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Tracey Emin Says She Was Sexually Assaulted by a Famous Woman Artist. Tracey Emin (photo by Piers Allardyce, via Wikimedia Commons) In a recent interview, British artist Tracey Emin said that she had been sexually assaulted by a well-known woman artist, though she did not name her alleged attacker.

Tracey Emin Says She Was Sexually Assaulted by a Famous Woman Artist

“The irony is it happened to be a woman that grabbed hold of my crotch, slammed me against a wall and I threatened to punch her lights out,” Emin told collector Kenny Goss in an interview, as the Sun first reported on Sunday. In a subsequent interview with Radio 4, she added: “Quite often everybody’s making accusations and saying things about men, but it happens with everybody in many, many different circumstances, and people don’t seem to be seeing the whole picture in that harassment is actually bullying in a lot of cases as well.” The Melancholy Marriage of Tracey Emin and Edvard Munch. LONDON — Edvard Munch and Tracey Emin — what a gloom-struck pair!

The Melancholy Marriage of Tracey Emin and Edvard Munch

We see them together, in two photographs hung side by side on the wall, as we enter the exhibition at the Royal Academy. They look uncannily of a pair, help-mates perhaps, fellow sufferers certainly, almost drowning in their dark, almost sepia withdrawnness from the world. He is long dead. She has been gravely ill recently. And yet, such has been the deft manipulation of these images, that they could almost, we feel, have been alive together in the nowness of our present. Astounding 10 billion pixel panorama of vermeer’s girl with a pearl earring. The Met Collection. The Aesthetic of Evil. Inside the U.S. Army’s Warehouse Full of Nazi Art. Two years later, after Gilkey completed his mission, he put the art he had recovered—thousands of pieces of it—on a ship bound for the United States.

Inside the U.S. Army’s Warehouse Full of Nazi Art

Today, one of the world’s largest collections of Nazi propaganda sits in a climate-controlled warehouse at Fort Belvoir, in northern Virginia. Much of it is virulent; most of it is never seen by the public. Fort Belvoir is home to the 29th Infantry Division and also to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. It is also home to the U.S. Army Center of Military History, which maintains the Nazi art, along with thousands of other relics of wars past. Much of Nazi propaganda was ephemeral: posters and flyers, designed to be mass-produced and spread quickly. The Strange Story of Richard Wright’s Lost Crime Novel, Savage Holiday ‹ CrimeReads. Since discovering the books of Richard Wright when I was a teenager hanging out at Hamilton Grange Library in New York City, I’ve been an admirer of his writing style, dapper suit wearing style and expat lifestyle as a Black writer dwelling in Paris after World War II.

The Strange Story of Richard Wright’s Lost Crime Novel, Savage Holiday ‹ CrimeReads

Wright’s celebrated career began with the short story collection Uncle Tom’s Children in 1938, but his literary reputation skyrocketed with the publication of his first novel Native Son. Published in 1940, the tale of Bigger Thomas and his murderous ways was partially influenced by newspaper clippings about accused killer and rapist Robert Nixon, who was placed on death row in Chicago and was executed in the electric chair at the Cook County Jail 1938. The book made Wright into a literary sensation. In photographs he always looked so distinguished, but memories of childhood hunger, pain and brutality were always in his mind. Fowler was thrust into a “lost weekend” scenario that became a bleak psychodrama. The Philosopher and the Detectives: Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Enduring Passion for Hardboiled Fiction ‹ CrimeReads.

The scene is London; the year, 1941.

The Philosopher and the Detectives: Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Enduring Passion for Hardboiled Fiction ‹ CrimeReads

Ludwig Wittgenstein, likely the greatest philosopher of the twentieth century, has taken a hiatus from his Cambridge professorship to do “war work” in a menial position at Guy’s Hospital. By the time he arrives there, in September, the worst of the Blitz is over, but there’s no way of knowing that—the bombing could begin again any night. Wittgenstein serves as a dispensary porter, meaning he pushes a big cart from ward to ward, delivering medicine to patients. He’s 52 years old, small and thin, not to say frail. He writes in a letter that sometimes after work he can “hardly move.” To John Ryle, brother of Oxford philosopher Gilbert Ryle, Wittgenstein explains his reason for volunteering in London: “I feel I will die slowly if I stay there [in Cambridge].

Cézanne’s Hard Truths. If nothing else, the COVID-19 crisis has encouraged introspection.

Cézanne’s Hard Truths

In my case, it’s been a chance to wander and weed through a library of several thousand volumes accumulated over half a century. As I was doing some routine fact-checking for this review, I opened a book on Cézanne and something fell out by surprise. Why Post-Impressionist Painter Paul Cézanne Is Known as the “Father of Modern Art” This post may contain affiliate links.

