Visual Art

Family Portrait

Essay, Feature, First Person, Visual Art

Portraits of distant relatives survive a married couple’s home reorganization, the subjects’ friendship in life an inspiration for the future.

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The Monster Within

Art and Mind, Blogging Fellows, Feature, Visual Art

Psychiatrist and art critic Deborah Kostianovsky explains why she can't turn away from a portrait that terrifies her. ...

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Between Parlors and Oceans

Art and Mind, Blogging Fellows, In-Depth, Visual Art

Edward Hopper's 'Rooms by the Sea' captures the psychic tension resulting from conflicting states of mind. The visible ambivalence of the...

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What Does Platonic Form Have to Do with Art?

Blogging Fellows, In-Depth, The Art of Thinking, Visual Art

Photographs stage a confrontation between the idea of an object and its representation, and demonstrate how Form can overwhelm aesthetic pursuit.

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Agnes Martin in Coenties Slip

Blogging Fellows, In Residence, In-Depth, Visual Art

“The work is so far from perfection because we ourselves are so far from perfection … That is why art work is so very hard. It is a...

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Graphite Insomnia

Appreciation, First Person, Visual Art

“A deep black square can be an object or an opening. Sometimes you can get a surface so deep, rich, and black that it begins to contain...

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A Woman’s Work

Ebook, Visual Art

Our latest Artwork Biography is from writer Noelle Nicholson. In ‘A Woman’s Work’ Noelle shares her investigation into Grace Carpenter Hudson’s ‘Blue Monday,’ an unusual painting of a Pomo Indian woman and child.

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How a 19th-Century Idea Could Rescue 21st-Century Art

Commentary, Reported, Visual Art

The American Art-Union offers a model for supporting artists with direct engagement from the American public. For an art world struggling...

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Walls Covered in Basquiat

First Person, Visual Art

"What might be if he lived? What does it mean that his image is defined and further commoditized without his consent, by the same...

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Drop Out. Tune In. Start a Revolution.

Far Out, Reported, Visual Art

Mario Torero on leaving art school, his place in the Chicano art movement, and fifty years of bringing color to the streets.

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