Agents of Change: Camera Obscura

Agents of Change: Camera Obscura

In this edition of our article series "Agents of Change," we explore the immense effect the discovery of the Camera Obscura had on the art world.

Artland Magazinea day ago

John Baldessari: "I could never figure out why photography and art had separate histories. So I decided to explore both."

John Baldessari: "I could never figure out why photography and art had separate histories. So I decided to explore both."

Educator and artist John Baldessari combined photography, painting, and text to become “arguably America’s most influential Conceptual artist.”

Artland Magazine7 days ago

Sergei Eisenstein - Father of Montage

Sergei Eisenstein - Father of Montage

Sergei Eisenstein was a world-renowned theorist and filmmaker best known for his use of montage and his film Battleship Potemkin.

Artland Magazine8 days ago

John Baldessari, the Wry Teacher Who Became a Path-Breaking Pioneer of Conceptual Art, Has Died at 88

John Baldessari, the Wry Teacher Who Became a Path-Breaking Pioneer of Conceptual Art, Has Died at 88

Pioneering Conceptual artist John Baldessari, whose droll, witty work helped expand the definition of art and shaped a generation of artists who came after him, has died. He was 88. His gallery, Marian Goodman, confirmed his passing, though a cause of death was not immediately available.

Artnet12 days ago

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 4

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 4

In the final installment of this four-part series, our critic reveals his picks—number 25 through number 1—of the key artworks of the 2010s.

Artnet17 days ago

Here Are the 8 Absolute Worst Works of Art We Saw in 2019, as Chosen by the Artnet News Staff

Here Are the 8 Absolute Worst Works of Art We Saw in 2019, as Chosen by the Artnet News Staff

Sometimes we come across an artwork so profound, so thrilling, so completely beautiful that it lingers fondly in the mind for years to come. Other times, we look at something and think, “Whoa… that stinks.” Like, big time. Here are some of those 2019 duds, as chosen by our writers and editors.

Artnet18 days ago

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 3

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 3

In the third installment of a four-part series, our critic reveals his picks—number 50 through number 26—of the key artworks of the 2010s.

Artnet18 days ago

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 2

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 2

In the second installment of a four-part series, our critic reveals his picks—number 75 through number 51—of the key art of the 2010s.

Artnet18 days ago

10 Unforgettable Artists Who Died in 2019

10 Unforgettable Artists Who Died in 2019

While it’s impossible to do justice to the talent that was lost this year, we take a closer look below at 10 diverse artists who died over the past 12 months.

Artsy21 days ago

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 1

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 1

In the first installment of a four-part series, our critic reveals his picks—number 100 through number 76—of the key artworks of the 2010s.

Artnet21 days ago

What Was the Most Influential Work of the Decade? We Surveyed Dozens of Art-World Experts to Find Out

What Was the Most Influential Work of the Decade? We Surveyed Dozens of Art-World Experts to Find Out

As the turbulent and event-filled 2010s come to an end, we asked more than 100 artists, curators, gallerists, and other art-world figures to tell us their picks of the most influential art and art-makers of the decade. Here is a selection of their responses.

Artnet22 days ago

Who Was the Most Influential Curator of the Decade? Dozens of Art-World Experts Told Us Their Judgment, and Why

Who Was the Most Influential Curator of the Decade? Dozens of Art-World Experts Told Us Their Judgment, and Why

As the turbulent and event-filled 2010s come to an end, we asked more than 100 artists, curators, gallerists, and other art-world figures to tell us their picks of the most influential art and art-makers of the decade. Here is a selection of their responses.

Artnet22 days ago

What Was the Most Influential Exhibition of the Decade? We Asked Dozens of Art-World Experts for Their Pick

What Was the Most Influential Exhibition of the Decade? We Asked Dozens of Art-World Experts for Their Pick

As the turbulent and event-filled 2010s come to an end, we asked more than 100 artists, curators, gallerists, and other art-world figures to tell us their picks of the most influential art and art-makers of the decade. Here is a selection of their responses.

