We’re all back at work, and so it seems is the art world. With court cases, new discoveries and modern life imitating renaissance art, there’s not been a dull moment.
1. A photo of New Years Eve in Manchester went viral after Twitter users spotted it fits the golden ratio, the mathematical principal many renaissance artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli, used in the composition of their works of art. (via Quartz)
2. 60 years ago Miró opened a studio in Majorca where he experimented with and freed himself from the typical geometric styles of his early work; and painted in until two years before his death in 1983. To this day the studio in Majorca remains the way he left it (pictured), and to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its opening, the Barcelona art gallery, Mayoral, is recreating his studio in London at the Bowman Sculpture gallery. The exhibition, which will run from January 21st to February 12th has been curated by Elivra Cámara, the former director of the Pilar and Joan Miró foundation in Majorca and will feature some of Miró’s correspondence, replicas of the various objects dotted around the studio, as well as 25 works by Miró, some of which will be available to purchase. (via New York Times)
3. Guy Wildenstein’s trial in France for tax evasion has been suspended until May 4th. The Wildenstein dynasty are famed for their racehorse breeding, their links to Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Max Ernst, and their vast private collection of works spanning the 14th to 20th century, including those buy Renoir, Manet and Caravaggio. Guy faces ten years in prison for tax evasion to the tune of €616m, but has said that he was under no obligation to declare trust held assets on his fathers death. Various members of the family will appear in court over the charges, however the trial has been suspended after the family’s lawyers requested a Priority Preliminary Rulings on the Issue of Constitutionality. (via Art Net)
4. Jocelyn Wildenstein (former wife of Alec Wildenstein and famed cosmetic ‘cat lady’) may well have been one of first women to make herself into a bizarre work of art; but French artist Orlan who used body modification to imitate famous works of art, has moved her case against Lady Gaga to New York. Orlan’s case against Lady Gaga is that of ‘theft of intellectual property’ – specifically for the facial augmentation Gaga portrays with prosthetics in her ‘Born This Way’ video; which Orlan did for real in a series of operations. Orlan is suing the singer for $31.7 as she claims the video is too derivative of her work. Gaga’s representatives have claimed the case is just a means for Orlan to garner press coverage in the US.
5. Spanish chemical engineer José García Matínez at the University of Barcelona has discovered new works of art by Pablo Picasso under existing paintings, using new ‘spectrometry’: cutting edge, non-invasive light technology. The technology and its’ discoveries is not only of interest to art historians and scientists, but may also be the greatest step towards the verification of artists’ works and preventing art forgery. Read more on this story here.