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Art Theory

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.

Assembling a Chair

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

Art causes even more problems than it solves, when it questions foregone conclusions and assumptions. And unlike assembling a chair, there isn't one way to do it right and you can't know what it's going to look like by studying the box.

Art in Earnest: Harlem-Based Artist, Tyson Hall

Eric J. Henderson | Posted 06.06.2012 | Arts
Eric J. Henderson

Hall dwells specifically at the intersection of Art and Policy, his work aiming to touch people in the everyday. That is so cliché that it hurts as I strip the meaning of that universality down to a feel-good thing to say. I don't mean it that way.

“Draw It With Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment,” from Paper Monument

Posted 03.30.2012 | Arts

When the American painter, sculptor and installation artist Paul Thek (1933-88) taught art classes at Cooper Union in the late 1970s, he wrote and the...

The Most Beautiful Painting in the World

James Elkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
James Elkins

This month I am going to write about the painting that means the most to me, Giovanni Bellini's Ecstasy of St. Francis in the Frick Collection in Manh...

Using Google Art To Explore Famous, Unfinished Paintings

James Elkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
James Elkins

I have been writing about looking slowly, taking the time to see the visual world. My first column was about a Mondrian painting, and it included some...

On 'Ruin Porn'

Ian Ference | Posted 05.26.2011 | Arts
Ian Ference

John Patrick Leary's primary mistake in his essay on "Detroitism" is to assume that all photographers who concentrate on modern ruins are Larry Flynts.

SLIDESHOW: Art And Creativity In The Lab: Seven Amazing TED Talks

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

In the last couple of decades, the market for oversimplifying creativity has exploded. No executive seminar is complete without a presentation on "Man...

How to Look at Mondrian

James Elkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
James Elkins

Our eyes are far too good for us. They show us so much that we can't take it all in, so we shut out most of the world, and try to look at things as br...