Visual Arts

Edward Lucie-Smith – Matisse: The Cut-Outs

The big exhibition of Matisse’s Cut-Outs at Tate Modern in London was, certainly on the face of it, everything that a major museum of modern and contemporary art should be doing. It was beautifully presented, very professionally curated, had an extremely thorough, excellently illustrated catalogue, and was greeted with ecstatic reviews.

Ingrid Rowland, Noah Charney – The Collector of Lives

Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) was a man of many talents – a sculptor, painter, architect, writer, and scholar – but he is best known for Lives of the Artists, which singlehandedly established the canon of Italian Renaissance art. Before Vasari’s extraordinary book, art was considered a technical skill, and artists were mere decorators and craftsmen. It …

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