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Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein Devotes the First Comprehensive Museum Exhibition to Nora Turato

Nora Turato

“Nora Turato (* 1991 in Zagreb, Croatia) scripts powerful narratives from text fragments gleaned from advertising, social media and everyday life. Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein is devoting the first comprehensive museum exhibition to the Amsterdam-based artist. ” (ArtDaily)

            “Her spoken-word performances garnered notice at the Venice Biennale in 2015, eliciting invitations from prominent museums.”
“Turato defines language as the foundation of her work, from which she creates artworks in a variety of media. Turato’s performances confront the audience with a transformed reality, as the language she uses is the language of our everyday lives. ” (ArtDaily)

“The phonetic, semantic and pictorial qualities of the works fuse together in the exhibition. The focal relationship between image and text is flanked by gestures and embodiments in the performances. The spaces consist of modular elements that change with each performance. The result is an ephemeral tale that extends over the whole duration of the exhibition, incorporating art historical accomplishments of the 20th century and raising new questions concerning our handling of language. (myswitzerland.com)

“Nora Turato studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and at the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnheim. From 2017 to 2018 she was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Her performances have been presented at institutions internationally, including Bielefelder Kunstverein; Museum Serralves, Porto; Manifesta, Palermo; Kunsthalle Wien; Kölnischer Kunstverein; KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin; Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève and LambdaLambdaLambda, Pristina. ”

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The Intimate and Iconic Photos Nickolas Muray Took of Frida Kahlo

“This portrait is one of almost 90 known images Muray took of Kahlo between 1937 and 1948, a period when the painter made her most celebrated canvases, solidified her personal image, and navigated a life of growing renown, chronic illness, and temperamental love.

As friends and longtime lovers, Muray and Kahlo worked collaboratively to frame and compose the photographs, several of which appear in the Brooklyn Museum’s current exhibition Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving.

“Muray and Kahlo first crossed paths in 1931, on the photographer’s inaugural trip to Mexico. At the time, he was a renowned celebrity portraitist who was pioneering color photography in the United States. Following a contentious divorce, he traveled south with his best friend and fellow artist, Miguel Covarrubias. Covarrubias introduced Muray to Kahlo, then an upstart painter married to the behemoth muralist Diego Rivera. ”

“This trip marked the dawn of a passionate 10-year romance between the two artists, during which Muray intimately captured Kahlo in her studio and home; intertwined with friends and starcrossed lovers; wrapped in her signature ensembles; and in the throes of painting the searing, frank self-portraits that defined her life and legacy. Nickolas MurayFrida With Cigarette, Coyoacan, 1941Matthew Liu Fine ArtsNickolas MurayFrida, Pink/Green Blouse, Coyoacan , 1938Matthew Liu Fine Arts.

“Kahlo traveled to New York for her November show at Julien Levy. The opening, which drew the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe and Isamu Noguchi, cemented Kahlo’s reputation as an artist reshaping both Surrealism and the tradition of self-portraiture. “I do not know whether my paintings are Surrealist or not,” she stated in 1952, “but I do know that they are the frankest expression of myself.” (All quotes are from an article written by Alexxa Gotthardt in Artsy.net. which is recommended for further reading.)

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Sam Francis by The Getty – The Fine Art Print Book Lives

Sam Francis

“At the age of twenty, Sam Francis was hospitalized for spinal tuberculosis and spent three years virtually immobilized in a body cast. For physical therapy he was given a set of watercolors, and, as he described it, he painted his way back to life. The exuberant color and expression in his paintings celebrated his survival; his five-decade career was an energetic visual exploration that took him around the world.”

The Art of Sam Francis

“American artist Sam Francis (1923–1994) brought vivid color and emotional intensity to Abstract Expressionism. He was described as the “most sensuous and sensitive painter of his generation” by former Guggenheim Museum director James Johnson Sweeney. Francis’s works, whether intimate or monumental in scale, make indelible impressions; the intention of the artist was to make them felt as much as seen. “

Sam Francis The Artist’s Materials

“Francis’s idiosyncratic painting practices have long been the subject of speculation and debate among conservators and art historians. Presented here for the first time in this volume are the results of an in-depth scientific study of more than forty paintings, which reveal new information about his creative process. The data provides a key to the complicated evolution of the artist’s work and informs original art historical interpretations. ” (All quotes: The Getty.

