Art in Print

New researches reveal Van Gogh cut off his entire ear instead of just the lobe

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New researches and medical evidence have outlined the true story of how Van Gogh mutilated himself and what happened next. 

 

A letter from the artist’s doctor, Felix Rey, does indeed reveal that the painter did not just cut a portion of his ear, but he severed it entirely. It has also been argued that the woman Van Gogh delivered his ear to was not a prostitute but a poor maid.

 

This new research, unveiled at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on Tuesday, will go on public show as part of a new exhibition detailing the artist’s mental illness and eventual suicide. 

 

The exhibition Van Gogh’s Ear: The True Story is out now runs at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam from July 15 to September 25. 

 

Via The Telegraph 

 

The London underground logo will be exhibited at the Design Museum 

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The London underground logo will be permanently exhibited at the Design Museum’s new home. Created by Frank Pick, the red circle with the blue bar appeared on Tube station platforms in 1908. It was nominated for inclusion in the display by Mayor Sadiq Khan, who said it was “bold, simple and colourful”.

 

The logo will be on the Crowdsourced Wall, alongside 300 objects nominated by the public, when the museum relocates to the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington on November 24. 

 

Via The Evening Standard 

 

Review I  Ragnar Kjartansson

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A new exhibition dedicated to the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson opens tomorrow at the Barbican center and runs until September 4.

 

Kjartansson, 40, started as a musician but moved on to art and studied painting in Reykjavik. While he has migrated to performance and video, he has never lost his attachment to his first medium. The exhibition does indeed feature nine videos which play simultaneously the same song.

 

Ben Luke gives the exhibition fours stars, asking: “Kjartansson is a quintessential “post-medium” artist: what is he — painter, performance artist, video artist, conceptualist?”

 

Via The Evening Standard