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Stuart Little Leads Art Historian To Long-Lost Masterpiece

The Guardian | Agence France | Posted 12.02.2014 | Arts

A long-lost avant garde painting has returned to Hungary after nine decades thanks to a sharp-eyed art historian, who spotted it being used as a prop ...

Pat Passlof: Paintings From the 50's -- Restating the Question of Meaning

David Loncle | Posted 12.02.2014 | Arts
David Loncle

She would have been one of (if not the) youngest artists on the block, and by chance was likely the very first artist to live and work on 10th street.

Here Are Your Favorite Artists As Paper Dolls. Enjoy.

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.26.2014 | Arts

There's nothing that excites us more than a 21st century homage to Frida Kahlo. It might sound specific, but when you feast your eyes on the great Mex...

A Unique Way to Celebrate the Arts and Support a Good Cause

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.21.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The magazine has a history of supporting the arts, and for many years it featured artwork of respected American Artists as their covers.

The Story of Art By Dimitar Solakov (VIDEO)

VernissageTV | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
VernissageTV

Bulgarian artist Dimitar Solakov never had a proper academical education on the history of art. One day he decided not to be ashamed of that anymore and to use it as a kind of advantage.

A Timely Show on Mirrors Intrigues in Vienna

ARTPHAIRE | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
ARTPHAIRE

Classical civilizations believed that the mirror could show an image of the subject's soul.

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

Primal Fear and the Legacy of Damien Hirst

Matthew Israel | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

What artworks of the past 25 years will we care about in the future? Why is this work so important? In the past when I have lectured on Hirst, I've focused on the following.

Virtual Resources for Art History and Appreciation Courses

John Seed | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
John Seed

In November of 2012 I posted a blog with a title that posed a question: "Is Smarthistory the Art History Textbook of the Future?." At the time, it s...

Is Banksy Over?

Matthew Israel | Posted 10.26.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

Could he now be considered part of art history? Or would he start to mean less to the general public and the street art community? I hope not.

Jewish Jesus and Identity Theft in Renaissance Art

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.14.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

If you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus -- even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core.

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

Matthew Israel | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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 09.13.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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 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.

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

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.18.2014 | 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 08.16.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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.