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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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Art and Design

In December it will be three years since we published our book Design: A Beginner’s Handbook. In structuring that textbook we decided to use simple real-world examples of the design elements and principles. We opted to demonstrate the application of … Continue reading

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Ramiro Gomez: I Choose To Recognize That The Custodian Was Here

When my blogging partner was writing our recent post about Eduardo Sarabia it reminded me of another contemporary Mexican-American artist. A young painter/sculptor working in Los Angeles named Ramiro Gomez. I first became aware of Gomez when I read about … Continue reading

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How To Analyze A Painting – Revisited

In two recent posts, How To Become An Art Critic (In A Few Simple Steps) Part 1 and 2, we guided you step by step through the process of evaluating a work of art. The discussion was general in nature. Today … Continue reading

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Blood Flowers: The Art of Imran Qureshi

Last week the Trump Administration bombed Syria without congressional approval. From the comfort of our living room we watch atrocities on T.V. but in the United States we are rarely touched directly. It was in this context that I came … Continue reading

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Response and Resistance: Artists Push Back

In our last blog post, A Sea of Signs: Resistance, we discussed the recent wave of marches here and all around the world protesting Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States. The hand held signs at these marches … Continue reading

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An In-Between Space: The Art of Njideka Akunyili Crosby

I recently came across the work of the Nigerian-American artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Her work is a clear embodiment of the principles and elements of design, and thus a great choice for this first new blog post of 2017. Akunyili … Continue reading

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The Art of the Map

Happy Holidays to all of you. We will be taking our own holiday but will be back with new content on January 5. This week and next we’ll connect you to some older posts that we think you’ll enjoy. This … Continue reading

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The Hidden Art of Hilma Af Klint

In the art world one of the most significant developments during the early decades of the twentieth century was the liberation of formal elements. Shape, color, texture, pattern and all the other elements of form and design had been used … Continue reading

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Painters and Optical Devices (Part 2 Degas)

This is the second of three posts looking at how some representational painters have used optical devices and photography in their quest to capture images of the world around them. In the first post we described aspects of Johannes Vermeer’s … Continue reading

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