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California Bound

Monday, August 12, 2019 | Karl Cole

I’m going to California, namely Los Angeles, on vacation to visit dear friends in a couple of weeks. And what artists come to mind when I say “Los Angeles,” you might ask? Well, ...

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American Artists Appreciation Month III

Monday, August 14, 2017 | Karl Cole

My series about August as “American Artist Appreciation Month” continues. Here’s some art on the subject of “fish.” You might know that I would include an American I ...

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Lathe and Nature Magic

Monday, May 22, 2017 | Karl Cole

When I see a work of art that blows me away, I’ve just got to share it with as many people as I possibly can. This work was my “epiphany of the week” that I recently sent to my co-wo ...

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Artists Who Should Be Stars of Women's History Month, part 4

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | Karl Cole

I think a grossly under-spotlighted artist is Beverly Pepper, so today she is the Women's History Month featured artist. I love her huge primary structures that are so elegant and simple. I have to sa ...

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What's in a Snake? part 4

Thursday, February 9, 2017 | Karl Cole

For the last post in my Snakes in Art series, I’ll take a look at modern sculpture. This is a neutral snake, neither sinister nor benign. Like a piece from 1961, Willy, Snake is Out references c ...

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Not Quite Bedhead, But...

Monday, May 30, 2016 | Karl Cole

Yesterday I woke up with a terrible case of “bedhead.” My hair seriously looked like it used to in the late 80s when I purposely got it to look that way with a can of Aquanet. That got me ...

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It Isn't Just Wood

Thursday, March 31, 2016 | Karl Cole

The American revolution in modernism in the mid-1900s was not confined to painting and sculpture alone (i.e., Abstract Expressionism). Aside from the New York School’s exploring the question of ...

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Utilitarian Object or Sculpture?

Friday, November 13, 2015 | Karl Cole

First of all, let me clarify the use of “utilitarian” or “decorative arts.” These are unfortunately terms art historians are stuck with from the 1800s art history gods in Weste ...

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Smile

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | Karl Cole

The look on the Buddha’s face of serenity is probably what some of us acquired after having a three-day weekend for Labor Day. But, this image intrigued me because—as is the case with ever ...

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A Realism Backlash?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 | Karl Cole

After the horrors experienced by Europeans in World War I (1914–1918), the brakes were more or less put on to the prevailing trend towards modernism and abstraction, although certainly many arti ...

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Happy Fourth of July Week

Monday, July 6, 2015 | Karl Cole

I would really have liked to have been around when George Washington was our first president! That must have been such an exciting (and challenging, to be sure) period in which to live. Everything abo ...

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African Realism

Monday, June 15, 2015 | Karl Cole

During the 1800s, when European invaders were exploiting the riches of the African continent, art historians were “astounded” at the richness and variety of African art. They had no knowle ...

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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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Abstraction is Nothing New

Monday, May 4, 2015 | Karl Cole

I’m making a declaration: artists were inspired to create abstract art thousands of years ago. When one (and by “one” I mean a person reading an art history text) reads about any art ...

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Revisiting Gandhara

Monday, April 27, 2015 | Karl Cole

Believe it or not, this is a Buddhist bodhisattva (saint). My very first posting for this blog was about the Greek invasion of northern India and how it affected some of the earliest images of the Bud ...

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Another Art History Myth Busted

Monday, March 9, 2015 | Karl Cole

I’m sure you are all familiar with the refrain we hear in art history books about the differences between the Renaissance in Northern Europe and Italy. Well, to put it mildly, the idea that the ...

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