Why Post-Impressionist Painter Paul Cézanne Is Known as the “Father of Modern Art”

If you make a purchase, My Modern Met may earn an affiliate commission. Please read our disclosure for more info. The unrelenting vision of Lucian Freud. Sometimes when a painting was nearing completion, Freud would step back from the canvas and “as though taunting himself” would murmur “How far can you go?”

The unrelenting vision of Lucian Freud

Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images. Hanging scroll. A hanging scroll is one of the many traditional ways to display and exhibit East Asian painting and calligraphy.

Hanging scroll

The hanging scroll was displayed in a room for appreciation; it is to be distinguished from the handscroll, which was narrower and designed to be viewed flat on a table in sections and then stored away again. Hanging scrolls are generally intended to be displayed for short periods of time and are then rolled up to be tied and secured for storage.[2][3] The hanging scrolls are rotated according to season or occasion, and such works are never intended to be on permanent display.[4] The painting surface of the paper or silk can be mounted with decorative brocade silk borders.[3] In the composition of a hanging scroll, the foreground is usually at the bottom of the scroll while the middle and far distances are at the middle and top respectively.[3] History[edit] Description[edit] The story behind surrounded islands in miami at PAMM by christo and jeanne-claude. Update 06/01/2020: yesterday on may 31, 2020, christo sadly passed away of natural causes at his home in new york city. you can read designboom’s full dedication to the bulgarian artist here. the perez art museum exhibition tells the story of surrounded islands, installed in 1983 — 35 years ago — in miami’s biscayne bay through archival documentation, objects, drawings, models, and a film. for the striking pink installation that took place for just two weeks in may, christo and jeanne-claude encircled 11 islands in the bay with 6.5 million square feet of pink fabric. today, people can experience every detail of the artwork through a show curated by josy kraft with the assistance of lorenza giovanelli and jonathan henery, and coordinated at pérez art museum miami by PAMM’s curator rené morales. photographs and video are by wolfgang volz and designboom. © christo 1983, image by wolfgang volz christo supports his work by selling preparatory drawings and collages image by wolfgang volz.

the story behind surrounded islands in miami at PAMM by christo and jeanne-claude

A Field Guide to the Most Popular Yuppie Cars. The year is 1985, and you’ve finally attained the next rung on whatever corporate ladder you’ve been dutifully climbing for the last few years. Or perhaps daddy pays the bills and you’re looking to celebrate that art-history degree from Rutgers. Or maybe, just maybe, those bus-stop bench ads have actually worked, and you’ve clawed your way to the top of the local real-estate ladder. Whatever the answer, it doesn’t matter, because congratulations, you’ve made it! Hanging trees and hollering ghosts: the unsettling art of the American deep south.

The quilters of Gee’s Bend make art out of recycled cloth. Lonnie Holley crafts sculptures out of car tyres and other human detritus. Self-taught luthier Freeman Vines carves guitars out of wood that came from a “hanging tree” once used to lynch black men. The “yard shows” of Dinah Young and Joe Minter are permanent exhibitions of their art – a cacophony of “scrap-iron elegies”. Getting lost in Chinatown - A. S. Hamrah - Bookforum Magazine. Howard Koch Jr., assistant director on Chinatown and the son of the former head of production at Paramount Pictures, had always thought of cocaine as “elite,” according to Sam Wasson in The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood.

But by 1975, coke had trickled down. “The fucking craft service guy had it . . . the prop guy had it. Culture - The tragedy of art’s greatest supermodel. In the winter of 1849-1850, the artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt were painting together, when their friend Walter Howell Deverell burst into the studio. The visitor announced excitedly, “You fellows can’t tell what a stupendously beautiful creature I have found… She’s like a queen, magnificently tall.” With these words, the unlikely beauty of Elizabeth Siddal began to make history. More like this: - The lost portrait of Charles Dickens - Can joy exist without sadness?

Culture - Is this the first view of God the Father in art? European artists of the past often depicted exotic animals in a way we now know to be wildly inaccurate. Since most would not have had the benefit of direct observation but were usually reliant only on a written description, accompanied by a sketchy illustration that may itself have been anatomically wide of the mark, this is far from surprising.

Albrecht Dürer’s rhinoceros of 1515, depicting the creature as if its thick hide were a suit of armour, comes to mind – though the intricate woodcut Dürer made from this second-hand encounter also happens to be an incredible artistic achievement, and one which helped spread the German artist’s reputation far and wide. But a lamb, surely, of which plenty could be found gambolling through the fields of medieval Europe, can’t have presented any such mysteries, especially for an artist as observant, as none had been before him, of the tiniest material detail as the 15th-Century Flemish artist Jan van Eyck.

