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Jennifer Guidi Is One of the West Coast's Rising Art Stars

JENNIFER GUIDI works slowly, echoing the controlled style of an artisan: a calligrapher pressing ink to paper or an embroiderer threading silk. Her meticulous, repetitive technique, which she periodically broadcasts to over 50,000 followers on Instagram, involves the steady layering of sand mixed …

Artists

Cézanne unmasked: the shattering portraits that blew Picasso and the Paris avant garde away

He painted his wife without lips. He painted his friend with a spinal deformity. And he painted himself as a ghost in a top hat. Paul Cézanne’s unflinching portraits, coming to Britain this autumn, didn’t just astonish Picasso and his disciples. They changed art for ever<p>In Paris at the dawn of the …

Art

Alice Cooper Forgot He Had an Andy Warhol Print Worth Millions in His Storage

Today in celebrities aren’t just like us, Alice Cooper found an Andy Warhol print worth millions that he forgot he owned for more than 40 years just …

Fine Art

The unending fight to preserve ‘The Last Supper’

In April, Italian marketplace chain Eataly announced it would sponsor the latest effort to preserve Leonardo da Vinci's painting <i>The Last Supper</i>. It's the perfect marketing partnership: A food company saves the most famous depiction of a meal for future generations. This excerpt is from its online …

Art

Leonardo da Vinci’s Visionary Notebooks Now Online: Browse 570 Digitized Pages

Quick, what do you know about Leonardo da Vinci? He painted the <i>Mona Lisa</i>! He wrote his notes backwards! He designed supercool bridges and flying …

Humanities

Unraveling the Emotional Depth of Edward Hopper’s Modern Masterpiece ‘Nighthawks’

Celebrated as a key figure of 20th century American art, lifelong New Yorker Edward Hopper held that “great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.” While this intimate artistic approach is apparent in many …

Art History

The Story Behind Gustav Klimt’s Shimmering Symbolist Painting ‘The Kiss’

Austrian artist Gustav Klimt is known for his ethereal, pattern-rich portraits. Today, several of these canvases are considered masterpieces, though <i>This Kiss</i>, a particularly exquisite piece, seems to float above the rest.<p>Featuring shimmering gold tones, stylized forms, and sentimental iconography,</i> …

Art History

7 Major Painting Styles, Ranked from Most to Least Realistic

Part of the joy of painting in the 21st century is the range of art styles to choose from. The late 19th and 20th centuries saw artists make huge …

Painting

Why Did Michelangelo Hate Raphael So Much? 5 Ferocious Feuds That Shaped Art History

Art World<p>From a Renaissance rivalry to the great clash of critics in NYC.<p>,<p>Throughout art history, the quest for remembrance and dominance has led to …

Art History

Why Käthe Kollwitz, an Icon of German Modern Art, Is Still So Controversial on Her 150th Anniversary

Exhibitions<p>Her work, deemed too empathic, is snubbed by contemporary artists and the market.<p>,<p>There aren’t many artists whose work can spark vehement …

Art

Family searches for answers in whale paintings

A Georgia teen's family is looking for answers after they say she took her life in an alleged on-line suicide game called the "Blue Whale Challenge." CNN's Kaylee Hartung reports

Unknown Raphael Paintings Discovered in the Vatican

In the early 16th century, Pope Julius II commissioned the Italian painter Raphael to design the Hall of Constantine, a reception room in the …

Rome

This Number Will Text You a Work of Art Based on What You Want to See

If you're in a creative slump, then the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is here to get you back in the groove. The museum recently rolled …

MOMA

43 paintings you need to see before you die

In an old barn that Jackson Pollock transformed into a studio, the artist laid his massive canvas on the wooden plank floor. He hurled white, yellow, blue, and black paint with sticks and knives at it. As he finished, he pressed his cigarette butt into the canvas, dripping with color.<p>This is how …

