Archive for September, 2012

Dutch Van Gogh Museum closes, masterpieces moved

Curators are putting Vincent van Gogh's famous "Sunflowers" painting onto a felt-lined carrier trolley at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. While the museum closes for seven months for renovations, 75 works by the Dutch painter will be displayed instead across town at The Hermitage, an Amsterdam satellite of the Russian state museum. The tricky process of transporting the artworks under police escort began immediately after the last visitors left the museum Sunday evening and carried on through the night into Monday morning. The Van Gogh Museum reopens April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Cris Toala Olivares)The operation began moments after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam closed Sunday evening. Men removed alarm tags from behind some of Vincent Van Gogh's greatest masterpieces, including "Sunflowers," ''Irises" and the famously crooked "Bedroom," and quickly pulled the paintings down from the museum's walls.

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‘Rise and Fall of Apartheid’ at International Center of Photography

A photograph can trigger questions in ways almost nothing else can. Graphic yet mysterious, it can provoke and at the same time hold back.

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Big sets, big voices: ‘Turandot’ at the Met

This Sept. 14, 2012, photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows a scene from Puccini’s “Turandot,” with Marco Berti as Calàf during a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Marty Sohl)After opening its season with a small-scale comedy devoid of spectacle, the Metropolitan Opera quickly made up for it Wednesday night with a revival of Franco Zeffirelli's production of Puccini's final opera, "Turandot."

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Editorial: Please Stop Calling Every Compact Camera a “Point-And-Shoot”

Arguably the biggest story of this year’s Photokina trade show was Sony’s full-frame compact camera, the RX1 .

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Baltimore museum has strong case in Renoir theft

This undated image provided by the Potomack Company shows an apparently original painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir that was acquired by a woman from Virginia who stopped at a flea market in West Virginia and paid $7 for a box of trinkets that included the painting. An auction house has put on hold the sale of a painting believed to be by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir that a woman bought at a West Virginia flea market because a reporter found evidence someone stole the painting from the Baltimore Museum of Art. A Washington Post reporter discovered documents in the museum’s library showing the painting was there from 1937 until 1949. Museum officials then found paperwork showing the painting, “Paysage Bords de Seine,” was stolen in 1951. (AP Photo/Potomack Company)An expert on art thefts says the Baltimore Museum of Art likely has a strong case to reclaim a Renoir painting that was stolen in 1951 and turned up recently at a West Virginia flea market.

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