Friday Links: Shakespeare’s portrait, bad art, and love notes
Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- A historian claims to have found “the only demonstrably authentic portrait of Shakespeare made in his lifetime” on the cover of a book from 1598.
- An interview with the founder of the Museum of Bad Art, “the world’s only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and celebration of bad art in all its forms.”
- And how does one decide what’s bad? After the outcry over a plan to erect a pink sculpture in Long Island City, New York’s City Council passed a bill this week requiring public hearings before some public art projects can be installed. It still needs to be signed by the governor.
- A very special collections from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art: humorous love notes by color field painter Jules Olitski to his wife.
- Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend by browsing through these World War II maps and posters from North Carolina’s State Library.