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Here's Gandhi As A Hipster, And Other World Leaders Turned Too Cool

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts

Once upon a time, young designer Amit Shimoni was contemplating the state of Israeli cultural icons. He Googled a photo of Theodor Herzl, 19th century...

The Viola da Gamba: Cultivating Quiet Music

Elizabeth Weinfield | Posted 03.20.2015 | Arts
Elizabeth Weinfield

In short, these are instruments meant for the cultivation of a delicate, refined beauty, the sort which may seem difficult to come by in today's loud and fast-paced world, but whose quiet existence is there, inviting us all to consider its "alternate future."

Why Do the English Insist on Showing Rubens If They Dislike Him So Much?

Rodrigo Cañete | Posted 03.18.2015 | Arts
Rodrigo Cañete

The Royal Academy's Rubens and His Legacy raises more questions than answers and make me wonder why the English find it so difficult to understand or even tolerate him. The clearest example of this confusion comes from the exhibition's fiercest critic, The Guardian's Jonathan Jones.

CultureZohn: Women, Where Are We Going? I Thought We Were All in This Together!

Patricia Zohn | Posted 03.09.2015 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize Winning Play reopening on Broadway has renewed resonance on the day after International Women's Day.

The Newly Renovated Harvard Art Museums: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 02.25.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

As I walked up the familiar steps and entrance everything seemed as it had been during my time as a student. The inside, however, was quite different and the courtyard was bathed in light, still surrounded by some familiar artwork.

Artsts Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga Shock and Awe and the Dallas Museum of Art

Jenny Block | Posted 02.09.2015 | Arts
Jenny Block

Art is a strange and wondrous thing. It helps us to relate to and understand the world around us. It helps us to relate to and understand one another. But sometimes it raises more questions that answers. And that, to me, is the most intriguing kind of art.

Old Color Photos of Native Americans

Paul Ratner | Posted 03.24.2015 | Arts
Paul Ratner

Looking at them I see regular people but also royalty. They are in a way no different than historical portraits of European kings, queens and nobility.

The Art of the Handcrafted Ukulele

J. Michael Welton | Posted 03.24.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

They call it "Twitch." It's named for a beloved cat left behind long ago in Richmond, Va., before a seminal move to the West Coast.It's an intricately constructed, handmade ukulele, painted exquisitely in a style that defies definition.

Artist Addresses Racial Injustice, From 1700s Europe To Present Day America

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.21.2015 | Arts

Titus Kaphar doesn't quite turn absences into presences, but rather into something in between. His artwork conjures a space somewhere between here and...

Wit and Wisdom From Art Historian Janetta Rebold Benton

Ellen Dobbyn-Blackmore | Posted 03.14.2015 | Arts
Ellen Dobbyn-Blackmore

From the back of the room you can see her eyes sparkle with mischief as she lets you in on little known gossip about an artist or playfully points out imperfections or naughty content in the works being examined.

Stuart Little Leads Art Historian To Long-Lost Masterpiece

The Guardian | Agence France | Posted 12.02.2014 | Arts

A long-lost avant garde painting has returned to Hungary after nine decades thanks to a sharp-eyed art historian, who spotted it being used as a prop ...

Pat Passlof: Paintings From the 50's -- Restating the Question of Meaning

David Loncle | Posted 01.31.2015 | Arts
David Loncle

She would have been one of (if not the) youngest artists on the block, and by chance was likely the very first artist to live and work on 10th street.

Here Are Your Favorite Artists As Paper Dolls. Enjoy.

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.26.2014 | Arts

There's nothing that excites us more than a 21st century homage to Frida Kahlo. It might sound specific, but when you feast your eyes on the great Mex...

A Unique Way to Celebrate the Arts and Support a Good Cause

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 01.21.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The magazine has a history of supporting the arts, and for many years it featured artwork of respected American Artists as their covers.

The Story of Art By Dimitar Solakov (VIDEO)

VernissageTV | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
VernissageTV

Bulgarian artist Dimitar Solakov never had a proper academical education on the history of art. One day he decided not to be ashamed of that anymore and to use it as a kind of advantage.

A Timely Show on Mirrors Intrigues in Vienna

ARTPHAIRE | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
ARTPHAIRE

Classical civilizations believed that the mirror could show an image of the subject's soul.

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

Primal Fear and the Legacy of Damien Hirst

Matthew Israel | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

What artworks of the past 25 years will we care about in the future? Why is this work so important? In the past when I have lectured on Hirst, I've focused on the following.

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...

Is Banksy Over?

Matthew Israel | Posted 10.26.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

Could he now be considered part of art history? Or would he start to mean less to the general public and the street art community? I hope not.

Jewish Jesus and Identity Theft in Renaissance Art

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.14.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

If you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus -- even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Cindy Sherman: Looking at One Untitled Film Still

Matthew Israel | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

I was wondering recently what might be gleaned from them if they were considered individually. This is the reality of how they're most often exhibited and reproduced now anyways.

Sex Lessons from the Old Masters (NSFW)

F. Scott Hess | Posted 09.15.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

With the debut of the cable series Masters of Sex, any purely art historical Google search for risque old master paintings is now totally skewed to the Showtime television program.

Instagram, Aby Warburg, and the Physical Structure of the Internet

Matthew Israel | Posted 09.13.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

#1 Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain "One moment you're conscious, the next you're not. For the first time, researchers have switc...

Why Leonardo Da Vinci Was A Loser (And What That Means For You)

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 07.14.2014 | Arts

Alright, we know what you're thinking: how dare we call Leonardo da Vinci a loser! Well, if you'll hold on for just a second, you'll not only under...