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Time to blow Cassone’s trumpet!

— May 2014

Associated media

Sue Ward, editor

The Washington Post has recently announced the decoding of some  digital image files created by Andy Warhol but stored on floppy disks of a sort that modern computers cannot read. As we reported in our Art News section last week,  Cassone broke this story nearly three years ago!

In 1985 Andy Warhol had used an Amiga computer – then the leading brand for graphic work – to produce digital art. The floppy disks used in those days are now unreadable by modern computers and so although the disks survived in the Andy Warhol Museum, the work was effectively lost.

In 2011 Darrelyn Gunzburg reported in Cassone ('Nine Warhols waiting') on the work of Don Greenbaum, who originally showed Warhol how to use the computer. He had his own copies of the disks and had himself managed, with colleague Alessandro Barteletti, to decode them. This fascinating digital detective story involved dogged persistence, a lot of work and a bit of luck!.

On Thursday 24 April 2014 the Washington Post announced that members of Carnegie Mellon University’s computer club had also managed to decode copies of these disks in the Andy Warhol Museum., but Don Greenbaum beat them to it and Cassone had already reported in some detail how this was done. So get your art news from Cassone – you know it makes sense!

This month’s refreshed issue has a feature on the exhibition at the National Gallery exhibition 'Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice'. This is a monograph exhibition of 50 works by the Verona-born artist Paolo Caliari (1528–88), known as Veronese. Our writer Ros Ormiston comments on the fact that the sponsors for this   exhibition are Credit Suisse. So often sponsors are overlooked and without them exhibitions would be very few and far between.  Merrill Lynch and Bank of America are the sponsors of  another wonderful exhibition 'Henri Matisse: The Cut-outs' at Tate Modern, which Alette Rye Scales covered for Cassone.  Everyone is flocking to see this, the art of Matisse’s later life, the wonderful colourful paper cut-outs that actually provoked jealousy in Picasso.

David Ecclestone visited  ‘Art and Life 1920–1931’ at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, where it is on until 11 May, but it then opens at Dulwich Picture Gallery from 4 June – 21 September 2014 so you will have a chance to see it if you missed it in East Anglia. David writes on the work of Ben Nicholson, one of the artists featured in the show.

As the English spring gets under way, Jenny Kingsley looks at the British passion for gardening, celebrated in the country’s fundraising National Gardens Scheme .

Those planning short breaks instead of gardening should consider Bruges, which Ros Ormiston tells us is not only beautiful, but full of art collections and lovely cafes and restaurants!

Book reviews are as varied as usual featuring amongst others one on the photographs of Kate Moss by Mario Testino, one on the artist Eric Ravilious (1903-42),  and one on interpreting Impressionist paintings.

Next month will see a whole new issue – but this month you have something to be going on with!

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Sue Ward

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