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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…

5 Special Museum Exhibits to Catch This Fall

Autumn is an amazing time of year to visit an art museum, mainly because there tend to be fewer tourists. But it’s also just an easy, peaceful activity to do before the hustle and bustle of the holidays turn you into the subject of an Edvard Munch painting. And you’ll learn some fun tidbits you an use to impress your family at the big holiday feast. So, we’ve rounded up five standout limited engagements around…

Masters of Paint Talk Color at a Mock Cocktail Party

Sometimes the world feels pretty black and white. But today, on National Color Day, we’re celebrating all the shades in between. And, to do so, we’re channeling the spirits of some true-blue masters. Imagine for a moment that you’ve been invited to a swanky cocktail party where all your favorite painters from disparate genres are in attendance. You’re sitting between Frida Kahlo and Paul Gauguin, and across from Vincent Van Gogh. Just as you take…

Picasso and Peace

Mention Pablo Ruiz Picasso at a party and chances are the conversation will center on his seriously distorted visages, like The Weeping Woman and The Red Armchair. But that’s just one chapter in the book on this Spanish master whose illustrious career spanned 70 years. What’s mentioned less often is his role in politics, as a Delegate at the Paris Peace Conference and in the Peace Movement, in general. While his work sometimes chronicled the…

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