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posted by May 23, 2018

The Dutch art dealer Jan Six says that Portrait of a Young Gentleman is by Rembrandt, and several high-profile experts agree. Credit: René van Gerritsen/Jan Six Fine Arts, via NYT

A New Rembrandt? A Dutch Art Dealer Says He’s Found One

Portrait of a Young Gentleman would be the first wholly unknown Rembrandt painting to be attributed in 44 years. (New York Times)

Opinion: Let’s End Commencement

Clemon University professor Jonathan Beecher Field shares his view on why the mass commencement ceremony is a ritual that should be replaced. (Inside Higher Ed) 

How Do You Conserve Time-Based Media? Museums Invest in Research to Keep Up with New Technologies

Time-based media art conservation is seeing a surge in interest in funding and formalization. (The Art Newspaper) 

The Vatican in Venice (And a Cardinal Who Walks on the Wild Side)

The Catholic Church’s debut pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale will consist of 10 full-scale chapels built on an island in the Venice lagoon. (The Guardian)

Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi to Curate Prospect.5 in New Orleans

The city’s contemporary arts triennial is slated to open in the fall of 2020. (Artforum)

Is It Even Possible to Comprehend a Work of Art Without Seeing a Woman Next to It (for Scale)?

Ben Davis examines an enduring and strange stock photo phenomenon. (artnet News)

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posted by May 16, 2018

Bernini’s Santa Bibiana, with its missing finger — which has since been reattached. Image: Silvia Mosetti via NYT

DC’s Defunct Corcoran Gallery Announces the New Homes for Over 10,000 Works of Art

Four years after the gallery was abruptly closed, trustees of the institution have announced how more than 10,000 objects from its original $1 billion trove will be distributed. (artnet News)

No Pain, No Brain Gain: Why Learning Demands (A Little) Discomfort

Quality learning requires what brain scientists call “desirable difficulty.” (Fast Company)

Bloomberg Expands Arts Grant Program to Seven More Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies is investing $43 million in more than 200 small and midsize cultural organizations. (New York Times)

The Risk of Moving Artworks: A Broken Finger and Public Outcry

An art history professor was taking a group of students through the baroque Church of Santa Bibiana when he made what he called a “macabre discovery.” (New York Times)

The Blueprint for Saudi Arabia’s Multi-Billion Euro Cultural Partnership with France

The ten-year deal gives France an exclusive role in an area almost the size of Belgium. (The Art Newspaper)

Soon You May Be Able to Text with 2,000 Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Over 2,000 new Hieroglyphs may soon be available for use on digital devices, thanks to collaboration between Egyptologists and digital linguistics. (Hyperallergic)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by May 09, 2018

The Palais de Tokyo’s “Visite Naturiste” was organized in association with the Paris Naturist Association. Visitors removed their clothes for a tour of the exhibition Discord, Daughter of the Night. Photo: Owen Franken for The New York Times

Association of Art Museum Curators Announces the Recipients of Award for Excellence

This year’s eleven winners were selected from a pool of 174 nominees. (Artforum)

Questions Loom Over Fate of Art Collections as Santa Fe University of Art and Design Closes

The fate of the university’s collections is still undecided. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

Road to The Met: How Max Hollein Rose to Become Its Next Director

Thirteen months after Thomas Campbell stepped down, Max Hollein will become the tenth director of the New York institution. (The Art Newspaper)

A Modest Proposal: Break the Art Fair

“As a system, art fairs are like America: They’re broken and no one knows how to fix them.” (New York Magazine)

I Went Naked to a Museum, and It Was … Revealing

The Palais de Tokyo’s “Visite Naturiste” — the first of its kind in France —garnered a remarkable amount of public interest since it was announced in March. (New York Times)

A Typeface Transforms the Alphabet in the Style of Famous Artworks

In this artful alphabet by the Madrid-based design studio CESS, “V” is for van Gogh and “F” is for Frida. (Hyperallergic)

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posted by May 02, 2018

Pablo Picasso, Buste de mousquetaire, 1968. Courtesy QoQa via Freize

A French Museum Just Discovered That Half of Its Collection Is Fake

Visiting art historian Eric Forcada made the shocking discovery. (artnet News)

Columbia University MFA Students Demand Tuition Refunds

Though the university’s provost reportedly concurred that the program is a “disgrace,” he told the students that the university could not provide them with refunds. (Hyperallergic)

NEA Chairman Jane Chu Will Step Down in June

After four years at the head of the federal arts agency, Chu announced she will step down on June 4. (Washington Post)

All For One: Picasso’s Musketeer Bust Purchased by 25,000 Online Buyers

The thousands of new owners will now collectively decide where the painting is exhibited. (Frieze)

This Academic Took a Job at BuzzFeed. Here’s Her Advice to Graduate Programs.

