From the Sewer to the Met

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The Met’s exhibition of Michelangelo drawings has been getting tons of visitors every day, but one morning it got a very special guest: Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle Visits Michelangelo the Artist at the Metropolitan Museum

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Two New Van Gogh’s Drawing Discovered

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Exciting news: The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has authenticated  two new drawings (above) to be by Van Gogh. The first drawing “The Hill of Montmartre with Stone Quarry” is in the collection of the Van Vlissingen Art Foundation, and the second one “The Hill of Montmartre” belongs to the Van Gogh Museum, both works were drawn in 1886.  Read more: New Vincent van Gogh drawing discovered

John Constable: The Radical Landscape of The Hay Wain – National Gallery Talk

Even though I do not agree with Collin when he talks about Turner; I believe Constable’s work was much more “British-like,” at that time, than Tuner’s, perhaps that was the reason it took him so long to get accepted into the academy; he was giving them what they already have seen, just in an “unfinished” version. – (and when I say that I do not want to diminish his work in any way, just trying to describe what may have been the academy’s view on it) – But I do enjoy many of the points Mr.Wiggins brings up in the video, it helped me to understand and appreciate Constable’s artwork even more. Hope you guys enjoy it as well!

Met’s New Admission Fee

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For the first time in half a century, visitors to the world’s largest cultural institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will have to pay a mandatory admission fee of $25 if they do not live in New York State under a new policy that begins March 1, the museum announced on Thursday. (New York Times reported)

Daniel H. Weiss, Met’s new CEO, says in this interview that the “increase” of Met’s entry fees is due to the decrease of contributors and the failure of “pay-as-you-wish” policy:  Met Museum President Daniel Weiss Answers Questions About the New Admissions Policy

Even though I like the novelty of this honorable policy, I do not think it is very practical nowadays, specially for the arts and cultural institutions; which might differ in the next 10 to 15 years.  I also suspect that the questionable financial management of the last few years also influenced his decision.  Let’s hope this change can come as a big help for our so loved national treasure museum.

 

 

2018 Art Market Predictions

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Georgina Adam’s predictions for 2018 art market is very optimistic, she believes the sale of the Salvator Mundi had a significant effect in Old Masters’s and also in the over all marketplace: What will 2018 hold for the art market?

I also thought was funny the fact that she mentioned Martin Kemp’s noticeable increase of submissions after the Last Da Vinci’s big sale, he must be thrilled…

 

New Year, New Designs – AIA ARt

Happy New Year to you all,  I hope you had a good holiday, and hold great expectations for this new year; always remember, making your dreams a reality is the easy part, the challenge is to believe in them.

On this note I’d like to share with you my newest design, which is available on ebay: Umbrella -Van Gogh – Starry Night – Auto Open, Inverted,Double-Layer, HIGH-END

Let me know if you have any question – Enjoy 🙂

The Last Leonardo’s

I’m beyond excited about Christie’s forthcoming sale of the ‘Salvator Mundi’ by Leonardo (the last one). Some may not like the fact that Christie’s is marketing this picture as a  contemporary piece, but in my personal opinion Da Vinci’s work transcends time and movement and trying to make Old Masters relevant to new audiences is worth a shot.

An Institute for Caravaggio

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The Borghese Gallery has announced its own formation of the Caravaggio Research Institute; with the help of some supporters the institute will home some of Caravaggio’s works and serve as an authentication and art-historical research study center. At a press conference, Galleria Borghese director Anna Coliva said the institute was formed “since the great specialists of Caravaggio are no longer here, anyone can decide to attribute a piece to the artist.”

The Borghese’s will also be hosting some international exhibition of the artist, the first one being at the Getty Museum opening on November 21, 2017, which I really, really and really would like to attend, so if you are in California or near by and able to go please send me an email letting me know how it went, I would appreciate it!  And if you like me are in the east coast don’t be jealous, we got Michelangelo at the Met. More info read: Italy Is Launching an Expansive New Caravaggio Research Institute Thanks to a Surprise Supporter