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An Abstract Expressionist You Should Know

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | Karl Cole

Some art historians, when discussing an artist’s work, will say “oh, but he’s (or she’s) a brilliant colorist!” I’ve never really known when to use that phrase with ...

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Woodcuts Like Paintings

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | Karl Cole

My significant other and I just had a redo of our vacation in Provincetown that did not end up happening in July. So, in honor of that, I’m presenting Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), a tr ...

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An Important Art Colony School

Monday, July 16, 2018 | Karl Cole

I will soon be on my way to Provincetown for vacation. Some of my favorite things to do with my husband in Provincetown are looking at the art in all the galleries and finding out where certain artist ...

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A Breath of Spring

Monday, April 2, 2018 | Karl Cole

What better way to celebrate the beginning of April than to see COLOR. Kenneth Noland’s (1924–2010) painting named for this month makes me think of blue skies with a bright sun and the sme ...

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Happy African American [Art] History Month III

Monday, February 19, 2018 | Karl Cole

Whenever you’ve got a massive case of the “sads” in winter, it’s always helpful to seek color to give you a lift. What am I saying? Even if you don’t have a case of the s ...

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Summer (Unofficially) Over

Friday, September 9, 2016 | Karl Cole

Well, summer is on its way out, so how about a little color to lift spirits? Robert Motherwell is my favorite of the artists associated with Abstract Expressionists, because I get a sense of joy that ...

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August Artist Birthday to Recognize

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | Karl Cole

Give credit where credit is due, I always say. Sadly, that isn’t something a lot of art history texts do when it comes to women artists. For instance, there were many women practicing some form ...

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Surprise!

Monday, June 20, 2016 | Karl Cole

I always like to be surprised, learning about an artist I know little or nothing about. I’m certain that the names that come to mind when the style “Abstract Expressionism” is mentio ...

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A Bridge

Monday, September 28, 2015 | Karl Cole

The impression a reader gets from some surveys of art history, unfortunately, is that one artistic movement ends and another picks up in a totally different direction. We know this is not true when we ...

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A Consistent Concretist

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 | Karl Cole

I recently learned about an artist who turned 100 this past may. Turning 100 is fabulous, and even more fabulous is discovering that this artist was ahead of her time stylistically in painting, but di ...

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Vacation Blog

Monday, August 24, 2015 | Karl Cole

I’m off on a week’s vacation in Provincetown, which, as you may know, has been the home of a thriving art colony since the late 1800s. The Provincetown Art Association was founded in 1914, ...

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Recognize This Artist?

Monday, May 18, 2015 | Karl Cole

When I was teaching art history, I guess I was a student’s worst nightmare, because on tests I would not show them images of the works that they had seen in the book and in class. Instead, I wou ...

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Not Black and White

Monday, March 17, 2014 | Karl Cole

When we think of Abstract Expressionism, we usually think first of dynamic brushwork. That is certainly the case with Franz Kline. However, in the case of Kline’s work, one tends to think of wor ...

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National Jewish American Heritage Month

Monday, May 13, 2013 | Karl Cole

As an art historian who grew up in the age of blossoming feminist art movements, one of my major disappointments has always been the significant women artists of previous movements who were not given ...

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The Woman Behind the Men

Monday, September 12, 2011 | Karl Cole

Did you ever stop to think about the people behind historic art movements? A professor of mine once said that without wealthy patrons such as the Medici in Florence, the Renaissance would not have hap ...

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European Abstract Expressionism?

Monday, May 2, 2011 | Karl Cole

What we generally read in art history texts is that during World War II (1939-1945) many European modernist artists fled to the US and ended up in New York. At the same time, many American artists wit ...

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