In an effort to find the rightful owners of hundreds of works of art, the Louvre is displaying paintings stolen by Nazis during the occupation of France in the 1940s. Currently, 31 paintings are hanging in two rooms of the museum, on permanent display until their heirs are found. This is just a small portion of the 296 works held by the Louvre, and an even smaller percentage of the paintings left to be returned. An estimated 100,000 were looted in total, with 60,000 given back immediately after the war. Other museums, including the Musee d’Orsay and the Chateau de Versailles, have custody of some of the remaining works.
It’s a long process, however, to turn over the paintings, and in 2012, the French government established a working group to handle it. Those stepping forward to claim their families’ possessions must provide proof in the form of receipts, photographs or testimonies and verification can take years. The government maintains a database for this National Museum Recuperation effort, known as the Rose Valland List, named after a French curator who risked her life to keep notes on the stolen artwork.
Source: The Telegraph and Dazed
Google Arts & Culture, created in 2011, is an exploratory tool for arts and culture. The website has access to 45,000 images of artwork from over 1,200 museums and archives. Google Arts & Culture recently released a new section on the page called “Experiments.” The “Experiments” page offers four methods of discovering and drawing connections between images of art, artists, and other cultural artifacts. The amount of data in this section causes the pages to load slowly but the tools available are unique. For example, the T-SNE map is a 3D network that groups artist together in proximity based on a specific commonalities.
Google Arts & Culture has a bright, clean interface and some of the other pages include categories like, artists, historical events, movements, and mediums. One of the most enticing features of the website is the interactive vignettes. One can scroll through a series of images and videos accompanied with text to explore topics ranging from Audrey Hepburn and the shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo to cats in Korean paintings. Because of copyright laws, some of the more famous artists are not well represented, but the breadth of the website is substantial and one could spend hours following the stories of a variety of art and artists.
Source: Google Arts & Culture
Photo credit: Jon Kay
Elementary students in Bristol, England were surprised when they returned after a break to find a mural by acclaimed street artist, Banksy, on one of the school’s buildings. The students at Bridge Farm Primary School had recently voted to rename the building after Banksy. The elusive artist rewarded them with a work of art on their campus. The artist left a hand-written note to the students as well. The final line reading, “…it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission.”
Source: This is Collosal
Julien Malland, a mural artist from France, has spent the last year traveling the globe to paint large-scale child-like figures in crouching positions onto the facades of buildings. He uses the edges of the buildings to seemingly cut off the faces of the characters and force the viewer to consider what emotion the character feels based on the physical environment. Malland intends to reveal how children are inextricably connected to their chaotic environment and how they straddle a complicated line between the past and the present. The interplay of a dreamlike two-dimensional mural and a concrete three-dimensional surface grounds the idea behind the piece and amplifies the power of the image.
Source: This is Colossal
New York artist Joe Mangrum creates spontaneous, large, colorful sand paintings featuring intricate geometries on city streets and public plazas. Part of the intrigue of his more than 650 works created since 2009 is that they are temporary and are soon swept away. He has recently gained notoriety due to tension with authorities, but the beauty and accessibility of the works has caught the attention of several museums, where he has created incredible installations.
Source: Web Urbanist
Painted objects to fool the eye transform one edible into another. Tokyo-born artist Hikaru Cho‘s painted foods challenge the viewer’s perception of what one is actually seeing. Check out her food illusions here or check out some more of her incredible painting and makeup skills here.
Source: Visual News
Illustrator and painter Fernando Vicente finds faces and animals not in clouds, but in historic maps. Vicente’s sumptuous paintings, part of his series Atlas, bring geography to life in surprising ways. This brings to mind the mesmerizing vintage map collage compositions of Matthew Cusick,
Source: Visual News
The psychedelic trompe l’oeil paintings of artist 1010 have jumped from the canvas to the street. These works, which appear to be colorful caverns of cut paper, have recently been popping up in cities throughout Germany. Perhaps you can find some equally mind-bending work at Austin’s own Castle Hill Graffiti Park?
Source: Visual News
Drawing faces all over the world, Swiss artist Tobias Gutmann sits inside his cardboard ‘Face-O-Mat’ and sketches minimalist portraits of people who sit in front like a photo booth. Except, three minutes later, what comes out is not a photo, but a one-of-a-kind portrait. So far he has created over 700 portraits of his patrons. Be sure to check out this video of him in action.
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The third concert of the Midday Music Series at The Blanton Museum of Art will take place tomorrow, Tuesday November 26, at noon in the Blanton atrium. The UT Jazz Department will be performing a piece composed in response to one of Peruvian artist Fernando de Szyszlo’s paintings. Admission is free to students, staff, and faculty.
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Artists Rob and Nick Carter have breathed life into old Dutch master paintings at The Frick Collection in New York. The artists took more than 3 years and 5,000 hours to meticulously recreate the painting Vase With Flowers In A Window in stunning digital detail. The only difference between the digital and the real painting is the flowers slowly wilt and decompose as the viewer experiences the new version in the 4th dimension. In this reiteration, on show from October 22, 2013 to January 19, 2014 at The Frick Collection, the artists explore the re-animation of iconic art objects as digital paintings.
Image Source: The Creators Project
Have you seen the work of Amy Casey? Her playful cityscapes re-imagine organization and interaction, lending fantasy to urban connections.
Image source: amycaseypainting.com