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Lives of the Artists

Giorgio Vasari, an Italian Renaissance era artist and historian, is remembered today mostly for his “Lives of the Artists” (the full title is actually: “Le Vite de’ più eccellenti pittori, scultori, ed architettori” -“Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects.”) He’s considered to have more or less invented art history through biography (though he had a bit of a prejudice towards Florence, and included a lot of gossip). 1,061 more words


Art World Abstracts: A Look into the Vast History of Erotic Art, and More!

On traveling to the middle of nowhere Arkansas to see “State of the Art,” a show of 102 under-appreciated artists, at Crystal Bridges. That would be “The Walmart Museum,” and apparently that’s a nickname the curators encourage, which is interesting. 272 more words

Art and Commerce

In addition to ranting and raving I make art.  My art is created out of my experience and so my art is an extension of my perception and interpretation of my world.  147 more words