Just a Second: Rhyton

Golden rhyton from Iran's Achaemenid period, c. 550-300 BCE, excavated at Ecbatana, National Museum of Iran, Photo via Wikimedia Commons. Golden rhyton from Iran's Achaemenid period, c. 550-300 BCE, excavated at Ecbatana, National Museum of Iran, Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Rhyton An ancient drinking vessel with a cone shape, sometimes with a human or animal design.

Etel Adnan, Renaissance Woman

Etel Adnan, artist, Photo by P. K. via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License. Etel Adnan, artist, Photo by P. K. via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

Etel Adnan did not make a splash in the art world until she was 87 years old, and that’s just fine with her. She has been busy. The Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist is recognized in academic circles to … Continue reading

Happy Birthday André Derain

André Derain, 1906, Charing Cross Bridge, London, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, artwork in the Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. André Derain, 1906, Charing Cross Bridge, London, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, artwork in the Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

André Derain, the co-founder of Fauvism with Henri Matisse, was born on June 10, 1880 near Paris. In 1905, Derain and Matisse exhibited their groundbreaking art in the Salon d’Automne when one critic declaired that their boldly-colored work looked like … Continue reading

RIP Marisol

Marisol, Self-Portrait Looking at the Last Supper, 1982-4, Wood, plywood, stone, plaster, aluminum, dye, charcoal, 121 ½” x 358” x 61”, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Photo via the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Marisol, Self-Portrait Looking at the Last Supper, 1982-4, Wood, plywood, stone, plaster, aluminum, dye, charcoal, 121 ½” x 358” x 61”, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Photo via the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

One of the most unique modern artists, Maria Sol Escobar, otherwise simply known as Marisol, died on April 30, 2016 at the age of 85. The French-born, Venezuelan artist first caused a sensation in the New York art world in … Continue reading

Whistler’s Mother

James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Grey and Black, 1871, oil on canvas, 56.8” x 63.9”, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Artwork in the Public Domain, Photo from Wikipedia James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Grey and Black, 1871, oil on canvas, 56.8” x 63.9”, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Artwork in the Public Domain, Photo from Wikipedia.

This old gal still holds a fascination for viewers 145 years after James McNeill Whistler painted her. The American expatriate artist gave the painting the title, Arrangement in Grey and Black because his primary interest was to create a balanced … Continue reading

Stonehenge: The Cosmic Cemetery

Stonehenge, bluestone, c. 3100 BCE – 1600 BCE, Amesbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom Stonehenge, bluestone, c. 3100 BCE – 1600 BCE, Amesbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Scholars are closer to unlocking the mystery of the ancient monument, Stonehenge. This month, Michael Parker-Pearson at University College London published an article in Antiquity supporting the “graveyard theory,” which is the idea that the site was used as a … Continue reading

What is the Barbizon School?

Charles-François Daubigny, Spring, 1862, oil on panel, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, artwork in the Public Domain. Charles-François Daubigny, Spring, 1862, oil on panel, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, artwork in the Public Domain.

The Barbizon School is a group of French painters who lived in the village of Barbizon near the Forest of Fontainebleau and worked roughly from 1830-70. A precursor to Realism, these artists’ subjects were taken from the French countryside, often … Continue reading

Lewis Hine Made Change Happen

Lewis Hine, Child in a Carolina Cotton Mill, 1908, gelatin silver print, photograph in the Public Domain. Lewis Hine, Child in a Carolina Cotton Mill, 1908, gelatin silver print, photograph in the Public Domain.

Trained sociologist Lewis Hine wanted to improve the working conditions for immigrants in America at the turn of the 20th century, so he picked up a camera. He met families on Ellis Island and then followed them to other regions … Continue reading

RIP Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid, MAXXI, 2009, Rome. Zaha Hadid, MAXXI, 2009, Rome.

Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid died last week at the age of 65. A recipient of the Prizker Architecture Prize, Dame Hadid enjoyed a series of prestigious commissions as well as a career teaching at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia Universities. … Continue reading

Take a Minute: Botticelli’s Primavera

Sandro Botticelli, Primavera, c. 1482, tempera on panel, 80" x 124", Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Public Domain via Wikipedia. Sandro Botticelli, Primavera, c. 1482, tempera on panel, 80

The Italian painter Sandro Botticelli was a master of the Early Renaissance, which means that people saw a new naturalism in his art as well as the influence of Classical Antiquity in subject matter and style. Botticelli landed a great job working in Florence … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama, Floor Show, 1965/2013, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, photo by Christian Ramiro González Verón via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License. Yayoi Kusama, Floor Show, 1965/2013, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, photo by Christian Ramiro González Verón via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License.

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama turns 87 today. Known for her irreverent and experimental work, Kusama probably is most famous for her Infinity Rooms in which she explores her obsessions with particular patterns and forms by setting them in a mirrored … Continue reading