168 results found for "#Art_history".
Did he influence Dürer or Dürer him? On Jacopo de’ Barbari

As an artist, Jacopo de’ Barbari became almost invisible In his 1547 manuscript account of the “most important artists and craftsmen” who had worked in Nuremberg over the previous hundred years, Johann Neudörffer briefly mentioned one “Jacob, Walch genannt, Maler”. He knew little about him: he had only seen two of his pictures, one of which he had forgotten about, the other a portrait; Hans von Kulmbach had been his pupil. A fuller picture only emerged in the 19th and 20th centuries as scholars...

Instrumental versus ideal art

Art for art’s sake, or for the sake of socioeconomic benefits? Two writers reach very different conclusions Darren Henley is the chief executive of Arts Council England, and The Arts Dividend: Why Investment in Culture Pays is intended as a manifesto for his tenure—his “personal reflections on England’s arts and cultural landscape”. A pious intonation of the well-worn mantras of the arts establishment, it argues that the arts are good for the economy; they make us happy, well-adjusted citizens;...

A proposal on attribution: Jonathan Brown on Velázquez portraits at the Metropolitan

The art historian suggests that Velázquez's former slave may have painted two works in the show Velázquez Portraits: Truth in Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a small show that packs a big punch. It is the antithesis of a blockbuster, and like others of its kind, is an effective antidote to museum fatigue. More is demanded than a stroll through the galleries—namely the studied engagement with a small number of works per visit. The organiser is Met curator Stephan Wolohojian, who has...

Three views on the radicalism of the Russian avant-garde—and its suppression

We asked three experts to speak on the radicalism of the revolution—and how it fell apart. For more coverage on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, see our article on the history of Constructivism and our run down of the top shows worldwide dedicated to the Russian avant-garde . Painters and poets collaborate The early futurist book Worldbackwards [1912] is emblematic of the shake-up that many artists were agitating for in the art world. It was conceived to completely undercut the...

Building anew: how Constructivism sought to remake the world

In the centenary year of the Bolshevik Revolution, exhibitions survey the art of the Russian avant-garde and put its radicalism in context Next month marks 100 years since the abdication of the last Russian czar. Within months, Lenin and the Bolsheviks had seized power, shaking the world. In the wake of the takeover, the Russian avant-garde developed new forms of Modernism, which are the subjects of three major exhibitions in New York and London . Here, we take a look at the history of Russian...

Blockbuster on a manageable scale: on Richard Dorment

A farewell collection of reviews by the American-born, British art critic Despite its intriguing title, this selection of Richard Dorment’s articles from almost 30 years as art critic of the Daily Telegraph is not an autobiography nor a primer for the neophyte. Exhibitionist: Writing about Art in a Daily Newspaper is, like all such anthologies, something of an indulgence, but it is also a useful reference work; too heavy to take to the beach, more apt for consultation in the study. The writing is...

It's about time: Shelley Rice on Diane Arbus at the Met Breuer

The show, almost two-thirds of which is made up of previously unseen materials, reveals the first act of Arbus's career The exhibition Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, now on view at the Met Breuer in New York, begins with a single and surprising photograph. A newspaper seems to float near the center of a dark horizontal field, its pages blurred, its headlines barely perceptible. Left on the pavement to blow in the wind, the small, battered white object is engulfed, almost consumed, by the blackness...

Personal and quirky: an account of J. M. W. Turner

This volume falls short of the “definitive” one that was intended The publishers’ blurb for this weighty tome, Young Mr Turner: the First Forty Years, 1775-1815, announces that it “supersedes much of the existing literature and will be the standard reference for many years to come”. This throws down the gauntlet to a number of books published since Turner’s death in 1851, notably the voluminous writings of Ruskin, the thoroughgoing Life by A.J. Finberg, two recent biographies by James Hamilton...

Pierre Bonnard: easily misrepresented

Few books adequately explain Bonnard’s intentions and achievements. A new one is no exception Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia is the catalogue that accompanied the major exhibition of the same name organised in 2015 by the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, with the Fundaçion Mapfre, Madrid, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It is laid out in much the same way as the exhibition­— that is to say, thematically. It begins with Bonnard’s Nabis years in the 1890s before tracing his career through subjects...

Despair, pleasure and pride: on the diaries of Eva Hesse

Her private writings are moving but share few of her ideas about art “How cruel though if someone reads this book. That would be their problem.” So a young artist confided to her notebook. The artist was Eva Hesse (1936-70). By the time of her death, she was an admired sculptor and a key figure in the New York art scene; there is a strong case for suggesting that Hesse is the most influential female artist of the 20th century. Her soft organic forms, most especially the strung latex-and-wire webs...

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