The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently launched an online series called "82nd & Fifth." This year, 100 curators will each briefly discuss a single work of art that greatly impacted their view of the world. Each interactive episode contains an opportunity for viewers to explore the works by zooming in, rotating and viewing historical timelines. Two videos will be posted every Wednesday through December 25, so get ready for weekly installments.
"In a sea of constant information, these two-minute, authoritative commentaries are a welcome way to get powerful and compelling content in quick doses," Thomas P. Campbell, director of The Met, said in a statement.
A new edition of "82nd & Fifth" premieres today at 11 a.m. ET. Click here to see what artwork inspired the world's most influential curators, and scroll down for more arts news.
MORE ARTS NEWS:
"The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne" Gets Some Sun: The glowing work made in Leonardo da Vinci's workshop, though not by the master himself, will be shown at the Getty after spending years in storage. The work will be shown with the museum's Italian Renaissance paintings for an indefinite period, in exchange for a conservation examination by the Getty labs. We hope St. Anne is ready for the big trip. (LA Times)
In Defense Of Scents: James Panero defends a controversial new exhibition focused on olfactory artworks. He quotes J.-K. Huysmans' "Against the Grain," arguing: "It was no more abnormal to have an art that consisted of picking out odorous fluids than it was to have other arts based on a selection of sound waves or the impact of variously coloured rays on the retina of the eye." Makes, ahem, scents to us... (Wall Street Journal)
Enoc Perez Revisits Warholian Architecture: The New York based painter reveals the disintegrating beauty of San Juan's architecture in his new show at Acquavella Galleries. "Perez is known for giving landmark buildings the iconic treatment Andy Warhol reserved for celebrities." (Bloomberg)
Digital Art Pioneer (And Gloria Steinem's Former Roommate) Reveals Her Rise In Interview: In anticipation of her upcoming retrospective at the V&A, feminist illustrator and digital art pioneer Barbara Nessim says women have always been quicker to respond to her works. "Men understand it later," she said. (The Guardian)
Do Europeans Do It Better?: One letter to the editor responding to the NY Times' recent call for transparency in art auctions recommends American auction houses adopt the European model, arguing they guarantee the authenticity of the works in question. Philip Foster, a private art dealer, writes: "I doubt the American auction houses would like to have such a law in place, but I am sure their clients would not object!" (NY Times)