The Escape Artist: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and the Art of Other Worlds
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The Escape Artist: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and the Art of Other Worlds

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1618-1682) is a great artist. Sure, a lot of people have disliked him, and sure, he might have a knack for falling out of favour. Still, he keeps sneaking his way back into the canon of artists. To me, that’s saying something. And whatever you might think personally about his work, the … Continue reading

Review of The Painted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchanan
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Review of The Painted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Somewhere along the line, I’ve become an art snob. One day I realized that I automatically snorted a little when someone told me how cool M.C. Escher’s pictures are, and that when I replied I would use the phrase “graphic work” to describe the drawings. And this attitude of mine also goes for, among other … Continue reading

The Work and Story of Emil Nolde
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The Work and Story of Emil Nolde

To start a discussion of the German artist Emil Nolde, I think we could all use a simile. I expect many of you organize your dresser drawers into categories. And if you do, I bet you also have one item that defies classification. For me it’s my one belt. “Thematically,” I’ll think to myself in … Continue reading

Review of “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro
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Review of “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro

Two weeks ago, artist Paul Emsley unveiled his new portrait of Kate Middleton. What do you think of it? Though it’s received some praise, for the most part critics have dismissed it as disappointingly bland. In a way, it’s the image’s attempt at “sweetness” that is the real problem. Emsley’s portrait doesn’t really make you … Continue reading

Review of “What Are You Looking At? 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye” by Will Gompertz
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Review of “What Are You Looking At? 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye” by Will Gompertz

When it comes to modern art, it can be easy to feel that someone’s having a laugh at your expense. Whether it’s the works themselves or opaque explanations given in gallery labels, art of the last 150 years seems to be the ever-shrinking domain of only the most extensively trained and deeply initiated. Will Gompertz … Continue reading