I guess it was mis-labled as a "sculpture" in the reddit thread where I saw it.
https://mashable.com/article/virus-ridd ... -of-chaos/Artist auctions off virus-ridden laptop for $1 million
A laptop infected with some of the most destructive pieces of malware ever may sound like the kind of ticking time bomb you'd expect only in sci-fi movies. But one man has created just such a machine, and it can be yours — if you have about $1 million to spare.
No, this isn't some shady dark web marketplace. It's an art auction, and the current bidding price is around $1.2 million.
The piece, by artist Guo O Dong, is titled "The Persistence of Chaos," and the name is apt because the laptop could wreak some serious havoc. The old Samsung Netbook that runs Windows XP is infected with half a dozen extremely dangerous pieces of malware that, cumulatively, have caused nearly $95 billion in damages, according to Dong.
https://kottke.org/18/11/the-art-instit ... ion-online for details.The Art Institute of Chicago Has Put 50,000 High-Res Images from Their Collection Online
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/no ... ish-museumLack of space at the British Museum sees major loan of Assyrian collection to Getty
Since the closure of a basement gallery in 2006 there is little room to store the whole collection
The British Museum is to lend an "important group" of Assyrian sculpted reliefs to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles for three years because it lacks the funds to create an adequate display space for all of its outstanding collection. The loan will include the Banquet Scene, which is widely regarded as the world’s finest single relief panel from Assyria.
The Los Angeles show, Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq (from 2 October), will comprise 12 large gypsum panels like those destroyed by Islamic State extremists in Iraq in 2015. The sculptures on loan date from the ninth to seventh centuries BC and were excavated at Nimrud, Nineveh and Khorsabad in the mid-19th century.
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/2019/09 ... f7f3c.htmlFirst Verrocchio exhibit to open in the U.S.
50 masterworks by Leonardo's master at NGA
(ANSA) - Washington, September 11 - Andrea del Verrocchio, one of the greatest Renaissance artists and the master of Leonardo and Perugino, will star in the first-ever monographic exhibition in the United States, at the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington. The exhibit will showcase some 50 masterworks including paintings, sculptures and drawings.
It will run from September 15 through January 12.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/arts ... raphy.htmlRobert Frank Dies; Pivotal Documentary Photographer Was 94
Mr. Frank, best known for his groundbreaking book, “The Americans,” had a visually raw and personally expressive style that made him one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.
Mr. Frank would later reject Cartier-Bresson’s work, saying it represented all that was glib and insubstantial about photojournalism. He believed that photojournalism oversimplified the world, mimicking, as he put it, “those goddamned stories with a beginning and an end.” He was more drawn to the paintings of Edward Hopper, before Hopper was widely recognized.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isleworth_Mona_LisaIsleworth Mona Lisa
The Isleworth Mona Lisa is an oil-on-canvas painting of the same subject as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. In 2015 and 2016, peer-reviewed academic publications concerning it confirmed its attribution to Leonardo da Vinci.
In 1913 English connoisseur Hugh Blaker spotted and acquired the painting which had been hanging for over a century in a manor house in Somerset, having been bought in Italy as an original Leonardo. In a monograph published shortly thereafter, Blaker's stepfather, John R. Eyre, proposed that two versions of the Mona Lisa had been worked on by Leonardo; the "Isleworth" picture (named after the location of Blaker's studio in Isleworth, west London) being the first.
The painting was subsequently bought by Henry F. Pulitzer, who argued that it was Leonardo's only real portrait of Lisa Gherardini. When Pulitzer died in 1979 his partner, Elizabeth Meyer, inherited the painting. When she died in 2008, the Isleworth Mona Lisa was sold to a private collection and is not currently on display to the public. Ownership of the painting is disputed as an anonymous "distinguished European family" has claimed that the painting's former owner had sold a 25% in the painting, but a lawyer stated that the claim was clearly without merit.
The Isleworth Mona Lisa has been examined by many experts in recent years, and been filmed for a TV documentary.
Sounds like there is some doubt about its provenance.
I had an acid trip exactly like this in '76.
This made me think of something.
For some reason it won't embed here...The Rijksmuseum is today publishing the largest and most detailed ever photograph of The Night Watch on its website, making it possible to zoom in on individual brushstrokes and even particles of pigment in the painting. Work on Operation Night Watch will resume on Wednesday 13 May in the glass chamber in the museum
Spain Has Been Hit by Yet Another Bungling Restorer, Who Turned This Virgin Mary Painting Into an Unrecognizable Blob
Restoration experts are now calling for greater regulation of the field.