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The Year of the Dog: A Celebration of Pups in Art

They say every dog has his day. And if you follow Chinese astrology, those born under the Year of the Dog are about to get 365 of them. Beginning February 16, 2018, we bid adieu to 2017’s crowing Rooster and honor everyone’s honest, faithful, easy-going, four-legged friend: The Dog. To kick off the festivities, we’re doing a quick virtual retrospective featuring some of our favorite canines in art history and their painterly pals, followed by…

Fifteen Fascinating Facts About Famous Artists

Different, colorful, eccentric—all descriptors one might use to politely describe artists who buck traditions, defy conventionality, and sometimes even violently reject the status quo. And why is that? Because, as humans, we’re naturally both perplexed and awed by those who blatantly ignore societal norms. We’re drawn to the bold souls who not only march to the beat of their own drum, but douse said drum with gasoline, light a match, record video of the ensuing…

Six Dramatic Binge-worthy Art Biopics

If you’re in a region experiencing frigid winter temps (and, really, even if you’re not), here’s a warm weekend plan for you: Bust out your bar cart, get your hygge on, and cozy up with some masters of paint. Caveat: Though many of our most beloved painters from art history produced glossy masterpieces that we know and love, their backstories are anything but polished. In fact, you might find that they lived extremely messy lives…

We’ve Come a Long Way Baby—Except with Abstract Expressionism

I recently visited a semi-major metropolitan city for an Abstract Expressionism exhibit. I was pumped for the art, but also for the chance to introduce my non-art-history-fanatic boyfriend to the first modern art movement to embrace women. We stepped into the special exhibition hall and I went into my customary manic art appreciation mode, rushing around the room and exclaiming in a hushed voice, “That’s a Philip Guston!”, “Check out that Rothko!”, and “This Clyfford…

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