Two Centuries Of Incorrect Labeling Made Us Think Gilbert Stuart Painted A Portrait Of George Washington’s Enslaved Chef

So the painting isn’t a Stuart, and it’s definitely not a portrait of a chef (and certainly not Hercules), say experts. What the heck? Errors of interpretation. “‘No American cook in the colonies dressed like that,’ said Evans, noting that the now-familiar chef’s toque did not appear until the 1820s. ‘It’s a fantasized image of […]

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DC’s Hot New Performance Art Installation: ‘Ivanka Vacuuming’

The piece by conceptual artist Jennifer Rubell is simple enough to describe: an Ivanka-look-alike performer, immaculately dressed in pink, repeatedly vacuums a pink carpet as visitors toss crumbs onto the rug for her machine to suck up. (And it’s all streamed live.) Yet, points out Philip Kennicott, Ivanka Vacuuming is really not so simple at […]

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Endless Lurid Speculation Over Leonardo Painting (Is It Or Isn’t It, Etc) Says Much About Our Current Art World

“The basic truth of all Salvator Mundi stories is less exciting; it is an important painting with a solid connection to Leonardo da Vinci, and many rich people want to own it. Its delayed appearance at Louvre Abu Dhabi most likely reflects Middle Eastern politics. But facts seem no longer to matter with the picture. […]

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