Beyoncé, a 4000 year-old tomb and van Gogh’s gun: the best art news of April

Here’s a round up of some of the interesting art-related stories we came across this past month:

How Beyoncé draws inspiration and elements from art history

Image courtesy: Robin Harper

This article, which is an excerpt from the book Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter takes an interesting look at how Beyoncé inserts elements from art history into her work. Could she get any more amazing? Read the full article here.

A recently discovered 4000 year-old tomb in Cairo is so well-preserved

Image courtesy: AFP

From the photos that were released this month, it’s hard to believe the tomb belonging to a nobleman from the fifth dynasty is so old. The paint on the walls still looks so vibrant! Take a look at all the photos (and a short video) here.

The gun that van Gogh used to kill himself is up for auction

Image courtesy: Forbes

In rather macabre news, a rusted revolver that is believed to have been used by the famous artist to kill himself in 1890 is going to be up for auction in June. It is predicted to sell for anything between $45,000 to $56,000. Read about it here.

A review of the Edvard Munch: Love and Angst exhibit

We discussed Edvard Munch here a couple of weeks ago and talked about how tragedy and sickness informed much of his work. In this review of the London exhibit, the writer looks at some more of his lesser-known works and sketches, and the emotions they evoke. The article can be found here.

Photojournalist Chris Hopkins’ moving project on veterans with PTSD

Pte Robert ‘Bobby’ Harrison, photographed by Chris Hopkins (Courtesy: The Guardian)

A lot of art and photography has focused on the devastation of war– this has primarily been images of where the war has taken place and it’s resulting death and tragedy. It is rare that we find works that also throw light on the effects that war can have on the mental health of soldiers years– even decades– after a war comes to an end. Photojournalist Chris Hopkins’ new project focuses on Australian veterans suffering from mental health issues, and highlights the need for a better health care system and more research in the field. Read the picture essay here.

Is there any interesting art news that you came across that we haven’t mentioned here? Let us know in the comments!


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