Category: Arts

January 14th Birthday Love: Berthe Morisot

French impressionist painter Berthe Morisot was born Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot on this day January 14, 1841 in Bourges, Cher, France. Morisot’s art was frequently said to be full of “feminine charm” by her male contemporaries and noted her frustrations in a journal in 1890, writing “I don’t think there has ever been a man who treated …

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January 7th Birthday Love: Zora Neale Hurston

American author, filmmaker, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama. In 1894, Hurston moved with her family to Eatonville, Florida, which became the setting of many of her stories, and the citizens of Eatonville still celebrate the writer at the “Zora! Festival“. Hurston wrote over 50 short stories, …

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Artist Spotlight: Charley Harper

We hope our American friends have a very happy Thanksgiving today! Today’s artist spotlight is on the American Modern artist, Charley Harper. He was born on the family farm in Frenchton, West Virginia, on August 4, 1922. Growing up, he not only had the farm to explore, but also the Appalachian hills, where he spent …

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October 18th Birthday Love: Ntozake Shange

Poet, playwright, and pioneer of the Nuyorican Poets Café, Ntozake Shange was born on this day October 18, 1948 in Trenton, New Jersey. The Nuyorican Poets Café is a non-profit New York arts movement supporting and celebrating Nuyorican creative arts and culture. “Nuyorican” was coined from the terms “New York” and “Puerto Rican.” Ntozake Shange is …

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Art and Vegetables for Everyone at Tomato Art Fest

the tomato,star of earth, recurrentand fertilestar,displaysits convolutions,its canals,its remarkable amplitudeand abundance,no pit,no husk,no leaves or thorns,the tomato offersits giftof fiery colorand cool completeness. -from Ode to Tomatoes, Pablo Neruda Neruda understood the suggestive majesty of the tomato, that culinary conundrum – both a fruit and a vegetable!, omnipresent and visually intriguing, memorialized as much on Warhol’s soup can as …

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi Is Building an Impressive Collection

During recent months, the Louvre Abu Dhabi quietly added some impressive pieces to its collection, including a rare Georges de la Tour painting, Girl Blowing on a Braisier (La Fillette au braisier), and Between Darkness and Light (Entre chien et loup) by Marc Chagall, along with 25 other pieces. Another exciting acquisition is a selection …

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Artist Spotlight: Chiaki Okada

Today we are celebrating the illustrations of Japanese artist Chiaki Okada. She has illustrated books by different authors around the world, including a book by her husband, Ko Okada, called Rabbit and Freckle (Кролик и Веснушка). Chiaki Okada has a unique talent for capturing the innocent beauty of childhood home life as well as imaginative childhood themes. …

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Artist Spotlight: Dale Chihuly Glass Art

Today we are celebrating one of the world’s most talented blown glass artists, Dale Chihuly, who has a number of amazing exhibits around the United States to be seen.  Many of these photos are from both permanent installations and traveling exhibits, and it’s fascinating to see how some of the same sculptures give different impressions in …

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Dion Agius and Brendon Gibbens Find the Art of Surfing in “Surf Libre”

As people everywhere become more attuned to home life, creative endeavors, and nature, sharing these moments in an effort to send out positive energy, Dion Agius and Brendon Gibbens move past the idea that surfing is only a simple sport, and explore surfing as an art form in “Surf Libre.” It’s a beautiful, meditative look …

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Vera Lutter: The Museum in her Camera Obscura

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) just posted an interesting piece on the camera obscura photography of New York’s Vera Lutter. A camera obscura is a darkened room where an external image is projected through a tiny hole with a convex lens, and inverted as an internal image in the dark room. Lutter uses …

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