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Vincent van Gogh, whose artistic brilliance and supposed madness have made him a focus of popular fascination, suffered not from epilepsy or insanity but from an inner-ear disorder that causes vertigo and ringing ears, a new analysis of his letters suggests. The authors of the study, reported today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
April 12, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Gregory White Smith, a Harvard-trained lawyer, businessman, philanthropist and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who raised hackles in the art world with an intensely psychological examination of the life and work of Jackson Pollock, has died. He was 62. Smith died Thursday at his home in Aiken, S.C., of a rare brain tumor diagnosed nearly 40 years ago, said his spouse and co-author Steven Naifeh. Naifeh and Smith won the Pulitzer Prize in biography for "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga," which was published in 1990 and spurred the 2000 movie "Pollock" starring Ed Harris.
August 1, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
Right now, the most famous Van Gogh painting in a California museum happens to be one of his sunniest: The Getty owns an exuberant field of irises that the artist painted in 1889 as a sort of postcard for his arrival at a bucolic-looking asylum in Saint Rémy de Provence, France. But this winter, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, home to seven other Van Gogh paintings, will exhibit a darker work from the same year that is celebrated for different reasons. The intense self-portrait with jarring colors and turbulent violet-blue brushwork in the background seems to speak to the artist's volatile psychological state.
March 14, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
MARCH 28-AUG. 25 'In the Land of Snow: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas' Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum is well-known for having the most impressive collection of European Old Master and early Modern paintings in Los Angeles. Less familiar is the museum's exceptional Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan art. This show will chronicle the movement of Buddhism from India to the Himalayas more than a thousand years ago, bringing numerous important loans together with superlative examples of painting, sculpture, ritual and decorative arts from the Simon's own collection.
December 28, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
Did Caravaggio use optical devices - essentially transforming his studio into a giant camera obscura  - to make his paintings? Pegged to their big exhibitions this winter, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Getty and the Norton Simon have organized a range of talks with guest scholars and scholar-scientists, and a LACMA lecture next week promises to address that question head-on. Admission to all of the lectures noted below is free, but some museums suggest advance reservations.
February 9, 1986
Both Arles and Van Gogh must be proud because Jerry exposed the world over again to the romance of Van Gogh's life. Jerry is a sensitive man. DAVID JOHNSON Los Angeles
February 14, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
It's hard to imagine some of Vincent van Gogh's signature works without the vibrant strokes of yellow that brightened the sky in "Starry Night" and drenched his sunflowers in color. But the yellow hues in some of his paintings have mysteriously turned to brown - and now a team of European scientists has figured out why. Using sophisticated X-ray machines, they discovered the chemical reaction to blame - one never before observed in paint. Ironically, Van Gogh's decision to use a lighter shade of yellow paint mixed with white is responsible for the unintended darkening, according to a study published online Monday in the journal Analytical Chemistry.
February 7, 2014 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON - Britain's National Gallery on Friday unveiled its first major American painting, a work by George Bellows. Founded nearly 200 years ago, the gallery's lofty halls are hung with some of the best known treasures of western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries, spanning the early Italian Renaissance to the French Impressionists. The museum purchased  Bellows' “Men of the Docks,” painted in 1912, for $25.5 million from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va.  It takes its place among iconic works by Giotto, Bellini,  Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Gogh.
December 5, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Times art critic
Coming soon to an art fair near you: 3-D reproductions of Vincent Van Gogh paintings. Introductory price: $35,000 a pop (limited time only). Horror and shame: The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is authorizing this junk. Through the transom Thursday came a news release from a Hollywood public relations firm trumpeting the imminent U.S. launch of -- wait for it -- “Reliefographs,” which are claimed to capture all the textured, painterly bravura of a real Van Gogh masterpiece.
October 18, 2013 | By Mark Caro
DETROIT - The Christie's appraisers enter on Mondays, when the museum is closed, and either inspect what's on the walls or ask to see some of the thousands of works not on display, sometimes sending Detroit Institute of Arts technicians on half-day missions to find pieces in deep storage and prepare them for examination. People on the local cultural scene tend to think that it won't happen, that the city ultimately won't sell off some or all of this world-class art museum's collection to help cover the more than $18 billion in debt obligations cited in Detroit's recent bankruptcy filing.
September 9, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
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 9, 2013 | By David Ng
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 2, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
As Detroit's bankruptcy saga continues, the director of the Detroit Institute of Arts released a letter commenting on the possible sale of the museum's art to pay down the city's debt. Titled "Will the DIA have to sell its art?," Graham Beal wrote that " selling any art would be tantamount to closing the museum . " Beal said that although the agreement between the museum and the city has yet to be reached, officials have "no intention of breaching the most fundamental tenet of the art museum world: that art in the collection can only be sold to acquire more (and better)
August 28, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The Norton Simon Museum will soon add a Goya to its collection,  if only temporarily. The Pasadena institution announced Wednesday that it will exhibit “Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna,” a large-scale portrait by the 18th-century master Francisco de Goya y Lucientes,  for roughly three months beginning in December. The 1790s portrait, on loan from the Frick Collection in New York through an exchange program, joins three other Goya paintings and one drawing in Norton Simon's permanent collection.
August 9, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times art critic
In a bizarre letter to the New York Times this week, retired museum director Frank Robinson mischaracterized the problem being faced by the Detroit Institute of Arts in the Michigan city's ongoing bankruptcy drama. Addressing what he called an “agonizing question,” Robinson asked: “How many lives is a Rembrandt worth?” The struggle is framed as one between the stomach and the spirit. The survival needs of retired firefighters, nurses, police officers, teachers, civil servants and other strapped pensioners are real.
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