Came across this really interesting article about art forgeries and the science and scientists behind proving that the Perfect Fake is fake, but not perfect.
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Preserving public art in a city of earthquakes — thinking city
Mexico City’s public art is an integral part of the city’s identity and history. But in a country prone to devastating earthquakes, what is the fate of these creative monuments, asks Martha Pskowski – and is meaningful preservation possible? Mexico City is a bastion of public art in the Americas, with murals, mosaics and monuments lining its […]
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Yesterday I was a gallery docent and gift store clerk at the 29 Palms Art Gallery in – guess where – 29 Palms!
I had a solo show there a couple years ago and this time I entered a painting into the annual membership show. One of the requirements is to gallery sit for a day so off I went.
I’d not gallery sat here before so there was a bit of a learning curve, but there was good documentation for new and rusty docents to follow. When I arrived, a group of the board were doing some envelope stuffing for membership renewals, so I was able to help out there too. Many of the board members stayed through part of my day so I had help.
And I needed it. I had a couple who went into the gift store and chose something to purchase. I had been shown the ropes a little regarding the iPad with the Square on it, and read the manual, but was not prepared for the fact the iPad wouldn’t turn on. It turned out to be a faulty socket where it was plugged in!
There were inevitably a lot of questions I couldn’t answer, but a few that I could. By the end of the afternoon I was a lot more confident of the next time I’m going to be there.
The pics are of the membership show in the central gallery. There was also a historical show in the main gallery and a solo show in the west gallery – along with no information about the artists, Reuven Wallach, which didn’t help!
Sorry I didn’t get the pic of the third wall of the membership show, a gallery visitor walked in at that point, then we were busy until closing time.
Humans vs Neanderthals
So much science in art
My beginning students learn that there is a lot of science in art. This is an old article but I kept it to reblog: A neuroscientist working in an art museum. I was prompted to blog it today after having a conversation yesterday with a lady who had just completed her masters in psychology and was hoping to consult in the corporate world, rather than enter private medical practice, and to incorporate art into her work. Maybe we’ll work together on something…..
There’s so much science in art.
Recently my other half asked me ‘What’s the deal behind the phrase “As mad as a hatter”?’
Well, he was asking the right person, I actually know the answer. Years back when hatters where hatters, mercury was used in the process of hat making. So this was all before people knew that mercury wasn’t good to handle and lick your fingers after, get it on your skin and such. So hatters would handle mercury and get mercury poisoning, which would become evident in them going nuts. Hence the phrase, as mad as a hatter!
In a similar vein, here are some of the nasty things that artists – or art handlers – have to take risks with.
As I say to my students. Once you get the temptation to lick your brush, wash your brush in your wine or drink it after, remember that one of those pigments might be phthaloCYANINE blue.
The Pylos Combat Agate.
I thought that this article was very interesting. About 3500 years ago, a Minoan warrior was buried along with some stone carved artwork. Now that it’s been unearthed, the details in the artwork suggest a level of artistic knowledge beyond its time.
It is certainly a detailed piece of realistic carving!
I thought This Article about Edward Munch’s color theory was really interesting. Red is interpreted more quickly by the brain than blue because the wavelengths are slower!
And the quote “Quantum mechanics has been very well correlated with the emergence of non-representational art.” – Bober – shows you just how much science there is in art. So if you want to be an artist, don’t skip chemistry or subatomic physics in school.
An art book with a difference
This is definitely an art book with a difference: “La mia idea de arte.” Pope Francis’s ideas about art.
One idea, quoted in an Artnet article:
“The Vatican Museums have to be the most beautiful place and the most hospitable. It must throw open its doors to the world,” wrote the Pope in his book, noting that based on the teaching of the Bible, the poor’s inability to pay should not prevent them from seeing the church’s impressive art collection.
The book, co-written with Tiziana Lupi is also now a documentary, apparently available on youtube. The book doesn’t seem to be available (bummer).
Global warming and art
There’s something to be said about global warming – like ‘it’s real!!!!’ – when even art museums are changing the way they choose and store art because of it. I found this article very interesting. Maybe art that is destroyed when it becomes too wet is going to be ‘ephemeral art’ in the not too distant future. Perhaps I should start sculpting in stone…..