Monthly Archives: November 2017

Pigments and Dyes: Where Do Colors Come From?

Our contemporary world is dominated by digital images on movie screens, computer monitors, smart phones and tablets. The millions of colors we see there are nearly all the result of electronic magic. Surrounded by all these new ephemeral images it … Continue reading

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An Ocean of Books

All photos by Ossip van Duivenbode I’m a lover of books. My house contains shelf after shelf of books, some I’ve read, some I may read soon, and some I’ll probably never read but their title reminds me of something … Continue reading

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Fool The Eyes: Artists Who Use Their Skills To Challenge Our Perception (Part 4)

In this series of blog posts we have been exploring artwork designed to cause viewers to look again (and even again) at what they think they are seeing. So far we have discussed examples of imaginary space and hidden symbolism, … Continue reading

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Barack and Michelle Obama, Two Portraits

In the spring of 2015 we presented two posts about the art of portraiture, Portraits in the Age of Selfies and I’m Not Whom I Seem: Fictitious Portraits. I was thinking about these posts when I read that the Smithsonian’s … Continue reading

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