More like this: Art History Department to scrap survey course. Tintoretto at the National Gallery review: Exhilarating. Moonlight Etchings of the Forgotten Artist who Taught Edward Hopper. Brill Building. Office building in Manhattan, New York The building is 11 stories and has approximately 175,000 square feet (16,300 m2) of rentable area. Decolonizing Western Narratives of Modern Art. Francis Bacon's Preserved Art Studio – Dublin, Ireland. "Thou Shalt Not": A 1940 Photo Satirically Mocks Every Vice & Sin Censored by the Hays Movie Censorship Code.

The history of Hollywood film before 1968 breaks down into two eras: "pre-Code" and "post-Code. " (1) The Death of Socrates: How To Read A Painting. Suburban Visions to Make Your Skin Crawl. For more than a decade, Amy Bennett has been building a loyal following for her highly detailed views of a fictional world that resembles our own. The Limits of Edvard Munch's Radicalism. LONDON — Retrospectives of long-dead artists are not merely an opportunity to examine how their philosophies and aesthetics match up to the modern day. From Susan Sontag to the Met Gala: Jon Savage on the evolution of camp. First published in 1964, Susan Sontag’s essay Notes on Camp remains a groundbreaking piece of cultural activism. Sontag’s achievement was to give a name to an aesthetic that was everywhere yet until then had gone largely unremarked.

It was visible in Dusty Springfield’s mascara and beehive, there in late-night TV reruns of old Humphrey Bogart movies; there in Andy Warhol’s screen prints Flowers and Electric Chair – images from advertising and the news media copied and provocatively represented. Like pop, camp was the future; as Warhol had observed on his cross-country trip in 1963, it was omnipresent, so ubiquitous that it wasn’t simply an aesthetic. It was an environment, a climate, with profound implications for western culture. To notice it, all you needed was the keen eye of an outsider.

Mask of the Bat God – Mexico City, Mexico. New app reveals the hidden landscapes within Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings. WASHINGTON, D.C. Can We Talk About Dali's Amazing Sell-Out Era? British Rock Meets Modernism. Dreams of Beauty in Japanese Ukiyo-e Paintings. How Beauty Is Making Scientists Rethink Evolution. Perhaps no living scientist is as enthusiastic — or doctrinaire — a champion of Darwinian sexual selection as Richard Prum, an evolutionary ornithologist at Yale University.

In May 2017, he published a book, “The Evolution of Beauty,” that lucidly and passionately explains his personal theory of aesthetic evolution. It was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, but within the scientific community, Prum’s ideas have not been as warmly received. Again and again, he told me, he has asked other researchers for feedback and received either excuses of busyness or no reply at all.

Chronicling the Last Days of Old New York. Prehistoric cave art reveals ancient use of complex astronomy. New York’s MoMA Shines a Light on Socialist Yugoslav Architecture. Rethinking the utopian vision of the Bauhaus. All-too-human-bacon-freud-and-a-century-of-painting-life-review-the-school-of-london-gets-a-modern-a3776481. Shakespeare was no plagiarist, but genius isn’t born in a vacuum. The artist who vanished. How American Gothic Became an Icon - The Awesomer. Two new sites found with Stone Age art. Culture - Meredith Frampton is the forgotten genius of British art. Caravaggio the criminal: The violent life and crimes of an artistic genius.

Robert Rauschenberg and the Art of the New Frontier. Kathy Griffin’s Art is Terrible – ART + marketing. Meet the woman who shot up with Coco Chanel, inspired Proust, and was painted by Renoir. The New York Times: Book Review Search Article. Picasso, bulls and bullfighting. The man who made the case for discrimination. How a generation of consumptives defined 19th-century Romanticism.

The art of learning: Why art history might be the most important subject you could study today. Bad times make great art. Worlds of light and shadow: The reproduction of liberalism in Weimar Germany. A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde at The Museum of Modern Art, December 3, 2016 – March 12, 2017. Art journalism. Lucian Freud: The Pitiless Eye by Jenny Uglow. Winston Churchill and His Wife Hated His Portrait So Much She Destroyed It. Culture - The mystery of Van Gogh’s madness. Culture - Claude Cahun: The trans artist years ahead of her time. My art belongs to Dada. Culture - What is the meaning of The Scream? Culture - The dark side of the city. In Praise of Lawrence Alloway. "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" May Hold Earliest Painting of Volcanic Eruption. Miley Cyrus and the culture of excess in American history. How Art Became Irrelevant. The Accidental Color That Changed The Course Of Art. Constructivism (art) PETER SCHJELDAHL with Jarrett Earnest.

Theconversation. The haunted painting of fabled Franklin ship discovered in the Canadian Arctic. World War I and the loss of artistic innocence. German art collector claims he hoarded paintings out of love. 1,400 Nazi-Looted Artworks Found In One German Apartment. Russia Constructivism. - StumbleUpon. Ernst Gombrich.