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

Matthew Israel | Posted 07.18.2014 | 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 07.16.2014 | 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 07.15.2014 | 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...

Does Conspiracy Account for the Absence of Jesus' Jewish Identity in Renaissance Art?

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Try to locate even a hint of Jesus' Jewish identity and heritage in Renaissance paintings and you will find yourself on a fruitless quest. Some respondents bristled at what they perceived as the suggestion of a conspiracy to suppress Jesus Jewish identity. But the falsification of biblical history in artworks was not a conspiracy.

Reacting to the 9/11 Memorial and Other Recommended Readings

Matthew Israel | Posted 07.07.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

Adam Gopnik on the 9/11 Memorial: "The site contains more contradictions, unresolved and perhaps unresolvable, than any other eight acres in Manhattan."

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

Matthew Israel | Posted 06.24.2014 | 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.

Jewish Jesus in Renaissance Art and the Roots of Anti-Semitism

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Isn't it time to celebrate the common heritage of Judaism and Christianity, despite the differences between the two faiths? Isn't it time to endorse Pope Francis's bold statement: "A Christian cannot be anti-Semitic; his roots are Jewish"?

Collecting Art: Philanthropy or Self-Glorification?

Olivier Berggruen | Posted 06.16.2014 | World
Olivier Berggruen

The last few years have ushered in a new era in the craze for contemporary art, with prices reaching such dizzying heights that many feel inclined to predict its collapse. Yet, the bubble shows no sign of bursting. Art buying has become the favorite playground of a super-rich elite isolated from the economic realities that shape the lives of most humans.

Recommended Reading No. 1

Matthew Israel | Posted 06.12.2014 | Education
Matthew Israel

Akin to sources listed on syllabi below the required reading lists that are usually more interesting than the required readings. Usually five suggestions. Subjects covered: art, art history, art education, and art and technology.

The Art of Moshe Rynecki

Elizabeth Rynecki | Posted 06.11.2014 | Arts
Elizabeth Rynecki

My great-grandfather, Moshe Rynecki, was split between affinities: on the one hand, he was a painter of traditional Jewish life in Poland, settling his gaze upon scenes of synagogue, teaching, labor and leisure. On the other hand, his self-portraits reveal a man apart from the world he depicted.

Recontextualizing Pieces of Art History and Scraps of Everyday Life

Annabel Osberg | Posted 07.16.2014 | Arts
Annabel Osberg

Many painters feel burdened by the baggage of art history. Others feel a sense of responsibility to further its academic progress and expand its continuum. Still others choose to ignore it. For someone who is so engaged with art historical imagery, Klamen has a remarkably laissez-faire attitude towards it

Our Night Watch: Liberal Education, the Humanities, and Earnings

Catharine Hill | Posted 07.02.2014 | College
Catharine Hill

The Obama administration's proposal to include some measure of graduates' earnings in a rating of higher education has ignited a heated debate about the purpose of an education, and in particular the value of a liberal education.

Rare, Old Photos of Native American Women and Children

Paul Ratner | Posted 06.14.2014 | Arts
Paul Ratner

Photographs from over a hundred years ago can open an amazing portal into the history. But photos don't tell the whole story, and so much of what happened back then is hard to stomach.

Van Gogh's Auvers: One Square Mile of Immortality

Christian Josi | Posted 06.04.2014 | Travel
Christian Josi

On the surface -- especially on generally lousy tourism websites and what have you -- Auvers doesn't seem all that special.

Artist Kerry James Marshall: Paint it Black

Louisiana Channel | Posted 05.31.2014 | Black Voices
Louisiana Channel

Imagine being seen for who you really are, inhabiting space as a central figure in the narration. In this powerful interview American artist Kerry James Marshall talks about how he explores the presence and absence of the black figure in art history.

Our Liberal Arts Moment

Dan Rockmore | Posted 04.27.2014 | Education
Dan Rockmore

A society built on the rapid pace of today's technological achievements cries out for a leadership and workforce educated broadly.

7 People Who Turned This 'Worthless' College Major Into Successful Careers

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 02.26.2014 | College

Last week, President Obama apologized for his flippant remark about the value of an art history degree, but he was hardly the first person to question...

Why Art Is Dangerous: Making Art Is Making Trouble

Donald Preziosi | Posted 04.23.2014 | Arts
Donald Preziosi

Art's dangers are at the same time the source of its powers for positive change and social advocacy. Art advocates and invokes as much as it revokes what you imagine yourself and your worlds to be.

President Obama's Thoughtless Comment

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

The problem of high unemployment for recent college graduates has to do with systemic problems in our economy, not because they took literature classes in college instead of accounting or organic chemistry classes.

30 Artist Names You Are Probably Pronouncing Wrong

Posted 02.05.2014 | Arts

Art history is tough. Not only is it difficult to keep in check the movements (Abstract Expressionist or Minimalism?), media (wait, is that oil paint ...

Janetta Rebold Benton: Art History Alive at Pace University

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 04.06.2014 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

The wonderful Janetta Rebold Benton is lecturing again at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University in Lower Manhattan. In a fascinating conversation we had with her at the Met Museum, we discussed lecturing, teaching and many other topics that day.

Mallika Rao

Let's Hope Obama's Swipe At Art History Backfires

HuffingtonPost.com | Mallika Rao | Posted 01.31.2014 | Arts

It's President Obama versus the gentlest foes you can imagine. Speaking to an audience in Wisconsin on his post-State of the Union tour, the president...

Art World, Where Are All The Women?

Posted 01.30.2014 | Arts

In this lovely short video, painter and 'Girls' actress Jemima Kirke asks a question we all too often ask ourselves: Art world, where are all the wome...

The Real Story Behind The 'Monuments Men'

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.29.2014 | Arts

When you think "Monuments Men," we wouldn't be surprised if the first thing that comes to mind is George Clooney looking predictably suave in a milita...