Art History

Link About It: Ten Women Who Built NYC's Art Scene

The Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim—these are world-famous art museums and their founders (or co-founders) all happen to be women. New York's art scene doesn't hinge on three institutions, however. From art salons and extensive commissions to forward-thinking galleries, women …

MOMA

What do you do after the Louvre? Here are 10 little-known museums in Paris

The Louvre, the Pompidou and the d’Orsay in Paris are giant “must-sees” and, of course, you must visit them.<p>Smaller gems such as the Musée de l’Orangerie and the Jeu de Paume are top destinations too.<p>But I had visited them on past trips, so I was up for discoveries. What I found was an assortment …

Paris

Abstraction in reverse: how Latin American Modernists changed how we see

<i>The art historian Alexander Alberros new book, Abstraction in Reverse, which has just been published by the University of Chicago Press, offers a</i> …

Art

Frida Kahlo on the Meanings of the Colors

From the color of madness and mystery to that of distance and tenderness.<p>More than a century after Goethe’s theoretical inquiry into the emotional hues of color, <b>Frida Kahlo</b> (July 6, 1907–July 13, 1954) contemplated the question from a far more intuitive place in a fragment from <b>The Diary of Frida</b> …

Artists

David Lynch and the Iconic Paintings That Inspire His Visual Style — Watch

David Lynch's cinematic style owes a lot to painters like Francis Bacon and Edward Hopper.<p>David Lynch is one of the industry’s most visual …

David Lynch

Joan Miró | Women, Birds, and a Star | The Met

In August 1939, one month before the outbreak of World War II, Miró moved with his wife to Varengeville in Normandy, France. During the Nazi …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Enchanting Headdresses Inspired by Elysian Fantasy and Fairytales

Once upon a time, San Francisco-based designer Rachel Sigmon worked as a licensed cosmetologist and professional makeup artist. After realizing that she would “rather be a starving artist than a slave to [her] shears,” however, the mother-of-three decided to follow her passion and move in a …

Art

Why is contemporary art beating out the old classics?

For Americans who love art by the likes of Hans Holbein, Édouard Manet, Georges Braque, and Paul Klee, dark times lie ahead. Each one is a brilliant …

Museums

This Net Art Will Make You Question Why You're Celebrating July 4th

Mark Sabb, digital artist and founder of <i>FELT Zine</i>, feels like no one is particularly proud to be an American right now. The net art curator and architect behind the East Atlanta Santa is worried that his peers are more excited about having the day off this July 4th than they are any notions of …

Illustration

Reto Pulfer at Hollybush Gardens

“I have never made a red room before. Usually, my immersive environments are informed by hues of blue and turquoise.<p>My guitar is red, but the colour …

Art

The 30 Hottest Group Shows to See in New York This Summer

Art World<p>Group show season is upon us.<p>,<p>That annual rite of summer, the group exhibition, has hit galleries all over New York. If the wide selection …

Art

Mesmerizing sculpture emits smoke-filled bubbles

Smoke-filled bubbles fall like fruits from an otherworldly tree in this beautiful installation titled New Spring.<p>Via retailer COS:<p>Celebrating Salone …

Sculpture

Half Naked Nude: Artist Shahid Datawala seeks sensuality in debris on the beach, household objects

Shahid Datawala makes art out of everyday things.<p>It was an overcast day at the beach near Vaitarna, Thane, and artist-photographer Shahid Datawala …

Art

Passports for Paintings: New Site Maps Artwork Origin Stories

Art World<p>The site Mapping Paintings lets you trace an artwork's movements all the way back to the artist.<p>,<p>Ever wondered where an artwork has been …

Maps

Utagawa Hiroshige | Mallard and Snow-covered Reeds | Japan | Edo period (1615–1868) | The Met

Kamo naku ya<br>kaze fuki-shiwamu<br>mizu no omo<p>A duck quacks—<br>as the wind wrinkles<br>the face of the water.<p>—Trans. John T. Carpenter

Japan