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Leonardo da Vinci: The Biography by Walter Isaacson review – unparalleled creative genius

Flamboyant, illegitimate and self taught, he was unreliable and an unashamed self-publicist. He was also one of the most gifted and inventive men in history<p>In 1501, desperate for Leonardo to paint her portrait, the immensely rich Isabella d’Este employed a friar to act as go-between. The friar met …

Walter Isaacson

Henri Cartier-Bresson Shines at Phillips

The December 12th sale in New York totaled more than $2 million.<p>A single-owner sale of photographs by master of the medium Henri Cartier-Bresson …

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Spectacular Watercolor Paintings Illustrate the Captivating Elegance of Cities Around the World

Chinese artist and avid traveler Kwan Yeuk Pang captures the world around him in a series of spectacular watercolor sketches. His use of desaturated color, restricted palette, and carefully constructed layers of washes work together to create rich, atmospheric scenes. From the bustling streets of …


Annie Leibovitz On 5 Images That Have Shaped Her Career

A few minutes into my conversation with Annie Leibovitz she informs me that my premise is bogus. The terms she uses are gentler, but my idea--to discuss five or so individual pictures from her new book, Annie Leibovitz Portraits: 2005-2016, and give a behind-the-scenes sense of what goes into …

Annie Leibovitz

How Japanese Art Influenced and Inspired European Impressionist Artists

Widely known as the first modern art movement, Impressionism remains one of the most popular and prevalent forms of art today. While much of the groundbreaking genre was impressively original, Impressionists, like most artists, found inspiration in other forms of art—namely, in Japanese woodblock …


St Nicky's Drawing Theatre

<b>Date/Time</b><br>Date(s) - 16/12/2017<i><br>4:00 pm - 5:30 pm</i><p><b>Location</b> <br>The Imaginarium<p><b>Categories</b><p><b>Draw and collage your way into Christmas with St Nicky and the</b> …


Grayson Perry to chair Summer Exhibition art show

<b>Artist Grayson Perry is co-ordinating next year's Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, where anyone can submit an entry.</b><p>The contemporary art show will also celebrate its 250th anniversary.<p>It has taken place every year since 1769 and exhibits work from students right up to well-known …


Native American artists garner recognition—at last

Controversy over the disputed Cherokee identity of the artist Jimmie Durham—who is not enrolled in any tribe—has erupted this year as his major …

Indigenous Peoples

Minor White's vanished America – in pictures

In 1937, this son of a book-keeper and dressmaker moved from Minnesota to Portland, where he chronicled soon-to-be demolished 19th-century buildings – developing a vision that would influence countless photographers to come<p>In the Beginning: Minor White’s Oregon Photographs is at Portland Art Museum …


The Artist Shrinking Antarctica’s Glaciers

Using 3-D imaging, Helen Glazer brings the southernmost continent indoors.<p>One cold day in the winter of 2014, the American artist Helen Glazer found …


'I Came, I Saw, I Selfied': How Instagram Transformed The Way We Experience Art

You are suspended in an endless dark chamber as thousands of red, green, yellow and blue lights flicker across the air like tiny diamonds in the sky.<p>Or at least that's how it appears in the selfie you just posted on Instagram. Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" – mirror-lined rooms that seem to go …

TED Talks

When no one comes to a talented dad's art show, his daughter makes sure that people see his work

You parents will look out for you, but it's up to you to make them go viral.<p>As a youngster, Gerado Saenz, realized his love of art when he began to …


Art Feeds Is Teaching Children to Express Their Emotions through Artmaking


Artist Turns Unwanted Scrap Metal into Magnificent Bird Sculptures

While some people visiting a junkyard might only see a pile of garbage, South Carolina-based upcycling artist Matt Wilson (aka Airtight Artwork) sees artistic potential. The talented craftsman transforms scrap metal, drift wood, and found objects into magnificent bird sculptures that look like they …


Old master paintings given to National Gallery by Dutch aristocrat

Baron Willem van Dedem’s bequest called ‘Christmas gift to the nation’, with four works on public display from Wednesday<p>Four old master paintings left to the National Gallery by a Dutch aristocrat who died in 2015 will this week go on public display.<p>The gallery described Baron Willem van Dedem’s …

