- I don’t typically spend much time calling out wayward museum press releases, but this morning’s doozy of an exhibition announcement from the Clark Art Institute deserves puncturing. The opening line is: “Pissarro’s People is the first major U.S. museum exhibition of the artist’s works in 30 years.” Uh, no it’s not. Pissarro has been well-examined in major American museum shows plenty in recent years: In 2007 the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Denver Art Museum organized the delightful “Pissarro: Creating the Impressionist Landscape.” Also in 2007, The Jewish Museum presented “Camille Pissarro: Impressions of City and Country.” And who could forget MoMA’s 2005 “Pioneering Modern Painting: Cezanne and Pissarro 1865-1885?” [Update: There's a fourth in the comments. This is getting embarrassing.]
- LACMA and the Getty will become home to a major trove of Robert Mapplethorpe artwork and archival material. William Poundstone has fun details. The two institutions’ blogs have posts today too: Here’s curator Britt Salvesen at LACMA’s Unframed and here’s a PR staff Q&A with curator Frances Terpak at the Getty’s Iris.
- Andrew Russeth on The Battle of the Brush in Bryant Park. Good contextualizing pics, too.
- A funky little Jonathan Jones blog post on mountains in Italian art.
- RIP Maria Altmann, who took on Austria in order to get back her family’s Gustav Klimts.
Art-focused Journalism by Tyler Green