Master art forger Eric Hebborn keeps 'playing a great trick from the grave'
- Some might consider Eric Hebborn one of the 20th century's greatest visual artists, but not for his own work.
- Always a troublemaker, Hebborn was a master forger who created nearly identical copies of famous art works.
- Though his penchant for pirating paintings and drawings has been known for more than three decades, a prominent art historian believes one of Hebborn's fakes may hang at the National Gallery in London, England, to this day.
- But Christopher Wright, an expert in old masters paintings, told the Observer that modern inaccuracies point to Hebborn's hand in the work.
- But his "master stroke," Loll says, was convincing collectors that artists' original works were his own forgeries to keep experts on their toes.
- But as new methodologies to understand the origins of art emerge, Loll believes that the doubt Hebborn created — and indeed the paintings he forged — will become clearer.
The music mixing secrets behind Cardi B’s Grammy-winning album
- As the mix engineer for Invasion of Privacy, it was Brathwaite’s job to take all of the recorded material for the project — from vocals to instruments to individual sample hits — and craft the nuanced balance and relationship between every element before the music heads off to be mastered and then released to the world.
- In the post-Grammys glow, he talks with The Verge about what a mix engineer does, what it was like to work with Cardi B on Invasion of Privacy, and he shares some of his favorite studio tips, tricks, and plug-ins.
- And it’s like that with the more established artists, too, but they tend to have more guidelines with what they think will work for the mix.
Women Will Dominate—and Dismantle—the Music Industry in 2019
- In 2018, Briana Younger investigated hip-hop's taste for repression, making note of how it had evolved into an ecosystem "that has kept women at bay, never allowing for more than one female superstar at a time while treating the other women as incidental, pitting them against one another, or ignoring them entirely." (A Billboard chart analysis conducted by Pitchfork further substantiated the claim.) Perhaps by some unknown miracle, 2018 hinted at a future where the cage of history no longer barred female progress: Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, and Beyoncé all commanded public consciousness with comparable and lasting resolve (to read Everything Is Love as anything other than a rap album is to misread Beyoncé's artistic mastery of genre).
- Without a center, without the old structures of the music biz in place—and with artists like Grande sidestepping them altogether—we can begin to look elsewhere.
A contemporary art expert explains why the exhibit of an Ivanka Trump lookalike vacuuming isn't sexist like the first daughter claims
- An Ivanka Trump lookalike vacuums crumbs thrown by spectators at Jennifer Rubell's art exhibit "Ivanka Vacuuming 2019." Sait Serkan Gurbuz/AP Photo Fortunately, the night I visited, Rubell was in the gallery observing the performance.
- You can see his stamp on "Ivanka Vacuuming" in works like "Step Piece." Over a performance period of one month in 1970, Acconci documented himself, each day, stepping on and off a stool in his apartment at the rate of 30 steps per minute until he was unable to continue.
- In order to complete the work, viewers must grab from the pile of crumbs sitting on an abstract cube in the darkened half of the gallery and toss them into the brightly lit performance space.
- Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images, courtesy exhibition photo The artwork is jolting in the way that it juxtaposes Ivanka's public image — pristine, professional, camera-ready — with tasks performed by the maids and housekeepers who labor in Trump's homes, hotels, and resorts.
Amsterdam Art Museum to Display Hundreds of Rembrandt Works in a Single Exhibit
- The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will showcase most of its works by Rembrandt van Rijn in a single exhibit this spring, marking the 350th anniversary of the Dutch artist’s death.
- Rijksmuseum boasts the largest collection of Rembrandt paintings in the world, in addition to 1,300 prints.
- The exhibit, titled “All the Rembrandts,” will include 22 paintings, 60 drawings, and a selection of 300 of the artist’s best prints.
- The display will showcase Rembrandt’s development as an artist, including work from all points in his life.
- There will be self-portraits, etchings, and drawings of everyday life, and sketches of women, animals, and children.
- Notable works include portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit, The Jewish Bride, and The Sampling Officials.
- Night Watch, one of Rembrandt’s priceless and most recognizable works, will not be in the special exhibit but will continue to be visible in the Rijksmuseum’s Honor Gallery.
On redesigning the system
- Holly and I have been somewhat successful in existing inside of a community that feels wonderful and vital, but the shared sensibility is less about music in isolation, and more about a certain kind of experimentation and ethos.
- I’m not sure if this is what you intended, but synthesizing some of the stuff you’ve been saying has made me think of a different way of understanding why I dispose so much energy to, for instance, Twitter as a medium—and why Twitter does feel closer to how music discovery felt 15 years ago for me.
- I can’t speak for Holly here, but I would say for us it’s basically, “Can we continue to do the work that we want to do at the level where it feels like we are still making somewhat of an impact, or contributing to a conversation?” That is basically the success.