New Pages Added to The Art Story
Filipino-American Painter and Assemblage Artist
Ossorio, a key player in the Abstract Expressionist and Art Brut movements, is also remembered for his assemblages, or what he called, "Congregations".
September 27, 2022
The Danish artist collective Superflex are product designers, artists, community organizers, and project coordinators, working to critique capitalism and commodification of modern life.
September 27, 2022
Movements and Styles: Street Photography, Fashion Photography, Documentary Photography, Modern Photography
One of the most famous and influential Japanese photographers of the post-war period, Araki's work is technically masterful and culturallly rich.
September 2, 2022
Constructivism flourished in Russia with an entirely new approach, a technical analysis of modern materials to serve modern society.
August 15, 2022
Movements and Styles: Queer Art, Identity Art and Identity Politics, Documentary Photography, LGBT Artists
Photographer Laura Aguilar provided new possibilities for the depictions of subjects and bodies that had traditionally been excluded from art history.
August 2, 2022
Movements and Styles: Performance Art, Modern Photography, Body Art, Collage, Conceptual Art, Identity Art and Identity Politics
Ulay's artworks influenced a generation of Performance, Body, and Installation artists and became foundational to an art-world understanding of the power of live performance in a gallery.
August 1, 2022
The islands of the Aegean Sea once produced a wealth of unique, influential, and mysterious artworks and cultural artefacts.
June 28, 2022
In many ways, the history of France and its culture are interconnected with the country's achievements in the arts.
June 20, 2022
Italian Painter and Writer
Carlo Carra was a leading figure of the Futurist movement that flourished in Italy during the beginning of the twentieth century. In addition to his many paintings, he wrote a number of books on art.
May 6, 2022
Historical African Art
The histories, themes, and styles of African Art are as diverse as the communities and cultures that traverse the continent.
April 25, 2022
Identity Art and Identity Politics Updated
Artists of color, LGBTQ+ artists, and women have used their art to stage and display experiences of identity and community.
March 31, 2022
Ford Madox Brown
Ford Madox Brown was best-known for his paintings of historical and moral subjects. Although he used vivid colors and realism in his works, Brown was not a member of the original Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, but instead a friend and inspiration of many of its members.
March 20, 2022
Cave Art (or Paleolithic Art) is a broad term for the earliest known art-making in human history.
March 17, 2022
Italian Sculptor and Goldsmith
The artist and sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti is credited with creating one of the greatest masterpieces in Renaissance Italian art, the east doors for the Baptistery in Florence Cathedral.
March 3, 2022
American Urban Environment Artist, Outsider Artist, Painter, Mixed Media and Installation Artist
Movements and Styles: Installation Art, Neo-Expressionism, Street and Graffiti Art, Public Art, Art Brut and Outsider Art
The American artist Tyree Guyton transformed his devastated Detroit neighborhood into a living art gallery.
March 2, 2022
Abstract Expressionism: Second Generation
After the dominance of Abstract Expressionism a group of artists with disparate styles and approaches pointed the way forward.
February 27, 2022
Lucas Cranach the Elder
German Painter and Printmaker
The most important artist of the Protestant Reformation, Lucas Cranach the Elder court portraiture and woodcuts helped the religion become the major movement within Christianity in sixteenth century Europe.
February 22, 2022
American Conceptual Artist
Lawrence Weiner was one of the pioneers of text-as-art. His use of language is notable for its lyricism, its inquisitive engagement with the material world around it, and its playful visual forms.
February 5, 2022
An iconic photographer as well as a filmmaker, David Bailey revolutionized fashion photography and portraiture by introducing a new informality to portraiture and street imagery.
December 31, 2021
French Philosopher, Social Theorist, and Semiotician
Movements and Styles: Postmodernism
Roland Barthes is France's best-known essayist and literary critic and his Post-structuralism (or Deconstructionism) ideas have been wide-reaching and have had a profound impact on how we interpret artworks.
December 19, 2021
German-American Landscape Painter
Bierstadt is one of America's greatest landscape artists who made epic panoramas of the untamed American West that proved immensely popular with the American public.
November 20, 2021
Israeli Painter and Sculptor
The sculptor and painter Menashe Kadishman established himself in the movements of Minimalism, Conceptual Art, and Neo-Expressionism before focusing on themes of Jewish heritage and familial sacrifice.
November 14, 2021
American Painter, Printmaker, and Photographer
Paul Cadmus was a pioneer of Queer Art who with an incisive, satirical gaze, depicted scenes from modern American life in all of its beautiful and grotesque details.
October 31, 2021
American Land Artist
The Environmental artist Alan Sonfist has explored issues of ecological deterioration, preservation, and what would later be understood as "climate change" via methods of the naturalist, historian, and urban planner.
October 14, 2021
Cuban Artist and Political Activist
Movements and Styles: Installation Art, Performance Art, Body Art, Identity Art and Identity Politics, Institutional Critique, Relational Aesthetics
Cuban artist Tania Bruguera creates challenging performative works, as well as community outreach programs that are central to contemporary political art.
October 7, 2021
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Bulgarian-American and French-Moroccan Sculptors, Photographers, and Conceptual Artists
Christo and Jeanne-Claude large-scale installations stand out as some of the greatest achievements in site-specific art.
September 26, 2021
Whether a statue in a town square or a rough guerrilla-style marking Public Art engages with audiences outside of galleries and museums.
September 18, 2021
French Sculptor, Photographer, Painter, and Film Maker
Boltanski focus on memory, the holocaust, mortality, and mourning made him a leader within the Conceptual Art and Post-Minimalism movements.
