Kelly Grovier has trawled through the artworks on display at the 2019 Venice Biennale to pick out eight highlights, including sunbathers singing on a beach, the wreck of a cargo vessel, and 48 war films broadcast simultaneously. By Kelly Grovier 20 May 2019 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on WhatsApp Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Share on Google+ Share by Email They loom large and drag you underground. Encountering some will make your heart sing while others will leave you in despair at the state of the world they reflect. One or two are breathtakingly beautiful. I’m talking, of course, about the myriad works of art on display in that grandiose gallimaufry of human creativity that explodes into excessive expression every other … [Read more...] about Venice Biennale: The best art in the world right now?
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In the era of "fake news" and social media echo chambers, Venice's Biennale art fair is challenging preconceived biases by suggesting other ways of contextualising modern society's biggest issues. "What elevates art into something special is the fact that it resists closed mentalities," the international exposition's artistic director, American Ralph Rugoff, told AFP ahead of Saturday's opening. The theme of the world's most prestigious art gathering is "May You Live in Interesting Times", an (apocryphal) ancient Chinese curse that Rugoff says uncannily captures the world today, as the news cycle spins from crisis to crisis. "At a moment when the digital dissemination of fake news and 'alternative facts' is corroding political discourse and trust... it is worth pausing whenever possible to reassess our terms of reference," he said in his introduction to the 58th Biennale. For the 2019 edition, which runs until November 24, Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery in London, has invited … [Read more...] about Razors in the roses: Venice art Biennale gets political
Berlin -- An American art museum is demanding that a German far-right party stop using one of its paintings, portraying a 19th-century slave auction, in a campaign poster for the European elections. "We are strongly opposed to the use of this work to advance any political agenda," Olivier Meslay, the director of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, told The Associated Press. "We did not supply the painting to the AfD," he said, using the acronym for the party Alternative for Germany.The 1866 oil-on-canvas painting "Slave Market," by Jean-Leon Gerome, shows a black, apparently Muslim slave trader displaying a naked young woman with much lighter skin to a group of men for examination.The AfD's Berlin branch said they put up 30 posters of the painting across the German capital with the slogan: "So that Europe won't become Eurabia."The party, known for its anti-Muslim stance, said it won't take down any of the posters.Meslay said the museum had written to the party … [Read more...] about U.S. museum demands German anti-Islam party stop using 19th-century “Slave Market” painting
Conservative French politicians expressed concern Thursday about the prospect of modern architecture being added to Notre-Dame cathedral after the government invited design proposals for a new roof and spire. Politicians from France's right-wing Republicans and far-right National Rally (RN) party called on the government to restore the cathedral exactly as it was before the devastating fire broke out on Monday evening. French President Emmanuel Macron has set a five-year target for the reconstruction to be completed and has said "an element of modern architecture could be imagined." "Let's stop this madness: we need to have absolute respect for French heritage," Jordan Bardella from the National Rally told LCI channel, rejecting the idea that "some modern art thing" might be added. "Modern art makes me nostalgic for the arts of the past," he added. Construction of Notre-Dame began in the mid-12th century and continued for 200 years, but the landmark has been repeatedly restored over … [Read more...] about Worry over ‘modern art thing’ on rebuilt Notre-Dame
Date created : 17/04/2019 - 03:22 Washington (AFP) At Vassar College in the United States, a university team gathered the week before the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to plan an ambitious project: inventorying about a terabyte of 3-D modeling data of the famed Gothic masterpiece.The precious data -- the most accurate in the world -- is the work of Andrew Tallon, a Francophile American art professor who loved medieval architecture and was passionate about Gothic cathedral. He died in November.His technique was nothing new, but his application of the tools was innovative. In 2011 and 2012, funded by a foundation, Tallon used a laser device to accurately measure the interior and exterior of the cathedral, which was ravaged by flames this week.He placed the device in about 50 places to measure the distance between each wall and pillar, recess, statue or other form -- and to record all the imperfections intrinsic to any centuries-old monument.The result is over a … [Read more...] about On American hard drives, the most accurate 3-D model of Notre-Dame