The coronavirus crisis has forced many of the world’s most popular museums to temporarily shut down. Fortunately, Google Arts and Culture’s partnership with world-class art institutions, which was first launched over a decade ago, offers virtual tours of more than 1,200 museums. Continue reading GOOGLE NOW OFFERING VIRTUAL TOURS OF OVER 1,200 ICONIC MUSEUMS
Building an art collection can seem like a daunting enterprise, replete with high-priced auctions, intimidatingly pristine galleries and the sensory overload of mega events like December’s Art Basel Miami. But if you’ve got a good eye, a modest budget and a smart buying strategy, scoring some signature pieces to liven up your home decor is totally do-able. We consulted Jacob Pabst, CEO of art market website Artnet, for his top five tips for first-time buyers. After all, every good art collection has to start somewhere. Continue reading 5 TIPS FOR STARTING AN ART COLLECTION
An artist searching for color in modern times has to do little other than select a tube of pigment off the shelf. But centuries ago, creating the perfect pigment involved getting creative with ingredients such as crushed insects, burnt bones or cow urine. Continue reading New Exhibition Unfolds the “Bizarre” Stories Behind Centuries-Old Pigments
Validating the old adage that getting there is half the fun, Steven Richter’s pop culture-inspired busts are even more impressive when you get to see time-lapse footage of all the work that goes into turning a shapeless lump of clay into a recognizable character. This time, it’s the Mad Titan. Continue reading Talented Sculptor Make Thanos Magically Emerge From a Lifeless Lump of Clay
Looking at a Pablo Picasso painting could be confusing itself. But scientists using x-rays have revealed secrets behind both paintings and sculptures of the famed artist.
Working in a similar fashion to 3D-printing pens, but without the futile exasperation of actually trying to make 3D objects, Crayola’s new Crayon Melter turns colorful sticks of wax into a thick, goopy, ink that lets kids write on almost any surface imaginable. Can you hear the sound of parents crying in the distance?
What does it mean to redefine art history? For Mickalene Thomas, a luminary of the contemporary art world who specializes in dazzling collage portraits, it means “reclaiming canonized images of beauty and reinterpreting them.” Her take on Édouard Manet’s celebrated 1863 canvas Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (The Luncheon on the Grass), in which two formally dressed men lounge in a wooded scene with a nude woman, is the bold image above, which she titles Le déjeuner sur l’herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires (The Three Black Women). This 10- by 24-foot collage, part of a new group exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, depicts the subjects in a mosaic of vibrant colors, fragmented shapes, rhinestones and glittered Afros. “These women are so grounded and perfectly comfortable in their own space,” says Catharina Manchanda, a curator at the museum. “While we might be looking at them, they are also sizing us up.”