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Picasso Painting Reveals New Layers After X-Ray Analysis

February 21st, 2018

Picasso, via NYTThe New York Times profiles recent work in art research and conservation using X-Rays, citing the discovery of an underlying painting in a Picasso Blue Period piece. “It was clear there was something else going on underneath,” researcher Sandra Webster-Cook said.
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Grand Palais Unveils Plans for Massive Three-Year Renovation

February 19th, 2018

Grand Palais, via Art NewspaperPlans have been unveiled for the Grand Palais’s €466m, three-year renovation, Art Newspaper reports.  “At the end of 2020, just over a century after its creation, the Grand Palais will turn a page in its history and begin a transformation that will allow it to finally enter the 21st century,” culture secretary Françoise Nyssen says.
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Marina Abramovic Profiled in The Guardian

February 19th, 2018

Marina Abramovic, via The GuardianMarina Abramovic is interviewed in The Guardian this month, as she prepares to exhibit a series of photos documenting her early performances. “I lived in cars and trucks, I’m amazed the negatives survived,” Abramović says. “To appreciate the present, we should really look to the past.”
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Vladimir Tatlin

1885 – 1953
Lives and works in:

Moscow

Education includes:

Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture Architecture

Tatlin is one of the most important figures heading the Russian
Avant-Garde art movement in the 1920s. His work and his philosophies
eventually became the foundation of the Constructivist movement,
although he later rejected the role as “father of constructivism”.

Tatlin’s early work confronted the notion of a flat two-dimensional
painting as the primary art form. His so-called “corner-reliefs”
consist of planks of wood, planes of metal, pieces of twine, etc. that
are arranged hanging from a corner. These pieces appear to be an
abstract or cubist painting, blown out into three dimensions.

Art history most frequently mentions his name in relation to his
attempt to create Monument to the Third International. This project
was envisioned to a be a huge tower, dwarfing the Eiffel Tower, which
was, at the time, the tallest man-made structure. It was conceived to
be a revolutionary utopian force – a new version of the classical
monument, which at once inspires political allegiance and depicts a
heroic, historical context. The monument would be all of this, function
as the headquarters of the international Communist movement and embody
a new industrial aesthetic built on modern technology.