Artists

Police investigating deaths of Toronto billionaire Barry Sherman and wife as murder-suicide

Police are investigating the deaths of Toronto billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, as a murder-suicide.<p>A Toronto police source told The Globe and Mail their bodies were found Friday, seated on the edge of their basement lap pool, hanging from a railing that surrounded the pool. …

Crime

World’s Most Expensive Home? Another Bauble for a Saudi Prince

LOUVECIENNES, France — When the Chateau Louis XIV sold for over $300 million two years ago, Fortune magazine called it “the world’s most expensive home,” and Town & Country swooned over its gold-leafed fountain, marble statues and hedged labyrinth set in a 57-acre landscaped park. But for all the …

News

Leonardo da Vinci: The Biography by Walter Isaacson review – unparalleled creative genius

Flamboyant, illegitimate and self taught, he was unreliable and an unashamed self-publicist. He was also one of the most gifted and inventive men in history<p>In 1501, desperate for Leonardo to paint her portrait, the immensely rich Isabella d’Este employed a friar to act as go-between. The friar met …

Walter Isaacson

10 Great Stories Behind Famous Works Of Art

Art is unique because it speaks to each individual on a personal level. Whatever a work of art might mean to you, it won’t necessarily mean the same …

Art History

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.<p>Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.<p>For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according …

U.S. Politics

Peter Doig, Michael Werner Gallery, review: proof that the most significant figurative artist of our time is still very much in the game

Back in the Nineties and early Noughties, when painting appeared to have been rendered obsolete by the dead sharks and unmade beds of YBA conceptualism, Peter Doig was almost alone in creating paintings that were at once bracingly contemporary and rooted in his medium’s rich and complex traditions. …

Art

If Art Isn't A Bubble, Maybe Bitcoin Isn't Either

I am getting tired of reading article after article comparing the rise of Bitcoin to tulips (link). Or the rise of Bitcoin to the South Sea Company bubble (link). Maybe the detractors are just comparing it to the wrong asset that is difficult to value but continues to rise in price. Someone paid …

Leonardo Da Vinci

12 Creative Baby Books That Double As Art History 101

If you’ve got a pint-sized Picasso on your holiday shopping list, then you’ve come to the right place. As a new mama to a whimsical little nine-month-old, I’ve always got my eye out for cute, creative board books and am here to share a dozen of my faves. Bonus: You get a refresher art history …

Keith Haring

Out of the fog: ‘missing’ Monet found through the power of the web

Painting of artist’s rural retreat, unseen in exhibition since 1895, will now go on show at National Gallery<p>Tracking down lost works of art usually involves poring over obscure documents in galleries, archives and libraries, searching for clues. But the curator of a forthcoming National Gallery …

Art

Bringing Down Our Monsters

WASHINGTON — Jaws drop and drop and drop. Until it seems it will never stop.<p>You would think we would get numb at some point. But no. There are just too many numbskulls.<p>We cannot refresh our browsers fast enough to see the latest stupefactions on sexual violations and Trump violations — which …

Opinion

10+ Best Places to Travel in 2018 - 2018's Top-Rated Travel Destinations

1 Queenstown, New Zealand<p><b>Why:</b> Breathtaking views, incredible hospitality, year-round beauty.<p><b>While You’re There:</b> Spend half of your trip at a remote …

Prince Harry

How Patterned Plants Can Spruce Up Your Winter

We’ll say it again: At home, we’re suckers for greenery. But green is just the beginning, because the right potted plant can also impart anything …

Plants

‘Pawn Stars’ Make History: What Is Chumlee, Rick, Corey And The Old Man’s Incredible Milestone?

