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Art Appreciation

Virtual Resources for Art History and Appreciation Courses

John Seed | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
John Seed

In November of 2012 I posted a blog with a title that posed a question: "Is Smarthistory the Art History Textbook of the Future?." At the time, it s...

How Skype Visits from 17 Artists Transformed a Summer School Art Appreciation Class

John Seed | Posted 09.21.2014 | Arts
John Seed

It has been a number of years since I last taught a summer school class -- California's recent budget woes have been tough on community colleges -- so...

Slow Art Day

Peter Clothier | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts
Peter Clothier

For those who habitually spend just a few seconds with an art work in a museum or gallery, and then devote more time than that to the adjacent wall label, the Slow Art Day experience offers an opportunity to slow down and pay attention in a way that proves genuinely rewarding.

Art Inspires! Broadening Art Appeal

Sylvie Leotin | Posted 02.13.2013 | TED Weekends
Sylvie Leotin

The number of people who live their lives thinking they don't like art bewilders me. In fact the question consumes me so much that I've taken to asking it to everyone I meet. Occasionally I discover another art lover, but more often than not the reaction is befuddlement.

ARART Augmented Reality App Brings Paintings to Life

designboom | Posted 12.11.2012 | Arts
designboom

ARART takes well-known paintings or drawings and translates them into real-time virtual animations.

Museums: Art History (Not for Profit) or Business (for Profit)?

Christina Mossaides Strassfield | Posted 09.09.2012 | Arts
Christina Mossaides Strassfield

In my sophomore year of college, I went to an appointment to meet with my adviser. She looked at me straight in the eyes and said, "You should major in art history as an undergraduate, but after that you should go get an MBA and make some money!"

Willing Suspension of Belief

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 06.13.2012 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been concealed by the answers. -- James Baldwin Art does not reproduce the visible; rather,...

Brave New World: Who Muzzled All the Artists?

Richard Dare | Posted 05.27.2012 | Home
Richard Dare

Art has always tended to speak truth to power, to enlighten us, to challenge us, to stretch our understanding of ourselves and our place in the universe. It wasn't always so self-referential, so blasé, so up for grabs.

The Docent

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 04.29.2012 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

In my experience docents are painfully well intentioned, more or less informed, and extraordinarily tenacious. Yet I confess, I avoid them and have always avoided them.

Twelve Art World Habits to Ditch in 2012

Mat Gleason | Posted 03.06.2012 | Arts
Mat Gleason

It is 2012, but in the art world it is often still 1966. Some of the "traditions" underlying the business side of the gallery and museum world date back decades. Don't let 'em fool you that they are hip.

Love: The Root Of All Creativity?

Toni Emerson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Toni Emerson

Love is the seat of creativity and shares with it similar desires and qualities of expression and expansion.

How the "Lively Arts" Became "the Media"

Lewis Lapham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lewis Lapham

The supposition that art is a gift as opposed to a collectible, something that doesn't try to sell you anything, runs counter to our contemporary notions of what constitutes a meaningful exchange.