Today we would like to wish a very happy birthday to the master of paradox himself, M.C. Escher. The Dutch artist behind never-ending staircases and gravity-defying landscapes would turn 114 years old if he were magically still alive this June 17th.
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Jeffrey Collins posts video conversations with painters Ronnie Landfield, Michael Brennan, Ruth Ann Fredenthal, and John Zinsser as part of his on-going documentary project, "a 21st century version of the legendary 1972 film Painters Painting by…
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Kent Minturn undertakes and in-depth examination of Clyfford Still's thesis on Cézanne and the clues it provides to Still's early and later development as an artist. Minturn notest that "In his thesis Still eloquently emphasizes…
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The mythical view of artists has placed them in their studios or garrets, waiting for the Muse to inspire some great new idea or image. Were that the case, the wait could be a long one, leaving artists with little to do between brainstorms. In fact, most artists rely on good work habits to solve technical, aesthetic or intellectual problems. These include maintaining a regimen of drawing or painting for a certain amount of time every day as well as pursuing certain ideas to their completion in the hope that they might lead to other, new and interesting concepts. In the mostly hands-on profession of art, inspiration comes from doing.
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In Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre, expert art critic and historian Richard Brettell takes you on a journey through one of the world’s greatest museums. This 12-lecture series begins with an overview of the Louvre’s history as royal palace, art academy, and national showcase. Then you’ll explore some of the most beautiful examples from the museum’s collection of European paintings from the late medieval period through the early 19th century. Two lectures will be viewed each night, with a short discussion period afterward.
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Tyler Green interviews Craig Harbison, author of the recently revised monograph Jan Van Eyck: The Play of Realism. Green notes that the book is "a too-rare example of a top art historian willing to allow his sense of wonder at his subject’…
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An extensive 2009 history of Mark Rothko's life and work in Portland, Oregon by Arcy Douglass; posted here on the occasion of the Mark Rothko Retrospective exhibition on view at the Portland Museum of Art, Oregon through May 17, 2012. Douglass&…
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Video with Music: Bach’s Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 performed by Yo-Yo Ma. Nominated as Most Creative Video 2nd Annual YouTube Awards. Shared by artist Katharine Gracey.
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Leslie Anderson blogs about Paul Gauguin's Still Life with Profile of Laval, known as a Freundschaftsbild, a picture exchanged between artists to "demonstrate friendship and, often, artistic allegiance." Anderson cites "evidence …
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