Art in Print

Charred tapestries to go on display 90 years after devastating fire

Charred tatters that were part of one of Britain’s greatest tapestry collections are to be publicly displayed for the first time close to the Derbyshire stable where the collection was stored for safe-keeping but was instead destroyed by fire in 1926.
More than 60 tapestries, including some from the 15th century, were completely destroyed. The surviving scraps, including parts of a spectacular series of six 17th-century tapestries on Vulcan and Venus, were rolled up and stored in one of the tower rooms. Gathering dust and forgotten for almost a century, they were recently rediscovered, cleaned and conserved so their battered beauty can finally be displayed.
The scraps form part of an exhibition at Haddon Hall on the importance of fire in a historic house – not just as a source of devastation, but in the provision of cooking, light and warmth in the centuries before gas and electricity.
Via The Guardian 


The Centre Pompidou exhibits the Beats’ counterculture


An exhibition at the Centre Pompidou traces the Beats’ wanderings over more than a quarter-century, from their start at Columbia University in 1943 to their sojourns in San Francisco, Paris and Morocco, to the mainstreaming of the counterculture in 1969.  “Beat Generation: New York, San Francisco, Paris,”  seek to place them in an intellectual context that goes beyond poetry and drugs, with a special focus on Paris.


“Not France,” associate curator Jean-Jacques Lebel said. “Paris. All these people who run away from their own countries” — James Joyce and Samuel Beckett from Ireland, Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris from Spain, Josephine Baker and Ernest Hemingway and James Baldwin from the United States — “they all end up in this mythical place called Paris. It’s not France — it’s universal.”


Via The New York Times


Review | But a Storm Is Blowing From Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africaat Guggenheim in New York


The third and last of the Guggenheim’s UBS Map Global Art Initiative group exhibition takes place in New York and is called “But a Storm Is Blowing From Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa.” 


Sponsored by the Swiss wealth-management company UBS, the exhibitions have been promoted as significant expansions of the museum’s non-Western collection base.


According to Holland Cotter however, “one-off events covering huge geocultural swaths, the shows have been assembled by short-term curators who chose mainly market-vetted work. As a project, the initiative has felt inorganic, even opportunistic, a packaged way for a lagging-behind museum to become “global” fast.”


Via The New York Times   


Facebook bans photos of art…

Online curator Stephen Ellcock was banned from Facebook for posting a picture of the 16th-century theologian Desiderius Erasmus’s fingers. The drawing by Hans Holbein the Younger breached Facebook’s “community standards” and his account was being suspended for 30 days.


Ellcock’s 110,000 followers protested this by posting images of hands by artist from Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer to Augustus John and the surrealist photographer Man Ray. After initially telling Mr Ellcock that he was unable to appeal against his suspension, Facebook blamed it on “human error” by one of its employees and reinstated his account.


Via The Times