Given that so much of Monty Python’s humor was predicated on testing and twisting codes of civility and decorum, it’s surprising their Flying Circus didn’t alight more frequently in that most stuffily decorous setting, the art museum. That said, in a memorable visit from the first season, John Cleese and Graham Chapman (in drag as mothers with a taste for corporeal punishment, naturally) take bites out of a Turner seascape.
In a skit from the second season, the subjects of the most famous paintings at London’s National Gallery go on strike. Mad about the way the galleries have been rehung, figures from John Constable’s “The Hay Wain” (1821), Jan van Eyck’s “The Arnolfini Portrait” (1434), and a host of paintings that aren’t actually in the National Gallery’s collection (including the Mona Lisa, Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” and Jacques-Louis David’s “The Death of Marat”) join the picket line. In an ensuing faux-news report, a Sotheby’s Old Masters sale bombs because the human figures in the works up for sale literally exit their painted environments to strike in solidarity.
In typically whimsical fashion, the very first episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus features a long gag about Pablo Picasso attempting to create a painting while cycling through the English countryside. Needless to say, the stunt does not go as planned.
The settlement comes after Tate prevented an artist who exposed sexual harassment by one of its largest donors from co-curating an exhibition.
Let’s be honest: On a best bathrooms list, no one wants to be number two.
The Newark Museum of Art Presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
Photographers Antony Armstrong Jones, Milt Hinton, Chuck Stewart, Barbara Morgan, and more capture a breadth of legendary and local musicians and performance artists. On view through August 21.
Advocacy groups are pushing for a 5% royalty in resales, which would pertain even after the artist dies, in which case the funds would go to their estate.
This week, the Getty Museum is returning ancient terracottas to Italy, parsing an antisemitic mural at Documenta, an ancient gold find in Denmark, a new puritanism, slavery in early Christianity, and much more.
Art and photographs, publications from the 19th and 20th centuries, manuscripts, posters and more are set to cross the auction block on August 18.
The absence of an explicit framing of American art, in all of its diversity, as a visual culture of empire distorts and hampers our ability to understand — and reimagine — our social world.
The gap between the material body and the psychological one, which we all too often take for granted, is one of the underlying themes of Hiro’s exhibition.
David Rios Ferreira and Denae Shanidiin join forces to bring awareness to the plight of Indigenous women and girls, and LGBTQ+ individuals.
Metrograph’s series The Process features films that were either directed by Robert M. Young or made with the help of Irving Young’s postproduction facility.
Memes depicting a sinister, all-powerful Joe Biden alter ego are sweeping the internet, and the Democratic establishment is loving it.