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Now & Then: Casta Paintings and Michael Menchaca’s La Raza Cosmica 20XX

Today is el Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, and it seems like a good day to highlight Michael Menchaca’s “LA RAZA COSMICA 20XX” suite of prints. Of the inspiration behind these prints, Michael Menchaca writes, “La Raza Cósmica 20XX presents a mythical re-interpretation of Jose Vasconcelos’ mestizo identity theory, La…

A Very Medici Halloween: Lessons on Lewks from the OG Influencers

Are you in need of some fashion #inspo for your Halloween costume?  Are you tired of all those sexy nurse/pirate/Disney princess/hunchback/etc. costumes?  Look no further, because Renaissance Italy’s OG influencers have got you covered.   The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition The Medici: Portraits & Politics, 1512-1570  introduced us to the fashions and machinations of the…

Old Masters Today #4

Back from an unplanned summer hiatus, a bimonthly irreverent take on the market for Old Masters, essential events, and generally absurd artworld adjacent news. HIGHLIGHTS You don’t need me to reproduce Leonardo’s drawing of Head of a Bear (which yes, objectively, £ 8.86 million seems like a lot, but it is well within the original estimate of £ 8 – 12 million) or…