Friday Links: black and blue
Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- Artists are not happy that sculptor Anish Kapoor has been given exclusive rights to the purest black paint ever—a pigment so dark it absorbs 99.96% of light.
- Perhaps they can console themselves with a brilliant new blue pigment discovered by Oregon State University chemists.
- That blue bears a striking resemblance to “Yves Klein Blue,” the shocking hue of ultramarine created—and patented—by the legendary French artist.
- And expanding our palette, the newly uncovered colors of two van Gogh paintings show how the artist’s darkening life cast a shadow over his work, and change the way art experts see the late period of his life.
- Speaking of Van Gogh, Loving Vincent, an account of the painter’s life and mysterious death, will be the first feature film completely painted by hand.
- Charles Manson and Bernie Madoff go to the Library of Congress—as part of an acquisition of four decades of courtroom art.
- This fantastic photo of the “spring cleaning” of David also serves as a reminder how huge Michelangelo’s sculpture is.
- Syrian and Iraqi refugees are providing tours to the Berlin Museums for emigrants to make cultural connections between Germany and their own. (Which reminds us that we wrote about the journey of the Ishtar Gate from Babylon to Berlin.)
- The Phono Museum in Paris houses and preserves 250 working music machines dating back to the late 1870s. Here’s hoping it can also preserve itself.
- Exciting news: The Rauschenberg Foundation has opened the gates to all but patently commercial uses of the artist’s images.