Art in Print

A Dubious Old Master Unnerves the Art World


A new forged painting has come to light amidst the recent events of other paintings being discovered as forgeries. The painting that convinced exporters at the Louvre, top French cultural officials who declared it a national treasure, and Dutch curators at the Mauritshuis and the Rijksmuseum museum joined the chorus of scholars who decided the enigmatic portrait was an undiscovered masterwork by Frans Hals.
The “Portrait of a Man” was a rare find, a truly great old master painting that had simply never surfaced. In 2011, Sotheby’s auction house in New York Brokered a private sale to an art collector for about $10 million. This month, Sotheby’s had declared the work a “modern forgery”. The portrait was linked to a lower-profile event back in March, when the French police seized a painting attributed to Lucas Cranach the Elder that had passed through the hands of the same collector who had sold the Hals; The auction house sent the “Hals” for an in-depth technical analysis that determined that it contained traces of 20th-century materials, which meant that it would not have been possible to have been painted in the 17th century. Sotheby’s rescinded the sale and reimbursed the buyer.
Via: The New York Times

Task force aims to investigate affordable art studio scheme 



With London being notoriously known for extortionate property prices, Sadiq Kahn, the Mayor of London, has implemented A multimillion-pound plan to help artists buy their own studios and create more affordable workspaces. He has commissioned a task force to look into setting up a Creative Land Trust which would give groups of artists and firms that run studios the financial backing to buy their buildings and keep them as affordable workspaces.
The Mayor said rising property prices meant artists are “finding themselves unable to put down roots”. He added: “I want the artists of tomorrow to be able to fulfil their potential and follow in the footsteps of their role models so that London can continue to be the cultural capital of the world.” The trust, which is inspired by similar schemes in cities including San Francisco, would use a mixture of public and private funding to support artists at risk of losing their studios.
A study commissioned two years ago predicted London would lose around a third of artists’ workspace by 2019. The Mayor is due to outline his plans today at the launch of Somerset House Studios. The Project has opened up 35 studios and rehearsal room at affordable prices beneath the landmark building on The Strand.
Via: The Evening Standard

Designer Marc Newson's Pod of Drawers sells for €1m 

The 1987 chest of drawers by the Australian designer Marc Newson has sold at auction in Paris for more than €1 million. The piece, called Pod of Drawers, was bought more than twice its estimate, by an Asian buyer. Newson who has currently worked for Apple for the past decade, made the shiny aluminum drawers by hand in 1987 while he was at art school having earlier trained as a jeweler. Some of Newson’s work can also be found on display at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
Via: The Guardian

Erotic Paradiso: a 'highbrow' sex cinema is coming to Islington


The 30-seater Erotic Paradiso Cinema opens tomorrow at the Ditto gallery with a roster of films by artists exploring sex and sexuality. Matthew Holroyd, founder of the Baron and Baroness erotic magazines, is behind the three day pop-up cinema and said the intention was to challenge the traditional perception of sex on film. Movie being screened include The Last Peep Show in Soho by Edith Bergfors and Angels by Sarah Baker whose film is inspired by the novels of Jackie Collins.
Tickets cost £10 and the cinema has its own sex shop as well as serving popcorn and drinks.
Via: The Evening Standard

What the Comme des Garçons Show Means for the Met — and Fashion



Rei Kawakubo, the founder and designer of the Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons, will become only the second living designer after Yves Saint Laurent in 1983 to have a solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the museum announced on Friday.
The announcement confirms rumors first reported by WWD in August and fanned during Paris Fashion Week earlier this month when Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Met’s Costume Institute, was spotted in the front row of the Comme des Garçons show next to Anna Wintour, the co-chairwoman of the annual Costume Institute gala and a trustee of the museum. But while the announcement may have been expected, that does not make it any less radical, potentially game-changing — or risky for the museum.
Ms. Kawakubo, 74, has built a thriving business on a number of more wearable lines (Comme des Garçons Play, a “non-fashion” line of basics that has a heart with eyes as a logo, and Comme des Garçons Shirt, which is pretty self-explanatory), and she has a canny ability to balance art and commerce that has allowed her, as Mr. Bolton said, to “use the runway as a platform to express her thought processes.” But she is known for her more abstruse constructions, and those will be showcased at the Met.
Via: The New York Times