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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

The Seven Best Brands of Water Mixable Oil Paints

Water-mixable oil paints are designed to thin and clean up with water, so they're a good option if you want to paint with oils but avoid working with …

Digital Art

How online art galleries are serving up talent — and sales — without the 'tude

You know that awful feeling of walking into a snooty art gallery and the staff vaguely lifts up their heads and gives you the once-over?<p>"We're the opposite of that," said Rebecca Wilson, chief curator for SaatchiArt.com.<p>What Wilson is describing speaks to the engine behind the online market for …

Free Digital Archive Makes Over 50 Million Pieces of European Art Available Online

With the goal to transform the world through culture, the Europeana Collections is a massive digital archive with the objective to make Europe's cultural heritage widely available for researchers and history lovers. Over 3,000 European cultural institutions and aggregators participate in the …

Art

Hans Breder, Who Broke Artistic Boundaries, Dies at 81

Hans Breder, a German-born artist whose interest in straddling the boundaries between disciplines led him to create the Intermedia Program, the first of its kind, at the University of Iowa in 1968, died on June 18 in Iowa City. He was 81.<p>His wife, Barbara Welch Breder, said that the cause was …

Now You Can Download 2,500 Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress’s expansive digitization efforts makes more art available to a larger public.<p>The digital revolutionhas long been in the works, and now, count The Library of Congress as one of the standard-bearers of making old, new. The Library's comprehensive digitization project, makes …

The 10 Best Artworks at Art Basel 2017

Art Fairs<p>From one of the greatest photographic collections of the 20th century to Nelson Rockfeller's own Léger fireplace, there is great art to be …

Art

Quentin Blake's largest exhibition poses him as a 'serious artist' - but his work is brilliant in its anarchy: review

Quentin Blake is far and away Britain’s best loved illustrator: a great British brand, this exhibition argues, as instantly recognisable as “Marks & Spencer, Rolls Royce or Fox’s Glacier Mints”. Well, if the 84-year-old Blake is now considerably better known than at least the last of those …

Met Museum Makes 375,000 Images Freely Available Online

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has made around 375,000 images of public-domain artworks from its collections freely available …

Meet Britain's most straight-talking and foul-mouthed artist, Maggi Hambling

Maggi Hambling is an artist who enjoys controversy, divides opinion, works hard and ignores her critics. As a new exhibition of her work opens at the Marlborough, Jessamy Calkin visits her Suffolk studio to discover how Andy Murray, Henry V and an endless supply of cigarettes keep her going<p>When …

10 Contemporary Artists You Need to Know

The digital age, with its 140 character limitations and emoji-laden conversations, has made it difficult for us to stay focused. A study by Microsoft …

20th Century

Meet the Man Artists Call When They Need Help Getting the Job Done

Switzerland-based Jan Eugster is the go-to foundry technician for sculpture artists.<p>When Rudolf Stingel wants to nickel-plate Celotex panels, or Evan Gruzis wants to recreate a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses in marble, or Richard Hughes wants to make a bronze cast of an old mattress, there’s one person …

Meet Contemporary Scandinavian Art and its Artists

June 18, 2016<p>Alias of Ksenija Pantelić<p><b>The diverse region of Scandinavia</b>, comprised of Denmark, Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Åland and …

Art

instagram vs. basel: how social media is changing art

Is the #artselfie democratizing high culture or creating a permanent state of déjà vu?<p>At the time of writing, the Instagram hashtag #instaart has a stunning 13,843,454 posts (#artporn, 286,763), many of which accompany images from Art Basel in Switzerland, which opened to the public today.<p>You've …

Art Sales: Art Basel opens against a backdrop of uncertainty

The heat is on as collectors and museum curators, critics and journalists, gallerists, art advisors, analysts and auctioneers from all over the world gather in Switzerland this week for Art Basel, the biggest art fair and networking event on the calendar. For modern and contemporary art it doesn’t …