Below are some excerpts from the book.

Sam Francis: The Artist’s Materials
Sam Francis: The Artist’s Materials
Sam Francis: The Artist’s Materials
Sam Francis: The Artist’s Materials

Whither the Book?

The Getty’s book on Sam Francis is another example of a Fine Art publisher choosing to issue the book in print. With the prediction that the ebook would replace all print media, the Getty shows its continued confidence in the worth and value of the Fine Art print book.

H/T Joshua Cohen, with appreciation

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Michelangelo – A Different View

Every year, four million people visit the Sistine Chapel in Rome to admire the beautiful ceiling frescoes by Michelangelo. The exhibition ‘A Different View’ offers the unique opportunity to look at his timeless work in a different way – they are displayed on the floor!

The exhibition “A Different View” at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam on January 24, 2019. The exhibition runs from January 26 to May 12, 2019.

Fine Art in the New Media

The exhibition uses a photomechanical process to reproduce many of the frescoes from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel which are displayed on the floor. This allows the visitor to get as close to the images as he/she wants.

While the exhibition website does not display many of the images. However, the Getty has made available a slideshow of the images in the exhibition.

Below are two screen shots of the Getty slideshow Click on “Embed from Getty Image” for the full display.

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Cubism at Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou takes a fresh look at one of modern art history’s founding movements, Cubism (1907-1917), through a comprehensive overview.

The first exhibition devoted to Cubism in France since 1953, the project’s originality lies in its unusual stance, broadening a standpoint usually focused on its two inventors, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, to other artists such as Fernand Léger, Juan Gris, Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Robert and Sonia Delaunay. ” (CentrePompidou).

Representation in painting had to be destroyed.

Representation in painting had to be destroyed within the context of the increasing importance of photography and cinema,” explains the curator Brigitte Leal.

“This was the great liquidation of optical conventions. The shapes splintered into pieces as though under the effect of multiple kaleidoscopic visions.” Judith Benhamou-Huet Reports.

The website of the Centre allows you to flip through several the pages of The Exhibition Catalouge.

Aside from going to Paris, the Exhibition website , unfortunately, does not provide much access to the works., nor is the Exhibition accessible online. However, the Report by Judith Benhamou-Huet reproduces a number of the paintings from the exhibition, and is a valuable resource. Below are some of the works. Given the historical importance, and the number of images and documents, we wish that the entire Exhibition was online to give access to everyone everywhere.

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The Purpose of “Newspeak” in George Orwell’s 1984.


“The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible.”- George Orwell

In the recording above, George Orwell explains the purpose of “Newspeak.” While, in terms of time on the internet, the recording may be considered “long, ” go to 19:30 for a summary. Also, below is an excellent summary of the purpose of “Newspeak”from OpenCulture.


“It’s easy to hear “Newspeak,” the “official language of Oceania,” as “news speak.” This is perfectly reasonable, but it gives us the impression that it relates strictly to its appearance in mass media. Orwell obviously intended the ambiguity—it is the language of official propaganda after all—but the portmanteau actually comes from the words “new speak”—and it has been created to supersede “Oldspeak,” Orwell writes, “or Standard English, as we should call it.”


“In other words, Newspeak isn’t just a set of buzzwords, but the deliberate replacement of one set of words in the language for another. The transition is still in progress in the fictional 1984, but is expected to be completed “by about the year 2050.” Students of history and linguistics will recognize that this is a ludicrously accelerated pace for the complete replacement of one vocabulary and syntax by another. (We might call Orwell’s English Socialists “accelerationsts.”) Newspeak appears not through history or social change but through the will of the Party.”


Yale University Press published the most comprehensive, definitive study of Jasper Johns’s work

Whither the The Book?

In the digital age, the printed Fine Art Book survives.