Artnet22 days ago

Who Was the Most Influential Artist of the Decade? We Surveyed Dozens of Art-World Experts to Find Out

Who Was the Most Influential Artist of the Decade? We Surveyed Dozens of Art-World Experts to Find Out

As the turbulent and event-filled 2010s come to an end, we asked more than 100 artists, curators, gallerists, and other art-world figures to tell us their picks of the most influential art and art-makers of the decade. Here is a selection of their responses.

Artnet22 days ago

The Smithsonian Just Opened a Manila Envelope and Discovered Four Yayoi Kusama Paintings It Had No Idea Existed

The Smithsonian Just Opened a Manila Envelope and Discovered Four Yayoi Kusama Paintings It Had No Idea Existed

We don’t need to tell you how famous Yayoi Kusama is. You know that people wait for hours to see the Japanese artist’s gallery shows, and to take selfies in her “Infinity Rooms.” You read about how the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden increased membership by 6,566 percent by staging a Kusama exhibition. You might even know that a MoMA curator penned a children’s book devoted to her.

Artneta month ago

The Art Movements of the 2010s

The Art Movements of the 2010s

Protests, the introduction of Instagram, and social revolution have shaped the art of the past decade. During this period, as art-market trends rose and fell, there were seismic shifts in our perceptions of contemporary art and art history. The 2010s have seen some historic art moments, some of which sparked full-blown movements. Here, we share seven such instances, ranging from momentary fads to lasting developments that will shape the art world for years to come.

Artsya month ago

Most Expensive Paintings of the Past Decade. Part II: 2015-2019

Most Expensive Paintings of the Past Decade. Part II: 2015-2019

The Most Expensive Paintings of the Decade, Part 2: 2015-2019. As 2020 approaches we survey the market's milestones of the past 10 years.

Artland Magazinea month ago

Stories of Iconic Artworks: Joseph Beuys’ I Like America and America Likes Me

Stories of Iconic Artworks: Joseph Beuys’ I Like America and America Likes Me

In 1974, German artist Joseph Beuys spent three days living with a coyote in a New York Gallery. We consider the meaning and the implications of this work.

Artland Magazinea month ago

The Most Expensive Paintings of the Decade. Part 1: 2010 – 2014

The Most Expensive Paintings of the Decade. Part 1: 2010 – 2014

The Most Expensive Paintings of the Decade. Part I: 2010-2014. As one decade draws to a close and 2020 approaches we survey the market's milestones of the past 10 years.

Artland Magazinea month ago

The Best Art Books of the Decade

The Best Art Books of the Decade

Art books are forever, but the past decade brought forth what very well might have been more than ever before. What follows is a survey of the best art books published from 2010 to 2019, ranked in order of importance. They run the gamut from fiction to photo-books, and some have altered art history along the way.

Art Newsa month ago

A Long-Lost de Kooning Is Being Restored, But Will Always Bear the Scars of Its Theft

A Long-Lost de Kooning Is Being Restored, But Will Always Bear the Scars of Its Theft

Willem de Kooning’s “Woman–Ochre” was missing for over 30 years. Now recovered, it shows signs of mishandling and amateur restoration that are difficult to fix.

Hyperallergica month ago

Agents of Change: How Contrapposto Added Dynamism and Emotion to Art

Agents of Change: How Contrapposto Added Dynamism and Emotion to Art

This week, we dive into the development of Contrapposto, a sculptural approach developed in Ancient Greece, and its impact on art.

Artland Magazinea month ago

Masters of Illusion.  Trompe l’oeil Top 10 in contemporary art

Masters of Illusion. Trompe l’oeil Top 10 in contemporary art

When is an artwork not what it appears to be? When it is something else altogether. Check out these incredible illusionistic trompe l'oeil works of contemporary art.

Artland Magazine2 months ago

See 11 Powerful Works From a New Book Celebrating the Greatest Women Artists in History

See 11 Powerful Works From a New Book Celebrating the Greatest Women Artists in History

When the art historian Horst Waldemar Janson’s History of Art was first published in 1962, the book—which has since become the definitive art history textbook in the West—did not name a single female artist. The omission was not rectified until the 1986 edition was released.

