Art in Print

An artist revisits French cathedral’s past 

 
In the South-Western town of Angouleme, French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel is exhibiting in the remains of a former bell tower and an adjoining deconsecrated chapel in the cathedral Saint Pierre. He has created a three room grotto in blue, gold and silver that serves as a showcase for about 200 liturgical objects and vestments from the cathedral’s past.

 

Destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries, the cathedral now combines a 12th-century Romanesque front with a 19th-century neo-Romanesque body designed by Paul Abadie, the architect of Sacré Coeur de Montmartre in Paris. For the project, Mr. Othoniel sought to stay within the Romanesque stylistic tradition, translated into his own idiom of colorful glass beadwork. 

 

The result of this initiative opens to the public on September 30th. 

 

Via The New York Times 

 

Brian Sewell’s art collection reveals “kindly side” of critic famed for his acerbic assessments 

 
According to a leading art expert, the sale of Brian Sewell’s art collection will reveal the “kindly” side of the acerbic critic whose columns appeared on the Evening Standard for more than 30 years. 

 

During the fifties and sixties, Sewell, who died last year aged 84, worked at Christie’s where his collection will be sold next month.

 

His former colleague Noel Annesley, now the auction house’s honorary chairman, said the range of the works would surprise people who assumed Sewell, famous for his scathing critiques of modern art, had rather narrow tastes. 

 

Via The EveningStandard 

 

Grayson Perry and Grace Dent to be featured in Live At Zédel 

A series of evenings of entertainment ranging from a talk by artist Grayson Perry to a performance from the Philharmonia Orchestra have been announced at the Zédel building in Piccadilly.

 

Live At Zédel, in partnership with United Agents, aims to “bring together all art forms in one extraordinary building, featuring music, theatre, comedy and literary events”. They will take place within the brasserie restaurant in the building and The Crazy Coqs bar.

 

Via The EveningStandard 

 

Italian teenagers to receive €500 ‘cultural bonus’ from government

From next month, every 18-year-old Italian teenager will be entitled to a €500 cultural bonus that the government has decided to set up. Teenagers will be allowed to spend the money on culturally enriching pursuits such as going to theatres, concerts and museums, visiting archaeological sites, and buying books.

 

Starting on September 15, this scheme will benefit 575,000 teenagers, at a cost to the government of €290 million. Young people who turn 18 this year will be able to register online and then spend the money through a special app, called 18app.it, which can be downloaded on a smart phone, tablet or computer.

 

Via The Telegraph