Jasper Johns Book “Redo an Eye”

“Yale University Press, in association with the Wildenstein Plattner Institute,  released a spectacular single-volume book that presents the most comprehensive, definitive study of Jasper Johns’s work ever published. ”

“The book is Jasper Johns: ‘Redo an Eye’ (publication date: October 3, 2017), by renowned Johns expert Roberta Bernstein. The book, not to be confused with the catalogue of the exhibition, is a standalone volume, the definitive distillation of the important scholarship that Bernstein conducted over many years: the culmination of her lifelong investigation of one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century.”

“Adapted from her groundbreaking catalogue raisonné of the paintings and sculpture, it contains nearly 400 illustrations, including 374 in color. Richly illustrated with comparative visuals, it provides the reader access to the plethora of Johns’s own influences, and firmly grounds his work in an art historical context.”

The Author – Roberta Bernstein

“Roberta Bernstein has an unparalleled vantage point on the work of Jasper Johns, and she is uniquely qualified to bring clarity to the engaging, vital, and contemporary themes that Johns revisits over the course of his long career. She is author and director of Jasper Johns: Catalogue Raisonné of Painting and Sculpture, and professor emeritus of art history at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Over her fifty-year career, Bernstein has worked with Johns in his studio, written extensively on his work, curated exhibitions, and developed a friendship based on engaging with his artwork. She is co-curator of a major Johns exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in London (September 23, 2017 to Dec. 10, 2017), then to The Broad, in Los Angeles (February 10, 2018 through May 13, 2018).” (All quotes: Art Daily)

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Peace to All

Mimmo Paladino, Mattinate (Puglia Suite) No. 7, 2011. Watercolour with collage. Paper and image 58.0 x 77.0 cm.


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Solzhenitsyn Honored in Moscow. Son to Conduct “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” Opera

Russian-American conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, son of famous Russian writer and dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn, rehearsing the opera based on his father’s book “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” at the Bolshoi.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn Centenary  Celebrated in Moscow

“Alexander Solzhenitsyn was exiled from the Soviet Union in the 1970s following the publication of the “Gulag Archipelago“, a major expose of the country’s labour camps.

He and his family spent most of a two-decade exile in Cavendish, a small town in the US state of Vermont.

He returned to Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s.  He died in 2008 at age 89. “ ArtDaily

Putin Unveils Statue

As part of a number of celebrations in Russia honoring Solzhenitsyn Russian president Vladimir Putin unveiled a statue of the writer.  Solzhenitsyn exposed “the features of a totalitarian system that brought suffering and great hardship to millions of people,” Putin said at the ceremony. honoring the centenary of Solzhenitsyn’s birth.  ArtDaily

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”  by  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, first published in November 1962 in the Soviet literary magazine Novy Mir. The story is set in a Soviet labor camp in the 1950s and describes a single day in the life of ordinary prisoner, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. Wikipedia

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Art Videos: Does the Script Enhance the Art?

The Art Video

The internet is replete with videos of Art, some good, some not so good. The videos are produced by museums, galleries, academic institutions, and auction houses. The video above was produced by Christie’s. Many of them have voice over or a presenter, in addition to the art.

Pictures and Words

From time to time we chose an art video as the subject for a post. We look at such things as the camera work, framing, images,  lighting, location, script, presenter, etc. and ask you to come to your own conclusion about the video.

For the video above, we ask you to consider whether the presenter and his words enhance your appreciation of the art.

“No,” and “Yes”

Below are examples of a “No” and a “Yes” from two YouTube commenters.

Edward Harley 1 day ago “It is almost like a tradition, they just have to have a narrator… and although one is engaged in watching visual arts we have to watch these presenters flapping their arms away like they want to fly away, and gesticulate and emphasize all their vo -cab -u -lary… shut up already and let me see the art. “

“Petr Frizen 3 days ago “Very refreshing atmosphere of this vibrant breathing works of art… Recuperating like the autumnal forest, or the summer grove after the rain, or the peaceful nature in winter… Something similar to the new commencement, like after the rain…”

The Voice

 In the video above as described by Christie’s,

“Art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon admires highlights from the most important single owner collection of Impressionist and Modern art offered for sale in London for a decade, featuring works by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Bonnard, Matisse and more.”

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