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Recognizing Pride Month, Part 2

Monday, June 24, 2019 | Karl Cole

Last week I featured an artist from the 1800s, Mary Ann Willson, for Pride Month 2019. Today I continue my Pride Month posts with a look at contemporary artist Glen Ligon. ...

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COLD

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | Karl Cole

It’s been really cold here recently, relatively speaking for New England. How do you turn something New Englanders consider a negative into a positive? Focus on cool colors in works of art. Colo ...

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African American (Art) History Month

Monday, February 11, 2019 | Karl Cole

When we usually read about the Rocky Mountain School of painting, we are presented with artists like Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902), Thomas Hill (1892-1908), and Thomas Moran (1837–1926). Th ...

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Happy African American [Art] History Month IV

Monday, February 26, 2018 | Karl Cole

One of the avenues of expression in the flourishing of African American art since the Harlem Renaissance (ca. 1920s–1940) has been the exploration of subject matter concerning the contemporary B ...

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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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Happy African American [Art] History Month

Monday, February 5, 2018 | Karl Cole

I have decided to apply officially to change the name of one of this month’s official designations to include African American Art History Month (although I haven’t really). When ...

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Tree Memories

Monday, November 6, 2017 | Karl Cole

Meet my new “find”: the awesome painter Rodney Taylor. As a Virgo, I do not routinely paint totally from memory. While a memory can evoke very specific imagery, it is often affected by emo ...

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An Art Ode to Labor Day Week, part 5

Saturday, September 9, 2017 | Karl Cole

I’m pretty certain that all of us have felt like this guy looks at one time or another after a long, hard day at work. What I’d like to show with this artist—through his image of a h ...

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American Artists Appreciation Month II

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 | Karl Cole

My blog series about “American Artist Appreciation Month” continues. Here’s some more wonderful art. Dr. Samella Lewis is one of the outstanding activists among African American ...

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American Artists Appreciation Month I

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 | Karl Cole

August is “American Artist Appreciation Month,” so I’m rolling out some artists you may never have thought about, or seen for that matter. The breadth of the body of work of Jim ...

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Forty Years Later/African American History Month, part 9

Friday, February 24, 2017 | Karl Cole

The final post in my series celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the Two Centuries of Black Art exhibit features Margaret Burroughs. Known more as an educator, equality advocate, and prolific write ...

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Forty Years Later/African American History Month, part 8

Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Karl Cole

Today’s post in my series about the artists and artworks in the exhibit Two Centuries of Black Art features Henry O. Tanner. I really like Tanner’s paintings of his late period after he ha ...

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Forty Years Later/African American History Month, part 7

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | Karl Cole

Let’s continue our look at the exhibit Two Centuries of Black Art with the work of Aaron Douglas. My first “wow!” moment for the work of Aaron Douglas came when I saw a series of rel ...

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Forty Years Later/African American History Month, part 6

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Karl Cole

Today’s artist from the exhibit Two Centuries of Black Art is Joshua Johnson. You probably get sick of hearing me say “I’m a big fan of…” but I don’t say what I do ...

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Forty Years Later/African American History Month, part 5

Monday, February 20, 2017 | Karl Cole

Today’s post in my series on artists from the exhibit Two Centuries of Black Art features Clementine Hunter. American art is blessed with many a self-taught artist who have contributed immeasura ...

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Forty Years Later/African American History Month, part 4

Friday, February 17, 2017 | Karl Cole

My series about the exhibit Two Centuries of Black Art (1976–1977) continues. Edward Bannister’s paintings always put me in the same mood as the paintings of the Barbizon “school&rdq ...

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