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This Van Gogh has been hiding a secret

Call it a hazard of painting plein air (or maybe call it, “stilled life”). Vincent Van Gogh, mostly known for his sweetly tragic tenure, is nearly as celebrated for his extraordinary oil-painting technique and masterful interpretation of nature. Like the … Continue reading

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Virtual exhibitions bring art to us all

Hopefully there’s an art museum, gallery, studio, or exhibition space within easy traveling distance from wherever you’re sitting right now. And hopefully it beckons you, and you grace it with your patronage just as often as you possibly can. But…we … Continue reading

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Hold your breath and steady your hands: Van Gogh under restoration

It’s necessary, no doubt; and at the same time it’s scary as hell: one of the most iconic post-expressionist paintings in existence is about to undergo restoration. The painting in question is Vincent Van Gogh‘s Amsterdam Sunflowers (1889), the third … Continue reading

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Artists at work (that we never thought we’d see)

Sydney professor John Hall is to be heartily commended (hat tip also to Huffington Post’s Priscilla Frank for spreading the word) for helping to preserve some amazing century-old glimpses of artistic giants at work. Ever seen (or ever imagine you … Continue reading

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A century of the absurd – Looking back on Dada

It was roughly a hundred years ago (the dates are hard to pin down) that one of history’s most vibrant, innovative, and influential art movements was born. Dadaism dominated the scene for a scant twenty years, spinning off from the … Continue reading

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Faces of inspiration

The muse presents herself exactly as she wills, and to trying to predict what inspires artists is certain folly. It’s the will o’ the wisp, inspiration is, and difficult though it is to chase and capture, that very elusiveness is … Continue reading

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Is the art world wracked by fraud?

Seems like a dirty little secret of the art world, one that’s probably been whispered about since art became a¬†commodity and collections became investments, is breaking out into the open. Dealers, curators, and those investment-level collectors probably aren’t sanguine about … Continue reading

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Da Vinci’s drafts

Nearly five hundred years after his death, Leonardo Da Vinci is still celebrated, and widely recognized, as one of the Western world’s most accomplished polymaths, inventors, and above all, artists. Even the most uninitiated can easily see why—a glance through … Continue reading

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Made in the USA – a collector’s retrospective

Duncan Phillips pioneered the collection of American art. He did so at a time when most of the world was loathe to admit Americans could create or even appreciate art. From the 1920s until his death in 1966, he built … Continue reading

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A happy holiday on Mercury, for artists and writers

Just in time for Christmas, or Yule, or Saturnalia, (or what have you) the right jolly old elves at the International Astronomical Union have gifted upon as all ten newly named impact craters on planet Mercury, each in honor of … Continue reading

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Nice smile you got there, lady

Well this is somewhat horrifying. Researchers in Florence, Italy are all set to dig up the bones of Lisa Gherardini, died 1542,¬†with the goal of reconstructing her face to see if maybe, just maybe, she might have been Leonardo’s model … Continue reading

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