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Canvas in Hartford Authenticated as Van Gogh Painting

March 22nd, 2019

A still life of poppies from the collection Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut has been authenticated as an authentic Van Gogh, the Art Newspaper reports.  The piece was reviewed by the Van Gogh Museum, which evaluated multiple elements of the work to arrive at its decision to authenticate.
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First Inaugural Kazakhstan Pavilion in Venice Faces Controversy Over Curation

March 22nd, 2019

The launch of the inaugural Kazakhstan pavilion in Venice is facing controversy after the curators hired for the project were dismissed with a press statement posted on Facebook. “Was the project censored? Why did the incoming museum director decide that artists, curators and partners were simply not worth the basic professional courtesy of knowing if the project was on or off?” curator Nadim Samman asks of the project, noting ongoing confusion and miscommunication over the project.
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London Mayor Unveils Cultural Infrastructure Plan

March 22nd, 2019

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled a plan to identify, protect and develop cultural performance and rehearsal space in the city.  “There is no single answer, and many of the conditions and challenges are outside the Mayor’s control,” the report reads.
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Balthus

Balthus via Wikipedia

born February 29, 1908 in Paris
died February 18, 2001 in Rossiniere, Switzerland

Balthasar Kłossowski de Rola, known as Balthus, was a prominent artist of the 20th century, most recognized for his paintings of young girls in voyeuristic or erotic contexts. His work is said to have influenced contemporary artists like John Currin.

Nude With Cat, Balthus,1949 via NationalgalleryofVictoria

His parents were part of the Paris cultural elite which led to his being influenced by such figures as poet Rainer Maria Rilke and Henri Matisse from an early age. In 1921, at the age of thirteen, Balthus published a book of drawings called “Mitsou”, with a preface by Rilke. It was a story of a boy and his cat – Balthus would remain obsessed with the animal for the rest of his life. In the 1930s, Balthus was a well-regarded painter belonging to a circle of influential artists, novelists, and intellectual figures – including Man Ray, Alberto Giacometti, Albert Camus, Joan Miro, and Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

The Mountain, Balthus, 1937 via Junkforcode

Balthus preferred to work with realistically rendered nude figures – he rejected the imaginary world, at a time when it was not fashionable to do so. He worked on paintings for immensely long periods of time, with great precision.

Balthus via Mirrorsandwindows

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, he gained international fame, while also remaining an enigma. His work was displayed in the Pierre Matisse gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, and he was the first living artist to be shown in the Louvre, who had acquired his piece from Pablo Picasso’s collection. Picasso had been a fan of Balthus since his early work.

Balthus exhibition, 2001, via Donatawenders

Upon his death, many more fans would attend his funeral, including U2, the president of France, supermodel Elle McPherson, and others.

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