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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2022: Kim Hwan-gi

Monday, May 23, 2022 | Karl Cole

Kim Hwan-gi (Kim Whanki) was a pioneer modernist in Korean art and subsequently in American art after he immigrated in 1963. His pioneering abstract works added greatly to the rich modernist atmospher ...

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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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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: 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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HIV/AIDS Awareness Month: Keith Haring

Monday, December 20, 2021 | Karl Cole

During the 1980s AIDS epidemic, LGBTQ+ subject matter in art became more mainstream. The acceptance of such subject matter faced backlash, but the movement has endured into the 2000s. Indeed ...

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Native American Heritage Month: Ledger Art

Monday, November 22, 2021 | Karl Cole

Little is known of the Arapaho artists who created the drawings in the Henderson Ledger, referred to as Henderson Ledger Artists. The ledger was owned by Frank Henderson, and many of the drawings ...

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9/11 Commemoration in Art

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 | Karl Cole

Many artists have tried to make sense of the horrific terror attacks that occurred in the United States 20 years ago, including some thoughtful and affecting artworks. Gerhard Richter created a truly ...

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Disability Pride Month 2021 II

Monday, July 26, 2021 | Karl Cole

Susan Te Kahurangi King excels at reconfiguring images she sees and stores in her memory, using them over and over in her artwork. In her early drawings, King turned to pop culture icons such as ...

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Pride Month 2021 IV: Alfonso Ossorio

Monday, June 21, 2021 | Karl Cole

Alfonso Ossorio was one of the lesser-known rebels against American Abstract Expressionism, after briefly being under its sway. Like many of the gay artists on the periphery of Abstract Expressionism, ...

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Asian Pacific American Heritage III

Monday, May 17, 2021 | Karl Cole

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month continues with the work of Toshiko Takaezu, who was part of the American generation of ceramic artists who helped push the art form into being c ...

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National Garden Month 2021

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | Karl Cole

It's National Garden Month and National Landscape Architecture Month. But I’ll deal with the landscape gardening later. I just want to show gorgeous art that may be slightly different than what ...

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Women's (Art) History Month 2021 IV

Monday, March 29, 2021 | Karl Cole

I have always been fascinated by how progressive (i.e., abstract) styles have continually found their footing as a counterpoint to the pervasive tradition of realism in American art since the early 19 ...

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A Pioneer Abstract Sculptor

Monday, January 11, 2021 | Karl Cole

January 10th was the birthday of one of the great pioneer abstract sculptors of the late 1900s, Barbara Hepworth. Her sculpture has always been a tribute to the materials in which she worked. She ...

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European Abstraction: Pierre Alechinsky

Monday, October 19, 2020 | Karl Cole

October 19th is the birthday of the brilliant, expressive colorist Pierre Alechinsky, who was part of CoBrA, an important modernist group in the Netherlands after World War II (1939–1945). CoBrA ...

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World Watercolor Month: Alice Baber

Monday, July 13, 2020 | Karl Cole

Watercolor has come a long way since the days when it was only considered suitable for studies for oil paintings. It’s come an especially long way since the old timey days when “proper you ...

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April in a New Perspective

Monday, April 13, 2020 | Karl Cole

I’ve been a big admirer of Pierre Soulages’s work since I saw a show featuring him and Swiss artist Gérard Schneider (1896–1986) when I was home a few years ago. The ...

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