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Graduate Research Proposal Advice

Hi there!

I am applying for a Fulbright Scholarship for a research program at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and need to present a statement of grant purpose. Basically, I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on making a coherent research topic proposal. I am interested in Maōri Indigenous art in New Zealand and was thinking I can connect that to Modernism somehow? I could maybe use primitivism as a connection but I need to come up with a specific proposal and I don't know how to go about that. Any help is greatly appreciated!

21:25 UTC


What’s the most valuable/relevant painting held by a private collector and not displayed in a museum?

21:12 UTC


What’s the most important lost painting?

A painting we know exists, but is nowhere to be found!

21:11 UTC


Lessons from the subterranes -- a case for the mystification of prehistoric art

Would love to hear thoughts/feedback, check it out if you want to!


14:37 UTC


Has there been in any other culture/time a big focus on realism/photo-like paintings?

The way euro-centric art history is taught you get to see some "progression" from like prehistorical art up to like the renaissance and the 'invention of perspective' (even if I know there has been proof found in Pompeii that some knowledge of perspective was known by the ancient romans). And then the focus switches to identifying the specific 'flavour' if you will (like baroque, manierism, romantic...).

The way I see it has had 2 big implications at least for laymen people nowadays and I guess even artists/historian through out history:

  • that it made it hard or discriminating against photography as a form of art

  • That it's the "proof" of a more evolved civilisation since they could achieve this realistic style

Since it's about technique and learning and that anyone across the world could learn to paint close to reality, has there been any other tendencies like that in other parts of the world ? and if not, do we have theories as to why?

13:59 UTC


The Realms of the Unreal (Henry Darger)

13:49 UTC


Is there a painting that could realistically be sold by more money than the Salvator Mundi?

As the title says, would like to know if there's a painting that could realistically overthrow the Salvator Mundi as the most expensive painting ever sold.

11:33 UTC


Classic art depictions of Tiamat

I am looking to find art of Tiamat since I want them as prints in my home. I love Mesopotamian myth and other extremely early examples of religion. Thing is, most of what I have been able to find is modern art or Tiamat from DnD (i do love dnd, but this is not what Im looking for). I figure i might find something here since you are probably more knowledgeable in this area.

05:50 UTC


What are the must see’s in Washington DC for art?

I’m going on a family trip up to Virginia in a week to so, and we will be spending a day in Washington DC. I wanted to pose the question of what is the must see museums, pieces, or places for art in DC?

I already want to go to the Smithsonian American art museum, the women in the arts museum, and the Vietnam war memorial, but looking on google maps there seems to be so much more, I’m starting to get a bit overwhelmed.

Any advice would be appreciated!

01:10 UTC


What are some good examples of what you could describe as formulaic art styles?

The one that spurred this question and helps clarify what I’m asking is Zen tangles. What I think is so cool about Zen tangles is how clearly defined and approachable the methodology is and how, if you follow the methodology, you can reliably achieve a unique and satisfying result. Mandalas are another good example. I want to know, what others are out there? Thank you.

01:05 UTC


Art History Job Advice

Hi everyone, hoping I could get some advice with this post. I graduated with a BA in Art History last year. After months of trying to find a job, I finally landed one at a local nonprofit historic house museum in their public programs department but have since left after only 3 months because the staff and place were dysfunctional and had too many issues. It was that bad. I’ve had horrible luck trying to find a job and am feeling like how I felt last year while I was trying to find a job (losing hope). I feel like I can’t branch out into other fields because my degree is so narrow and I have little experience from my public programs job, although I do have tons of customer service experience from jobs in college. I have been looking at museums in NYC but it is incredibly difficult to get into these museums, even part time.. any advice?

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19:52 UTC


Singapore Street Art Mural Censorship Sparks Controversy and Public Debate Over Order to Remove Cigarette

A recent government order targeting a mural in Singapore’s Chinatown has ignited a debate over censorship in street art. The mural, created by Singapore-based multidisciplinary artist Sean Dunston, depicts a young Samsui woman holding a lit cigarette. This image references the Chinese women who immigrated to Singapore in the 1920s and 1940s to work in industrial jobs. Completed in April, the mural has since become a focal point of controversy.

