September 2, 2014: Oldest Example of Abstract Art Discovered in a Cave, Street Art Versus the Fifa World Cup, and Romare Bearden’s Birthday
Today’s Notable News
The Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture School will lose its accreditation after a decision by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s board to forego accreditation to keep control over the school’s operations. (via New York Times)
Researchers have discovered the oldest known example of Abstract art in a cave in Gibraltar believed to be created by Neanderthals—close relatives of humans. (via The Guardian)
A bankruptcy trial began today to determine the fate of the city of Detroit and the future of the Detroit Institute of Arts. (via The Arts Newspaper)
Best of Instagram
Via @smkmuseum: “The Long Shadow of the Art Historian. SMK employee walks by just as the #emptysmk #igersdenmark group gathers on the bridge. #lightandshadow #longshadow #smkmuseum #museum #emptysmk”
“Street art versus Fifa”: A story on the street art created in protest at this year’s Fifa World Cup in Brazil. (via The Art Newspaper)
“Gilbert & George on Religion, Art and Politics” (via Wall Street Journal)
“A Portrait of Millennial Artist Nguyen Chi” (via Huffington Post)
Artist of the Day
Romare Bearden, a pioneer of African-American art and renowned collagist, was born on this day in 1911. Bearden took images of African-American life in the urban and rural South and combined them with icons of popular culture, religion, and Classical art, often depicting musicians, nudes, mythology, and famous figures against abstract backgrounds. Using gouache, watercolors, and oil paints, he would affix these classic and contemporary African-American references to canvases, drawing parallels between political injustices from his time and the past.
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