1/5/12 | Greg Wilson
    A Colorado woman dropped her pants at a museum and rubbed her rear end all over a painting valued at $30 million, according to police. Carmen Tisch, 36, was arrested after scratching, punching and, well, rubbing her butt against Clyfford Still's "1957-J no.2" and causing an estimated $10,000 damage to the artwork at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. Police believe she was drunk during the late December incident. "You have to wonder where her friends were," a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office told the Denver Post. Tisch was charged with felony criminal mischief on Wednesday and has been...
  • Virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel

    12/22/2011 4:51:14 PM PST · by Doogle · 17 replies · 3+ views
    Villanova ^ | 12/22/11
    Virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel. Let it load then use your mouse to look around.
  • Pic of the Day: The $600,000 toad statue your tax dollars paid for and you will never see in person

    12/14/2011 9:34:08 AM PST · by Askwhy5times · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | Tuesday, December 13, 2011 | Bluegrass Pundit
    Yes. Taxpayers paid $600,000 for this toad and fairy girl statue. It sets in the lobby of the restricted DoD Mark Center building in Alexandria, VA and can only be viewed by about 2000 employees. That comes to $300 an employee for the pleasure of enjoying this art piece. As an added plus, it reportedly makes a gurgling sound. Oh, that noise may be coming from the taxpayers who paid for this pork toad.
  • Artist Believes He's Found Secret Code in the Mona Lisa

    12/09/2011 2:33:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    News5 ^ | 12/9/2012
    A New York artist believes he's "cracked the code" of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" painting. Ron Piccirillo stated on his blog that the painting is an optical illusion with one painting hidden within another. He refers to a "secret that has been hiding for five hundred years" as he claims to have found a lion's head, an ape head and a buffalo head in the painting while turning it around. "I had first Googled this, but could not find anything on it," he stated. "How could something like this have gone unnoticed for five hundred years?" The key to...
  • Poem For People That Are Understandably Too Busy To Read Poetry

    11/23/2011 9:02:22 AM PST · by Space Patrol Hoppa · 10 replies · 1+ views
    American Digest ^ | Nov 23 2011 | Stephen Dunn
    Poem For People That Are Understandably Too Busy To Read Poetry Relax. This won't last long. Or if it does, or if the lines make you sleepy or bored, give in to sleep, turn on the T.V., deal the cards. This poem is built to withstand such things. Its feelings cannot be hurt. They exist somewhere in the poet, and I am far away. Pick it up anytime. Start it in the middle if you wish. It is as approachable as melodrama, and can offer you violence if it is violence you like. Look, there's a man on a sidewalk;...
  • Occupiers Protest $1.4 Billion Free Art Museum to Bash Wal-Mart

    11/22/2011 12:46:20 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/22/11 | By Julia Seymour
    In their zeal to bash Wal-Mart, Occupy Wall Street protesters are even complaining about the company giving $1.4 billion to found a free art museum in Arkansas. Alice Walton, Wal-Mart heiress, is being criticized by Occupy Wall Street for giving $1.4 billion to found an Arkansas art museum. The incoherent and absurd messaging of the Occupy Wall Street movement continues. Recently, the OWS crowd joined forces with Wal-Mart workers to protest Crystal Bridges, an American art museum that opened on Nov. 11 in Bentonville, Ark. Art snobs are outraged by the notion of a major art collection in Arkansas, but...
  • Shepard Fairey on Occupy Wall Street: ‘I Support the Movement.’

    11/18/2011 6:39:16 PM PST · by Dajjal · 15 replies · 1+ views
    GalleristNY ^ | Nov. 15, 2011 | Sarah Douglas
    Shepard Fairey on Occupy Wall Street: ‘I Support the Movement.’ The Artist Says He’s at Work on Images That ‘Call Out the Villains’ by Sarah Douglas11/15/11 [snip] This morning, we spoke with artist Shepard Fairey, who was recently chosen by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation as its first “Artist as Activist,” for which Mr. Fairey created 100 signed prints of a new poster called “The Future is Unwritten,” which is available through, starting at $1,250, to benefit Coalition for the Homeless. We asked Mr. Fairey, who spoke with us on the phone from the James Hotel, not far from the...
  • Oldest rock art in Egypt discovered

    11/17/2011 4:49:02 PM PST · by Renfield · 17 replies
    Yale News ^ | 11/10/2011 | Dorie Baker
    Using a new technology known as optically stimulated luminescence (OSL), a team of Belgian scientists and Professor John Coleman Darnell of Yale have determined that Egyptian petroglyphs found at the east bank of the Nile are about 15,000 years old, making them the oldest rock art in Egypt and possibly the earliest known graphic record in North Africa. The dating results will be published in the December issue of Antiquity (Vol. 85 Issue 330, pp. 1184–1193). The site of the rock art panels is near the modern village of Qurta, about 40km south of the Upper-Egyptian town of Edfu. First...
  • Overzealous cleaning lady damages million-dollar sculpture

