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The Look of Love Captured in Art History

The Look of Love Captured in Art History

For centuries artists have been portraying moments inspired by romantic love in a multitude of ways. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are four of our favorite artworks that capture...
Art Topic: Artists + Travels

Art Topic: Artists + Travels

Summer is the season for embarking on adventures near and far. Here to get us in the mood for excursions of all kinds, a few artworks that capture the essence...
Mama's Knee Painting by Romare Bearden

Motherly Moments in Art History

Motherhood is a theme that has been portrayed throughout many different cultures and time periods. In honor of the upcoming holiday, I wanted to share a few of my favorite...
Art Topic: Spring Roundup

Art Topic: Spring Roundup

Spring is in the air, and it feels like just the right moment to gaze upon a few of the most beautiful, inspiring, and evocative paintings throughout art history that...
A brief intro to the history of Collage

A brief intro to the history of Collage

Collage describes both the technique and the resulting work of art in which pieces of paper, photographs, fabric and other ephemera are arranged and stuck down onto a supporting surface....
Artist Spotlight: Howardena Pindell

Artist Spotlight: Howardena Pindell

Howardena Pendell is one of my favorite artists working today. Her work explores texture, color, and the process of making art; it is often political, addressing the intersecting issues of...
Artist Spotlight: Hannah Hoch

Artist Spotlight: Hannah Hoch

Born in 1889, German Dada artist Hannah Hoch was one of the most important collage artists of the 20th century, and a pioneer in the realm of feminist artists. In...
Artist Spotlight: Mickalene Thomas

Artist Spotlight: Mickalene Thomas

How much do I love Mickalene Thomas? Let me count the ways. Thomas’s work is the definition of a visual FEAST. The way that she mixes and layers materials and...
Creative Play: Exploring Shapes and Colors inspired by Sonia Delaunay

Creative Play: Exploring Shapes and Colors inspired by Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay (1889-1979), was a Ukrainian-born French artist who spent most of her career in Paris. Delaunay was known for her vivid use of color and her bold, abstract patterns,...
Artist Spotlight: Alice Neel

Artist Spotlight: Alice Neel

Born in 1900, Alice Neel is best known for her portraits of people in her social circle, during a time when there was a diminishing interest in figurative painting (Abstract...
A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE COLOR FIELD PAINTERS

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE COLOR FIELD PAINTERS

Color Field Painting is an art movement that emerged from Abstract Expressionism in the mid-20th century. In opposition to the dramatic, gestural works of the first generation of Abstract Expressionist...
A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE FIGURATIVE ARTISTS...

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE FIGURATIVE ARTISTS...

For centuries artists have been portraying and interpreting the human form in a multitude of ways. Since the Renaissance, figure drawing has served as the foundation of training, a crucial...