Art in Print

‘Diane Arbus: In the Beginning’ Review: America’s Lonely Heart

Photographer Diane Arbus latest exhibition has opened in the Met Breuer. The show features more than 100 black-and-white prints of which only a third have been published or exhibited. The majority of images were taken with a 35mm Leica in natural light before she switched to her Rolleiflex and flash that she is best known for. The photos presents strange encounters she had around New York City such as a small man biting a large woman’s breast and a Maurice Chevalier impersonator belting out a tune.


Via the Wall Street Journal


Woman who received Van Gogh’s ear named 130 years after artist cut it off
The identity of the recipient of Vincent van Gogh’s ear has been named almost 130 years after. After the incident on 23 December 1888, Van Gogh gave it to a young woman named Gabrielle Berlatier, a farmer’s daughter who lived near Arles in Provence that was taken to Paris and given a new anti-rabies vaccine that saved her life. The treatment however had put her family in debt and she was working as a maid in a brothel on Rue du Bout d’Arles. The Art Newspaper reported the finding after searching records at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.


Via the Guardian


Thursday’s best TV: Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

A feature-length biography of the Guggenheim family’s odd one out Peggy took herself to Paris, then home to New York, then off to Venice, building a reputation for patronising, nurturing and championing modern art’s most important figures, including Jackson Pollock, Marcel Duchamp and her second husband, Max Ernst.


Via the Guardian