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Hidden women: Madrid show puts forgotten artists in the picture

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Source: The Guardian

Wild festivals, exquisite fruit-bowls and unusually realistic renderings of motherhood and female friendship – not to mention a glimpse of Lady Hamilton as an enthusiastic follower of Bacchus – will go on show in Madrid on Tuesday as one of the country’s most famous galleries seeks to spike the patriarchal canon of art history with a new, and avowedly feminist, exhibition.

The show at the Thyssen-Bornemisza – called simply Maestras (Women Masters) – uses almost 100 paintings, lithographs and sculptures to show how female artists from the late 16th to the early 20th centuries won recognition in their own lifetimes, only to find their works forgotten, erased or consigned to dusty storerooms.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2023/oct/31/hidden-women-madrid-show-puts-forgotten-artists-in-the-picture

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Israel-Hamas war impacts Venice Art Biennale

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The Venice Biennale, which runs this year from April 20 to November 24, is one of the world’s most prestigious international art shows. It is also held alongside the Documenta in the German city of Kassel.

The lagoon city will once again become the center of the international art world in the coming weeks and months. Over 800,000 art lovers made a pilgrimage to the previous Biennale held two years ago, and two-thirds came from abroad, a new record.

Read more: https://www.dw.com/en/israel-hamas-war-impacts-venice-art-biennale/a-68806799

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How a Florence art-gallery curator is defending Michelangelo’s ‘David’ from parodist slings and arrows

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Source: Market Watch

Michelangelo’s “David” has been a towering figure in Italian culture since its completion in 1504. But in the current era of the quick buck, curators worry the marble statue’s religious and political significance is being diminished by the thousands of refrigerator magnets and other souvenirs sold around Florence focusing, as often as not, on the David’s private parts.

The Galleria dell’Accademia de Firenze’s director, Cecilie Hollberg, has positioned herself as the David’s defender since her arrival at the museum in 2015, taking swift aim at those profiteering from his image, often in ways she finds “debasing.”

Read more: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-a-florence-art-gallery-curator-is-defending-michelangelos-david-from-parodist-slings-and-arrows-50356498

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Remembering Anne Bromberg, Dallas Museum of Art curator and art scholar

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Source: The Dallas Morning News

Anne Bromberg, a respected art scholar who worked at the Dallas Museum of Art as a lecturer, educator and curator for nearly six decades, died Dec. 8, 2023, at her home in Highland Park, according to her obituary.

She was 87.Bromberg was named curator emerita at the DMA in 2020 after serving as the curator of ancient and Asian art. She started at the museum in 1962 as a lecturer and became the head of the education department in 1975. In 1989, she moved into a curatorial role where she became a key player in developing the museum’s Asian holdings.

“I think Anne really opened a vista for those of us living in Dallas in those years of the ‘70s and ‘80s at the art museum with her,” said Gail Thomas, co-founder and former director of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, and founder and former CEO of the Trinity Trust Foundation.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/visual-arts/2024/03/27/remembering-anne-bromberg-dallas-museum-of-art-curator-and-art-scholar/

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