A SUMMARY OF THE MOST EXCITING ART NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
While we focus on Indian art, we can’t obviously function in a vacuum. It’s a small world and everything is connected, especially on the web. So, let’s train our spotlight across the world map to see what’s going on — from art trends to socio-political issues to everything that affects the great aesthetic global consciousness. Or, let’s just travel the world and have some fun!
Home is where the art is
For the next month, till May 23, a unique art exhibition that focuses on how we perceive our home and living in it will be on show. Curated by Kishore Singh, ‘An Exhibition on the Places We Occupy in The House and in Our Mind’ has artworks on display at DAG, The Claridges, New Delhi, and in the Viewing Room on the gallery website. It is divided into five sections and carries 130 works of art by 76 artists, including Nandalal Bose, Indra Dugar, Nemai Ghosh, MF Husain, KCS Paniker, Gogi Saroj Pal, Jamini Roy, PT Reddy, SG Thakar Singh, FN Souza and more. The Indian Express gives us a glimpse.
No, it’s final: Da Vinci did not sculpt the Flora bust
Controversially attributed to Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, it turns out that a wax bust of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, was not sculpted until 300 years after his death of the Renaissance master! Radiocarbon dating has proven more accurate timing for the artwork to have come into being, and it is allegedly really the work of British artist Richard Cockle Lucas. It was earlier attributed to da Vinci because her face resembles several of his portraits, but the matter remained hotly debated. The sculpture’s composition of beeswax and spermaceti, a type of wax produced in the head cavity of sperm whales, helped zone in on the time of creation as well. The Daily Mail has more.
7 Pieces of Art That Shook Up the World
Some pieces of art have, through history, had the power to change the world. Their reception and attitudes of critics and viewers had a lot to do with impact. A new listicle puts together some of the most interesting such game-changers, such as ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ by Pablo Picasso. The massive 1907 painting of five women was called “a radical departure from pictorial conventions and ideas about beauty”. Also on the list is Banksy’s ‘Girl With Balloon’/‘Love Is In The Bin’, a 2003 painting on the West Bank barrier wall in Jerusalem that depicts a protester throwing a bouquet of flowers. In 2018, he shocked attendees at Sotheby’s when it sold for $1.4 million and was immediately destroyed by a shredder the artist hid in the frame. How Stuff Works shares some more examples.