Category Archives: Painting

Yale Fight for Van Gogh’s ‘Night Cafe’ May Open More Battles


The great-grandson of collector Ivan Morozov, from whom Van Gogh’s ‘Night Cafe’ was stolen by the Bolshevik government after the 1917 revolution,  has filed suit against Yale claiming rightful ownership.

So whose is it? That turns on the legitimacy of the Bolshevik government and its acts: a matter for international lawyers. Though, I might add, if the world’s museums were to disgorge all the works that have in the past been stolen by armies or expropriated by revolutionary regimes there are going to be an awful lot of gaps. The National Gallery in London and the Hermitage both have works looted by Napoleonic troops; the Louvre and Prado are full of works from the collection of Charles I, sold off by Cromwell’s government. And so on, and on.

Yale Fight for Van Gogh’s ‘Night Cafe’ May Open More Battles Martin Gayford Bloomberg 6/30/09


Painting Thesis Exhibition 1

New permanent link up for the 1st MFA painting thesis exhibition:

Painting Thesis Exhibition 1
Katayoun Vaziri, Leslie Smith III, Hector Mendoza, Ben Lindquist, David Antonio Cruz, Cuyler Remick, Kate Mangold, Dylan DeWitt, Jaret Vadera, Scott Andresen, Didier William


Medical students learn ‘art’ of observation

The Death of Chatterton, by Henry Wallis (1856)

At the Yale School of Medicine, a spring tradition — a class that uses paintings to teach prospective doctors the art of observation — is winding down for the year. In its 11th year, “The Observational Skills Workshop,” a collaborative effort between the medical school and the Yale British Art Gallery, makes use of 19th-century Victorian paintings housed at the British Art Center to develop medical students’ eye for detail.

Medical students learn ‘art’ of observation Florence Dethy Yale Daily News 4/22/09

“The overall aim of the Yale Internal Medicine Residency Writers’ Workshop is to introduce a way for residency programs to help trainees address conflicting emotions about their professional roles and to cultivate a curiosity about their patients’ lives beyond their diseases.”

Creative Writing Increases Physician Observation Skills And Connection To Patients Yale Press Release 10/10/06

See examples of images used for visual training and more here.


New @ Haas Art Library, Blinky Palermo: Abstraction of an Era

Yale University Press

Via Yale University Press:

Twenty-one-year-old Peter Heisterkamp began signing his colorful and playful abstract artworks Palermo in 1964, when peers noted his resemblance to the American gangster Frank “Blinky” Palermo. This handsome book—a historical and critical study of Palermo’s painting from the time he entered Joseph Beuys’s now famous class at the Düsseldorf academy in 1964 to his death in 1977—explores his significance for postwar and abstract art.

Call Number: ART N6888.P235 M44X 2008 (LC)


Why University Museums Matter

Yale University Art Gallery

“If it helps, consider your museum and its collection in purely materialistic terms, as a big chunk of capital, slowly and fortuitously accumulated. Once spent, it is irrecoverable. Your university can never be that rich in that way again. Or view the art in your care as something that doesn’t belong to you. Like any legacy it belongs to the future.”

Such thoughts came to mind on a recent visit to campus museums and galleries at Yale University that have exceptional shows this winter. One, devoted to Picasso and writing, is drawn almost entirely from the university’s permanent collections. Another, on the role of tea in Japanese culture, is composed primarily of objects on loan from a single Yale alumnus. A third, imported from another university museum, brings together Degas, geology and gorillas to celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday. And they are supplemented by a tidy roundup of contemporary Indian artists.”

Why University Museums Matter Holland Cotter NYT 2/19/09

Read more here.

Posted by Chris

Inaugural show at the new School of Art Gallery

Thomas McDonald for The New York Times

“The inaugural show in the gallery, ‘Shifting Shapes — Unstable Signs,’ brings to New Haven works by 13 artists and one artists’ collective from India and the Indian diaspora. It was organized by Mr. Storr and Jaret Vadera, a student in the School of Art, and focuses on works that manipulate signs and symbols of cultural, national and gender identity. All told it is a handsome, thoughtful exhibition that feels both relevant and timely.”

“Shifting Shapes — Unstable Signs,” the School of Art Gallery, Yale University School of Art, 32 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven, through Feb. 27. Information: (203) 432-2605.

For a Fresh Gallery Space, Contemporary Indian Art Benjamin Genocchio NYT 2/20/09

More here, here and here.

Posted by Chris

New @ Arts Library, Jan Lievens: A Dutch Master Rediscovered


Lievens was a child prodigy, whose early works in Leiden were highly praised by his contemporaries and valued by princely patrons. His later career was marked by important civic and private commissions in Amsterdam, the Hague and Berlin. Nevertheless, his name today barely registers in the public consciousness.

‘Jan Lievens: A Dutch Master Rediscovered’ Antiques and the Arts Online 11/25/08

Call Number: N6953 L53 A4X 2008 (LC) Oversize

The accompanying exhibit runs till Jan. 11th at the National Gallery of Art.