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Why Fewer Arts Reviews Might Not Be So Bad

A few weeks ago, the news broke that British newspaper the Independent on Sunday was cutting its cultural critics. Not just visual art, mind you: theater, music, TV, etc. The paper would lose all of its professional critics, and the arts section, until then called “The Critics,” would be renamed. The paper initially declined to comment.

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Another Day, Another Dubious Mona Lisa Discovery

Professional art history charlatan Silvano Vinceti has narrowed down his quest for the Mona Lisa’s definitely real body to one of three skeletons exhumed from Florence’s Santissima Annunziata basilica, all of which are currently being tested at the University of Bologna, the Guardian reports. The journalistic seriousness accorded to Vinceti’s antics suggests that the public hunger for arcane relics connected to famous artists is far from dying out. After all, dubious claims about the Mona Lisa, in all their sensational absence of verisimilitude, are something of the art world’s Shark Week.

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Following Up on Open Arts Journalism

LOS ANGELES — A few weeks ago, I wrote a bit about the potential for open arts journalism, asking if it’s a trend to watch. Journalists and those interested in the field have been discussing openness for a while now, but I’ve not seen as much discussion in terms of the arts. What could an open journalistic process look like in the arts?