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Hispanic Heritage Month 2022: Lari Pittman

Monday, September 26, 2022 | Karl Cole

The 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month series continues with the work of Lari Pittman. Pittman’s complex works examine fantastic, personal narratives about love, sex, death, religion, citizenship, and ...

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Pride Month 2022: Robert Mapplethorpe

Monday, June 27, 2022 | Karl Cole

Part of a glittering gay culture of New York in the late 1970s and 1980s, Robert Mapplethorpe is most remembered for his photographs of male nudes. However, his body of work was not restricted to any ...

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Pride Month 2022: Fairfield Porter

Monday, June 6, 2022 | Karl Cole

Let’s start June with a focus on the work of Fairfield Porter, an artist who matured during the period dominated by Abstract Expressionism in American art. It was also a period in which being ga ...

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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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HIV/AIDS Awareness Month: Donald Moffett

Monday, December 13, 2021 | Karl Cole

Let’s commemorate the beginning of HIV/AIDS Awareness Month with the work of AIDS activist artist Donald Moffett. His artwork He Kills Me sums up how the first years of the epidemic went and why ...

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LGBTQI+ History Month: Harriet Hosmer

Monday, October 18, 2021 | Karl Cole

Before the 1900s, it was hard enough trying to become a professional artist as a woman. It was even more difficult finding acceptance if one was gay. Harriet Hosmer managed to overcome both of those b ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Felix González-Torres

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | Karl Cole

Of the many artists who addressed the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 90s, perhaps none approach the poignancy of the work of Felix González-Torres. His later works document different perce ...

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Pride Month 2021 V: Robert Indiana

Monday, June 28, 2021 | Karl Cole

The artwork I’m featuring today is one of the most plagiarized works of art, created before stricter copyright laws were enacted in 1978. Although the original format from 1964 was inspired by A ...

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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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Pride Month 2021 III: George Tooker

Monday, June 14, 2021 | Karl Cole

Introspective realist George Tooker was among a group of artists who adapted the use of tempera in their work in the 1940s. These artists aspired to create paintings that mirrored the realism of Itali ...

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Pride Month 2021 II: Berenice Abbott

Monday, June 7, 2021 | Karl Cole

By the time of the severe world economic downturn of the Great Depression (1929–1940) in America, many women artists were professional photographers and extremely successful in the field of ...

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Pride Month 2021 I: Martin Wong

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | Karl Cole

We end Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and begin LGBTQI+ Pride Month with a wonderful, gentle soul. Martin Wong was part of the vibrant art community in the East Village of New York ...

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African American History Month 2021 II

Monday, February 8, 2021 | Karl Cole

February 4th was artist Nick Cave’s birthday, so let’s celebrate his art for African American History Month. ...

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Pride Month 2020, Part 4

Monday, June 29, 2020 | Karl Cole

Let’s close out my Pride Month series with the work of Agnes Martin, a pioneer Minimalist, although she considered herself an Abstract Expressionist.  ...

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Pride Month 2020, Part 3

Monday, June 22, 2020 | Karl Cole

My Pride Month series celebrating and recognizing LGBTQI+ artists continues, acknowledging their accomplishments and contributions to the art world. Today’s post features the work of photographe ...

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