Art in Print

Builder shatters Banksy’s spy mural

The $1 million Bansky Mural that went missing has been discovered to be reduced to rubble by a blundering builder.


The workman was acting on an order from Cheltenham council to repair the end of a terrace house where the render had collapsed. he was told to go down to the point where the mural had started but the Bansky fell off in pieces. David Possee, who owned the house salvaged part of the mural and took it to the council for safe keeping. Mark Nelson, enforcement manager, said the council had ordered the works and that an investigation was under way.


Via The Times


The Art of Della Robbia: From Earth and Water, Pure Beauty

The della Robbia workshop was one of the most innovative art-as-advertising firms in late-15th- and early-16th-century Florence. A family run business that prospered for three generations. Its specialty was a brand of glazed terra-cotta sculpture that was physically durable, graphically strong and technologically inimitable, the exact production method remaisn a mystery.


Della Robbia: Sculpting With Color in Renaissance Florence, has opened  at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston  a show of ideal size and scholarly weight that includes among 46 pieces.


Karen Rosenberg of the Wall Street Journal says  “The Boston show, expertly installed and documented by Marietta Cambareri, the museum’s curator of European decorative arts and sculpture, takes the history of the medium one further step with references to the della Robbia revival of the late 19th century. In a harsh industrial age of Pre-Raphaelite yearnings, the ultragentle Florentine work came as a kind of balm, a guilty pleasure, but also an alternative way to approach the spiritual — through beauty — in a secular world”


Via the New York Times


A Rare Look at a Forgotten Photographic Process

The new exhibition, “Real/Ideal: Photography in France, 1847–1860,” at the J. Paul Getty Museum at Los Angeles’ Getty Center draws attention to paper negatives, an early method that some curators and collectors revere for its painterly riff on photographic clarity. 


The paper process first flourished in France in the late 1840s, following a cross-Channel rivalry between two of photography’s pioneers  Louis Daguerre using sheets of silver-treated copper and William Henry Fox Talbot who was creating negative images on sensitized paper 


The show features works from Édouard Baldus, Gustave Le Gray, Henri Le Secq and Charles Nègre. All four created photos developed from paper negatives to capture the buildings and byways of Second Empire France. 


via Wall street Journal


Does being an artist in London suck?

The average artist in the UK earns just £10,000 a year. Eddy Frankel speaks to some established artists to find out how they manage to survive in London in 2016.


 ‘Perhaps even more than they talk about art, they talk about how they’re going to pay next month’s rent, where they’ll to move to if they get thrown out. People get so exhausted by the situation that they lose the will and the energy to make art. It’s especially hard to make art in London at this particular point in time.  Making art in London just isn’t sustainable right now. I have friends who are in their forties and fifties who are in exactly the same position: still struggling to pay rates, still juggling a million jobs on top of their practice.


Maybe the problem isn’t generational, or how long you’ve been at it; maybe the problem is London.’


Via Time Out