Vie des Arts Media Review also on Flipboard(lien externe) for mobile and tablet.

From BBC World Service
Reviving and Reclaiming Culture(lien externe)
With Tina Daheley

To mark 6 months of the new government in Argentina, writer Pola Oloixarac considers the Mauricio Macri administration’s attitude towards the arts. She finds that, not for the first time, the Argentine government is championing the art of the past, in order to influence the future.

In Iran a new, independent online drama has been transporting viewers back to the 1950s. Set in the time of the military coup that overthrew Prime Minister Mosaddeq and bolstered the rule of the Shah, it depicts scenes that might be considered shocking by Iranian standards. Cultural critic & BBC Persian producer Maghsood Salehi tells us what sets Shahrzad apart from the competition, amid a fashion for nostalgia on Iran’s TV- & computer- screens.

In a new commission for the Royal Shakespeare Company, British Nigerian poet and playwright Inua Ellams has written a prequel to the Shakespeare’s The Tempest. For The Cultural Frontline, Inua sets out his case for righting- and re-writing- the wrongs of the original play and describes how his version reinvents the character of Caliban.

The possum skin cloak in Aboriginal culture was both a garment and a canvas, on which the stories of the land and its people were inscribed. In an interview produced for The Cultural Frontline by Jarni Blakkarly, the Aboriginal artist Tiriki Onus shares his determination to revive the custom and the craft of traditional possum skin cloak-making in Australia.(...(lien externe))

BBC World Service
The Cultural Frontline
Saturday May 14 2016

Photo: The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires - Credit: Juan Mabromata/ AFP/ Getty

From The Guardian
Five of the best… new art shows(lien externe)
By Jonathan Jones, May 13 2016

1: Sunken Cities
Two ancient Egyptian cities lost underwater at the mouth of the Nile are brought back to life in this archaeological blockbuster.

2: Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms
The punchy British painter was fascinated by modern architecture and interiors – as a young man before the second world war he even designed furniture in the slick International Style – and his morbid paintings of punished bodies are set within tasteful rooms whose chic glass tables enhance the horror.

3: In The Age Of Giorgione
This is the exhibition of the moment that nobody should miss. It resurrects the all-but-forgotten fame of Giorgione, a great artistic innovator who transformed art for ever in Venice at the turn of the 16th century.

4: Painting With Light
Photography is very much a British thing, and no sooner had William Henry Fox Talbot perfected it than art in this country became enthralled by the camera: this exhibition traces those initial endeavours to combine the two.

5: Maria Lassnig
Paintings that manage to be fleshy and ethereal at the same time by a hugely influential artist.(...(lien externe))

Two Ways Of Being (Double Self-portrait), 2000, by Maria Lassnig (detail)

From CNN Style
How some of history's most frightening images were made without Photoshop(lien externe)
By Thomas Page, for CNN, May 13, 2016

(CNN)The early-to-mid-twentieth century: a time of rebellion and subversion within art. A time when the shape and structure of the modern world became malleable, turning inwards, forced to reconcile itself with an identity twice fractured by war.
Emerging from this milieu was a group of photographers pushing the boundaries of their medium.
The avant-garde in 1920s Prague, the surrealists in Paris and exponents of the Neues Sehen (New Vision) across Germany transformed photography into an uncanny art form blurring the real and the surreal. Buoyed by newer, smaller cameras and the emergence of roll film, these movements threw off the shackles of the painterly Pictorialist style dominant at the turn of the century, and sought out fresh perspectives.(...(lien externe))

Surreal photography in the era before photoshop

Paris looks to Instagrammers to boost city museum visits - Selfies for art's sake(lien externe)
By Joseph Volpe , @jrvolpe,, May 13, 2016

Maybe you've heard the term "influencer." It's the moniker marketers have given to the heavy hitters of social media with considerable follower counts (often in the tens or hundreds of thousands). You know, the Kendall and Gigis currently dominating our world. Well, Paris Musées, the public institution that oversees 14 of the city's municipal museums, has cottoned on to this new media wave and is turning to Instagram as a platform to raise awareness and boost museum attendance. To promote its recently launched site, which houses a searchable digital collection of all the museums' works, Paris Musées has commissioned 10 Instagrammers from various art backgrounds to re-create or reinterpret some of these iconic works.(...(lien externe))

Image credit: Musée Cognacq-Jay / Roger-Viollett; Quentin Caffier (Instagram art)

From The Cap Times, Madison, Wisconsin
Even a bank or a dentist office can be an art gallery on Gallery Night(lien externe)
By Lindsay Christians

