It’s almost Labor Day, and though it’s sad to say goodbye to summer, we’re looking forward long weekend and the exciting energy of changing seasons. But before we head out, we hope you enjoy these recent stories! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet.
Go see this! The Art Institute of Chicago opens their exhibition “Humanism + Dynamite = The Soviet Photomontages of Aleksandr Zhitomirsky” tomorrow and we think it is a must-see! This is the first post-Soviet exhibition of Zhitomirsky’s political, satirical, and loyal photomontages.
‘What gives the strength of dynamite to the photo-poster and pamphlet? First of all, its motto is humanism. And, of course, the ability to see in subjects something new, that which others do not see, but that they should by all means see.’
—Aleksandr Zhitomirsky, The Art of Political Photomontage, 1983
This exhibition, the first in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading Soviet political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky (1907–1993), offers a captivating portrayal of a satirist and loyal citizen who inventively furthered his country’s official causes across a tumultuous half-century—from the Depression era and World War II through the decades of colonial liberation in Africa and Asia, civil rights in America, and even international crises over oil and dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s. Over 100 works—all drawn from the Ne boltai! Collection—provide an overview of Zhitomirsky’s career and methods in photomontage…
What beautiful objects! Hyperallergic has shared a story about the 19th century glass models of marine invertebrates created by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka now on view at the Corning Museum of Glass. While the models were accurate in the 19th century, they now illustrate an earlier ocean that no longer exists.
CORNING, NY — The 19th-century glass models of marine invertebrates created by father-son duo Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka were intended to capture as accurately as possible the delicate bodies of underwater creatures. They’re now a record of an earlier ocean. Those narratives of scientific art and environmental conservation are fused in Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, on view at the Corning Museum of Glass.
Ok. This article is a bit outdated, but when we saw it we knew we had to share it. In Australia, there was an on-going court case about two fake Brett Whiteley paintings. The case alleged that three fake paintings were created and sold by Melbourne art dealer Peter Gant and art conservator Mohamed Aman Siddique. As a final wrap up to the case (now that the two have been found guilty), the court has been told that the paintings were not being used as a coffee table by police, which is just a bizarre icing on top of this bizarre cake (case).
Two of the fake Brett Whiteley paintings at the centre of Australia’s biggest art fraud were not being used as a coffee table by police, a court has heard.
Barrister Trevor Wraight, QC, asked Supreme Court Justice Michael Croucher on Tuesday what had happened to the paintings – Blue Lavender Bay and Orange Lavender Bay – after a jury found they had been created and sold by Melbourne art dealer Peter Gant and art conservator Mohamed Aman Siddique.
Did you know that the American Museum of Natural History has a wonderful behind-the-scenes resource page on their website? They do! And you can find the link below!
Take a peek at the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and some of the everyday—and extraordinary—things that happen behind the scenes.
The story has finally come to its conclusion! Artist Peter Doig has won his authentication trial after having to prove he did not create a painting he previously said he didn’t paint. What a bizarre case.
Peter Doig has won the bizarre authentication trial in which he was accused of disavowing a painting that the plaintiffs, art dealer Peter Bartlow and a former corrections officer Robert Fletcher, claimed he had painted as a teen. Bartlow and Fletcher were seeking $7.9 million in damages, but speaking at the Federal District court for Northern Illinois on August 23, Judge Gary Feinerman said Doig “absolutely did not paint the disputed work.”
For this Sunday Funday, here is a video by The Metropolitan Museum of Art – MET showcasing the artisans who constructed the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia. It is a beautiful video illustrating the beautiful Patti Cadby Birch Court, a Moroccan court built by a team of experts.
With EXPO Chicago opening next month, they have unveiled 28 artist-designed billboards throughout the city. The billboards include Sanford Biggers (represented by Monique Meloche Gallery), Stephanie Brooks (represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery), and Sterling Lawrence (represented by DOCUMENT).
“OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project” is set to run from August 29 through September 25, coinciding with the fifth iteration of EXPO CHICAGO at its long-held Navy Pier location (the fair’s dates are September 22–25). The initiative is the second foray into the public art realm for the younger fair, and mimics the efforts of other bigger, more-established art fairs, such as Basel’s city-based Parcours section, or the off-site commissions seen atFrieze Projects in London and New York…