noah charney

INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLING AUTHOR & PROFESSOR OF ART HISTORY
Noah's Latest News

Bled Film Festival

Noah has been recruited as "Selector of Feature Films" for the first annual Bled Film Festival, which will be held in Bled, Slovenia June 17-21.  This new festival features high-profile stars among its founders, from Hollywood and the Balkans.  Noah will be choosing eight films to be screened and contend for juried prizes, plus four films shown for free in an open air theater on the shores of Lake Bled, often called the most beautiful place on earth.  For more information, visit www.bledff.com


Cultural Heritage Research Prize

Noah is one of a select number of jury members for a brand new prize, established by the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy and former Italian Minister of Culture, Francesco Rutelli.  The Cultural Heritage Research Prize will be awarded annually to someone who distinguishes themselves in the field of cultural heritage protection and recovery.  The prestigious prize includes a substantial cash award as well.  Noah's fellow jurors include  Rutelli, Mounir Bouchenaki, Bonnie Burnham, Jack Lang, Giovanni Nistri, Peter Watson, Hanna Pennock, Ismail Serageldin, and Stefano de Caro.  More information is available here.

Noah's BBC and National Geographic Documentaries

Noah appears as a guest expert and presenter on two TV documentaries this winter.  "The World's Most Expensive Stolen Paintings" appears on BBC2 on December 21, 2013 and "Hunting Hitler's Stolen Art Treasures" appears on Nat Geo Channel on February 5, 2014.


Invited to Consult to UN on Art Crime
Noah has been invited to participate in this year's ISPAC meeting on art crime. ISPAC is the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Committee to the United Nations' Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Program.

The History of Art in 12 Paintings
Noah has been chosen by The Teaching Company to prepare a featured course for their prestigious Great Courses series. He will film a course of his design, called "The History of Art in 12 Paintings," which will be published in the summer of 2015. Noah is the youngest professor ever to be featured in the Great Courses series.

Art Crime Conference at the V&A Museum in London (7 November)
Through ARCA, Noah is organizing a day-long symposium on art crime, hosted by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The symposium will be held on 7 November 2013 and will consist of two sessions, one on "Art Forgery and Provenance," the other on "Art Recovery and Rewards." Speakers include Noah, Vernon Rapley, Richard Ellis, Charlie Hill, Claire Hutcheon, and Jonathan Jones. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance.

TED 2014 Finalist
Noah is a finalist to be one of the twenty annual TED Fellows at the main TED event in 2014. Fingers crossed!

Writing for Esquire
Noah is thrilled to announce that he has begun to write for his favorite magazine, Esquire. You can find links to his articles on his Articles page or on his blog.

Noah in The New Yorker
Noah is quoted as an expert on art forgery in a recent New Yorker feature article about Mark Landis.

Noah's "The Secret History of Art" Blog

  • Drinking Vodka with Bill Murray

    My latest feature is on Slovenia vodka, the evolution of gourmet vodkas, the benefits of drinking via ice luge, and features my conversations with Bill Murray and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  Bottom’s up!

  • Interview: Jane Goodall

    This week The Secret History of Art interviewed 80-year-old, world-famous naturalist, Dame Jane Goodall.  Check it out here.

  • Cultural Heritage Research Prize

    The Secret History of Art is one of a select number of jury members for a brand new prize, established by the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy and former Italian Minister of Culture, Francesco Rutelli.  The Cultural Heritage Research Prize will be awarded annually to someone who distinguishes themselves in the field of cultural heritage protection and recovery.  The prestigious prize includes a substantial cash award as well.  Noah’s fellow jurors include Rutelli, Mounir Bouchenaki (special advisor to the UNESCO Director-General), Bonnie Burnham (President, World Monuments Fund), Jack Lang (former French Minister of Culture, now President, Institut du Monde Arabe), Giovanni Nistri (former Commander of the Carabinieri TPC, now Director, Great Pompeii Project), Peter Watson (writer), Hanna Pennock (Director General, ICOM), Ismail Serageldin (Director, Great Library of Alexandria), and Stefano de Caro (Director-General, ICCROM).

    More information is available here.

  • The Invention of Art: Giorgio Vasari and the Secret History of Art

    The Secret History of Art is just finishing his next book, co-authored by the great art historian, professor and critic Ingrid D. Rowland.  It’s called THE INVENTION OF ART: Giorgio Vasari and the Secret History of Art, and will be published by Norton in 2015.  If focuses on the Renaissance artist and architect, and the godfather of art history, Giorgio Vasari as a lens through whom to discuss the history of how humans have thought about art, from cave paintings to sharks in formaldehyde.  To keep track of the book’s progress, follow me on Facebook or via my website or this blog.  And for a sneak preview, here is the paragraph I just wrote now for the book:

    “Vasari recalled that Cosimo had once spoken to Michelangelo with his cap in his hand, a great show of deference for a duke to an artist. Vasari similarly enjoyed, if not intimate friendship, then the honorable circumvention of rule and ritual when dealing with his superiors. When Montaigne visited the pope, he had to engage in an elaborate and rather silly ritual, including three separate genuflections prior to addressing him: he genuflected when entering the room, then had to make his way around the walls rather than approaching the pope directly, genuflect again halfway around the room, then a third time at the edge of the carpet on which the pope’s throne rest. Montaigne then had to kneel and sort of waddle his way across the carpet toward the pope, and finally lie outstretched on said carpet, in order to kiss the embroidered white cross on the pope’s red slipper. It probably took a good five minutes for someone to simply reach the pope, much less have a word with him. It’s not as though Vasari and the pope would slip out for a cappuccino, but you can be sure that there was a good deal less bowing, genuflecting, cross-kissing, and knee-waddling involved.”

  • Writing for Publication Workshop in Ljubljana

    The Secret History of Art will be teaching a three-day workshop on writing for publication at the Humanities Faculty of University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.  It will run March 5-7, 3 hours a day, covering fiction, non-fiction books, and articles.  It does not so much teach how to write as how to be a writer: the logistics and tactics for acquiring an agent, preparing a successful book proposal, writing pitches to magazine editors, and then preparing your work for success with anglophone readers (who prefer a very different style than is common in central and eastern Europe).  We’ve got a full compliment of students this year (last year’s two-day version was fully booked, with a waiting list), and it looks like I’ll be offering this annually.  For more information or for future such workshops, visit www.noahcharney.com.

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