Three artists whose work was to be featured in a September show at the Rose Art Museum are pulling out until Brandeis University makes a legally binding promise to preserve the campus museum’s valuable permanent collection.
Bill Viola, a renowned video artist, and painters April Gornik and Eric Fischl have postponed the show “Atmospheric Conditions’’ until Brandeis administrators sign an agreement not to sell art from the collection, according to Gornik. more here
A few days ago I realized something surprising: the situation with time is much the same as with money. The most dangerous way to lose time is not to spend it having fun, but to spend it doing fake work. When you spend time having fun, you know you're being self-indulgent. Alarms start to go off fairly quickly. If I woke up one morning and sat down on the sofa and watched TV all day, I'd feel like something was terribly wrong. Just thinking about it makes me wince. I'd start to feel uncomfortable after sitting on a sofa watching TV for 2 hours, let alone a whole day. - Paul Graham, How to Lose Time and Money
An unemployed construction worker who stole Poland’s only painting by the French Impressionist Claude Monet was sentenced Thursday to three years behind bars. The 41-year-old man pleaded guilty to the charges, saying he stole the 1882 Monet canvas titled “Plage de Pourville” from a museum in Poznan, eastern Poland, in 2000 after spending hours admiring it.
[...] The construction worker admitted to cutting the Monet measuring 60 by 73 centimeters (23 by 28 inches) out of its frame and replacing it with a fake, reports said. He stashed the painting, valued at a million dollars, in a wardrobe at his parents’ house, without them ever knowing. It was recovered this January thanks to his finger-print traces. link