Metropolitan Museum of Art

Met Unveils Glory of Mexican Art From Flourishing, 18th Century Era (Photos!) 4

Met Unveils Glory of Mexican Art From Flourishing, 18th Century Era (Photos!)

Mexico is too often stereotyped as a dusty backwater to the United States, but when the U.S. was still a collection of British colonies, Mexico had imperial pretensions and a flourishing culture that produced dramatic artworks rivaling European Masters. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan has unveiled a new exhibit that captures the glory of Mexico’s 18th century milieu, during a period when it was known as “New Spain.”...
Met Stands Fast Against Creeping Fascism Over Balthus Painting (Photo) 6

Met Stands Fast Against Creeping Fascism Over Balthus Painting (Photo)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’s premiere repository of art and culture, is standing fast against a coterie of critics, including neo-Fascists, who are demanding the removal of a Balthus painting titled “Therese Dreaming.” The painting depicts a young girl leaning back on a chair with her leg propped up and a far-away look on her face. Critics say it sexualizes the subject because her underwear is visible and the pose is “suggestive.”...
Art Museums Create Plan to Safe Harbor Art Objects Threatened by War 8

Art Museums Create Plan to Safe Harbor Art Objects Threatened by War

Art museums under the auspices of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) have created a plan to safeguard rare art and antiquities that are threatened with destruction in war zones. The move was prompted by attacks on ancient, historic sites in the Middle East. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City joined arts organizations around the world in February to universally condemn the destruction of priceless antiquities by Islamic extremists in the Iraq city of Mosul....
Met Museum 'Strongly Condemns' Mosul Antiquities Destruction 10

Met Museum ‘Strongly Condemns’ Mosul Antiquities Destruction

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City joined arts organizations around the world today (Feb. 26) to universally condemn the destruction of priceless antiquities by Islamic extremists in the Iraq city of Mosul. The extremists from the Islamic State (IS) used sledge hammers, drills and other power tools to smash ancient statues and sculptures....
Jeff Koons Whitney Exhibit Graffiti Vandal Caught on Video (watch!) 12

Jeff Koons Whitney Exhibit Graffiti Vandal Caught on Video (watch!)

The Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney Museum in Manhattan was hit by a graffiti vandal last night, who was caught on video spray-painting a wall in front of dozens of startled patrons. Christopher Johnson, 33, of Manhattan, was arrested at the museum after he was accosted by security guards and turned over to police, according to reports. Fortunately, the focus of the exhibit, Koons’ “Hanging Heart” sculpture, and other works were not harmed,...
George Clooney's Monuments Men in Real Life Featured at The Met 14

George Clooney’s Monuments Men in Real Life Featured at The Met

James J. Rorimer, one of art experts portrayed in George Clooney’s film “The Monuments Men,” will be featured in a new Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit, highlighting his historic role saving priceless artworks during World War II. Rorimer became director of the Museum after the war. The film, starring Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman, is about museum directors, curators and art historians who go to war in search of plundered Nazi loot. ...
Met Museum Hosts First Ever Exhibition of Music Masterpieces 20

Met Museum Hosts First Ever Exhibition of Music Masterpieces

Sau-Wing Lam’s collection of rare Italian string instruments will go on display for the first time in the United States at the Metropolitan Museum of Art later this month. The collection includes rare violins by Antonio Stradivari. Sau-Wing worked as president of the Dah Chong Hong Trading Corp., Inc. in New York City, an import-export business. An amateur violinist and violist, Lam bought his first important violin in the 1960s and over the 25 years assembled his impressive collection of stringed instruments and bows....
Defaced Rothko at London's Tate Raises Security Questions Anew 24

Defaced Rothko at London’s Tate Raises Security Questions Anew

A Mark Rothko painting defaced at London’s Tate Modern museum over the weekend once again raises questions about how to balance security against the desire to give the public the best experience possible while viewing priceless works of art. A man at the Tate was able to walk up to the Rothko’s untitled 1958 painting best known as “Black on Maroon” and mark a slogan on it in black paint. He was gone in a matter of minutes. The slogan “Vladimir Umanets ’12, a potential piece of yellowism,” doesn't seem to have a direct connection to Rothko or the work....
Abraham Roentgen's Royal Furniture at Met Museum (photos) 26

Abraham Roentgen’s Royal Furniture at Met Museum (photos)

Abraham Roentgen was known throughout Europe for fine cabinetmaking starting in the mid-1700s, when he established his shop in Germany. Today, Roentgen’s works are hailed as masterpieces, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art has gathered nearly 60 exquisite pieces, many of which have never been seen outside of Europe, for a special exhibition in New York....
Dürer, Holy Roman Masters Star in New Met Exhibit 28

Dürer, Holy Roman Masters Star in New Met Exhibit

Albrecht Dürer is German's dominant artist from a period spanning almost 300 years in Central European development. But a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases the works of other who shaped German, Swiss, Austrian, and early Bohemian drawings. The exhibition of artists were active before 1700 in the Holy Roman Empire runs from Apr. 3 through Sept. 3, 2012....
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