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Ghent Museum Embroiled in Controversy Over Fake Russian Avant-Garde Works

January 18th, 2018

Museum Fine Arts Ghent, via Art NewspaperA major controversy is boiling over in Ghent over an exhibition that featured over 25 works attributed to Russian avant-garde artists like Kazimir Malevich and Wassily Kandinsky, which are being labeled as fake by a group of curators and museum professionals.  The news broke thanks to an open letter published by the group of professionals which is printed in full today at the Art Newspaper.
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Moscow Embarking on Building Project to Recreate itself as “Cultural Capital”

January 18th, 2018

Rendering of GES2, via Art NewspaperMoscow is set to embark on a project to build its own “Museum Mile,” part of a project by the Russian city to make it a “cultural capital of the world.” “The idea arrived after understanding the level of cultural segregation in which Moscow has been for so long,” says Teresa Mavica of the V-A-C Foundation. “It’s time for the Russian capital to become more open, for institutions to work together and themselves become an important actor of the social movement—that is what I mean by an art revolution.”
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Renovations at Corcoran Lead to Criticism from Current Students

January 18th, 2018

Corcoran, via City PaperWashington City Paper spotlights the current construction underway at the Corcoran Gallery and George Washington University Art School, and the issues it has caused for current students, some of whom accuse the institution of endangering their health.  “In terms of this being an environmentally safe place to be, it is, and if it were not, I would shut it down,” said Darell Darnell, senior associate vice president for safety and security at the George Washington University.
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Edgar Degas

Dancing Examination, (1874) via ExpoDegas

b. July 19, 1834 in Paris, France
d. september 27, 1917 in Paris France

Schools
Lycee Lious-le-Grand
Ecole des Beaux-Arts 

Edgar Degas is considered an Impressionists artist. He is considered one of the founders of Impressionist art by some though his style crossed many artistic boundaries. His paintings, pastels, drawings and sculptures showed his skilled draftsmanship. 

L’Absinthe (1875-6) via Tate

Degas’s subjects changed throughout his career. He started painting historical paintings and reproductions of grand masters to contemporary life.  He captured horses at the race track, and women at work. But his focus would soon turn to dancers backstage or in rehearsals.  

Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, was probably his most controversial piece, as some saw it as hideous and while others its potential. 

Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, (1880-1881) via the Clark

Towards the end of his life, Degas became blind, and turned to sculpting. He created many horse sculptures capture their movement as well as his ballerina and women bathing.