Archive for January 2010

Artful Wagers on the Super Bowl

As New Orleans Saints get ready to take on the Indianapolis Colts February 7 in South Florida, another competition is already underway.  Arranged (and egged on) by Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes, the respective directors of the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and the the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) have been feeling... Read more »

More Art Mishaps from the NYTimes

The New York Times decided to do something similar to my post from yesterday, and detail a few more costly art accidents. As usual, the Times sticks to mostly New York City related stuff but nonetheless it’s entertaining to read, perhaps the art lover’s equivalent to snuff films.  If you want to check it out,... Read more »

Met Visitor Damages Picasso and Other Expensive Mishaps

The news broke this morning that on Friday, January 22, a visitor to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art fell into The Actor, a 1904-05 painting by Pablo Picasso, causing a six-inch tear in the lower right-hand corner. According the Metropolitan Museum the incident occurred when “a visitor attending a class lost her balance. .... Read more »

Chicago Art Forgery Case Closes. . . for now

About two weeks ago, an art forgery case came full circle that the Chicago Art Blog reported on in 2008.  Michael Zabrin, a Northbrook art wholesaler, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in federal court on January 5th, 2010, a charge stemming from his role in scamming some 250 people out of more... Read more »

Chicago Art Professionals Weigh in on 2010 and '09

The Chicago Art Blog was on a brief hiatus as I was away on a trip, during which I got much less work done than I thought. But before that, I invited local art professionals to contribute their reflections on 2009 and the last decade and any anticipations that they might have for 2010 and... Read more »

Reviews of Matt Stolle, Western Exhibitions

What do the indie band Grizzly Bear, the Tsavo Maneating tigers from the Field Museum, the tallest building in the world and Modernism all have in common?  They all are included in my reviews published in this week’s Gallery Hop on ArtSlant. Michael T. Rea’s “Tsavo Manhunters, Part 1” Image courtesy of Western Exhibitions. First,... Read more »