In Wes Anderson’s new film “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” set to come out this Friday, the plot revolves around the theft of a 16th century masterwork titled “Boy With Apple” by the fictional artist Johannes Van Hoytl. To paint the perfect masterpiece for the film, the director turned to British figurative painter Michael Taylor. We got in touch with Taylor to ask about working with Anderson, the artistic inspirations for the painting, and who sat for the work.
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In a tongue-in-cheek homage to Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s famous “Bed-In” of 1969, irreverent podcasters Bad at Sports are staging a series of “Bedside Chats” at this year’s VOLTA NY. Co-founders Amanda Browder, Duncan MacKenzie, and Richard Holland will be conducting more than 25 interviews with artists, curators, and dealers from the comfort of a giant bed (and while wearing pajamas) during the fair’s four-day run. Interviewees include Prospect New Orleans artistic director Franklin Sirmans and executive director Brooke Davis Anderson, Factory artist ULTRA VIOLET, and Miami-based gallerist Mindy Solomon. Although the bed will primarily be used for conducting interviews, the trio has no problem cozying up with VOLTA visitors and are encouraging people to climb in for a nap. We chatted with Browder about participating in art fairs, what kind of pajamas she’ll be wearing, and how to build a giant bed.
In addition to being the painter of Northern Renaissance masterpiece “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” turns out Hieronymus Bosch was also a composer of butt music. This revelation hit the Internet earlier this week when a blogger discovered a musical composition on the rear end of a sinner in the far right panel of Bosch’s triptych and recorded the song found there.
Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Edgar Degas took the winning slots in the Museum of Fine Arts’s crowd-sourced show “Boston Loves Impressionism,” which opens at the museum today. From among 30 works, art lovers had the chance to choose their top three favorites for the past month on the museum’s Facebook page. Van Gogh’s “Houses at Auvers” (1890), Monet’s “Water Lilies” (1907), and Degas’s “Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer” (1878–81), will be displayed at the museum through May 26 while the Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery of European Impressionism undergoes renovation.
Rapper T.I. fulfills his promise to bring em out at an upcoming sold out event at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. On February 24, T.I. will participate in a conversation on the intersection of art and hip hop with High Museum curator of modern and contemporary art Michael Rooks. Organized and moderated by Atlanta-based artist Fahamu Pecou, the talk will be the first in a series of conversations between hip-hop artists who call Atlanta home and the city’s art illuminati.
In addition to holding events with Congressman John Lewis, Feminist art icon Judy Chicago, and Poet Sonia Sanchez this March, the Brooklyn Museum will also present a panel led by Piper Kerman on the subject of criminal justice reform. Author of the memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” the inspiration for the widely praised Netflix series of the same name, Kerman will moderate a conversation with three other previously incarcerated women who have led the charge for reform in the prison system.
If his recent instagrams at LACMA weren’t proof enough, Drake has definitively professed his love of James Turrell in a Rolling Stone profile published online today. “I fuck with Turrell,” Drake said, while at the light and space artist’s current retrospective at LACMA. “He was a big influence on the visuals for my last tour.”
B.J. Novak can now add “museum prankster” to his list of accomplishments. The writer and actor, best known for his work on deadpan cringe comedy “the Office,” recently detailed his antics at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston while promoting his new book “One More Thing” on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” He has also posted the story on his blog One More Thing.