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July 17, 2015

Friday Links: Da Vinci the cook, a happy Van Gogh, and a chicken-shaped church

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

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July 10, 2015

Friday Links: Ugly, snarky, tear-inducing, fading, mysterious, gay, unknown, incomplete, and rediscovered art

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

  • An ugly copy of a famously beautiful bust of Queen Nefertiti has inspired Egyptians to mock the authorities as well as the current state of art in the country. It’s hard to blame them, see for yourself!
  • We have the perfect place for the Egyptian people to make their snarky comments: a statue in Rome that for the past 500 years has served as the place to go when you want to read something mean or scandalous about someone.
  • Or they could cry in front of it, as people sometimes do. (In fact, there’s a whole book about the phenomenon!)

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June 26, 2015

Friday Links: Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and more butter sculpture

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

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June 19, 2015

Friday Links: Magritte, Dalí, Van Gogh, pyramids… and math

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

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June 12, 2015

Friday Links: from Flaming June to Jurassic Park

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

We found so  many interesting links this week that we’re just going to let the original headlines speak for themselves:

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June 5, 2015

Friday Links: perhaps, perhaps, perhaps

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some stories that have us wondering this week:

  • Perhaps these artists weren’t too clear on the definition of temptation.
  • Perhaps this artist should have consulted his neighbors before embarking on his latest project.
  • Perhaps legendary editor, publisher, and anti-censorship champion Barney Rosset should have stipulated what to do with his giant mural.
  • Perhaps you can score higher than us in naming these famous paintings based on a small detail (we got one wrong).
  • Perhaps after their Dürer and Rembrandt prints went missing the Boston Public Library should have looked a bit harder before triggering a criminal investigation and the resignation of the institution’s president.

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May 29, 2015

Friday Links: butter sculptures, nose museum, and clumsy Cretans

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

  • “Brooks had always had an interest in art and, after marrying a farmer, she made her first butter sculpture in 1867 as a way to promote the product.”
  • “Hidden within Copenhagen’s Glyptotek art museum is a curious cabinet filled with 100 plaster noses.”
  • “… models and dioramas turned the skins of animals into more dimensional interpretations, although they still often got it wrong, like the overstuffed 1860s Horniman Museum walrus with not a wrinkle on its inflated body.”
  • “The problem was that Bouguereau didn’t die penniless, obscure and defeated. He died rich, famous and proud. Also, he definitely wasn’t a genius.”
  • “The same vase was discovered by archaeologists bearing traces of an ancient restoration, suggesting that it was damaged by some clumsy Cretan 4,000 years ago.”

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May 22, 2015

Friday Links: Shakespeare’s portrait, bad art, and love notes

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

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May 15, 2015

Friday Links: Photographer Sally Mann, Nomadic Libraries, International Museum Day, and more

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some stories we’ve been reading (and watching) this week:

    • This week, Sally Mann’s memoir “Hold Still” was released. Charlie Rose led a rare interview with Mann on her photographs, family, and the places and memories that move her.
    • This art interview may be one of the last that requires human interlocutors. Smithsonian Magazine reports that computers are getting better than ever at identifying characteristics in works of art.
    • Over a third of American museum directors are at retirement age. What does the role of Museum Director mean today and what challenges will new leadership face? (That is, assuming they’re not all replaced by artificially-intelligent art robots first.)
    • And what better time to ask these questions than in the lead-up to International Museum Day on May 18th. See you in the galleries!

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May 8, 2015

Friday Links: Frida Kahlo’s fashion, paintings that will put you to sleep (in a good way), and more

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

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