Archive | November, 2013

Maya Lin’s Silver Missouri

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a talk by the accomplished artist and architect Maya Lin at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Lin, best known for winning the contest to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. when she was a 21-year-old architecture student (kind of makes every other […]

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A Very Brief History of the Female Nude in Western Art

I had a great conversation with my friend Christina the other day.  After having read my post about the Overland Park Arboretum controversy, she told me that she is drawn to the female nude in her own art, and it sounds like she is exploring the various potential implications of it.  We talked about how […]

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Lost and Found

Good news today in the art world: the BBC reported that a collection of an estimated 1,500 works of art looted by the Nazis has been located in Munich.  The Nazis seized as many as 16,000 works of art: for the sake of censorship (modern art was found to be “degenerate“), for the sake of […]

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News Flash: Art World Still Sexist

It has been an interesting week for women in contemporary art.  In case anybody still thinks that maybe we’ve moved beyond needing courses/books/exhibitions devoted specifically to women in the arts, Neo-Expressionist artist Georg Baselitz this week stated, “Women don’t paint very well. It’s a fact,” claiming that they “simply don’t pass the market test, the […]

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Arty Halloween

Halloween is the most magical time of the year for artists and creative types.  Since we don’t get out of school or work for this most joyous occasion (although we should), I try to encourage my students to come to class on Halloween (or the day before or day after) by offering a few extra […]

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