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Portraiture

The Artist and the Astronaut by Bruce Helander

Bruce Helander | Posted 07.06.2014 | Arts
Bruce Helander

Chicago artist Marla Friedman's recent portrait sculpture of the legendary Apollo 13 astronaut Captain James A. Lovell, Jr. follows the historic and t...

Lekha Singh's Global Society

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 06.02.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Ultimately documentary is not always about tragedy or the lost -- sometimes it's about unexpected kinship, and embracing the heartfelt and familiar. Sometimes, simple beauty is the most in need of being documented.

Jason Shawn Alexander: Paint It Out

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 05.28.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Across all surfaces but especially the flesh, Jason Shawn Alexander unleashes a veritable riot of pigment.

Thinking Outside the Camera

G.E. Masana | Posted 04.14.2014 | Weddings
G.E. Masana

What photographs will do and can do for a person's soul can't be found when you're looking only at the mere logistics of it. What makes it worth having needs to be something you can't help but notice as soon as you first walk in.

The Conscience of the King

Bruce Helander | Posted 02.28.2014 | Arts
Bruce Helander

Tony Scherman is a painter's painter, because other painters who paint with a seriousness of purpose immediately recognize in his distinctive work a high command of skill, idiosyncratic maturity, captivating inventiveness, and an obvious love of picture-making.

CSI's Most Awesome Tool, Now Available at a Museum Near You

Lauren Cahn | Posted 02.05.2014 | Arts
Lauren Cahn

So crimes involving art, yes, I understand. And solving crimes involving art? Sounds compelling, although not nearly as compelling as this: the notion of crime-SOLVING involving art.

Painter Tim Okamura Offers an Urban Narrative in Two Exhibitions

Sheryl Estrada | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
Sheryl Estrada

His paintings are filtered through the lens of his own personal experience as someone of mixed race growing up in Canada, where he was often identified as "different," and even ridiculed for that perception. Themes including culture and ethnicity and social identity are evident in his artwork.

Freeze Frame: Still Shots in Life and Death

Sarah Lehat | Posted 07.01.2013 | Arts
Sarah Lehat

As I inquire about the organs, I learn they are not related, at least not in a familial fashion. One is an infant's healthy heart. A second is that of a teenager, overdosed on drugs. Followed by a third, pierced by a gunshot. Together, aligned neatly in a row, they have a natural kinship.

Refreshingly Real Women: The Portraiture of Catherine Prescott

Julia Clift | Posted 05.16.2013 | Arts
Julia Clift

Her work visualizes the internal balancing act, common to all people, between stability in one's selfhood and fragility. Personally, I find it especially novel and exciting to see women in these paintings, treated with such uncompromising deference to their essential humanity.

Historical Icons In Glorious Color

Posted 03.12.2013 | Arts

What would Charles Darwin or Jim Henson look like in color? Thanks to Mads Madsen, an active Reddit and Facebook user with a knack for photo m...

The Very Serious Dress-Up Playtime of the Soul

Daniel Maidman | Posted 12.12.2012 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

A friend of mine from the contemporary side of the divide recently said, "I don't get most of this representational work. Why? Why paint something so convincing? Where's the point of view -- why bother?"

Senators As Working People: A Photography Installation by Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg

Lily Rattok | Posted 12.03.2012 | Arts
Lily Rattok

The power of political portraiture has made it an invaluable tool. Yet, in order to transpose these images, commonly used for propaganda, into the realm of art, one has to redefine its purpose.

These Portraits Are Made Of WHAT?!

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 09.27.2012 | Arts

At first glance, Nikki Douthwaite’s portraits appear to be standard pointillist paintings, like those of Seurat or Signac, but upon closer inspectio...

Should Art Schools Ignore the Art Market?

Edward Goldman | Posted 10.02.2012 | Arts
Edward Goldman

There was not a trace of figurative painting or sculpture among the artworks, which is not a surprise considering that such work is thought of as completely outdated, totally out of fashion, and mostly ignored by art schools.

An Invitation To Paint My Portrait

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 09.26.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

During my drive to his house I had gone through a "Cowardly Lion" phase: What exactly would the portrait show? I felt extremely vulnerable and clueless concerning the final result.

A Closer Look at the Art of Portraiture (Part One)

Daniel Grant | Posted 07.02.2012 | Arts
Daniel Grant

A portrait artist creates a likeness of a subject but, after that generalization, there aren't too many absolutes in the portraiture field, and even t...

Incredible Skype Portraits

Posted 06.18.2012 | Arts

Last week we featured work from an artist who creates digital speed paintings using Google + Hangouts, and one of our attentive readers turned us on t...

Kehinde Wiley On the World Stage: A Conversation With the Artist

Kisa Lala | Posted 04.05.2013 | Arts
Kisa Lala

By Kiša Lala Kehinde Wiley's Benediter Brkou (The World Stage: Israel), 2011, oil and gold and silver enamel on canvas. Private Collection. ©...

Kehinde Wiley's Take On Israeli Youth

Posted 03.05.2012 | Arts

Kehinde Wiley's paintings challenge our conventional views of portraiture by featuring black men in a mix of regal and street poses, using the brighte...

Insightful Photo Portraits by Dutch Master in Retrospective at SFMOMA

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.01.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

To look at Rineke Dijkstra's images of a teen-aged girl on a beach or a Portuguese bullfighter who has just emerged from the ring is to see the subject. The person in front of the camera is all that matters, not the person who released the shutter.

David Hockney On Posing For Lucian Freud

Posted 02.06.2012 | Arts

In July of 2011, the art world lost Lucian Freud, a brilliant mind and a world renown artist who was known for his striking, uncomfortable depictions ...

Portraits Of Latino Day Laborers Stir Controversy

Posted 03.27.2012 | Arts

There is something bourgeois, even aristocratic about sitting for a portrait, engaged in the labor of sitting still. That contributes to the unexpecte...

Cerise Doucede: "LOST"

Evelyne Politanoff | Posted 03.19.2012 | Arts
Evelyne Politanoff

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Lucian Freud, British Realist Painter, Has Died At 88

AP | By GREGORY KATZ | Posted 09.20.2011 | Arts

LONDON -- In a time when other artists spilled their paints on the canvas, Lucian Freud carefully wiped his brush after every stroke. He painted inten...

PHOTOS: Happy Birthday Rembrandt!

Posted 09.14.2011 | Arts

Happy birthday to Rembrant van Rijn, who was born today, the 15th of July in 1606. A prominent painter and etcher of the Dutch Golden Age, Rembrant is...