Category Archives: American Art

Happy (?) Veterans Day, Have Some Historical Analysis

From a historian’s perspective, the creative output of the twentieth century’s major conflicts exhibits some interesting trends. The art made during and in response to war seems to mimic our self-view, and how that perception can interact with war itself: … Continue reading

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Portrait of the Artist as a…War Hero?

When we talk about war art*, there is a tendency to focus only on the subjects. How does a painting glorify or expose the brutality of a conflict? Are the soldiers and civilians treated with dignity? Is there an element … Continue reading

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Why, Kawaii

Flipping through the March issue of ARTnews, I happened on something amazing: a reason to write about Hello Kitty and art in the same post. The article in question, by Stephanie Murg, juxtaposes two art shows, one low and one … Continue reading

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Google Art Project Wins the Internet

I’m writing this blog post from than Van Gogh Museum.  I’m also writing it from the armchair of my apartment.  How, you may ask, is this possible?  Although I do entertain the Multiverse theory, it’s actually not that.  It’s on … Continue reading

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Greatest Hits Part I

A week ago today I went to my favorite place in the world:  The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  It’s a dizzying experience even before you walk in the front door, with its neoclassical facade stretching before you.  That feeling is … Continue reading

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Crazy Cats and Sane White Space

I posted a few weeks ago about Gericault’s portraits of the mentally ill and the somewhat ridiculous notion in his time that a patient could be diagnosed based on facial features.  Gericault’s portraits provided the “diagnostic material.”  So we, the … Continue reading

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What the Whitney Leaves Behind

I wrote a few weeks ago about the Whitney Museum of American Art’s impending move to a new location in the Meatpacking District.  It is unknown exactly what will become of the historic Breuer building on Madison Avenue.  The New … Continue reading

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