• The Museum Of Bad Art
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    The Museum Of Bad Art

    In the greenery of Cape Cod, an auspicious black tie affair, appropriate for those who’ve never been able to tie one of the things. At last, a bold new collection that celebrates artistic flops, failures and foul-ups, brought to you by the Museum of Bad Art, known to its affectionate followers as MOBA. This is MOBA’s Mona Lisa. It’s the first painting in the collection, and the one that we are the most, obviously the most proud of. The museum’s curator, antique collector and art school drop out Scott Wilson, found ‘Lucy in the Field with Flowers’ in a rubbish bin one night four years ago. She seems to be…

  • Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait | National Gallery
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    Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait | National Gallery

    When ‘The Arnolfini Portrait’ went on public display first at the British Institution in 1841, and then at the National Gallery before a broader audience in 1843, it immediately began to command attention. A couple in this interior: What was their relationship? Were they greeting the spectator, or was it a marriage scene? Given the Victorian mindset and its emphasis on sexual morality, some people thought the woman might be pregnant and this hasty ceremony had taken place, so the child would be legitimate when it was born. But we know from other 15th-century representations representations that it was quite normal for women to hold these bulky gowns up in…

  • Crossrail Art Programme – Whitechapel station artwork announced
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    Crossrail Art Programme – Whitechapel station artwork announced

    Hi, my name is Chantal Joffe and I’m a painter. Crossrail is putting art into some of the stations on the Elizabeth line and I’m working on the one for Whitechapel, which is a priviledge. My idea of a really nice way to spend a Sunday is to walk up to Whitechapel, Brick Lane. Working on the piece began by thinking about the neighbourhood and the people who live there. It’s a very beautiful area and very vivid and full of people and my daughter and I would come on a Sunday afternoon and I would sit around and look and think and paint pictures and draw. My piece is…

  • Crossrail Art Programme: Heathrow funding major artwork at Paddington Crossrail station
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    Crossrail Art Programme: Heathrow funding major artwork at Paddington Crossrail station

    We are building today one of the greatest infrastructure projects in Europe. When you’re building something as big as this you want to do something more. We were given the challenge of how to bring art to the Crossrail programme. We want to see art to be a prominent feature of all our main stations in the central section so that’s what the Culture Line is about, it’s an experience when you come on Crossrail that’s not just a railway journey it’s an experience of London, art and all the other things that go with it. I mean Paddington station is you know an iconic station, it’s a beautiful station,…

  • Discover the biggest painting in the Louvre Museum with Tom Scott
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    Discover the biggest painting in the Louvre Museum with Tom Scott

    I’ve been invited to the Louvre in Paris. It is the biggest museum in the world and we’re here to look at the biggest painting in its collection. It’s a painting that’s been celebrated, torn, restored, threatened, mended, torn again. Even duplicated. And now, it’s what the Mona Lisa is staring at. This is The Wedding Feast At Cana. Painted by Paolo Veronese. It’s a painting of Jesus’ first miracle, turning water into wine and it is massive! 6 and a half meters wide, 10 meters high. Including the frame it weighs one and a half tonnes. It was commissioned by Benedictine monks in Venice in 1562 for their dining…

  • Watch the mesmerizing “Reflecting Motion” kinetic artwork at Union Station
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    Watch the mesmerizing “Reflecting Motion” kinetic artwork at Union Station

    So my inspiration for the Sky Net series, this one is reflecting motion, was the aurora borealis in Alaska when I was a kid. I had these experiences throughout my life that were these sort of focused energy work. Something that’s beautiful, something’s amazing, I don’t understand it, I had to figure it out. This schooling of fish going diving with big schools of fish and the murmuration of starlings in the sky, like big clouds of birds, and there’s something about like I’m watching it. And yeah, it’s a bunch of birds, but no, it’s like they’re all turning at the same time and it’s forming amazing patterns and…

  • Poetry Makes Nothing Happen: Thoughts on Ai Weiwei from the Indianapolis Museum of Art
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    Poetry Makes Nothing Happen: Thoughts on Ai Weiwei from the Indianapolis Museum of Art

    Good Morning Hank, it’s Tuesday. I finished filming Crash Course US History early yesterday, so I drove down to the Indianapolis Museum of Art where Sarah is a curator. By the way, we have our own spring snow in Indianapolis. Walked into the museum then into the entry lobby, currently home to this installation by the great Spencer Finch called “Following Nature,” which Sarah curated and which abstractly recreates Monet’s famous “Garden at Giverny.” Upstairs, I went to visit “Ai Weiwei- According to What?” I think Ai Weiwei is probably the most important artist alive, and my wife, not to brag, is responsible for this show’s only tour stop in…

  • Crossrail Art Programme: Farringdon station western ticket hall artwork announced
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    Crossrail Art Programme: Farringdon station western ticket hall artwork announced

    The concept behind the artwork was to make something that referenced the history of the site – the jewellers and the gem industry from Hatton Garden, but also some of the kind of iron work and silversmiths and stuff that worked in the area as well. With the western ticket hall the idea is a series of tumbling jewels if you like, that would kind of cascade down the diagonal panels by the escalators and then traverse right around the concourse and then come back up again. So it’s kind of like a journey of some gems or jewels I guess. As a passenger you would come down the escalator…