Anne Helen Petersen has a PhD in media studies, and she wishes more programs were realistic about the prospect of an academic career. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Top Italian Museum Director Faces Trial Over Gym Visits

Anna Coliva, the well-respected director of Rome’s Galleria Borghese, is to stand trial on charges of absenteeism and defrauding the public purse. (The Art Newspaper) 

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by April 25, 2018

P.C. Skovgaard’s View of the Harbour from Mons Klint, 1850, Skovgaard: Skovgaard Museet, via The Art Newspaper.

The Way You See Color Depends on What Language You Speak

It’s less about seeing what is there and more about how the brain interprets. (The Conversation)

Art Institute Lands Largest Announced Cash Donation, $70 Million in Total

The museum’s long-range plan has included hopes to put up a new building, possibly devoted to Asian art. (Chicago Tribune)

Are Undergraduate Degrees in Curating Useful?

Is curating something that can, or should, be taught to undergraduate students? (Apollo Magazine)

Romanticism Show Surveys Landscapes of Northern Europe

The first major exhibition of its kind includes Turner and Friedrich as well as less familiar Romantics. (The Art Newspaper)

It Matters a Lot Who Teaches Introductory Courses. Here’s Why.

A new paper combines administrative data from six community colleges with a detailed faculty survey. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Frida Kahlo Barbie Doll Banned from Shop Shelves in Mexico

A court has barred sales in Mexico of the doll, ruling that members of her family own the sole rights to her image. (BBC)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by April 18, 2018

Simulation of the immersive exhibition Gustav Klimt – Atelier des Lumières. © Culturespaces / Nuit de Chine.

The FBI Has Cracked the 30-Year-Old Case of a Stolen Marc Chagall

The robbery of an octogenarian couple was likely an inside job. (artnet News)

7 Tips for Applying to Art School, According to Top Admissions Officers

Admissions officers and professors at six art schools across the US uncover the ins and outs of the application process. (Artsy)

Announcement of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The 2018 winners include Jerry Saltz for criticism and Kendrick Lamar for music. (The Pulitzer Prizes)

Can a Wandering Mind Make You Neurotic?

A 2010 study showed that people spent almost half their time thinking about something other than what they were doing. (Nautilus)

Antiquity Gets a Fresh Twist at Revamped Getty Villa

The Getty Villa completes a major overhaul of its collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities today. (The Art Newspaper)

Is This the Future—or the End—of Art? A Selfie-Centric Art Space Opens in Paris With a Show of Klimt Projections

The new Atelier des Lumières opened with light installations inspired by Klimt and Schiele. (artnet News)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by April 11, 2018

Paul Cézanne, Madame Cézanne in a Red Dress, from 1888–1890. Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met Goes Beyond Its Doors to Pick a Leader Who Bridges Art and Technology

For the first time in 60 years, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has reached beyond its own doors for a new leader. (New York Times)

Frick Collection, With Fourth Expansion Plan, Crosses Its Fingers Again

The garden that upended the museum’s previous attempt to renovate its 1914 Gilded Age mansion is now the centerpiece of its revised design. (New York Times)

US Army Teams Up With Conservators to Preserve Outdoor Art

Art conservators and the Army Research Laboratory are working together to conserve outdoor painted sculpture by Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, and Tony Smith. (Hyperallergic)

The Lurchingly Uneven Portraits of Paul Cézanne

In an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, wonderments consort with clunkers, often on the same canvas. (The New Yorker)

Humanities and science collaboration isn’t well understood, but letting off STEAM is not the answer

The humanities are not just an ethical adjunct to the sciences. (The Conversation)

International Arts Rights Advisors Survey on Online Harassment

As an artist have you been intimidated, trolled, harassed or bullied online? Share your experiences with International Arts Rights Advisors (IARA), a collective of arts and human rights experts, in this anonymous survey. (IARA)

The Most Beautiful College Libraries in America

Celebrate #NationalLibraryWeek with these academic libraries. (Travel + Leisure)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by April 04, 2018

Michael Rakowitz in front of The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist in Trafalgar Square. Photo by Caroline Teo, via artnet News.

