Current day homage to 1985 Warhol and Basquiat Boxing Poster

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On my recent trip to Minnesota, I took a few hours on Tuesday morning to wander around the arts district in NE Minneapolis. One of the buildings that I explored was the Northrup King Building, which is home to over 200 creative tenants, including art studios for over 190 artists, as well as spaces for […]

Finding a Van Gogh painting on the curbside in Bushwick

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I went out to Bushwick in Brooklyn today to look around and check out all of the street art … but within a minute or two of parking my car, before I really got started exploring, I happened upon this Van Gogh painting (or rather, a well-done replica) sitting on the curbside. It was a […]

Butterflies and bugs on a plate – art by Johann Zacharias Quast

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I saw this painted porcelain plate featuring butterflies and bugs at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, and was curious to learn more. The artist of this piece is Johann Zacharias Quast, and the Clark’s information label describes him as “Bohemian, 1814 – 1891,” and that the plate was painted in 1840, probably intended […]

Photograph of Mexican migrants brings to mind some famous paintings

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This photograph of a former migrant worker and his wife back home in Mexico was taken by Brett Gundlock for a story about visa disputes in the New York Times recently. Between the bowls of fruit and especially the textured blue wall behind the figures, it brought to mind several famous paintings, including some from […]

Color Our Collections: coloring pages from some unexpected sources

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#ColorOurCollections was a project started by The New York Academy of Medicine Library in order to provide an outlet for free coloring pages from libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions from around the world. It’s the wide range of contributors that makes this a pretty interesting project – the 2017 edition of this offering had […]

Painting fragments that stand alone as interesting compositions

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On a recent visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I enjoyed walking around the European Paintings Galleries, revisiting familiar masterpieces and taking in lesser-known works at the same time. There’s so much going on in a lot of these paintings, I found myself focusing on singular details and appreciating them as interesting compositions in […]

Fashion and art similarities 400 years apart

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I really enjoyed a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art last Saturday, and as I’m looking through the pictures I took of favorite art works, I’m finding some interesting comparisons between wildly different objects, such as the painting by Hans Holbein the Younger next to a baseball card, as I noted in my last […]