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Using computers to better understand art

The Conversation US | Posted 06.07.2016 | Arts
The Conversation US

By Ricky J. Sethi, Fitchburg State University How do humans interpret and understand art? The nature of artistic style, seemingly abstract and intuit...

The Evangelist Pill of Artenol

Isa Freeling | Posted 05.24.2016 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Posters by Alex Melamid and David Dann One day while visiting a friend who was renovating her home and is involved in the arts, I walked into the din...

The Transformation of the Virgin Mary: How a Jewish Girl From Nazareth Became a Christian Icon

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.24.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Rest on the Flight into Egypt with Saint John the Baptist (c.1509) by Fra The four Gospels--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John-...

In Defense of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and Just a Little Bit, Commercialism)

David Beem | Posted 01.04.2017 | Entertainment
David Beem

There is something wrong with the brand of criticism that says: this book ain't a book, this album ain't an album, and this movie ain't a movie. That's the definition of intellectual dishonesty -- and it ain't furthering your cause.

Much Adieu About Nothing

F. Scott Hess | Posted 11.18.2016 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

I was intrigued when I read about a recent retrospective exhibition of "Voids" at the Pompidou Centre, where 9 empty rooms were devoted to 50 years of works of nothing, all by artists who had the same idea: That nothing is the best way to say something.

Broad-Kill: Assessing L.A.'s Newest Museum Without Even Seeing It

John Seed | Posted 09.27.2016 | Arts
John Seed

Dozens of other art writers, critics and bloggers have been writing about the Broad since it opened last week, and after having actually "seen" it, some have made prose of its alleged deficiencies.

Here's Why You Should Stop Saying 'I Could Do That' About Art

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.04.2015 | Arts

"Ideas alone can be works of art," Sol LeWitt explained in his epic "Sentences on Conceptual Art," a pretty brilliant primer on the ins and outs of mo...

5 Famous Artists Who Once Faced Rejection

Madelaine D'Angelo | Posted 08.13.2016 | Arts
Madelaine D'Angelo

There will always be a critic who dislikes an artist's work. But some artists throughout history have faced more than just one dissenting voice. These artists, now studied and revered, were once criticized, ridiculed and rejected.

I Beg Of You, Please Stop Saying 'This Isn't Art'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.14.2015 | Arts

One person gazes into a tranquil painting of water lilies by Claude Monet and can't help but well up with tears. Another, unmoved by Impressionism, st...

'Van Gogh and Nature' at the Clark

Peter Clothier | Posted 07.28.2016 | Arts
Peter Clothier

Enough with the all-too familiar story line of Vincent van Gogh as the sun-crazed genius with those wild eyes and the fierce red beard and hair. That's the Hollywood version. But that is not the only, nor even the most interesting part of the artist's story.

Artistic Corruption and Argentine Populism as Art at the Maison Rouge in Paris

Rodrigo Cañete | Posted 06.25.2016 | Arts
Rodrigo Cañete

I am spending some time in my hometown, Buenos Aires, giving a few talks and coaching local artists. None of the big names in the art world are here these days but at the Maison Rouge in Paris where a show called "My Buenos Aires" is taking place.

Victorian Boredom at Tate Britain

Rodrigo Cañete | Posted 06.30.2015 | Arts
Rodrigo Cañete

The show starts with a display of coins and medals that refers to the way Victorians wanted to appropriate Imperial Roman imagery. Visually these medals are disappointing and confusing.

Muse of Art Criticism Reportedly Hospitalized for 'Nervous Exhaustion'

John Seed | Posted 06.28.2015 | Arts
John Seed

Pablo Art Market-Criticism, the eldest son of the muse and allegorical figure Art Criticism has confirmed reports circulating earlier today that his mother has been hospitalized.

Is Having an 'Eye' for Art a Thing of the Past?

John Seed | Posted 06.23.2015 | Arts
John Seed

If you have an "eye for art" and a keen interest in inspecting the surface of works of art, both out of curiosity and a quest for deeper meaning, your abilities are linked to an increasingly outdated notion of connoisseurship.

At Last, Richard Estes Has a Solo Show in a New York Museum

Rodrigo Cañete | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts
Rodrigo Cañete

The exhibition 'Richard Estes: Painting New York City' opened March 10 at the Museum of Arts and Design and is the first solo show by the octogenarian painter in a New York museum.

Alex Katz Tells Us How Bored He Is of the Art World in His Latest London Show

Rodrigo Cañete | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts
Rodrigo Cañete

It does not come as a surprise that in times of the 'selfie', portraiture as an artistic genre seems to be a casualty. The thing is that painting portraits takes far too long. We just cannot hold our attention for that long.

New York Magazine's Art Critic Jerry Saltz Is Killing It At Instagram

Anna Furman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
Anna Furman

Art Critic Jerry Saltz maintains a pretty fantastic instagram account. With over 900 posts, 87,000 followers, and a committed audience of likers and commenters, Saltz has generated something of a house style for punny-and-irreverent instagramming.

Female Critic Bashes Male Artist, Male Artist Proceeds To Call Her Undersexed And Ignorant

artnet | artnet News | Posted 02.24.2017 | Arts

This article originally appeared on artnet News. French art star Loris Gréaud's exhibition at Dallas Contemporary, "The Unplayed Notes Museu...

30 Words We Should Stop Using To Describe Art

artnet | artnet News | Posted 01.08.2015 | Arts

This article originally appeared on artnet News. by Ben Davis It's a new year, which is a fine excuse as any to ditch old bad habits. Here below, ...

On Abstraction, Ed Moses and the Need to Explain

Julia Friedman | Posted 01.04.2015 | Arts
Julia Friedman

The University of California Irvine exhibition, titled "Ed Moses: Cross-Section" brings together Moses's paintings from 1970 onwards. It is an ambitious and meticulously curated mini-retrospective, and a homecoming of sorts for Moses, who was one of the original faculty members at the UC Irvine art department.

A Question of Purpose - with Bob Nickas

j.frede | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts

Should everything an artist makes be considered as Art? Or does it require the artist to declare it as art before it is made precious? I have been t...

Joel Meyerowitz and Twelve Other Street Photographers on Their Best Photographs

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

As artists, it is always a significant challenge to objectively view our own work. We have emotional and psychological ties to both the work itself, a...

Why You Need Painting to Say That Painting Is Dead

Marc Trujillo | Posted 10.11.2014 | Arts
Marc Trujillo

I'm a painter, so of course I find statements about the death of painting annoying, but also sloppy thinking, since painting is what it takes to be able to even make the statement.

Serendipity at the Musee d'Orsay

Susan Kraus | Posted 07.27.2014 | Travel
Susan Kraus

I see Le Lit as an expression of desire -- for the security of a partner, snug under the covers, who would gaze at him with affection, would look deeply, unflinchingly, with love and acceptance, into his eyes. "I want this," I remember saying to myself.

The Need for Arts Journalists

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.31.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Arts journalists keep those of us who run arts organizations honest. They question us when they believe our offerings are too timid, too easy, too glib.