October 4, 2013 |
A portrait of a woman believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been discovered in the vault of a Swiss bank, according to a report in the Italian press. But doubt exists over the piece's authenticity and additional research still needs to be completed. The piece -- a painting of a Renaissance noblewoman named Isabella d'Este -- was discovered amid a collection of hundreds of items belonging to an Italian family, according to a report in Italy's Corriere Della Sera.
October 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- When the popular magician and entertainer Penn Jillette walked into the offices of Hollywood executives several years ago to pitch a documentary about the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, he was met with skepticism. After all, Jillette and his partner Teller were known for their cheeky stage act and television work, such as “Penn & Teller: Bull - ,” which aired for many years on Showtime. Surely this was a gag? “They thought I was doing some 'Borat' act on them,” Jillette said at the New York Film Festival on Thursday.
October 3, 2013 |
When art critic Ken Johnson recently described Sol LeWitt's line drawings as something "anyone who has the instructions and access to wall space could reproduce," he could have been describing a recent LeWitt project in a Hollywood Hills kitchen. Jack Latner's kitchen, part of our feature on the house last week, had a dynamic black and white LeWitt design that demonstrates how far a ruler, painter's tape and black paint can go toward...
October 2, 2013 |
Last week, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his Republicans declared that they had two clear goals in this fall's battle over federal spending: no government shutdown, and no implementation of Obamacare. As of Tuesday, the GOP had failed on both counts. The federal government was closed, and Obamacare was sputtering into action - at least in jurisdictions where its websites didn't crash. Worst of all from the GOP's standpoint, most voters appeared to blame Boehner and other conservatives for the logjam.
September 26, 2013 |
Cecily Brown seems as though she's belting it out in her large, athletically brushed paintings now at Gagosian. But instead of powerful and passionate, her voice comes across as detached. The volume is turned up, but the verve is on low. London-born and living in New York, Brown bases several of her recent paintings on a photograph of a large group of nude women that appeared on the British release of a 1968 Jimi Hendrix album. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times Brown preserves the odd theatricality of the image, with all members of the ensemble facing us, seated or in semi-seductive forward leans.
September 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke on Wednesday took a pretty dim view of the employment situation, calling the gains uneven and unsatisfactory, as he announced an unexpected delay in pulling back on monetary stimulus. But on Thursday morning, the Labor Department said 309,000 people filed for first-time jobless claims last week. That's up 15,000 from a distorted undercount in the previous week, yet the latest tally was still one of the lowest in several years.
September 19, 2013 |
Michelle found one of those notices outside her home saying her house number would be painted on the curb. A "donation" of $20 was requested. After the work was finished, the painters hassled Michelle for the money. She asks: Is she obliged to pay them? The answer: Nope. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions This racket is all too common. An official-looking notice says house numbers will be painted on the curb, and the wording suggests that homeowners are on the hook for a certain amount of money.
September 18, 2013 |
A painting depicting President Obama was defaced at an art gallery in the Sacramento area last weekend, and the gallery owner has vowed to keep the painting on display. The act of vandalism, which was reported by news station Fox40, occurred last week at The Brickhouse Gallery near the Oak Park section of the city. The painting of Obama, which sits on the roof of the building, was spray-painted with the words "No War" and the initials NWO, which apparently stand for New World Order, a conspiracy theory.
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September 17, 2013 |
A defaced painting of President Obama that stands above a Sacramento art gallery will remain up for all to see, the curator says. Barbara Range at the Brickhouse Art Gallery told FOX40 she was angry and in disbelief when she first saw the graffiti across the large rooftop painting last week. But she later decided that it will stay up. ”We will not have it removed simply because someone chose to disagree with the view of President Obama," Range said. An artist at the gallery told FOX40 it would be impossible to clean the graffiti without doing permanent damage to the original painting underneath.
September 12, 2013 |
Chances are good that Harry Dean Stanton, the prolific character actor with the face of a backwoods prophet, will be the subject of a straightforward career-retrospective documentary someday. For now we have something that's more in tune with the man: Sophie Huber's lyrical and enigmatic portrait, "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction. " At the film's heart is a fitful conversation that unfolds like a string of koans, epigrams, jokes and silences. And songs. A reluctant interviewee with no interest in biographical facts, Stanton would rather sing than yak. The unrepentant loner says he's "not psychologically wired for institutions"; nonetheless, within the moviemaking system he's amassed 200-plus film credits and counting.