Jillian Steinhauer

Post image for Kazimir Malevich’s Little-Known Perfume Bottle

Before artists are lionized, canonized, given major retrospectives at major museums, they are people. And when they are people, they are often poor, and so they must find ways to make money. Paul Gauguin tried his hand as a stockbroker, Henri Rousseau worked as a toll collector for most of his life, and Kazimir Malevich — whose retrospective opens at Tate Modern today — designed a perfume bottle.

Continue Reading →
Post image for French Food Blogger Fined $3,400 for Bad Review

A French court has ordered a blogger to pay €2,500 (~$3,380) for writing a negative review of a restaurant, Eater reported.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Patrimony Acrimony: Italy Turns to Private Funding for Restoration

Here in the United States, our cultural heritage is something we care about, but funding it is another story. In Italy, it’s long been the case idea that the government mostly pays to maintain cultural heritage, but as the state continues to struggle financially, officials are turning more and more to private funding — “to some dismay,” the New York Times reports.

Continue Reading →
Post image for When Photography Gets You Labeled a Terrorist

It’s not news that taking pictures can get you threatened and arrested, but a lawsuit filed this month by the American Civil Liberties Union sheds further light on just how pervasive the government’s paranoia over photography has become.

Continue Reading →
Post image for The CIA and the Power of Words

Like any proper organization that produces large quantities of writing, the CIA, it turns out, has a style manual. It is an absurdly thorough, mundane yet fascinating look at the politics of language.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Remixing the Renaissance as GIFs

By now it’s become a familiar trope: Photoshop or GIF something historical, say, Old Masters or old photographs. But just because it’s been done doesn’t mean it’s been done best. And the elaborate GIFs that James Kerr makes from early Northern Renaissance paintings are a hilariously new take on the idea of remixing antique art.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Marina Abramović Made a Film with … Adidas?

First, there was the dance of death with Jay Z. Next was the confusing collaboration with Lady Gaga. Now, the grandmother of performance art has moved on to bigger and better brands things. Yes, for reasons unbeknownst to just about everyone, Marina Abramović has teamed up with Adidas to make a commercial short film about teamwork.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Stolen Matisse Returned to Venezuela

A Matisse painting valued at $3 million was returned to Venezuela yesterday, after disappearing from an art museum there at least a decade prior, Reuters reported.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Gallery Auctions Off Artworks to the Highest Emotional Bidder

As those of us without mountains of money continue to gawk and gripe over the unceasingly exorbitant sums fetched by art auctions, a Swedish glassware brand has gone out on a limb and tried something different: auctioning off artworks to people who have the strongest physical reactions to them.

Continue Reading →
Post image for The Dancing Designs of Modern Art Kimono

Many of us, when we picture kimono, envision the traditional Japanese garment covered in similarly traditional images: blossoming floral motifs, soaring or leaping animals, mountain peaks and cresting seascapes in Ukiyo-e style.

Continue Reading →