They are celebrating a huge milestone at the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn shop in Las Vegas where <i>Pawn Stars</i> is filmed. The popular History …

Entertainment

Inside the German Town Where Advent Is the Main Attraction

The German town of Gengenbach takes Christmas very seriously. So seriously that it counts down to the holiday with one of the biggest Advent …

Culture

12 Days of Flight Deals: New York to Barcelona For Less Than $500 Round-Trip

Kick off spring in the Catalonian capital.<p><i>Last year, JetBlue rolled out 12 Days of Deals—daily flight deals all over the Western Hemisphere, and we couldn't get enough of it. This year, the airline’s holiday surprise is the return of the ‘All You Can Jet’ pass, but we were so inspired by their</i> …

Air Travel

Ai Weiwei on 'Human Flow' Documentary, Freedom and Solving the Refugee Crisis

Even from within the walls of the secret police detention centre where he was held for 81 days in 2011, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was thinking about …

Refugees

Meet the man who holds the keys to the Pope's Museums

Vatican City, Dec 16, 2017 / 03:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven,” Jesus told St. Peter, as recorded in the …

Rome

Art dealer accused of stealing from clients hit with more charges

The art dealer accused of stealing $10 million worth of clients’ art has been brought up on federal charges for allegedly cheating six people out of …

New York City

Artifacts from the Now: Stephen Shore’s MoMA Retrospective

The ordinary in art is in a state of permanent evolution. Each era must discover a new stratum of the banal and a manner of refining it into artistic form.<p>The modernist programme for the ordinary was spelled out in Charles Baudelaire’s essay “The Painter of Modern Life” in 1863. Baudelaire’s …

Art

Sense of inevitability to England's toil and trouble

5:44 AM ET<p>And people wonder why they drink.<p>It must have been days like this that persuaded Douglas Jardine to adopt the Bodyline approach. Days like …

Cricket

Tomes of the Times: Holiday Reading 2017

BoF’s Colin McDowell shares his essential holiday reading list, from 'Schiaparelli and the Artists' to new retrospectives on Calvin Klein and Yves …

Fashion

Why ‘Coco’ Earns Praise For Embracing Inclusivity And Not Pandering To Stereotypes

A cultural celebration in which "every nuance felt good."<p><b>Our goal at</b> <b>Mediaversity</b> <b>is to reflect the beautifully diverse world, both in front of and</b> …

Animation

‘Wonder Wheel’ Production Designer On The Artist Who Has Breathed New Life Into Woody Allen’s Films

Having worked with the prolific Woody Allen on over 30 films since 1980’s <i>Stardust Memories</i>, three-time Oscar-nominated production designer Santo …

Coney Island

The German behind the Bombay Talkies camera

Bombay Talkies, India’s hugely innovative production house, was founded in 1934 by the pioneering actor-director Himansu Rai and his wife, actress …

India

Where to Eat in Paris’ Saint-Germain-des-Prés Neighborhood

Saint-Germain-des-Prés, in Paris’ Sixth Arrondissement, remains just as popular as ever today, and a focal point of most visitors’ trips …

Paris

8 World-Famous Paintings And Highly Mysterious Details About Them!

Finding out the secrets of well-known paintings never ceases to surprise us! These secrets increase the level of our admiration towards the genius …

Art History

The Weaponization of Awkwardness

Don't make a scene. Look the other way. Social discomfort has long been used to maintain the status quo.<p>“Young women say yes to sex they don’t actually want to have all of the time. Why? Because we condition young women to feel guilty if they change their mind.”<p>That was the writer Ella Dawson, in …

Women's News

11,000 People Demanded the Met Remove This Painting. They Aren’t Going To. Good.

A petition containing over 11,000 signatures has surfaced demanding that the Metropolitan Museum of Art remove a painting by the famous French artist …

Entertainment

Dive Through More Than 1,000 Dalí Paintings Online

Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation’s complete catalogue raisonné, which spans from 1910 to 198, is sheer surrealist eye candy<p>Comment on this Story

Art

This is how to be productive without being miserable: 8 proven secrets

There’s plenty of good advice on how to be productive. But most of it makes you feel like you need to turn yourself into a machine. You don’t want to …

Genghis Khan