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Are Facebook, YouTube, And Other Social Networking Sites Becoming The Censors Of Artistic Taste?

  It is a debate that seems to have been running since the dawn of time and shows no sign of letting up anytime soon. When does art cease to be art and become pornography? According to Facebook and YouTube, the bar is set by them as extremely low, both recently removing images of nudes… Continue reading

The Horse: From Arabia to Royal Ascot

  Rearing to go: Laetitia, Lady Lade, 1793 by George Stubbs: ‘a fantastic glorification of horsewomanship’. Photograph: The Royal Collection   The British Museum is a most distinguished and well-stocked stable. You walk into its Great Court and at once spot the emperor Hadrian, mounted on his stone steed, legs dangling, just beyond the information… Continue reading

Schiele case could damage NY business, say dealers

  International dealers have joined forces to lobby against potential US legislation that could have a “significant and negative impact on the art market in New York”. The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), the Society of London Art Dealers (Slad) and the UK dealer Richard Nagy are unhappy about moves in a US court… Continue reading

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at the Bowes Museum

   An odd couple take over the former home of another odd couple. No wonder Frida Kahlo’s winking. The Guardian Northerner‘s arts ace Alan Sykes explains   Frida Kahlo. Some character. If you haven't already read Barbara Kingsolver's 'The Lacuna', do. It's a warmly imaginative account of the curious pair. Photograph: Lucienne Bloch… Continue reading

Analyze This

  Clues abound as to the auto-biographical nature of Louise Bourgeois’s art, with her menacing spider sculptures called “Maman” (French for “mom”) and sexually charged installations like The Louise Bourgeois sculpting Sleep II in Italy, 1967 (above). The Dangerous Obsession, 2003 (below). STUDIO FOTOGRAFICO, CARRARA/©THE EASTON FOUNDATION Destruction of the Father. But few beyond… Continue reading

British Museum puts Picasso’s Vollard Suite on display

  Etchings displayed beside classical sculptures and works by Rembrandt and Goya that inspired Picasso. Picasso's etchings at the British Museum. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images   The British Museum is showing off a spectacular new acquisition: Picasso’s most famous sequence of etchings, never before exhibited and in mint condition, and described by the museum’s director,… Continue reading

Copy Rights

  As digital tools transform the way artists find and rework images, the concept of what is fair use—legally as well as artistically—is becoming more complicated. I think about so many things when I think about working with an image that I just can’t name it,” says Kelley Walker, when asked if he is an… Continue reading

Lithuanian artist and composer M. K. Čiurlionis (1875-1911), a unique figure in the history of European arts

  Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis The artistic universe of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis , formed in the early 20th century, was marked by the interaction of diverse artistic ideas of Neo-Romanticism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau. Having embarked on painting career, Čiurlionis did not stop composing music. His artistic work (painting, graphics) lasted six years (1903–1909). He… Continue reading

Francisco Goya de Lucientes’ “Los Caprichos”

Francisco Goya, "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters," plate 43 from his famous etchings, "Los Caprichos"   Francisco Goya’s passion for his homeland was both a great strength and weakness. It was  intense enough to carry this scrappy youth from the barren rural outpost of Aragon to a long and illustrious career as the… Continue reading