    11/07/2011 2:45:53 PM PST · by Red Badger · 67 replies ^ | 11-07-2011 | By Melissa Eddy
    BERLIN - A modern art installation valued at euro800,000 ($1.1 million) was damaged after an overzealous cleaning woman scrubbed away a patina intended to look like a dried rain puddle, a Dortmund official said Friday. Martin Kippenberger's "When it Starts Dripping from the Ceiling" remains in place at the city's Ostwall museum, despite the damage sustained earlier this month when a cleaner scrubbed away the painted puddle beneath a rubber trough placed under a stacked tower of wooden slats. The work by Kippenberger, a German-born artist who died in 1997, was on loan to the museum from a private collector,...
  • The Last Supper – The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci

    10/24/2011 8:56:37 AM PDT · by sussex · 4 replies
    The Aged ^ | 24/10/11 | The Aged P
    The Last Supper is one of the most famous of Leonardo’s pictures. Commissioned by da Vinci’s patron, Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, it was painted on a wall inside the convent of Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan in the 1490s. The Last Supper had always been a popular subject for devotional painting but Leonardo’s interpretation lifted the image to a higher plane in terms of art.
  • Hollywood Dishonors the Bard [ review of stupid Roland Emmerich movie ]

    10/18/2011 6:50:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 16, 2011 | James Shapiro
    Roland Emmerich's film "Anonymous," which opens next week, "presents a compelling portrait of Edward de Vere as the true author of Shakespeare's plays." That's according to the lesson plans that Sony Pictures has been distributing to literature and history teachers in the hope of convincing students that Shakespeare was a fraud. A documentary by First Folio Pictures (of which Mr. Emmerich is president) will also be part of this campaign. So much for "Hey, it's just a movie!" The case for Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, dates from 1920, when J. Thomas Looney, an English writer who loathed...
  • Not feeling groovy: TriMet puls plug on 'sonic bile path' idea

    10/06/2011 12:02:33 PM PDT · by Wicket · 20 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 10/6/11 | Joseph Rose
    For Portland bicycle commuters hoping that TriMet would build a “sonic bike path” connecting to the nation’s largest car-free bridge, Thursday was the day the music died. The idea was for an intricate sequence of concrete grooves on the path that would play Simon and Garfunkel's "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)” when bicycle tires rolled over them. . . . Citing concerns about cost, safety and design, the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project’s art advisory committee told TriMet and Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee today that it has voted to ditch the proposal.
  • Mohammed shows face at the Met

    09/25/2011 2:48:35 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 25, 2011 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    The Met is no longer non-prophet. After at least an eight-year absence, images of Mohammed will return to the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the renovated Islamic galleries reopen in November. The controversial depictions have not been seen in years, and there was some doubt about whether they would resurface when a $50 million renovation of the gallery space is completed.
  • Houston's Menil is returning holy artworks to Cyprus

    09/24/2011 5:06:44 AM PDT · by urtax$@work · 3 replies
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | Saturday, September 24, 2011 | By DOUGLAS BRITT
    For more than two decades, Houston has been home to a large pair of restored 13th-century Byzantine frescoes that Menil Collection founder Dominique de Menil purchased from art thieves in 1984. Now the Menil is working to return them to their rightful owner, the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus. While that seemingly recalls recent decisions by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and others to return priceless artworks that improperly left their countries of origin, there's a difference: Neither de Menil nor the museum she founded ever claimed to own the frescoes.... READ ENTIRE ARTICLE AT SOURCE LINK
  • Breaking: Swedish Police Arrest Four Terror Suspects; "Preparing a Terror Attack"

    09/11/2011 1:24:40 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 16 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 9/11/11 | Aurelius
    This is breaking news, so unfortunately I do not have a tremendous amount of details. This is what is known: Swedish security police have arrested four terror suspects on suspicion of "preparing a terrorist attack." Today being September 11, fear of terrorism is much greater than on normal days. The four were arrested in Sweden's second largest city Goteborg early Sunday, according to Security police spokesman Stefan Johansson. No further comments were given.
  • Iowa Artist Gets Offensive with Male Anatomy Exhibit

    09/14/2011 4:13:02 PM PDT · by stillafreemind · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo/AC ^ | Sept. 14, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Barwick's subject, John Holmes, a pornographic star who died from AIDS when he was 43, was also a suspect in four murders. He also chose NOT to tell his porn costars that he was infected with AIDS and continued to make movies with them unprotected.
  • Family: 400-Year-Old Painting Stolen By Nazis

    09/10/2011 3:28:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    WFTV ^ | September 9, 2011
    A 400-year-old painting of Christ is at the center of an investigation. The painting is at a museum in Tallahassee, but it's believed to have been stolen from its original owners by Nazi soldiers. The grandchildren of a Jewish man claim the painting was stolen from their grandfather in the 1930s, and now they want it back. The CEO of the museum got a call from the U.S. district attorney about the artwork. “She had information that indicated that it had been alleged that there was a family who claimed to have prior ownership of the painting and it had...