Old Masters


The Artist Statements of the Old Masters

by John Seed on August 4, 2015

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“If the great European artists of the past were alive today, what kinds of statements would they need to write to explain and justify their work?”

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Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery, on view in the East Gallery of the Frick Collection, is a gathering of ten paintings analogous to the cohort of masterpieces in the Frick’s adjacent West Gallery. Visitors are left free to consider each as representing a unique, if not significant moment in each artist’s career.

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After yesterday’s Renaissance GIFs post, which featured the work of James Kerr, our readers alerted us to two other curious projects that remix Old Master paintings.

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There are days I when hate the internet, particularly when it recycles the same idea again and again and again as if it were original. The latest (and most egregious) culprit is Lauren Wade and her tired project that photoshops Old Masters until they resemble the proportions of contemporary fashion models.

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Old Master Paintings Animated

by Hrag Vartanian on January 17, 2014

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This is what art looks like on drugs.

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Abandoned Old Masters Paintings

by Hrag Vartanian on October 16, 2012

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In these fascinating series of works, Hungarian new media artist Bence Hajdu has removed the figures from a series of Old Masters classics with such precision that it’s almost hard to believe.

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A Home That Makes the Old Masters Come Alive

by Allison Meier on September 26, 2012

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Art always has some sense of place, whether it is the result of where it was created or the setting it is placed in, but art as a place can be something truly transporting that goes beyond installation to become a world unto itself. I’ve seen shades of this in two current shows, Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe’s Stray Light Grey that subverts Marlborough Gallery into urban backrooms and Andrew Ohanesian’s The House Party at Pierogi’s Boiler Room that brings suburbia to Brooklyn, and even in the ongoing, heavily atmospheric theatre experience Sleep No More with its beautiful 1930s time travel. All of these have led me to think on one of the most engaging and curious of these kinds of art experiences: the Dennis Severs’ House in London.

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Berlin wants to move a trove of Old Masters paintings to make way for a collection of surrealist art. Jeffrey Hamburger has started a petition in protest.

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Davide Quagliola (aka Quayola) an Italian digital artist, loves art. He loves his Roman heritage, brimming with Renaissance and Baroque innuendos. And he loves classical images, and the beauty of the algorithm.

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