In this (large) Art History Babe Brief, Corrie & Ginny share some of the history of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral. We also discuss the fire, the resultant media storm, and potential restoration efforts and hash through some complicated questions concerning which events are publicly mourned en masse.
The inaugural “Oddities” auction at Doyle on May 7 is headlined by a sign–an enamel-painted wooden placard beckoning visitors into “Mr. Potter’s Museum of Curiosities,” the twice defunct museum in England that showcased, as the sign indicates, “A Two Headed Lamb,” “A Murderers Truncheon,” and “The Famous Tableaux of Walter Potter.”
It’s an enormous monochromatic oil on linen composition featuring a jumble of figures, some consuming media, newspapers, TV screens, all crushed to near abstraction, suggesting a cacophony of sound. Painted by George Condo in 2018, its title, What’s the Point?, also happens to be the title of his new show at Sprüth Magers in Los Angeles through June 1.
The rising curves of the Adirondack Mountains become a repeated motif in the early 20th century landscape paintings of Harold Weston (1894-1974), now featured in a career spanning solo exhibition at Vermont’s Shelburne Museum.
The history of the cutting of the Cullinan diamond, the largest gem-quality stone ever found, is captured in documents being offered at Bonhams London on April 30, 2019.
2018 was a stellar year for David Hockney, and 2019 is looking to be just as monumental for the 81-year-old British artist. Just named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Hockney is having a late-career second wind.
Such transformative moments, big and small, make up the core of the new show, Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles through Sept. 1, curated by his son, Kwame Jr. On display are over 40 black-and-white images of everyday people as well as jazz legends like Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Dizzy Gillespie or Art Blakey taking five with a smoke and a drink.
Michelangelo, Van Gogh, and Picasso have been alluring subjects for filmmakers throughout the history of cinema. Artists of far lesser stature have also inspired filmmakers over the years. Some are deserving of our attention while others are better left “undiscovered.” Here are a few examples that may surprise you and further ignite your curiosity to explore their legacy.
Superfine! is one of the most unique art fairs in America. With a belief that art fairs can be curated bust still offer affordable works, Superfine! connects unrepresented artists and upcoming galleries directly to collectors.
Glacier archeology is a field of study that grows as it shrinks: glacial ice that is disappearing due to climate change is exposing land and remnants of ancient man that have been hidden for thousands of years.