First of a string of groundbreaking contemporary art shows, the 1863 Salon des Refusés has radically changed the course of Art History.
Surprising and intriguing, unfinished art offers new perspectives on the artistic process, ultimately revealing what was bound to remain secret.
What better way to spend your summer than with a great book in hands? From Thrillers to romance, discover our pick of the best art-themed novels.
Curricular changes rarely make headlines even in the confines of a college town, but after Yale University’s art history department announced plans to revamp its introductory survey courses with global offerings less focused on Europe and the United States, the news prompted a national outcry.
Often gruesome in their original versions, fairy tales have an inherently dark side, which has been reinvented by a number of artists.
Discover one of the most groundbreaking architectural philosophies in modern times and the man behind it.
Can browsers, software, code, websites, and images randomly found on the internet be art?
Can comedy ever be art? From the crucifixion in puppet form to Vic Reeves on dada, we celebrate the daftness that can ensue when one spills over into the other
Pioneering art historian Frank Popper, whose writings were among the first to explore the relationship between modern art and technology, has died at age one hundred and two in Lugano, Switzerland. At the time of his death, Popper held the title of Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the Science of Art at the Sorbonne. In addition to helping lay the groundwork for discourses concerning new media and ethics in his later writing on what he called the “virtualization” of art, Popper influenced countless historians and artists with scholarship conducted in the 1960s, when he published early analyses of light and movement in contemporary art.
In 1921, Walter Benjamin bought Klee's "Angelus Novus". The angel made it possible to understand a humanity proving itself by destruction.
Darko Maver was a provocative Serbian artist whose life and work hid a secret that shocked the art world...
Discover the work of a career nanny that has rewritten the history of Street Photography.
Throughout history, African American artists have been narrating the implications and social magnitude of the African diaspora.
As galleries and art institutions around the world begin to reopen, we are spotlighting individual shows—online and IRL—that are worth your attention.
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From collecting and storing placards to recording oral histories from those who were there, museums across America are archiving a vital moment from history.
New York City may be home to the world’s premier museums and galleries, but many of the most celebrated and experimental artworks memorably shown in the city debuted outside the walls of those spaces. From the 1960s to the present, public art in New York has undergone huge changes and reinventions by artists, with pieces evolving from interventions in abandoned warehouses to multi-location installations. To trace the history of some of the most important public artworks in the city’s recent history, ARTnews spoke to Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator of the Public Art Fund, and Micaela Martegani, executive director and chief curator of the nonprofit More Art. Their insights on standout works over the years follow below.
As galleries and art institutions around the world begin to slowly reopen, we are spotlighting individual shows—online and IRL—that are worth your attention.
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The discovery marks the earliest known evidence of human activity in the Congo Basin.
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Critics cite ‘uncomfortable combination of hierarchical, racial and sexist connotations’
While artists are constantly restaging the gallery space, the history of The White Cube phenomenon is worth bearing in mind today.
Maria Lai's peculiar artistic research unified tradition and innovation, history and the present, and rediscovered the power of communities.
Though celebrated as one of Mexico’s preeminent muralists, Diego Rivera’s path to fame was defined by long-overlooked experimentation. Born in 1886, he lived through unsettled, revolutionary times, and he is best known for his pursuit of a decisive national and artistic identity for Mexico in the wake of the country’s revolution, which ended in 1920.
Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the “Last Supper” has faded and cracked over time, but an accurate reproduction likely made by one of his pupils reveals details you may have missed.
Explore just a few examples of how artists have acted as activists, and see how they have contributed to protests and raised awareness of their causes.
This article covers the relationship between art and advertising and the line of influence between them.
What is Outsider Art? We look at the history of this whimsical and peculiar genre, with some of the most illustrious examples.
From Ancient Greece to the present, discover how architects have developed utopian visions.
Nicole R. Fleetwood's new book explores prison art and the broader visual culture of incarceration.
“I could make up stories of what the circle means to men, but I don’t know if that is conscious. I think it was a form, a vehicle. I don’t think I had a sexual, anthropomorphic, geometric meaning.”
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We asked historians to weigh in on the role that artists have played in past instances of social, economic, and cultural unrest.
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A glance at the pair of revolutionary artists' life who have changed our perception of urban and natural surroundings.
Earlier this month, Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum became one of the many major European museums that began allowing visitors into its galleries after a months-long temporary closure related to the coronavirus pandemic. The cause for celebration was tempered by an unexpected shift in programming: one of the masterpieces that was once on view at the museum, a Paul Gauguin painting called Mata Mua (In Olden Times), from 1892, was no longer there—and it is possible it may never return.
The ministry of culture in Greece has won a court ruling over Sotheby’s that may leave lasting effects on the antiquities market.
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In a suit filed in New York Southern District Court on June 9, art historian Marc Restellini alleges that the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, a nonprofit organization that supports the production of digital catalogues raisonnés and archives, has made copies of and disseminated his research on the artist Amedeo Modigliani without his permission. The French newspaper Le Monde first reported the news.
I suppose I am something of an Aby Warburg agnostic. Or, I vacillate.
Appropriation art has been around for centuries, though the rise of consumerism led to a newfound significance and prevalence.