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On May 8, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) informed the landlord of the building featuring the mural that the artwork “was not aligned with Singapore’s anti-smoking policy stance.” This initial communication was followed by an email on June 18, which included a complaint from an unnamed member of the public. The complaint described the mural as “offensive,” suggesting that the depicted woman looked “more like a prostitute than a hard-working samsui woman.” The URA has requested a revised version of the artwork by July 3, warning that non-compliance could affect the renewal of the building’s temporary restaurant permit, set to expire on July 27.

News of the URA’s demands was first reported by the Straits Times, leading to widespread public and media attention.

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16:24 UTC


Is using the metric system the norm in the art field?

I just read books my parents bought for me when we visited the Louvre and the Wiesbaden Museum back in Easter as well as a book my dad has on his book shelf about the Egyptian exhibition in the Virginia Fine Arts Museum in Richmond when he saw the exhibition years back after the recovery from COVID started happening and public places started opening up whie he was in VA for some out of statemilitary duties.

Now its obvious why the Louvre and Wiesbaden museum souvenir books would list the measurements of the artworks in CM but I was so surprised to see the VA Fine Arts Richmond museum list everything (not just art dimensions) in metric system from the diameter of a bowl to tthe distance between the archaelogical sites and the camps in KM to the volume a dri wine case could hold in liters. Despite the fact its a book published officially y the VA Richmond Fine Arts museum.

So I'm curious is metric system esp CM for item measurements the standard thing in the art world esp in research and other scholarly or academic publications? Even those produced in America?

06:31 UTC


Visit to musee d'Orsay

I am living in Paris and I have gone many times to the Orsay museum. Next week I have some friends visiting and we are planning to go to the museum again. While I usually enjoy just looking at the exposition, this time I would like to really profit the museum and for that I would really like to prepare for it. Do you guys have any recommendations for resources to learn more about it?

Youtube videos would be appreciated but it can also be a book or some article.

03:56 UTC


Do you have any reproductions of your favorite pieces around your home? If so, why?

I was thinking of hanging The Swing in my bedroom with a disgustingly ornate frame. It's supposed to be a cheeky nudge and it fits with all my other ridiculous decor (my dog as an aristocrat, The Last Supper but crawfish boil edition, The Reluctant Bride but with some personal modifications). I'm trying to figure out how to get a high quality print or something that looks like oil on canvas. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd really appreciate it!

I'm envisioning this: https://imgur.com/a/zy9AFG2

17:31 UTC


How did Michelangelo accurately measure, plan, and execute the painting of the architectural elements on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel?

I just can’t imagine how one would be able to accurately measure something so large while on their back atop scaffolding. I imagine while he’s there he’s only able to see a small portion of the ceiling, the one in which he’d currently be painting. How did he know that what he was painting was correctly proportioned to everything else he had painted/would paint in different areas of the ceiling? Did he sketch the plan on the ceiling first while periodically stepping down from the scaffolding and looking up to make sure it was correct?

16:54 UTC


Why do many Buddhist statues have figures standing on top of other figures?

My partner and I recently visited the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC, and many of the statues had a large central figure standing on top of another figure. Here's one example: https://www.nyc-arts.org/organizations/rubin-museum-of-art/ And another: https://www.soundmadepublic.com/rubin-museum-of-art What's the significance of this placement of figures? Thank you very much!

13:06 UTC


Sotheby’s Evening Auctions London

I’d like to attend a Sotheby’s evening auction in London - the guy I called on the phone told me I’d have to register, as did a couple other reddit threads.

I know this might be a silly question, but there isn’t a risk of me accidentally bidding or anything, so long as I don’t raise my paddle randomly right?

10:00 UTC


Do you know some books about the best piece of public art through the world ?


I search a book that presenting lots of pieces of public art through the world, with explanation of the messages. I love public art because it can touch everyone and I would like to saw the different shapes he takes through the world. I like that also because it shows a hidden unknown part of a city. It is a guide of that I search. To be more general, I would like also something that showing artistic urban amenagement, maybe ephemera pieces and thomassons (unvolontary).

Did you know something like that ?

I share the same interests for land art and artistic intervention.

20:47 UTC

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