Art’s Most Popular: Exhibition and Museum Visitor Figures 2017

The Art Newspaper’s just-published annual survey ranks the world’s most visited shows, reveals the most cultured city in the US, and explains the secrets behind naming a blockbuster. (The Art Newspaper)

Louvre Says “Non” to Minister’s Mona Lisa Grand Tour

France’s culture minister Françoise Nyssen initially proposed lending the work as a way to fight “cultural segregation.” (The Art Newspaper)

Tourist Attraction in Indonesia Rips Off Chris Burden, Yayoi Kusama, and Museum of Ice Cream

A tourism park in Indonesia aiming to be a destination for selfies is under fire for its attractions that copy widely recognized contemporary artworks. (Hyperallergic)

Why the City of Los Angeles Hired a “Chief Design Officer”

Christopher Hawthorne, The Los Angeles Times architecture critic since 2004, will become the city’s first chief design officer, a position offered to him by Mayor Eric Garcetti. (Hyperallergic) 

The Ghost of Iraq’s Lost Heritage Comes to Trafalgar Square as Michael Rakowitz Unveils His Fourth Plinth Sculpture

The Iraqi-American artist unveiled his Fourth Plinth commission in London on March 28th. (artnet News)

John Baldessari Gets the Greatest Accolade of Them All – a Guest Turn on The Simpsons

John Baldessari has been the recipient of countless awards in the course of his long career. But last week, he received the highest honor of them all: a guest appearance on The Simpsons(Apollo Magazine)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by March 28, 2018

Poster by De’Janae Gilliam for March for Our Lives. Courtesy Amplifier.

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

Duty to Protect

California Supreme Court has determined public colleges in the state must warn and shield their students from potential violent acts. Experts say the ruling could have nationwide implications. (Inside Higher Ed)

London Arts and Textiles Educator Named ‘World’s Best Teacher’

Andria Zafirakou, who teaches at a northwest London community school in one of the poorest areas in the country, is the first British winner of the annual Global Teacher Prize. (The Guardian)

Centuries Later, People Still Don’t Know What to Make of Las Meninas

Scholars have been analyzing Diego Velázquez’s 1656 painting for over three centuries, and still haven’t settled on its meaning. (Artsy)

Cy Twombly’s Extravagant Synesthesia

“Rosalind Krauss misreads Twombly in more ways than I can enumerate.” Read John Yau’s take. (Hyperallergic)

These Are the Posters Students Carried at the March for Our Lives

The art and activism organization Amplifier gave away more than 40,000 posters nationwide. (CNN)

ACLU Files Art Censorship Lawsuit against the City of New Orleans

The ACLU alleges the city’s onerous process for getting approval for murals violates the right to free expression. (The Art Newspaper)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by March 21, 2018

Image: Free Cooper Union, via Wikimedia Commons

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

In a Historic Vote, Renowned Art School Cooper Union Commits to Bringing Back Free Tuition For All

The school may be tuition-free again as early as 2029. (artnet News)

How Do You Know If You’ve Hung a Painting Upside Down?

Genevieve Habert was the only one to realize something was amiss at the Museum of Modern Art’s Henri Matisse exhibition. (Artsy)

‘I Need a College Degree to Make This?’ Asks Arizona Teacher Who Posted Salary Online

Arizona teachers are mobilizing after the West Virginia teachers’ strike. (Star Telegram)

Clashing Visions, Simmering Tensions: How a Confluence of Forces Led to MOCA’s Firing of Helen Molesworth

The news that Helen Molesworth, one of the most prominent curators in the United States, had been fired from her job at MOCA last week sent shockwaves through the art world. (artnet News)

Long Before MRIs, Santiago Ramón y Cajal Revealed the Inner Workings of the Brain

American viewers are getting a chance to see Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s drawings for the first time. (Artsy)

How Much of Conservators’ Work Should Be Visible and How Much Should Be Hidden?

The release of a pre-conservation image of Salvator Mundi reignites debate over the transparency of conservators’ interventions. (The Art Newspaper)

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