10 Artists to Watch During Art Basel

From the new stars of the sprightly <b>LISTE</b> art fair to the veterans with new turns in <b>Art Basel</b> or the city's museums, these are the artists you're …

Microscopic Slivers of Artworks Reveal Hidden Truths | Conservation Lab

For art conservators, the inner geography of a painting speaks volumes.<p><i>In art institutions across the globe, time machines and investigation rooms exist behind closed doors. Dusty artworks go in and come out looking centuries younger; artists’ secrets are brought to light; and hidden, unfinished</i> …

Narendra Modi and the fine art of screwing up

It either says too little, or too much. It either does nothing, or furiously overreacts.<p>But no matter which route it has taken lately, the Narendra Modi government has managed to screw things up—with an uncanny talent for bad timing.<p>Its recent ineptitude at handling the levers of democracy has …

India

A Detailed Look Inside Japan’s Modern Crafts Movement

The attractions that draw some 50 million tourists to Kyoto every year—the Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, the cobblestone streets with old …

Japan

this feminist photo gallery is reclaiming cute

Ashley Armitage, the photographer behind the Instagram account @ladyist, discusses her next project, an intersectional online space showcasing the work of her friends.<p>You may recognise Seattle-based photographer Ashley Armitage as the lady behind @ladyist, a pastel-perfect Instagram account …

Activist artist gets warning from cops over 'Najib clown' sketch

Activist artist Fahmi Reza is under police watch after he uploaded a sketch of what appears to be Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in clown face, on …

Andy Warhol may be in heaven but his art has a hellish darkness

A new Norman Rosenthal-curated exhibition at the Ashmolean is a haunting collection of the artist’s work across a range of techniques and subjects<p>Looking at Andy Warhol’s painting of a bright pink penis caressed by deep black shadows from his series Torsos/Sex Parts, veteran curator Norman …

Art

15 Revealing Things About Seurat's 'Bathers at Asnières'

In 1884, French Neo-Impressionist Georges Seurat began two monumental masterpieces. The better known of this pair is the iconic <i>A Sunday on La Grande</i> …

Art

9 Excuses Artists Need to Stop Making in 2016

Take it from someone who had her Twitter bio as "aspiring dead philosopher" for the longest time (in Internet years...), I know the pain of not embarking on an ambitious pursuit because you have a creative excuse. I kept bragging throughout my time at university that no one understood me because my …

Do You Have to Be Rich to Make It as an Artist?

Galleries<p>Art students are chasing a dream without understanding how the system works.<p>,<p>On my end-of-the-year “Best Shows” list, I nominated Rachel …

A Painter Challenges the Traditional Privilege of the White Male Gaze

Jennifer Packer’s Breathing Room creates space between the subject and the viewer.<p>The emotional paintings of Jennifer Packer mean to challenge the male gaze and reject the politics of perception that traditionally define classical representation in figurative painiting. In the show <i>Breathing Room</i> at …

​16 artists to look out for in 2016

These are the young and talented artists we’re tipping for big things this year.<p><b>Amalia Ulman</b>Maybe the most deceptively talented artist of her generation; Amalia Ulman's most well known piece, <i>Excellences and Perfections</i> initially flew under the radar, as the artist engaged in a five month long …

Parting words from an artist of rare vision

Painter Sargy Mann did not live to deliver the TED talk he spent his final months preparing. This is what he wanted to say…<p>Not long before he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in the autumn of 2014, the painter Sargy Mann was invited to give a TED talk. Mann, then 77, was told by doctors that he …

Art

Exhibitions: the biggest shows of 2016

This year will feature Belgian maestros, subversive shallows and a load of rhubarb. Oliver Basciano and Robert Clark survey the scene<p>Take out your unsullied diaries and ensure your pencil is sharpened, because there is a lot to take in exhibition-wise over the coming year. <b>John Akomfrah</b> has been an …