Art in Print


Restored and ravishing: the magnificent Ghent Altarpiece gives up its centuries – old mysteries

It is the most influential painting ever, the world’s most coveted masterpiece and the most frequently stolen. After a four-year restoration to clean away six centuries of dirt and varnish, the Ghent Altarpiece now looks as it originally did – electric, radiant, gorgeous and glorious.
Known as The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, the altarpiece was unveiled in St Bavo’s Cathedral, Ghent, today. The fame surrounding the piece has not always been a good thing; the work has been stolen six times, sometimes in part and sometimes in its entirety. It has also been at the centre of 13 crimes, and several of these remain unsolved – until now, that is, thanks to the restoration.
It is thought that Hubert van Eyck began the altarpiece in 1426, but he also died in the same year leading to questions about whether any of his hand survives in the work. It was completed by his brother, Jan, and it has gone on to become one of the world’s most famous artworks, attracting visitors still to this day.


Via: The Guardian 


McDonald’s Has a Graffiti Problem: Graffiti Artist’s and their Lawyers

 Customers dine at a redesigned McDonald's in South London.
When McDonald's announced that it will introduce grungy, graffiti themed décor, the idea was pitched as “exciting and fresh”. Graffiti artists, however, have described it more as copyright infringement. Artists who use the urban landscape as their canvas are no longer outlaws, now they are exhibited in museums and pursued by art buyers. The embrace of the underground art form by mainstream culture has made them more possessive over their work, more sensitive to reputation and more likely to sue.
McDonald’s is the latest in a growing handful of graffiti copyright clashes. In one case, the plaintiff is the former girlfriend of late artist Dash Snow. The administrator of his estate alleges that McDonalds has replicated his signature, or tag, believing the artist would never have agreed to such misappropriation of his work.
Via : Wall Street Journal


London exhibition puts US on show as post-war creative superpower

On the eve of the most bitterly fought US presidential campaign in decades, the British Museum has unveiled a print created by Andy Warhol in 1972, featuring Robert Nixon urging votes for George McGovern. It will be a star exhibit in the museum’s major spring exhibition since the 1960s. It will include some new acquisitions that have never been displayed because they are too big for prints and drawings galleries.
Warhol thought the image made him a marked man in a political sense, believing tax authorities poured over his income tax returns for the rest of his life. Warhol kept notes in his diaries of every taxi fare and expenses because he “knew his accounts would be crawled all over”. The curators of the exhibition have spent years planning and acquiring the works for The American Dream, opening in March, although they did not pre-empt how bitter the upcoming US election would be. However, the curating department have no intention of making any changes to reflect the outcome of the election.
Via: The Guardian