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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2022: I. M. Pei

Monday, May 16, 2022 | Karl Cole

I. M. (Ieoh Ming) Pei was a pioneering American architect renowned in the International Style. He conceived of many of his building designs as a form of sculpture. ...

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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2022: Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Monday, May 9, 2022 | Karl Cole

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month continues with the work of Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Kuniyoshi applied modernist compositional principles to works that are solidly grounded in the object. Hi ...

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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2022: Tomie Arai

Monday, May 2, 2022 | Karl Cole

Let’s start May with a tribute to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Throughout the month, the blog will focus on artists from those cultures who have had a major impact on Amer ...

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End of the Ming Dynasty in China

Monday, April 25, 2022 | Karl Cole

This day in history, April 25, 1644, marked the end of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) in China with the death of Chongzhen Emperor (1611–1644). Although the Ming period was turbulent po ...

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Gem of the Month: Oki Sato

Monday, April 18, 2022 | Karl Cole

It’s always refreshing to learn about a designer who combines an unconventional aesthetic with concern for our climate-changing planet, so Oki Sato’s Cabbage Chair is my Gem of the Month. ...

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World Landscape Architecture Month: Nanzen-ji

Monday, April 4, 2022 | Karl Cole

The landscaping and gardens at Nanzen-ji certainly could be considered an outdoor sculptural installation. As landscape architecture, the garden of this extraordinarily peaceful place in Kyoto approac ...

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Women's History Month 2022: Karin Davie

Monday, March 28, 2022 | Karl Cole

Karin Davie is a Canadian artist who has explored traditional elements of art in a completely novel manner. Her emphasis on the action of line could put her work into the realm of Process Art, althoug ...

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Women's History Month 2022: Julia Margaret Cameron

Monday, March 21, 2022 | Karl Cole

Julia Margaret Cameron is counted among the first professional woman photographers in Western art history. ...

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Women's History Month 2022: Toyin Ojih Odutola

Monday, March 14, 2022 | Karl Cole

Nigerian-born artist Toyin Ojih Odutola explores contemporary definitions of gender, culture, and society with a unique graphic/painting technique. ...

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Women's History Month 2022: Maria Martinez

Monday, March 7, 2022 | Karl Cole

I’m going to feature examples of outstanding women artists who played key roles in art history for Women’s History Month. Ceramic artist Maria Martinez was truly at the forefront of Pueblo ...

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Black History Month 2022: John Biggers

Monday, February 28, 2022 | Karl Cole

While John Biggers is known for his murals, he is equally as renowned for his graphic works. His realist style is tempered by an abstract simplification reminiscent of African art. He drew his subject ...

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Black History Month 2022: Mary A. Jackson

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | Karl Cole

Mary A. Jackson is instrumental in bringing the African American tradition of sweetgrass basket making (called “Gullah” basketry) to international recognition. Sweetgrass basketry of ...

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Black History Month 2022: Mark Bradford

Monday, February 14, 2022 | Karl Cole

Let’s continue to celebrate art for Black History Month with the work of Mark Bradford. ...

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Black History Month 2022: Akili Ron Anderson

Monday, February 7, 2022 | Karl Cole

Let’s celebrate Black History Month by showing outstanding Black artists over the next few weeks. I’m starting the series with the work of Akili Ron Anderson. ...

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Muthanna: Calligraphic Mirror Writing

Monday, January 31, 2022 | Karl Cole

I’m celebrating two national days today with this beautiful calligraphy—National Backward Day and National Inspire your Heart with Art Day. What better way than with an image of calligraph ...

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Possibilities of Paper: Kim Hyung Joo

Monday, January 24, 2022 | Karl Cole

Contemporary interdisciplinary artist Kim Hyung Joo explores Korean culture in her artworks, including through papermaking and fiber arts. Means of communicating culture, such as traditional clothing ...

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