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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

An Afternoon with Duchamp

Books on art are often difficult, but they don’t have to be. Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews by Calvin Tomkins is a must read for artists. 174 more words