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Mindful Genius

Ira Israel | Posted 08.25.2016 | Education
Ira Israel

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. ~ F....

M.F.A Abstraction, Crapstraction, Dropcloth Abstraction or Zombie Abstraction? Recommended Reading #2

Matthew Israel | Posted 08.24.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

If you haven't seen this series of videos, they're a great learning/teaching resource on the painting techniques of the Abstract Expressionists -- specifically Pollock, Newman, Rothko, Reinhardt and Kline -- by Corey d'Augustine of The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Spectacular Auction Results Aren't the Real Art World News

John Seed | Posted 07.14.2014 | Arts
John Seed

Honestly I would like to see stories about auction prices covered as financial news: a few graphs and charts would tell the story just fine. That way, art critics and bloggers could devote their time to reporting on some more fresh and compelling art world stories.

Channeling Modernist Ghosts and the Death Star

Simon Watson | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
Simon Watson

And in neighboring spaces are a 17-foot-high black wax-surfaced American flag sculpture that appears to be crashing through the gallery's floor and a poignantly solemn detail image of the riderless horse that led JFK's funeral procession.

Quality Material Attracts Bidders for Record Breaking Auctions

MutualArt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
MutualArt

The November auctions have proven that the art market is strong, and that the money is out there to invest in important, and expensive, pictures.

Artists Need to Learn How to Deal With Backbiting

Daniel Grant | Posted 08.24.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

One evening in June at the Cedar Tavern in 1956, a drunken Jackson Pollock pulled Franz Kline by the hair off his bar stool, and Kline responded by punching Pollock in the stomach, doubling him over. Just another night in the art world.

Artistic Innovation: Individual or Collective?

David Galenson | Posted 09.05.2012 | Arts
David Galenson

In the modern era, great painters have learned from their peers (and from their teachers), but have made distinctive individual contributions. To fail to recognize this is to fail to understand modern art.

The Museum As Transcendent Space

Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson | Posted 12.28.2011 | Arts
Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson

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What's In a (Painting's) Name? Quite a Lot, Actually

Daniel Grant | Posted 08.06.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

In 1871, James McNeill Whistler painted what would become his most famous work, which he titled "Arrangement in Grey and Black" and submitted the foll...

Painters Painting: From Abstract Expressionism to Pop

Jane Chafin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jane Chafin

Imagine going back in time to an era in art history, talking to the artists themselves at work in their studios and hearing first-hand what their concerns, processes and influences are.

Love and Marriage, Artist Style

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Despite the real benefits for an artist of marrying (or living with) another artist, the identical careers -- regardless of how dissimilar their respective artwork may be -- create tensions for the two of them.

There's a Lot of Backbiting Among Artists

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Jealousy and envy are part of the art world, because of the uneven and sometimes unfair way that the art world hands out its favors.

CultureZohn: Ab Ex NY: A Contemporary Re-Telling of the Abstract Expressionist Tale Opens at MoMA

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

2010-09-30-rothpull.jpgOnce upon a time, a group of American artists fought to distinguish themselves from their European elders and peers. They took as their quest nothing less than re-inventing art.