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Final Days for John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.02.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends is in its final days, ending October 4th. I was fortunate to be invited to give two talks during the exhibit examining Sargent's work from an artist perspective.

With a Lifelong Artistic Career, Henk Pander Continues to Impress

Samantha Matcovsky | Posted 09.22.2015 | Arts
Samantha Matcovsky

We could most likely define the ultimate dream as a life devoted to passion. For artist Henk Pander, the ultimate dream is a reality, just with a somewhat fantastical twist.

Artist Betty Fairbank Griggs Takes Us Down Memory Lane

Lee-En Chung | Posted 09.02.2015 | Arts
Lee-En Chung

Although some octogenarians are showing signs of Alzheimer's disease or dementia, Miss Betty dubbed her art exhibit as "Memory Lane" and guided us thru her seaside adventures in Portugal...

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Jonathan Crow, Artist, Writer, Filmmaker, Teacher, Coffee Enthusiast, Dad, Creator of "Veeptopus"

Ian Spanier | Posted 04.26.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

After leaving a corporate job in 2013 and learning that his wife was pregnant, Crow, who lives in Los Angeles, took advantage of what he realized w...

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

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 04.26.2015 | 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.

The Art of Giving

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 02.20.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Over the years during the holiday season I've donated a portion of the proceeds from my print sales to support organizations that give back to the community. This year the proceeds will go to support Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the fight against Ebola.

Something is Missing Without You

Sue Shanahan | Posted 12.08.2014 | Women
Sue Shanahan

I imagine humanity as being like an intricate, beautiful, stained glass window. Each piece of glass is lovingly chosen for its color, texture and amount of transparency.

Let the Light In - Today's Buddha Doodle!

Molly Hahn | Posted 09.28.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn


Today's Buddha Doodle - How to Change the World

Molly Hahn | Posted 09.26.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn


Beginner's Mind - Today's Buddha Doodle

Molly Hahn | Posted 09.24.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn


'Presidents With Boob Faces' Is An Art Masterpiece For The Internet Age

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts

Most presidential portraits, however accurate they may be, lack a certain je ne sais quoi in our opinion. Is it the bland backgrounds? The uninspired ...

Kellesimone Waits on ImageBlog

Kellesimone Waits | Posted 05.20.2014 | Arts
Kellesimone Waits

One of the hand embellished prints I’m doing for – the release date is Tuesday 5/13, I’m doing two other variations on this lady check...

Cubism Meets Nintendo In 8-Bit Watercolor Paintings

Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts

It's not all too often we align the modernist artistic movement that is Cubism with the middle school pastime that is Nintendo, but artist Adam Lister...

Sam Erenberg: Geography of the Imagination

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 04.13.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Sam Erenberg's career in art has often brought him into contact with challenging materials and immutable forces. There are some kinds of art-making mediums, the mastery of which consists of giving up trying to master them.

Anders Zorn in San Francisco

Terence Clarke | Posted 03.05.2014 | Arts
Terence Clarke

One would seldom assert that the greatest of the Impressionists was a Swede. But once having seen the Anders Zorn exhibition currently up at The Palace of The Legion of Honor in San Francisco, you could be forgiven for thinking so.

The Artists Behind Those Courtroom Artists' Paintings

Daniel Grant | Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Jane Rosenberg has to choose carefully whom she tells what to: "When I go to a party, if I tell people I'm a painter, they say, 'That's nice' and then they walk away; but if I tell them I'm a courtroom artist, they say 'Wow' and want to talk to me all night.

Letters in the Alphabet of Joy: Ali Cavanaugh's Watercolors

Daniel Maidman | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Cavanaugh has spent years painstakingly compiling the visual components of happiness. Let me lead you through a few of these letters in her alphabet of joy.

I Saw Death: Melissa Carroll's Recurrence at Andrea Rosen Gallery 2

Daniel Maidman | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

In light of this pitiless way of looking at things, Melissa Carroll has earned something few of us have: peace. She has been given little -- or rather, has had much taken from her -- and instead of despairing, she has made everything out of nothing.

A Behind the Scenes Look Into Putting an Exhibit Together: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.18.2013 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Putting together an exhibit is, frankly, an exhaustive and exhausting undertaking. Creating the body of work, selecting a theme (or thread) -- so many little things go into making the final exhibit.

The First Expansive Sargent Watercolor Exhibition in Twenty Years: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 08.18.2013 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Another artist might not be able to pull it off but Sargent makes it work. His oils, too, have this quality - a dash here, a couple of brushstrokes there, something only a master can execute. It is like jazz - you have to have the basics before you can improvise.


Brian D. Cohen | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

Many artists have had a bear-monomaniacal relationship with a theme, place, or subject: Paul Cézanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire; Josef Albers, squares; Jasper Johns, flags; Claude Monet, Rouen Cathedral or haystacks or poplars; Giorgio Morandi, bottles; G. B. Piranesi, Roman ruins; or quite wonderfully, John Gibson, balls.

Your April Reading List

Posted 04.14.2013 | Arts

April ushers in lively spring, and the newest art books this month get us in the mood for warmer weather. From photography monographs gleaming with in...

Sargent Like You've Never Seen Him Before

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.11.2013 | Arts

The Brooklyn Museum is currently presenting 93 watercolors from John Singer Sargent, an artist known for his oil painted society portraits. Yet each w...

Back Story: The Rosa Parks Statue

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 06.02.2013 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

As a member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board to the National Endowment for the Arts, I was pleased to read about the recent unveiling of the Rosa Parks statue in the U.S. Capitol Building's National Statuary Hall.

My Maine Inspiration: Following in the Footsteps of American Artistic Tradition

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.17.2012 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Although I grew up in New York and have lived there for many years, I have a summer studio in Maine. Every summer I pack up and go to paint following the tradition of so many of America's painters from Winslow Homer to Alex Katz.