the conflicting values of self-criticism

“We may not be able to imagine a life in which we don’t spend a large amount of our time criticising ourselves and others; but we should keep in mind the self-love that is always in play. Self-criticism can be our most unpleasant – our most sadomasochistic – way of loving ourselves.” Against Self-Criticism | Adam…

the Ajanta Caves: discovering lost treasure

The Ajanta Caves were a sanctuary for Buddhist monks that was forgotten, along with its stunning riches, for nearly 1,500 years. Jonathan Glancey investigates. The Ajanta Caves, 30 spellbinding Buddhist prayer halls and monasteries carved, as if by sorcery, into a horseshoe-shaped rock face in a mountainous region of India’s Maharashtra state, 450km (280 miles)…

police arrest brothers who sold a fake Goya … and were paid with fake cash

article by Lorena Muñoz-Alonso |  artnet news | February 23, 2015 Spanish Police have arrested two brothers from Girona, Spain, who attempted to sell a fake Francisco de Goya painting to a purported sheikh, EFE reports. But the “sheikh” was no victim: he paid the pair with photocopied money. The con artists realized they had been…

why museums hide masterpieces away

article by Kimberly Bradley | BBC Culture | 23 January 2015 | featured image: Many museums and galleries maintain vast facilities to store works not on public display (picture courtesy of Montel) In major museums around the world, some truly great works of art are hidden away from public view. What are they – and why…

indonesian cave art may be world’s oldest

A new study dates these Indonesian handprints to at least 40,000 years old article by Ann Gibbons | 8 October 2014 | Science Magazine | featured image via Independent UK The world’s oldest cave art may not lie in Europe but rather halfway around the globe in Indonesia, according to a new study of the long-known art. But some…

how learning artistic skills alters the brain

New research finds neural changes not only reflecting increased technical capacities, but also enhanced creativity. Article by Tom Jacobs |  February 11, 2015 | Pacific Standard Mag Are artists born, or made? At the end of Woody Allen’s great comedy Bullets Over Broadway, the John Cusack character concludes that, in spite of his desire and effort,…