Whether a memoir or an act of romantic self-mythologization, Patti Smith’s book is a sensitive evocation of her and Robert Mapplethorpe’s entwined histories in the sixties and seventies as they struggled to make their way as artists. The Bildungsroman seems destined for the screen.
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC has borrowed the painting “Saint Sebastian Tended by Irene, 1625,” a religious scene by the Dutch artist Hendrick ter Brugghen, from the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, to show alongside the gallery’s own ter Brugghen, “Bagpipe Player, 1624,” a major recent museum purchase.
The erosion of copyright protection in the age of rampant theft of intellectual property over the internet is a serious problem, but an op-ed in the NY Times written by officials of The Authors Guild provides a poor argument for action.
International Center of Photogrphy is seeking a new home, and the Whitney’s Breuer Building would serve perfectly. A new proposal by Jason Edward Kaufman calls for the Breuer building to serve as ICP’s new home. He calls on New York City to help finance the relocation, if the instititions could agree on a plan.
I’ve been in Australia for three weeks, visiting museums in Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart, Tasmania. Apologies for my absence, but I will soon post my review of the MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art newly created by gambling tycoon David Walsh in his native Tasmania. It’s a remarkable story, so stay tuned. Jason…