Why New Yorks Metropolitan museum is leader of the free world of art

visit-museumIf only Britain had a place like New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. This great compendium of art and culture on the edge of Central Park is about to rebuild its modern wing – in other words, to improve on what is already an unrivalled cocktail of past and present. Meanwhile it has just launched so much of its collection for free download that its website temporarily crashed under the pressure of public excitement.

No other great museum has the Metropolitan’s range. Its name is appropriate for it turns the whole world, across all time, into one buzzing city. You can stroll from an Egyptian temple to a Renaissance studiolo, from a roomful of Rembrandts to an encounter with Jackson Pollock.

American critics have so far been deeply cynical about the renovation, and about its “spotty” collection of modern art – which just goes to show that people don’t know when they are well off. From a British point of view, the idea of a museum where you can immerse yourself in Rembrandt then be blown away by Jackson Pollock’s majestic Autumn Rhythm sounds like some

We Cannot Take Pictures in Art Museums

6a00d83447fa7853ef0120a7a45408970bIt’s a scene that plays itself out hundreds of times a day in American museums: a mother and her fidgety teenage daughter stand before a famous painting—in this case, Caravaggio’s The Toothpuller, from the early 17th century. The mom pulls out a cell phone and poses her daughter in front of the work, a funny-grotesque image of a smirking dentist performing an extraction. As she frames the shot, a guard steps forward. “No photos,” he says. The woman apologizes. She and her daughter slip out of the room and continue on to the next gallery.

This particular episode took place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), at a traveling exhibition devoted to Caravaggio’s influence on European painting. But it could have happened anywhere. We’re in an age when people take pictures just about everywhere, an act that photography critic Jörg M. Colberg describes as “compulsive looking.” The phenomenon has created a unique set of challenges for art museums, many of which have historically had strict limitations on photography—either for the purpose of protecting light-sensitive works or because of copyright issues.But the ubiquity

Seven Tips For Visting An Art Museum


I am not an artist. In fact I am probably the farthest thing from an artist you can possibly be. I can’t draw, paint, sculpt or play a musical instrument. I’m also not a serious student of art history. I’ve never taken a course on the subject or studied it in a rigorous manner. I have however, had the pleasure of visiting many of the great museums of the world. Here are a few tips I’ve gathered from visiting museums around the world.


The first rule of art museum is “do not touch anything”. The second rule of art museum is DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING. For the love of baby Jesus, don’t touch anything. Imagine yourself touching something…then don’t do that. Wanting to touch something is a natural human reaction. Keep your hands in your pockets or behind your back and keep a few steps away from any paintings. The oils on your hands can damage the canvas prints, even a light touch can damage old and fragile art works. Remember to take whatever

Art School Demystified

A lot of people like to mock the idea of going to art school because they think that it is an expensive waste of time. Although, this all depends on where you study and what you want to do with your degree. There are definitely people who manage to have lucrative careers in art without going to art school, but there are not that many of them. If you really want to compete in today’s art market, you’re going to need to be educated. Here is art school demystified.

Each School has a Specific Agenda

The first thing you need to know as an art school prep is that each school is going to have a very specific concentration and agenda for their students. Some schools will be more geared toward conceptual art, while others will be very technical and some might focus specifically on figurative art. No matter the case, you need to know what you want to focus on before you can choose which school is best for you.

You Need to Know Art History

Just like you couldn’t finish your criminal justice degree online without knowing a lot about precedent-setting, historical criminal court cases, you can’t have a career

How to Choose the Right Art School

Finding the right art school for you is extremely important. There might be an art program at Oregon State University, and you may like the college overall, but you want to make sure that you are looking very closely into the various art programs specifically. Choosing the right school isn’t only imperative so that you truly enjoy your experience while you’re in school, but it’s also going to determine the course of your future once you graduate. Here is how to choose the right art school.

Do Your Research

There’s no way you can make the right decision if you don’t know what you could be missing. You want to look up all the top-rated art schools in the country and then start researching each one extensively. You want to know what the primary focus is, what the course requirements are, what’s included in the facilities and so much more. The school doesn’t just need to have a great reputation; it needs to be suitable to your specific needs.

Apply for Scholarships

Unfortunately, the best art schools tend to be the most expensive ones, which means that if you want to attend, you’re probably going to need a good deal of scholarship money.

Weather Preparations for the Home

Buying your own home is something many people feel like is a significant milestone in their lives.  It truly means you have reached a point of financial stability in your life to the point that you are able to invest in a very expensive purchase. One aspect that many people forget about owning their own property however is keeping it safe from the elements.  Over time, weather can have severe, damaging effects on your home which can be very costly. Here are some tips to keeping your home a safe and secure place of residence.

The biggest weather related issue that your home may face is wind.   Almost nowhere on this planet is wind not present in some form.  Over time, wind can strip your roof and sidings, crack your windows, and in severe storms, bring it down altogether. Roofing Contractors agree that keeping these components of your home in a well-maintained condition is vital towards your protection.  Do monthly checks of your home’s exterior condition by simply walking around it. If something seems out of place or abnormal, than an issue is more than likely present and immediate action should be taken.

Aside from the damage that strong winds

For Norwegian Museum a Loss Produces a Gain

OSLO — When the Henie Onstad art museum near here received an unexpected call in June 2012 on behalf of the heirs of a French art dealer, the director, Tone Hansen, had no idea that it was the beginning of an odyssey that would end with the museum’s giving away one of its prize paintings and opening a major exhibition built around that work’s absence.

Visitors to the exhibition, “In Search of Matisse,” which runs until Dec. 13, will not be seeing “Blue Dress in a Yellow Armchair,” which the artist painted in 1937 and had been in the museum’s possession. In March 2014, the painting was returned to the heirs of the French art dealer, Paul Rosenberg. The art was stolen from Rosenberg’s bank vault in Libourne, France, by the Nazis after the German invasion of the country in 1940.

The discovery was made by Rosenberg’s granddaughter, the French journalist Anne Sinclair, when she went to an exhibition at the Pompidou Center in Paris in 2012. The Henie Onstad museum had lent the painting for this exhibition. Ms. Hansen said the discovery made curators at the museum