One masterpiece can go a long way

An interesting development that underpins the problems that lack of sufficient funding for public institutions and the buying power of corporate collections poses for Exhibitions curators.

“There might be less money to organise exhibitions in many US museums, but by borrowing one masterpiece, putting it on display, and so turning a single work into a star attraction, several are stretching their budgets a long way.”

Caravaggio’s “The Fortune Teller” at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, proved a big draw

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Image courtesy of the Art Newspaper

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Arts education in England under threat

A disturbing new trend surfaces in education in England.

“Arts organisations, including the Cultural Learning Alliance (CLA) and Arts Council England, fear that arts subjects could be cut from secondary school education in England following the introduction of the English Baccalaureate, a way of ranking pupils according to grades achieved in five core subjects: maths, English, science, a language and either history or geography.”

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The Father of Pop has died, aged 89

Hamilton passed away on Sept 13th before putting the final touches on a traveling retrospective that was due to tour major locations during 2013-14. Hamilton is recognized as the founding figure of the pop art movement in Britain ahead of it’s later rise to prominence in the US.

Image courtesy of The Art Newspaper

You can read a fascinating interview with Hamilton here

Perception, Language, and the Web

A great article on language usage and interpretation. This is also a great asset in terms of helping your students understand the power of language and to help them learn to contextualize responses in an exam setting.

Whilst not everything will apply to an art education context there are some very useful gems of information here.

“Storytelling is a buzzword with lots of different interpretations. Either the internet is killing stories, or it’s the best thing to happen to them since the printing press.

Stories have been around as long as we have, helping us understand our world and ourselves. We learn and retain information best through stories, because they turn information into more than the sum of its parts. But what makes a story a story, and what does it mean for the digital world we’ve built?
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read the full article at A List Apart here