Professors have scrapped their ancient Kodak slide projectors and carousels packed with slides. At least, in this time of digitally driven change, academics have been at least able to take comfort from one source of constancy: their textbooks.
Miles Regis' work is the perfect expression of who he is -- courageous, powerful and multicolored -- gathering us all in an artistic endeavor that values human spirit, connectedness and levity in the face of adversity.
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!"
Like the Lascaux drawings, these have held up over centuries. Iron oxide pigments are a perfect match for painting. Many of the old masters such as Rubens, Rembrandt, and Franz Halls never used more than five to seven colors, mostly iron oxides.
One of Japan's most celebrated cultural treasures, "Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings" by Itō Jakuchū (1716-1800) is on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington through April 29.