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Liz Glynn recreates the melting down of Incan culture during the 16th century Spanish conquests in her installation RANSOM ROOM, now at the SculptureCenter. http://artlog.com/post/89186370155

Marcel Proust Fills Out a Questionnaire in 1890: The Manuscript of the ‘Proust Questionnaire’

Marcel Proust, the author of the great modernist work <i>À la recherche du temps perdu</i> (<i>Remembrance of Things Past</i>), was the very definition of the …

Download 78 Free Online History Courses: From Ancient Greece to The Modern World

Perhaps the foremost cliché about history—from a 1905 quote by George Santayana—says that those who fail to learn the lessons of the past are doomed …

F. Scott Fitzgerald Creates a List of 22 Essential Books, 1936

In 1936 -- perhaps the darkest year of his life -- F. Scott Fitzgerald was convalescing in a hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, when he offered his …

Download 55 Free Online Literature Courses: From Dante and Milton to Kerouac and Tolkien

Here at Open Culture, we don't just feature education in your recommended daily servings of culturally wide-ranging video, audio, text, and image — …

“Joe Strummer’s London Calling”: All 8 Episodes of Strummer’s UK Radio Show Free Online

Iconic Clash frontman Joe Strummer passed away a little over ten years ago on December 22nd, 2002. He was 50 years old, and died too soon, leaving …

Jorge Luis Borges’s combination of the anecdotal, philosophical and the literary showed Will Self how to achieve the ‘truly veridical’. He gets his coordinates from ‘On Exactitude in Science’<p>Borges's short stories were what showed me the way: how, with exquisite legerdemain, to fuse the literary, …

#Hashtags: Critiquing Museums from the Outside In

#museums #architecture #philanthropy #urban development #institutional critique #spectacle #metaphor<p>In January, the Los Angeles 2020 Commission, a …

The first world war – as seen by Steve Bell and other leading cartoonists

As unstoppable forces converge inexorably on a black hole of doom, a curious car flies high above peaceable peasants in calm green fields. From its occupants, an ominous – and now infamous – snatch of dialogue, in antiquated German: "Sophie, Sophie, don't die. Stay alive for the children," the …

Pearl of a museum: Vermeer shines among Dutch icons in new Mauritshuis

The young woman painted by Johannes Vermeer in about 1665 has never looked better. Her perfect skin and lively eyes, as bright as her famous earring, are exquisitely lit as she parts her lips to say – what?<p>The Girl with a Pearl Earring's wordless utterance hints at an erotic come-on that historians …

Fight Rages in Norway over Sale of Barbara Hepworth Sculpture

Analysis<p>The Kunsthall Stavanger says it needs £2 Million to keep its lights on.<p>,<p>Kunsthall Stavanger.<br>Photo: Courtesy Kunsthall Stavanger.<p>A battle has …

June Wayne's Farewell

LOS ANGELES — June Wayne’s retrospective at the Pasadena Museum of California Art is a tightly curated, chronologically arranged exhibition of …

Nicholas Penny retires as National Gallery director

National Gallery director job up for grabs as Dr Nicholas Penny announces his retirement after six years<p>Nicholas Penny is to retire as National Gallery director to spend more time with “family, friends and books”.<p>Dr Penny, who turns 65 in December will step down next year once a successor has been …

Nicholas Penny announces his departure from the National Gallery

They're doubtless cheering in the world of scholarship. The announcement that Dr Nicholas Penny, director of the National Gallery, will retire once a successor is appointed next year means that one of Britain's best art historians will be able to get back to writing books.<p>Before he took on the …

Body illustrator Emma Hack's new show - in pictures

Emma Hack, a body illustrator, is famed for her work on Gotye's hit music video last year is bringing her latest collection of work to life in front of an audience at the Blossom exhibition at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

Weekly Roundup

Jeff Koons’s rocking horse rises in Rockefeller Plaza, Louise Bourgeois tapestries hang in Zürich, <i></i>Mark Bradford finds inspiration in the work of …

Bounce Below: why a trampoline fun palace in a Welsh mine is pure art

Through the ages people have crawled into pitch-black subterranean spaces, holding torches to light their way, leaving behind them red, ochre handprints, charcoal drawings of mammoths and … trampolines?<p>Cave art in the 21st century has got interactive. Let's call it art even if the creators make no …

National Gallery director Nicholas Penny to retire

The National Gallery in London is on the hunt for a new director after Nicholas Penny announced his intention to retire after six years in the post, during which it staged its most popular exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci, Painter at the Court of Milan.<p>Penny, 64, previously senior curator of sculpture …

Masterworks Lost During British Embassy Attack in Iran Revealed

Art and Law<p>,<p>Three years ago, an unruly mob of protesters plundered the British Embassy in Tehran, destroying cultural treasures including six works …