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The Week’s Muse: 10 May

10 May 2014

This week, we pay tribute to Maria Lassnig and Sturtevant, two important artists who leave behind influential bodies of work.

Maria Lassnig: 1919–2014

Maria LassnigMaria Lassnig’s colourful paintings often address dark psychological subjects. Iwan Wirth remembers the artist’s good humour and commitment to her work. ‘She was a modest giant, and that’s a rare combination.’


SturtevantSturtevant’s ‘repetitions’ of famous contemporary artworks were a controversial challenge to traditional concepts of ownership. They’ve also proved remarkably prescient, as reproduced images proliferate in popular culture.

Is there a crisis in connoisseurship?

(detail; 1830), unknown artist.Katy Barrett reports from the Paul Mellon Centre’s conference, ‘The Educated Eye? Connoisseurship Now’, which took a closer look at the discipline and how it contributes to art history today.

The artist’s palate: the trend for food in fine art

There's more to food in art than Arcimboldo...Janine Catalano discusses the current appetite for mixing the fine and culinary arts, and picks out five surprising modern artworks which use food as a subject, symbol, and occasionally their medium.

Art and Advertising

(1998), Antony Gormley.Morrisons caused a stir recently by projecting an advert onto Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North. Art and advertising often comes together, but the public doesn’t take kindly to seeing the two conflated.