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.
Noah's "The Secret History of Art" Blog
- Art Forger Bought a Fake Submarine with Ill-Gotten Gains
Recently-convicted art forger, John Re, made around $2.5 million forging artists like de Kooning and Pollock, and bought what appears to be a “movie prop” submarine with the proceeds. Too late to include in my forthcoming THE ART OF FORGERY book, but a crazy case nonetheless. Not the best idea to engage in conspicuous consumption and buy a submarine with the fruits of your art forgeries…
- The Greatest Skier in History
The Secret History of Art recently published an article on Tina Maze, the world’s greatest skier, male or female, who has just begun the latest World Cup ski season. It ran in The Atlantic magazine, and if you’re not already watching the pro ski circuit, this is a good time to tune in, to see the Michael Jordan of the sport take on Lindsey Vonn and a bevvy of rivals…
- Illustrated History of Forgery: a new book from Phaidon
The Secret History of Art’s next book will be released by Phaidon in May 2015. Entitled THE ART OF FORGERY: CASE STUDIES IN DECEPTION, it is an illustrated history of forgery, focusing on art but dealing also with other fields, from wine to religious relics, and organized by motivation of past forgers.
- You Should Really Be Reading This: Kate Zambreno & Eimear McBride
The second entry in my new column for The Believer, “You Should Really Be Reading This,” is live. This month I interview the great Kate Zambreno, and we discuss her pick of the hidden-gem novel that we should all be reading: “A Cannibal and Melancholy Mourning” by Catherine Mavrikakis.
And in case you missed it, here’s the first entry, featuring Eimear McBride:
- 10 Scariest Stories Ever Written
In honor of Halloween, the Secret History of Art is pleased to present a series of short essays on what I consider the scariest stories ever written. These come from a project I did last year for the New Haven Review, in which I read thirty famous short stories in thirty days, to study the art form. The theme of the stories I liked most was an atmosphere of what I call “creeping dread” that was present, whether or not the story in question really qualifies as a horror story. But the result, the pleasurable tingle that we get from a good ghost story, was present in so many of them, that they can safely be considered among the scariest stories ever written, whether or not scaring the reader was the primary goal of the author. Here is my personal list, with the added bonus of each title being linked to an essay of mine about the story, as it appeared in the New Haven Review. Happy reading and happy Halloween!
Charlotte Perkins Gillman’s tale of a woman slowly going mad. When the figures start crawling out of the wallpaper…
William Faulkner ends this story with a mega-whopper of a surprise that gives me the creeps even as I think of it now…
The ultimate morality tale of “be careful what you wish for” is a good example of the proto-zombie genre.
I grew up with Washington Irving’s tale in the format of the Disney animated movie, but the original is plenty scary–there’s something devilish about early American, Puritanical settlements (see also “The Minister’s Black Veil” and “The Colour Out of Space”)/
Many works by Edgar Allan Poe could feature in such a list, and many focus on his obsession with live burial, but this one gets into your head more than the others.
Hawthorne’s tale is a ghost story crossed with a whodunit. We try to figure out what, exactly, is going on, and what happened between the minister and the dead girl, but whatever it is, it’s creepy.
A story that is as bad-ass as short fiction can get. What kid wouldn’t want to keep a man-eating weasel in their garden shed?
Joyce Carol Oates combines vampires with “Southern Gothic” in this urgent, sweat-inducing tale based on a true story. The bad guy’s wearing boots with stuffed toes, so he walks like an animal, always gets me.
It’s hard to choose just one Stephen King story: “Children of the Corn” got strong consideration, and both stories, from the same collection, feature horrifying monstrous children–which is always freakier than horrifying, monstrous adults.
But the winner is…
The scariest story I’ve ever read is H. P. Lovecraft’s weird tale where the villain is an amorphous floating colo(u)r from outer space, which does not sound scary at all, but man oh man, just read this…