The Art Angle Roundup: London vs Paris, Criticism in the Age of ‘Parasocial Aesthetics,’ and More Secrets of the Mona Lisa
Naomi Rea joins Kate Brown and Ben Davis to discuss the biggest stories of the month.
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This week, the Art Angle is bcak with our monlty Round Up, featuring Artnet News Europe Editor Kate Brown, National Art Critic Ben Davis, and Global News Editor Naomi Rea.
After a whirlwind two weeks of back-to-back art fairs at Frieze London and Paris+, the writers discuss if Art Basel’s newest fair can usurp the flagship event in Basel as the most important art fair on the cultural calendar, and if Paris really has what it takes to be a “new” art market hub.
Next, Ben delves into the recent articles he wrote addressing why a critical analysis of “parasocial aesthetics” is so necessary, looking at the reaction to his review of the artist Devon Rodriguez on social media.
Finally, the trio consider the news that a new chemical compound was discovered in an analysis of paint from Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, part of a broader interest in the process of restoring major artworks.
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