New Pages Added to The Art Story
German Art Dealer, Art Collector, and Art Historian
Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler was a German art dealer, gallery owner and champion of Cubism. Kahnweiler is credited as one of the first people to truly appreciate the early works of Picasso, Braque, Léger and the success of such artists was highly influenced by Kahnweiler's purchase and promotion of these works.
August 3, 2020
John Everett Millais
John Millais Everett was an English painter and illustrator, and one of the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Millais earned both acclaim and a reputation for scandal because of his realistic depiction of relious figures.
August 2, 2020
Russian Artist Collective
Movements and Styles: Performance Art, Feminist Art, LGBT Artists, Political Artists, Punk Art, Video Art, Street and Graffiti Art
Pussy Riot is an all-female Russian punk rock group, which was brought to international attention after the government arrested and imprisoned three of its members for protesting in an Orthodox cathedral. Pussy Riot's lyrics align with activist art; advocating for Feminism, LGBT rights, and opposing Russian President Vladimir Putin.
July 2, 2020
French Photographic Pioneer, Physicist, Scenic Painter and Printmaker
Movements and Styles: Modern Photography
Louis Daguerre is one of the fathers of photography having invented the daguerreotype process in which a shorter exposure time is used to chemically develop a photographic image. This revolutionazed the medium and allowed many thousands of people to use personal cameras.
June 30, 2020
Japanese Painter, sculptor, and illustrator
Exciting and unique, Yoshitomo Nara's children with piercing eyes have gained a cult following around the world. His works transform innocent images of wide-eyed characters and infuses them with horror and violence.
June 14, 2020
The Impressionists painters, such as Monet, Renoir, and Degas, created a new way of painting by using loose, quick brushwork and light colors to show how thing appeared to the artists at a particular moment: an "impression" of what they were seeing and feeling.
June 11, 2020
Collage was first employed in fine art in the context of Cubism, and has since been enormously influential, impacting not only drawing and painting but also attitudes to sculpture.
May 31, 2020
American Art Collector and Writer
Gertrude Stein was an American writer and supporter of the arts whose Paris salons were key sites for avant-garde art in the early twentieth century. She built one of the earliest collections of modern art, including works by Matisse, Picasso, Gris, and others.
May 18, 2020
Beaux Arts Architecture
Beaux Arts architecture was popularized in Paris in the nineteenth century. The style became popular worldwide, including in America, before Art Deco became the prevailing style.
May 9, 2020
Brutalism was a movement in modern architecture responsible for some of the most striking building designs of the twentieth century.
May 8, 2020
East Village Art
In 1980s East Village of New York City young artists, misfits, and rebels came together to create graffiti, collage, and DIY sculpture.
May 6, 2020
American Sculptor, Photographer, Film Director, and Performance Artist
Matthew Barney creates films based on performance and body art, most notably in his Drawing Restraint series and the five-film Cremaster Cycle.
May 4, 2020
Relational Aesthetics focuses on artwork that produces a temporary environment or event in which viewers could participate in order to assimilate and comprehend the artist's message or idea.
April 28, 2020
British Art Critic, Artist, and Designer
Roger Fry was a scholar of the old masters and French Impressionism, and also a champion of early-20th century British modern art. He coined the term "Post-Impressionism" and he was also a painter himself.
April 24, 2020
Foster is arguably the world's most influential living architect recognized chiefly for his jewel-like modern designs of steel and glass.
April 21, 2020
George Brecht's artworks and musical compositions offered a different edge than the artists of the time and Neo-Dada peers. And he made important works constructed from everyday objects designed for viewer interaction.
April 16, 2020
American Street Artist, Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Activist
Shepard Fairey is one of the most influential and best-known Street and Graffiti artist who became more widely known in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, specifically for his Barack Obama "Hope" poster.
April 16, 2020
French Art Critic, Poet, Playwright
Guillaume Apollinaire was a French writer and art critic who advanced the avant-garde Cubists including Pablo Picasso, André Breton and Henri Rousseau. He is also credited with coining the term "Surrealism."
April 16, 2020
Assemblage is a style of sculpture inspired by the idea of introducing pre-existing, non-art objects into an art context. Although one can find precedents for the approach in the work of Duchamp and Picasso, it flourished as a tendency in the 1950s and 1960s, and continues to be a prominent technique today.
April 15, 2020
Irish-American Painter and Sculptor
Sean Scully is an Irish-American painter who creates abstracted architectural constructions and emotionally-charged canvases that are often painted in colored stripes.
