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In what can only be described as an art conservation nightmare, a 19th C. church fresco in the town of Borja, Spain, by painter Elías García Martínez has been radically “restored” by an octogenarian neighbor, “who, noticing the damage to the painting, took it upon herself to restore the painting ‘with good intentions’ but ‘without asking permission,’ as culture councillor Juan Maria de Ojeda put it. It became clear to the amateur restorer — quickly, one imagines — that ‘she had gotten out of hand,’ and she confessed to local authorities.”
I particularly like how the crown of thorns has transformed into a fur hood, which seems a lot more reasonable for a fashion forward son of God. Why visually produce pain, when you can create a halo of comfort and luxury? The image of Jesus, which has no clearly articulated mouth, is obviously speechless on the matter — or is that surprise?
Council often uses humor as a political tool to expose systems of power and inequality in a society in which even death carries a high price tag.
An exhibition at the San Francisco Opera House pairs the work of incarcerated artists with Beethoven’s story of unjust imprisonment.
This exhibition explores how images of the human body were used to provoke profound physical and emotional responses in viewers from the 15th through 18th centuries.
Many works take disruption and repetition as their themes, and many artists resurface in different sections, creating multiple affinities.
In Cooking with Paris, Hilton capitalizes on her portrayal of being a competent woman, while highlighting its anachronism through her absurd performance. Rosler manipulates the camera in the same way.
The collaborative handmade paper- and printmaking center at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts publishes new works by Liz Collins and Sarah McEneaney.
A man says Blue Bayou took details of his life without his permission. Several women who appear in the documentary Sabaya say they did not consent to be filmed. How can filmmakers avoid these ethical pitfalls?
There is an official ban against the public mourning of Tiananmen Square victims in Hong Kong and mainland China.
After Pandora Papers Revelations, Denver Art Museum Will Restitute Four Looted Artifacts to Cambodia
The decision follows discoveries in the leaked Pandora Papers regarding antiquities dealer Douglas Latchford.