Art History

10 Hidden Secrets In History’s Greatest Artworks

To make impressive art, special skills are needed to distinguish the artist. In some cases, artists knowingly and unknowingly include clues that shed …


Designer Can’t Stop Rearranging Everyday Objects into Visually Satisfying Compositions

Calling himself an “object arranger,” Adam Hillman sees the beauty in things organized neatly. Taking everyday things like matches, cotton swabs, and push pins, he meticulously places them in mesmerizing patterns that transform them from the ordinary into the extraordinary. Divorced from their …

Graphic Design

TOP 10 art exhibitions of 2017

<b>monumental in scale, discipline, material and theme, some of the most renowned, international creatives displayed their new and most famous works</b> …


Major Peter Voulkos and Other American Ceramists Steal the Spotlight at Phillips Photos

Peter Voulkous works at Phillips<p>As the fall design auction season comes to a close, we always look forward to surprises. So when Phillips announced the sale of a monumental Peter Voulkos work—which has been with the same family since a year after its creation—can you imagine my delight? On December …


Death in the Mexican Imagination

“Our relationship with death is intimate,” Octavio Paz, Mexico’s most celebrated 20th-century poet, wrote about his country in the classic book “The Labyrinth of Solitude.” “More intimate, perhaps, than any other people.”<p>Death is everywhere in Mexico. In the bodies of the victims of powerful drug …


Intricate Golden Labyrinths Created From Fallen Leaves of a Gingko Tree

Every year since 2013, Joanna Hedrick, a counselor at the Sacramento State University Student Service Center, celebrates the fall season in a special way. She rakes the golden leaves of the campus' gingko trees into elaborately artistic patterns, creating stunning pieces of environmental art as her …


Laura Cumming’s best art of 2017

There was revolutionary fervour from Russia, dazzling critiques of the American dream, and unforgettable faces…<p>• Observer critics’ reviews of the year in full<p>The highest price for the ugliest painting: that was the supposed Leonardo sold for $450m last month. Does anyone really want to look at this …


What Was the Most Influential Photograph in History?

A big question<p><b>John Stanmeyer, photojournalist and co-founder, VII Photo agency</b><p>One image that summarizes our fragility and the need to work for peace is the simple yet poignant <b>photograph of Earth taken by the astronaut William Anders</b> during 1968’s <i>Apollo 8</i> mission.<p><b>Pete Souza, photographer and author,</b> …

Women in Science

5 Painters to Know From NADA Miami 2017

From Polish cult icons to a forger with an inside scoop from the FBI, here are 5 painters to watch from NADA Miami 2017.


Hirshhorn to show Lozano-Hemmer’s ‘Pulse’ works

The first show to focus solely on Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s immersive Pulse installations is due to open at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in …

Venice Biennale

Interview: Vintage Photo Project Captures Universal Feelings of “Family”

There's something about old family photos that touches an emotional chord in each of us. Viewing history through this personal lens, through personal memories, we're able to recognize just how little—and how much—has changed over time. In just under a year, <i>The Anonymous Project</i> has taken the …


From a Surprise ‘Salvator Mundi’ to Tears for Trump: 8 Star-Making Turns at NADA Miami Beach

Art Fairs<p>As usual, there was a slew of weird and attention-grabbing art on offer at the indie art fair, now back at Miami's Ice Palace.<p>& ,<p>Back at the …


Urs Fischer on Katy Perry, Art Basel Miami Beach, and Why It’s Boring When People Compare Him to Duchamp

"It’s like watching people have sex. I’d rather have it myself."<p>Urs Fischer makes art looks like child’s play; take a look at his giant clay sculpture of Katy Perry, which viewers are invited to physically pull apart through the end of the year in New York, and the new puzzle-like painting he’s …


Outside the Fair: 13 Shows to See at Miami’s Best Museums and Galleries During Art Basel

Art World<p>From the newly opened ICA to an Instagram favorite at the Bass Museum, there is plenty more to see beyond the booths of Art Basel.<p>,<p>Miami’s …


Art Basel Opens in Miami Beach: Pictures