Friday Roundup, Monday Edition
Post #917 • December 4, 2006, 7:15 AM • 32 Comments
Scientists have challenged a method of authenticating Pollocks based on fractal mathmatics, eliciting a false positive from a childlike drawing of stars. "Either our drawing is worth $40 million or [Dr. Richard P. Taylor's] criteria is [sic] wrong. I guess I'd accept either outcome." (AJ)
Cultural leaders (notably Theatre Calgary president Tom McCabe) are telling Albertan artists, of whom Artblog.net is fond, to vote conservative, as its present liberal administration has slashed arts expenditures to new lows. (AJ) [Update: Wrong! Facts put straight by an Albertan artist, comment #1 below.]
A Leonardo drawing makes its American debut at the Library of Congress for two days only.
Watch this clip from Before the Music Dies and then read this article about Dietch Projects, Ted Mineo, and ArtBasel/Miami Beach. I've written before about how the visual art business is increasingly modelling itself on the pop music business, and here you have it laid out for you. I insist on believing that there is a way around this - we just have to find it.
Geoff Edgers posts a photo of the MFA's unveiling of its latest denizen, an eleven-foot Roman marble depicting Eirene, Goddess of Peace, on loan from Italy for three years as part of the agreement that repatriated objects in MFA holdings. More here.
Marketing yourself as an illustrator requires moxie. This, however, is going too far. "The gun-wielding cartoonist who had entered the Miami Herald building, demanding to speak with an editor Friday, has been taken into custody without incident, police said."
"Pseudo Picassos, counterfeit Chagalls and other fakes are on display in London this week, part of an effort by Scotland Yard to warn dealers about forged art that it says fuels crime gangs around the world."