September 9, 2013 |
A newly identified landscape painting believed to have been created by Vincent Van Gogh in 1888, just two years before his death, was unveiled Monday by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. "Sunset at Montmajour" depicts a wooded area near Arles in the south of France. The museum said that the work dates from around the same period that Van Gogh created his famous "Sunflowers" painting. The museum said it has spent two years authenticating the piece, using historic records, X-ray analysis and other techniques. ART: Can you guess the high price?
September 9, 2013 |
A new Van Gogh painting! "Sunset at Montmajour" was unwrapped Monday at a museum that is tooting its own horn, loudly. It's a rarity, said the director of the Van Gogh Museum. Historic. Once in a lifetime. "A discovery of this magnitude has never before occurred" at the Amsterdam museum, said Alex Reuger. So, what's it worth? Paintings by Vincent Van Gogh are among the most valuable in the world. And this one was ambitious by Van Gogh's standards, Reuger said, given the canvas size, about 3 feet by 2 1/2 feet.
September 5, 2013 |
The Minnesota Orchestra, which has been stuck in limbo due to an intractable labor dispute, has released the results of an independent financial review that showed the orchestra has faced a budget deficit totaling more than $22 million in the past three fiscal years. Results of the study also showed that the orchestra will continue to face serious financial challenges going forward and is in risk of spending down its endowment if it fails to...
September 4, 2013 |
When Charles A. Loeser died in 1928, he was 64, nearly a decade older than the average American was expected to live. He had led a comfortable life of privilege, spent abroad in Italy. Loeser was prepared for the inevitable. Two years earlier, he wrote a detailed will. In it he lavished special care on the dispersal of his art collection, assembled over four decades. He died secure in the knowledge that his legacy was protected. But Loeser turned out to be wrong. His legacy was not secure.
September 3, 2013 |
In The Times on Sunday, I told the story of eight paintings by French Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne that were donated to the White House in 1952 -- a gift surreptitiously redirected to the National Gallery of Art. Although the ruse was uncovered during the Kennedy Administration, since then only a few of those paintings have spent much time in the presidential quarters. One has never spent even a day in the White House. It's not the most beautiful of the eight - far from it. But it's the painting that, in one sense, might have the most to say to a president of the United States.
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September 2, 2013 |
Frank Martinez laid his shaking hands on the surface of the blank canvas. As before every painting, he said a prayer. Then the artist began his work. He applied acrylic paint and, with a rag, wiped it away. Shapes began to form and colors blended into one another. He used a piece of wood to draw straight lines, a task complicated by Parkinson's disease. Slowly, the mural took form, a layered portrait of early 18th century life, mission-building and Catholic faith in California.
September 1, 2013 |
TELLURIDE, Colo. -- Tim Jenison makes it very clear in the beginning of the Telluride Film Festival documentary “Tim's Vermeer” that he is not an artist. He's a desktop-video inventor, the founder of a hardware and software company called NewTek. But Jenison is as fascinated by art as he is by technology, and not that long ago he began to wonder if modern machinery in its more nascent forms might have been employed by painters centuries ago. PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 So he began an experiment that at first seemed both inspired and insane: to use rudimentary devices to paint the 17 th century masterpiece “The Music Lesson” by Johannes Vermeer just as he imagined the Dutch artist had. “At the face of it that seems almost impossible,” Jenison says of his painting plans in “Tim's Vermeer, “ which is having its world premiere in Telluride. “Because I am not a painter.” The film, directed by the magician Teller in his feature-film debut, is a fascinating exploration of how Vermeer might have used lenses and mirrors to master the representation of light and perspective.
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September 1, 2013 |
Artist Seth Wilder frowned when he saw the headline on a stack of newspapers in the Lincoln Boulevard cafe. "Does this look like a sign?" read the front-page banner in The Argonaut, a South Bay community paper. Beneath it was a photograph of a 102-foot-long mural that moodily pays homage to a 1958 movie filmed on Windward Avenue in Venice. It accompanied a story about how Los Angeles officials were grappling with a new city mural ordinance. Wilder pointed out the front window of the Novel Cafe toward the mural he is painting on the side of a nearby business, the Printing Palace.
August 31, 2013 |
Just a week before astronaut John Glenn's maiden voyage orbiting the Earth in 1962, a record 46 million people sat down before their black-and-white sets to watch Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy conduct the first televised White House tour. The mansion's $1.5-million renovation was her debut project as first lady, restoring "an emblem of the American republic," as Kennedy breathily described the stately residence. Midway through the program, the camera scanned the elegant Green Room.
August 23, 2013 |
As if California and its municipalities were not already making life difficult for businesses and taxpayers, the Golden State's courts could pile on too. On July 15, a trial began in San Jose, in which seven California counties (Santa Clara, Alameda, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Mateo, Solano and Ventura) and three cities (Oakland, San Diego and San Francisco) are suing five companies that once manufactured paint containing lead. The lawsuit alleges that these companies' sale of lead-based paint created a "public nuisance" and that such companies should pay the municipalities a total of $1.4 billion for the cost of "abating" the problem - in essence, to support government-led efforts to find and replace all lead paint from older buildings.