Artnet2 months ago

What Vincent van Gogh Meant to the German Avant Garde

What Vincent van Gogh Meant to the German Avant Garde

Focussing primarily on the period from 1900 to the 1920s, the exhibition Making Van Gogh: A German Love Story is an heroic effort to salvage shy, humble Vincent van Gogh’s great artistic intensity from kitsch, banal technological exploitation and the much hyped, romantic image of the artist as a daft, doomed interloper.

Hyperallergic2 months ago

Shapeshifters. Top 10 Pioneers of the shaped canvas.

Shapeshifters. Top 10 Pioneers of the shaped canvas.

Read about the pioneers of the shaped canvas. See our selection of seminal artists who abandoned the rules of rectangular format and transformed painting in the modern and contemporary era.

Artland Magazine2 months ago

Art Movement: Zero Group

Art Movement: Zero Group

The Zero Group was a loosely knit group of artists that emerged in Germany in the 1950s, led by Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, and Günther Uecker.

Artland Magazine2 months ago

Agents of Change: Printmaking in Art

Agents of Change: Printmaking in Art

In this edition of our article series Agents of Change, we learn about the history of printmaking in art in all its different shapes and forms.

Artland Magazine2 months ago

Den Frie, Artists’ Autumn Exhibition 2019

Den Frie, Artists’ Autumn Exhibition 2019

On the occasion of the 2019 Artists' Autumn Exhibition at Den Frie, we look at Denmark's own Salon des Réfuses and some of this year's most intriguing participants.

Artland Magazine2 months ago

Art Movement: Pictures Generation

Art Movement: Pictures Generation

The Pictures Generation was a loosely-knit group of artists in the '70s and '80s concerned with questions of representation and appropriation.

Artland Magazine2 months ago

The Fascinating Physics of Jackson Pollock’s “Drip” Paintings

The Fascinating Physics of Jackson Pollock’s “Drip” Paintings

Researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Brown University studied the defining characteristics of Pollock’s techniques, which may help authenticate his action paintings.

Hyperallergic2 months ago

Five Leonardo Scholars Selected Their Favorite Work by the Italian Master. None Picked ‘Mona Lisa’

Five Leonardo Scholars Selected Their Favorite Work by the Italian Master. None Picked ‘Mona Lisa’

As excitement and intrigue surrounding the Italian master continues to build, ARTnews asked five experts and scholars one seemingly simple question: What is your favorite Leonardo work? Their responses, which follow below, may surprise you.

Art News2 months ago

The Clyfford Still Museum Uncovered a Trove of the Artist’s Tapes. Here Is What They Teach Us About One of History’s Most Private Painters

The Clyfford Still Museum Uncovered a Trove of the Artist’s Tapes. Here Is What They Teach Us About One of History’s Most Private Painters

For years, the Miami-based filmmaker and collector Dennis Scholl had wanted to make a documentary about his favorite artist, Clyfford Still. But he needed an excuse. Five years ago, the Clyfford Still Museum dropped one in his lap.

Artnet2 months ago

Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent Will Star in an Upcoming Film About an Epic Real-Life Art Heist

Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent Will Star in an Upcoming Film About an Epic Real-Life Art Heist

In the summer of 1961, a man snuck into the National Gallery in London through an open window in the men’s bathroom and snatched Francisco Goya’s Portrait of the Duke of Wellington from its easel display. He then slipped back out the window, committing the first-ever theft from the museum, a heist that captivated England for years.

Artnet3 months ago

FEATURES Museum Directors Under 40: A Brief History of 20 Young Leaders Who Helped Shape Their Institutions

FEATURES Museum Directors Under 40: A Brief History of 20 Young Leaders Who Helped Shape Their Institutions

Before World War II many museums directors were below the age of 40.” While youthful directors have become somewhat less common in recent years—perhaps a sign of the rising professionalization of the art industry—they do still arise.

Art News3 months ago

Why ‘Outsider Art’ Is a Problematic but Helpful Label

Why ‘Outsider Art’ Is a Problematic but Helpful Label

What makes someone truly an outsider? Is it a question of attitude, access, opportunity? Does it simply mean a certain rebellious streak, an aversion to the mainstream?

Artsy3 months ago