March 23, 2015
the photographers gallery

The Photographers’ Gallery

For lovers of fine art photography, as well as artists seeking maximum exposure for their work, the Photographers’ Gallery in London is the place to be. Founded in 1971, the Photographers’ Gallery was the first art gallery devoted solely to photography. In the decades since then, Photographers’ Gallery has succeeded […]
March 15, 2015
Food for Charity

Community, culture, and culinary delights: Slideluck expands to Manila

What do art and potluck have in common? They are bringing communities together across the globe Potluck is a traditional community gathering, with origins dating back to the Middle Ages. The concept is simple – everyone brings a dish, and the entire crowd enjoys a feast. More importantly, it brings […]
January 16, 2014

The Public Detective: Sherlock Holmes Copyright Expires

A recent ruling by a federal judge in Chicago has apparently ushered Sherlock Holmes into the public domain. But, so as to dispense with the obligatory pun right away, all is not as elementary as it seems. The situation is complex because later Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes stories are still […]
December 17, 2013
Doha City Center

The High Price of Bacon in Qatar: Art and Freedom

Reported as the most expensive artwork sold at auction, Francis Bacon’s 1969 triptych, “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” sold for a record $142.4 million at Christie’s in New York on November 12th. A few immediate questions come to mind, some more pressing than others. Why would someone pay such an […]
August 1, 2013
Sheika al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani

A Sheika’s Gamble on Art: Growing Reform in Qatar

The name Sheika al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani will be known to future Qataris and maybe to Arabs everywhere in the Middle East as a paradigm changer, someone who changed the very fabric of her culture for the better in radical ways. Or her reputation will be one […]
June 30, 2013
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museums Benefiting from Grants to Develop New Audience Engagement Apps

Museums are more than just giant warehouses for cultural artifacts. They can be potent symbols of change and of conformity. We tend to focus more on the museum as symbol of social status quo. After all, museums effectively legitimize taste probably more than any other institution. But if you look […]
May 5, 2013
Hugh Laurie

A House for Pip

I just saw the trailer for the movie adaptation of Llyod Jones’ 2006 novel, Mr. Pip. The film starring Hugh Laurie of House fame will be released in October. Yes, trailers are supposed to whet the moviegoer’s appetite. You never know what the final product will look like. But I […]
April 7, 2013
Veronica Mars - Kickstarter

Crowd Funding Evolves

Crowd funding may have come of age last week. The Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter campaign is breaking records and making us rethink again the limits of e-commerce. You would think that after eBay, the pundits would be more circumspect. When eBay started there was serious talk that no one would […]
March 27, 2013
Sir Anthony van Dyck

The Digital Connoisseur

The BBC recently covered a sensational discovery: The authentication of a previously unknown portrait by the 17th Century master, Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641). What makes this story even more memorable is that the painting was first spotted online. In other words, this is a rare example of digital connoisseurship. This […]