The Secret History of Art
Noah Charney on Art Crimes and Art Historical Mysteries

The Secret History of Art – Noah Charney on Art Crimes and Art Historical Mysteries

10 Scariest Stories Ever Written

In honor of Halloween, the Secret History of Art is pleased to present a series of short essays on what I consider the scariest stories ever written.  These come from a project I did last year for the New Haven Review, in which I read thirty famous short stories in thirty days, to study the art form.  The theme of the stories I liked most was an atmosphere of what I call “creeping dread” that was present, whether or not the story in question really qualifies as a horror story.  But the result, the pleasurable tingle that we get from a good ghost story, was present in so many of them, that they can safely be considered among the scariest stories ever written, whether or not scaring the reader was the primary goal of the author.  Here is my personal list, with the added bonus of each title being linked to an essay of mine about the story, as it appeared in the New Haven Review.  Happy reading and happy Halloween! Continue Reading

Study Art Crime in Italy

The Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) 2014 Postgraduate Certificate Program in International Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection program will be held from May 29 through August 15, 2014 in the heart of Umbria in Amelia, Italy.

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Life Without Enthusiasm is Like Sex without an Orgasm: an Interview with Klemen Globochnik

An idea saved Klemen Globochnik’s life.  Depressed and with existential doubts, the young Slovene salesman turned away from his black thoughts and to an elaborate, multi-year project that resulted in an inspiration book with a striking title: “Life Without Enthusiasm is Like Sex Without an Orgasm.”  The Secret History of Art spoke to Klemen about his book, inspirational writing, and the trials of selling door-to-door.

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Eimear McBride on Agota Kristof’s “The Notebook”

Finally up and running, The Secret History of Art’s new monthly series for THE BELIEVER magazine.  It’s called “You Should Really Be Reading This…”  Each month a different authors recommends a favorite, but little-known, novel.  I read it and then we chat about it.  Believer readers are encouraged to read along in an informal book club.  This month Eimear McBride chose “The Notebook” by Agota Kristof.  Next month is Kate Zambreno, followed by Manuel Gonzales…

Esquire’s 5 Craziest Art Investments Ever (and Why They are Kinda Great)

The Secret History of Art’s latest article for Esquire magazine looks at 5 crazy art investments, following quick on the big sale of Tracey Emin’s My Bed.  Take a look at the article here.

A Match Made in Heaven — an Introduction to Rioja Wines

The Secret History of Art’s latest food article is on Rioja wines, and appears in Honest Cooking:

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Mariano Pensotti: Writing as Performance Art

On August 28-30, at Preseren Square in Ljubljana, The Secret History of Art will be one of four writers appearing in a performance art piece entitled “Sometimes I Think, I Can See You” by Argentine director and artist Mariano Pensotti.  It is part of the Mladi Levi (Young Lions) annual festival of contemporary art and dance in Ljubljana, run by Bunker.

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San Francisco Art Talk “Art Lost: The Search for Moshe Rynecki”

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The Art of the Heist: Interview with Matthew Quirk

The Secret History of Art loves a good heist, whether it comes in the form of a novel or a film.  And the rest of the world seems to agree, as we’ve got a new best-seller from Daniel Silva called “The Heist,” and an art theft movie, “The Art of the Steal,” and those are just within the last week.  In the shameless self-promotion department, you might also refer to the author’s own heist novel, “The Art Thief,” for his thoughts on the matter.

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“The Art of the Steal” Film Review

Many have asked for my take on the latest art heist movie, The Art of the Steal. Here you go, today in Film International magazine