April 6, 2020
Russian Ballet Impresario and Art Critic
Sergei Diaghilev took early 20th century Europe by storm with his modern dance company, the Ballet Russes. The company rapidly became known, not just for their ballet, but also for their sets and costumes and the impact of Diaghilev's artistic vision can still be felt today in both the art and dance worlds. Charming, ruthless, and powerful, Diaghilev identified and nurtured talent across a range of genres from design to composition and choreography, bringing household names such as Stravinsky to prominence and launching the careers of a number of highly influential dancers. He also worked with more established artists and designers including Coco Chanel, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Andre Derain giving them an outlet for new ideas. In doing so, he ensured that the Ballet Russes remained at the forefront of the avant garde for two decades through a turbulent period of history.
March 29, 2020
The Independent Group led to the establishment of British Pop Art by responding and critiquing American-style advertising and movies.
March 26, 2020
The Analytic phase of the Cubism movement focused on fracturing the depiction of subjects almost to complete abstraction.
March 26, 2020
The Synthetic phase of the Cubism movement embraced a broader palette, simpler geometric planes, and less abstracted subjects while experimenting with collage and other techniques.
March 26, 2020
American Painter and Art Educator
David Park was an American painter who helped establish the Bay Area Figurative School that focused on using representative figures as well as natural shapes and forms.
March 11, 2020
The term Old Masters refers to eminent European artists from the Renaissance through to early modernism.
March 10, 2020
Concrete Poetry is a type of poetry or language-based art in which the way words and letters are visually presented is as important as what they mean.
March 5, 2020
Philip Pearlstein turned his attentions to figurative studies of the human body, led a revival of realism and are considered some of the finest of the twentieth century.
March 3, 2020
British Sculptor, Photographer, Installation and Performance Artist
Sarah Lucas sculptures feature found objects, collage, photography, puns, and "bawdy" humor through which she critiques misogyny, voyeurism, and society's view of the female body.
March 3, 2020
Ethiopian-American Painter, Draughtsman, and Printmaker
Contemporary artist Julie Mehretu is known for her large-scale dynamic canvases made in dense layers of paint, ink and pencil, and which are inspired by diverse sources such as architectural drawings.
February 25, 2020
Photomontage is essentially a single artwork combined of two+ photos, produced to encourage audiences to consider the relationship between the grouped images.
February 25, 2020
Direct Carving is the sculptural approach pioneered by Brâncuși that rejected the established sculptural practice.
February 4, 2020
The German term Gesamtkunstwerk describes an artwork, design, or creative process where multiple art forms are combined to create a single whole.
January 21, 2020
Medium Specificity and Flatness
Advocates for medium specificity demanded that each art concentrate on that which made it unique. In painting's case, it was its "flatness" that made it distinct.
January 21, 2020
British Art Critic, Painter, Social Thinker and Philanthropist
Ruskin is considered the father of modern art criticism, and was also a true polymath - a talented watercolorist, teacher, and geologist. He informed the Pre-Raphaelites, and influenced many important art topics.
January 20, 2020
Movements and Styles: Documentary Photography, Straight Photography, Precisionism, Modern Photography
Bourke-White was an intrepid adventurer at the very center of challenging historical events. Her photographs gained international recognition.
January 6, 2020
Tuymans, one of the world's most influential painters, offers eerie figurative works that transform people and events from our global news and cultural feeds.
December 2, 2019
Primarily a landscape painter, George Inness was known as a master of light, color, and shadow who was capable of eliciting great depth of feeling, mood, and atmosphere in his works.
November 30, 2019
British Sculptor, Printmaker, Installation and Public Artist
Sculptor Antony Gormley is well known for casts of his own body, which are then placed in wonderous locations throughout the world.
November 24, 2019
American Sculptor, Printmaker, Performance, and Installation Artist
Fighting racism and the damaging stereotypes imposed on African-American culture, the artist David Hammons reclaims objects and language that gave rise to unfair narratives.
November 14, 2019
The controversial photographer Spencer Tunick brings together large crowds of people, tells them to undress, and then directs them to pose in a particular way resulting in powerful scenes.
November 6, 2019
Chiaroscuro, Tenebrism, and Sfumato
Emphasizing drama and depth, the Renaissance techniques of Chiaroscuro, Tenebrism, and Sfumato allowed artists like Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, and Rembrandt to illuminate visual narratives out from the shadows.
November 5, 2019
The British Isles have been hosts to some of the most important art movements and are home to top modern and contemporary artists.
October 26, 2019
Renaissance Humanism, the focus on individuals, not the centrality of the church, and on a rediscovery of the humanities, powerfully influenced the Renaissance.
October 19, 2019
The European avant-garde Situationist International group engineered radically different situations from which to reflect upon society and culture.
September 17, 2019
Metaphysical Painting, led by De Chirico and Carrà, was inspired by those enigmatic moments when ordinary awareness becomes suspended and its as if we have stepped out of time.
September 2, 2019
British Sculptor, Installation and Performance Artist
The "quiet man" of the Young British Artists, Fairhurst's was a sophisticated, understated, and powerfully thoughtful practice.
August 26, 2019