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Artists have provided inspirational subject matter for filmmakers since the earliest days of moving image storytelling and none have occupied a more central place in filmmaker’s imaginations than Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890).
In this Art History Babe Brief, Corrie & Nat discuss the largest mud-built structure in the world, The Great Mosque of Djenné.
Opening next week in Los Angeles, Superfine! Art Fair is a new twist on the standard art fair. With the goal of making art collecting accessible to a new generation, transparency and reasonable prices are the name of the game. Unlike traditional art fairs, who live by the policy that if you ask to ask the price, you can’t afford it, all prices of the 2,000+ available works will be listed clearly, and 90% of the work on offer is priced below $5,000.
One of the most recognizable faces in all of art history is making her big debut at the Brooklyn Museum this weekend. The highly anticipated blockbuster exhibit Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to Frida Kahlo, and the first in the United States to have the privilege of displaying a collection of her personal possessions usually housed at the artist’s lifelong home in Mexico City, the Casa Azul (Blue House).
Today at auction, Swann offers the opportunity to own iconic and historic works, some at bargain prices. In a wide-ranging auction of nearly 500 lots, there are vintage posters from around the world and across genres.
Berlin-based designer Shigeki Yamamoto makes furniture for adults who don't want to be too far removed from the joys of childhood.

Writer/director Dan Gilroy shows the ugly side of the art world and mocks it in his recently released film Velvet Buzzsaw, now streaming on Netflix. Part camp, part gore, and part biting satire, Velvet Buzzsaw is many things at once, and never a bore.

Two Pulitzer Prize-winning authors published a book titled Van Gogh: The Life that stunned the art world. Therein, Gregory White Smith and Stephen Naifeh state that the artist didn't actually commit suicide.
By ripping through his canvases, Lucio Fontana changed what a painting could be, and the course of art history. His groundbreaking slashed paintings, called Cuts (Tagli) embodied Spatialism, Fontana’s art movement that was meant to create a new kind of art synthesizing color, sound, space, and movement. Before his Spatialist manifestos and slashed paintings, Fontana was a sculptor, and the Met Breuer is exploring the Argentine-Italian artist’s early work in a new retrospective, Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold. 
Acclaimed emerging contemporary artist Jordan Casteel has her first major museum exhibition at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), opening February 2nd. Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze showcases approximately thirty works by the Denver-born artist, now based in Harlem, New York.