Monthly Archives: February 2011

Who Watches the Art Watchers?

Yesterday, I read an excellent article by Timothy Aubry for Paper Monument‘s latest issue entitled “How to Behave in an Art Museum.” It may seem simple. Decorum dictates that we treat museums, their contents, and our fellow patrons with respect. … Continue reading

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The Art of War

Art has always been used as a visual cue for what kind of person the artist, subject, or buyer is. In the Renaissance, portraits were chock full of details that symbolized the traits and wealth of the sitter. These days, … Continue reading

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Women, Sex, and Death: Part II

Quite recently, I discussed the evolution of some femme fatales in art history. These women used their sexuality to directly or indirectly cause brutal death, and the moral of the danger of the female sex was clear. Today, I’m going … Continue reading

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Parfait Amour!

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of the most polarizing holiday of the year, here are my favorite love related paintings: This first entry is by someone I talk about way too much: Caravaggio. But, as usual, he expresses things better … Continue reading

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Women, Sex, and Death: Part I

As an art historian and a feminist, I strangely have never devoted much of my education to the role of women in art.  Well, not too far beyond awareness of evolution in the role of male gaze and the virgin/whore … Continue reading

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Uncomfortable in My Own Skins

In December, I learned that MTV was  premiering a Skins adaption. Bryan Elsley, co-creator of the original and writer of some of the best Skins episodes ever, was also heavily involved in the American version. Then I watched the first … Continue reading

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Prince of Darkness

Caravaggiomania! Say that five times fast. Then say “the bad boy of Baroque is back” five times fast.  Well, according to ARTnews, he is. Carravaggio has all the making of a legend:  explosive talent with an even more explosive personality, … Continue reading

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