Madison's Gallery Night, now in its 28th year, has never been only about galleries.
Local businesses, from real estate and dentist offices to veterinarians, eyeglass shops and banks, see the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's twice-annual citywide event as a way to celebrate local art and get a few more people in the door.
"There are so many great places this year," said Maria Antoinette-Cannarella, an interior designer and real estate agent with Restaino & Associates. "I try to work with local artists. The community needs to increase their art knowledge."(...(lien externe))

Cassius J. Callender's "Lightning Strike on Lake Mendota"

From Metro Vancouver
Muses explored in Picasso exhibit coming to Vancouver Art Gallery(lien externe)
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses looks at Pablo Picasso’s relationships and how they influenced his art.
By Tereza Verenca

The Vancouver Art Gallery explores Picasso, his lovers and his muses in an exhibit that opens next month.
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses opens June 11. It follows the career of Spaniard Pablo Picasso, who was famous for his paintings, sculptures, pottery and prints during the 1900s. He was regarded as one of the masters of Modernism.
The Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit – which examines the lives and personalities of his lovers and mothers to his children, Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque – starts in early 20th-century Paris.(...(lien externe))

Pablo Picasso's Femme couchée lisant, 1939, oil on canvas.

From The Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Delayed Remai Modern art gallery 90 per cent done(lien externe)
By Phil Tank

Art will be featured throughout the cavernous Remai Modern, but the facility will serve as more than an art gallery.
That message was stressed Friday as media were taken on a tour of parts of the 130,000-square-foot building at River Landing that is now 90 per cent complete.
The Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan boasts about five times the space of the closed Mendel Art Gallery it is replacing.
“It will have many functions,” City of Saskatoon special projects manager Jeanna South told reporters.(...(lien externe))

Special Projects Manager for the City of Saskatoon, Jeanna South with Gregory Burke, Remai Modern executive director and CEO gave the media a tour of the gallery with the building contract at the 90 per cent complete stage, May 6, 2016. Photo: Gord Waldner

Form Tate Etc. issue 36: Spring 2016
Walking in unquiet landscapes(lien externe)
By Robert Macfarlane

Other traditions run through depictions of the British landscape, below and beyond romantic idealisations. Here, Robert Macfarlane traces a history in art of the decidedly strange and eerie face of landscape

In 1971 Derek Jarman made a 10-minute film called Journey To Avebury, documenting a summer walk through the chalklands of southern England. At first it seems more pastoral home movie than avant-garde artefact: sheep graze, footpaths dwindle into the long distance. Gradually, though, an eeriness builds. Where are the people? Who is holding the camera? The landscape feels emptied rather than empty. A psychic weather communicates itself to the viewer: close, clammy, threatening. Scenes part-repeat themselves, with inscrutable intent rather than by accident.(...(lien externe))

Derek Jarman
Avebury Series II 1973
Oil on canvas, 1219mm x 1219mm
© Estate of Derek Jarman, photo: Derby Museums and Art Gallery

Santa Monica Museum of Art Changes Name to Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Will Move Downtown(lien externe)
By Hannah Ghorashi

The Santa Monica Museum of Art announced today that it will change its name to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The museum also said it has launched capital campaign with a goal of $5 million, to which donors have so far contributed a total of $1.9 million.(...(lien externe))

Mickalene Thomas’s 2012 show at the Santa Monica Museum of Art
Courtesy Monica Orozco/Santa Monica Museum of Art

From Vanity Fair
See How SFMOMA Is Re-inventing the Museum-Tour Audio Game(lien externe)
By Louisa Strauss

When the museum reopens this month after a massive renovation, visitors will be able to navigate the space with an app-based audio tour.
A museum audio guide may conjure up memories of stuffy commentary from a clunky wand on a lanyard, but SFMOMA is updating its approach for the digital age, as its hometown is wont to do. On May 14, when the doors of the museum reopen after three years and a $305 million expansion, visitors can download the SFMOMA app to guide them through the largest museum of modern and contemporary art in the country.(...(lien externe))

Promotional video

From Radio National, Australia program Soundproof
When science meets art #2 - The Nebuchadnezzar Suite(lien externe)
Presented by Miyuki Jokiranta

The Nebuchadnezzar Suite is the second contribution from the Where Science Meets Art project, a three year Australian Research Council project conducted between the artists, and cultural and environmental researchers at Macquarie University, part of the Bundanon Trust annual Siteworks 2015 festival(lien externe).
Three sound sculptures were built to reflect the theme for Siteworks 2015: Feral and each was designed to be inhabited, standing, sitting and laying down while listening to a narrative inspired by a series of Nebuchadnezzar paintings by Australian artist Arthur Boyd (1920-1999).(...(lien externe))

One of Arthur Boyd's many Nebuchadnezzar paintings. Photo supplied by Arthur Boyd.