Rozalia Jovanovic

art and books

How Did Leonardo Learn Math?

'Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance,' by Jane Gleeson-White. (Courtesy W.W. Norton & Company)

Introducing Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance, a new book by Jane Gleeson-White, Lewis Lapham (via Bloomberg) writes that Leonardo da Vinci learned math from a mathematics encyclopedia by Luca Pacioli, released in 1494, that had a section on double-entry bookkeeping, which helped pave the way for modern capitalism. Mr. Pacioli, who was a Franciscan Friar, also helped Leonardo create his theory of proportion. Read More


Dallas Museum of Art Discovers George Inness Work in Its Collection

The work now attributed to George Inness. (Courtesy Dallas Museum of Art)

The Dallas Museum of Art has announced that it has reattributed a landscape painting, which has been in the museum’s collection since 1931, to the celebrated American landscape artist George Inness. At the time the painting, then titled In the Woods, was given to the museum, it was thought to be the work of Asher B. Durand, a leader of the Hudson River school of painting. Read More


Guido van der Werve’s North Pole Video to the High Line

Guido van der Werve, 'Nummer negen,' 'The Day I Didn't Turn With the World,' (2007). (Courtesy the artist and Luhring Augustine)

Dutch artist Guido van der Werve is next up at High Line’s Channel 14 venue, the section of the park spanning West 14th Street where High Line Art has been screening outdoor video projections since this past summer. Previous screenings have included work by John Cage and Cinthia Marcelle, whose piece is still on view. Mr. van der Werve’s contribution, his video Nummer negen—The Day I Didn’t Turn With the World (2007)—will be the third project at the site. Beginning Nov. 1, it will be on view daily from 5 p.m. to  10 p.m. Read More

Art and Dance

May I Buy This Dance? Nope, Not Yet! A Pas de Deux With the Art World Heats Up

Steve Paxton, 'Satisfyin Lover,' (1967), from "Some Sweet Day." (Courtesy Museum of Modern Art)

One evening in mid September, some 300 people packed into the Judson Memorial Church for a panel discussion on the rise of dance in the art world. About midway through, Ralph Lemon dropped a bomb: “I wait,” he said, “for the day when a museum acquires a dance.”

Mr. Lemon, a dancer and visual artist who prefers to be called simply a “conceptualist,” didn’t mean the sweat-stained costumes, sets and other ephemera that are often the only relics to prove that a dance has happened, but instead something far more controversial: the dance itself—the, as he put it, “performance as object.” Read More


A Shirley Temple—And Make It a Double! John Baldessari Is Remixing Art History

John Baldessari, 'Animal Crackers in My Soup,' 2012. (Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery)

Earlier this month, the Los Angeles-based artist John Baldessari quietly arrived in New York to get his license renewed. Assuming the reviews are decent for his latest exhibition here, which opened Oct. 19 at the spacious 57th Street gallery of his longtime dealer, Marian Goodman, Mr. Baldessari will, he said, get his “license as an artist” extended. Now 81, he has been going through the process annually (or pretty close to annually, with shows somewhere or another in the world) for many years, and by all appearances, he wears the effort lightly. Sitting in the gallery last week, decked out in the standard art world uniform of all black below his signature white chin-strap beard, surrounded by several of the 13 pieces in his new series “Double Play,” he described to The Observer what’s involved in the license renewal. “The whole test,” he said breezily in his SoCal drawl, “is: can I get away with this?” Read More


Different Strokes: Culture Critic Wayne Koestenbaum Takes Up the Brush

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Wayne Koestenbaum, Jeff Twice (Purple Shorts)

“It’s really just like he jumped in at the deep end and became this painter,” said Matthew Higgs, the director of White Columns. He was talking about writer Wayne Koestenbaum, who is known for his books on Warhol and Jackie O. On Oct. 27, White Columns will present Mr. Koestenbaum’s first-ever solo show, with about 50 smallish paintings—some brightly colored self-portraits and a smattering of male nudes. Read More

Art Books

Sophie Calle Will Sign Copies of ‘The Address Book’ [Updated]

Calle. (Courtesy Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

Artist Sophie Calle will be in New York on Nov. 7 to sign copies of The Address Book, one of her infamous early works. The book compiles a series of essays Ms. Calle wrote in 1983 for the French paper Liberation, based on an address book she found in the streets of Paris. Rather than return the book to its owner, one Pierre D., she called his contacts and asked them about him with the object of “[getting] to know him through his friends and acquaintances.” The Address Book, now being published for the first time in its entirety in English by Siglio Press, is set to be released on Oct. 31. [Update: Wed. Nov. 7, 4:30 p.m.] This event has been rescheduled and will now take place on Saturday Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. Read More