This month’s recommended reading, divided into three semi-useful categories:
- It’s heart-wrenching, but we loved this essay on looking for the hidden black female figures of western art.
- After stepping down as director of the Dallas Museum of Art due to an incurable lung ailment, Bonnie Pittman has become a leader in promoting the influence of fine art on the practice of medicine. (You might also be interested in our blog post about enhancing visual acuity in medical education through the arts.)
- Nearly half a century ago, feminist art historian Linda Nochlin asked, “Why have there been no great women artists?” A new wave of all-women exhibitions revives the question—and suggests a new answer.
- Geography might not be our strong point, but even we got a kick of these map blunders.
- Earlier this year, sculptor Anish Kapoor was given exclusive rights to the blackest black in the world, so another artist has now created the world’s pinkest pigment and is making it available to everyone–except Kapoor.
- Hieronymus Bosch, Albrecht Durer, and a bed for fifty people.
- The Museum of Modern Art acquired the original set of 176 emoji for its permanent collection.
- Police arrested a man dressed as a tree in Portland, Maine, for blocking traffic. He says it was performance art.
- Tombili, a fat cat from Istanbul that became a social media sensation, has been commemorated as a statue by the city authorities after 17,000 people demanded a tribute to his memory.
- The Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble, but the Van Gogh industry rolls on unabated. The latest: a new theory that he cut off his ear after learning his brother was going to get married.
- Oh, and a newly discovered sketchbook has been rejected by the Van Gogh museum as inauthentic.
- Archaeologists have discovered more than 40 shipwrecks off the Bulgarian coast, dating from the Byzantine to the Ottoman empires. The ships are in such good condition that their images reveal intact coils of rope, rudders, and elaborately carved decorations.
- The Townley Venus, one of the British Museum’s most important Roman sculptures, has quietly had its thumb restored after it was knocked off by catering staff last year.
- And last but not least, here are the Getty’s “speaking tips for artsy introverts” (not that anyone here at Artstor needs them, of course!).