Post #1098 • December 7, 2007, 7:59 AM • 20 Comments
"A long-missing Michelangelo sketch for the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, possibly his last design before his death, has been discovered in the basilica's offices, the Vatican newspaper said today." (AJ)
Haring - Basquiat - Futura 2000 collab discovered behind New York City wall.
John Brunner once said, "There are two kinds of fool. One says, 'This is old, and therefore good.' And one says, 'This is new, and therefore better.'" I observe, if not a third sort, a variant of the former: the fool of the first kind, who utters the sentiment of the second. (AJ)
"Some of the regular patrons believe she is a performance artist."
Can I get another shout-out for Karen Wilkin? Yes I can. "I can't think of an art critic whom I admire more, or read more attentively, than Karen Wilkin. Not only does she write about modern art with stylish, jargon-free clarity, but she is immune to the trendiness that is the driving force behind the 'thinking' of so many American critics. Her essays and reviews invariably help me to see the painters about whom she writes with an enhanced clarity that owes nothing to the factitious charms of fashion. Her name figures prominently on the very short list of critics whose books I will buy and read regardless of their subject." - Terry Teachout. (Armavirumque)
This James Wolcott review of Gail Pool's Faint Praise is perhaps germane to art, but mostly I wanted to demonstrate that I could defeat TNR's shenanigans that would force the reader to view the article on nine separate screens. (Ease of reading? Hardly. Each clickthrough is another page served for advertisers. There's paying the bills, and then there's selling out the end user, and then there's whoring.)
"You gave up on the Joseph Beuys paint by number?"
More geekery: pimped-out robots do battle.
More geekery: "This month, Wacom is releasing a 'sketchbook' version of the critically-acclaimed Cintiq drawing tablet. Cintiqs are tablets with built-in LCD screens so you can draw directly on the image."
Department of Skills: Art Tatum plays Dvorak. He even looks at the keyboard occasionally.