September 8, 2021
American Artist and Architect
Movements and Styles: Performance Art, Body Art, Video Art, Conceptual Art, Installation Art, Modern Architecture
Vito Acconci boundary-pushing performances used powerful language, audience engagement, and sex and eroticism to create innovative viewing situations.
September 6, 2021
The movement of Impressionism, which originated in France, was concerned with capturing the momentary impression made by a visual scene on the artist's eye. It took hold in Britain both through continental influences and independent lines of development, from J.M.W. Turner's expressive seascapes to the delicate night scenes of James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Whistler's work of the 1860s-80s had a profound impact on a younger generation of painters such as Walter Sickert and Philip Wilson Steer, who were involved in creating the defining networks and events of British Impressionism, including the New English Art Club and the London Impressionists exhibition, towards the end of the 1880s. Meanwhile, another group of Whistler's acolytes in Scotland, the Glasgow Boys, developed a distinctive Impressionist-influenced style equally indebted to the Naturalism of Jules Bastien-Lepage. While all this was happening, British artists were also developing vital and sustaining creative relationships with French contemporaries and masters, such as Sickert with Degas, which also fed into the evolution of British Impressionism.
September 5, 2021
Anton Raphael Mengs
Mengs was regarded by many in his day as Europe's most important painter and he was a strong advocate of formal arts education and national art academies with many of his former pupils going on to achieve prominent positions in Academies of Europe.
August 23, 2021
American Realism is a tendency that has traveled the timeline of American history and through its various manifestations such as Hudson River School, Ashcan School, Regionalism, and Photorealism, having shaped America's identity as a nation.
August 8, 2021
Art for Art's Sake Updated
Definition of Art for Art's Sake idea and uses in the history of visual art.
July 30, 2021
French Poet and Art Critic
Stéphane Mallarmé is considered one of the greatest French poets of the later nineteenth century. He was also a champion of many of the avant-garde artists of the time, including the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists.
June 25, 2021
Albert C. Barnes
American Doctor and Art Collector, Educator, and Writer
Movements and Styles: Impressionism, Modernism and Modern Art, Post-Impressionism, Historical African Art
The pharmacy mogul Albert Barnes was a philanthropic art collector who built the world famous Barnes Foundation of modern art.
June 24, 2021
American Painter and Sculptor
Dehner left an indelible mark on twentieth century American sculpture - her most famous pieces are totem-like structures that incorporate abstract symbols and place stress on contour over mass.
June 14, 2021
Keith Haring Updated
American Graffiti Artist, Sculptor, and Muralist
Haring brought elements of popular culture to museums and showed how seemingly simple and even cartoon elements of the self-taught may be appreciated.
June 14, 2021
Duane Hanson was an American artist and sculptor, who worked primarily in Photorealism, a Pop-influenced style. Best known for his uncanny, life-size depictions of solitary tourists, derelicts, and housewives, his work explores social issues and the complexities of American identity.
June 14, 2021
Andrea del Sarto
Florentine High Renaissance painter and draftsman
Del Sarto was the most important Florentine painter of the early 16th century buyilding on Leonardo's sfumato technique by introducing a warmer and more vivid range of colours influencing the later Mannerist style.
May 30, 2021
Formalism is a critical and creative position which holds that an artwork's value lies in the relationships it establishes between different compositional elements such as color, line, and texture, which ought to be considered apart from all notions of subject-matter or context. Although the term primarily indicates a way of interpreting rather than making art, certain painters and sculptors, from Paul Cézanne to Jackson Pollock, have been associated with a Formalist approach. Originating in the mid-19th century, the ideas of formalism gained currency across the late nineteenth century with the rise of abstraction in painting, reaching new heights in the early 20th century with movements such as Cubism. During the mid-20th century, the North American critic Clement Greenberg defined a Formalist approach with unprecedented levels of detail and rigor. Since then, the term has been associated primarily with him, and with the artists he championed, such as the Abstract Expressionists.
May 26, 2021
French Painter, writer, theorist, poet
The French painter Jean Metzinger was a member of the Section d'Or group of Salon Cubist artist and he co-wrote the first major treatise, Du Cubisme.
April 28, 2021
Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid
Russian Painters, Sculptors, and Conceptual Artists
The artist Komar and Melamid subverted the political and cultural systems of their native Soviet Union and later built their art upon their fascination with the vagaries of childhood memory.
April 7, 2021
American Painter, Draughtswoman, and Writer
Movements and Styles: Abstract Expressionism
Mercedes Matter was an American painter and a leading figure in Abstract Expressionism, working alongside the de Koonings, Pollock, Guston, and Kline. She was also the founder of The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
March 28, 2021
Influenced by Cubism, American artists like Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth used precise lines and abstracted planes to depict vernacular architecture and the industrial landscape.
March 25, 2021
American Sculptor, Painter, and Draughtman
The idiosyncratic artist Richard Artschwager confounded art categories and he excelled in transforming the mundane into objects and images that became both familiar and alien.
March 19, 2021
St Ives School
The St Ives School included artists Barbara Hepworth, Naum Gabo, Ben Nicholson, and others, who led to great innovation in British modern painting, sculpture, and ceramics, among other art forms.
March 5, 2021
Kerry James Marshall
Kerry James Marshall has spent his career as an artist working against marginalization, injecting Blackness into the grand narrative of art, seen through his symbolic, allegorical paintings.
March 4, 2021
The phrase "avant-garde" was adapted to apply to the work of artists that worked on the social, political, and cultural revolutionary potential of much modern art.
March 4, 2021
Jules Bastien-Lepage - or the "painter of peasants" as he was sometime known - expanded the vocabulary of French modernism and naturalism to include rural landscape and portraiture.
February 20, 2021