Arts around the web/world/corner #1

A selection of arts-related news and views that caught my attention recently:

Mostafa Heddaya took on Bill Gates’ approach to arts philanthropy in Hyperallergic.

MoMA’s conservators found a surprise lurking underneath Magritte’s The Portrait.

René Magritte. Le Portrait (The Portrait). 1935. Oil on canvas, 28 7/8 x 19 7/8″ (73.3 x 50.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art. Gift of Kay Sage Tanguy © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2013

A tragic manifestation of gun violence in an Iranian punk band based in Brooklyn, New York.

At the Guggenheim, visitors who are blind or have low vision joined a tour and discussion of the current exhibition Robert Motherwell: Early Collages conducted through Verbal Imaging and touch.

Researchers partnered with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, to study the effect on school children of visiting an art museum. The results are heartening.

Parisien department store Galeries Lafayette has established a new art foundation which will commission new work and stage exhibitions at a space to be developed in the Marais.

As analogue television comes to an end in Australia, artists Frances Barrett and Kate Blackmore are currently in Sydney watching every Simpsons episode ever made, while undergoing a fast, in the endurance performance Box Set as part of the Tele Visions project.