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Gem of the Month: Tokuyama Gyokuran

Monday, August 19, 2019 | Karl Cole

A nice way to spend a summer day: imagining yourself wandering in this landscape by my Gem of the Month, Tokuyama Gyokuran. (As a side note, Chinese scholars considered a painting successful if it inv ...

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Recognizing Pride Month, Part 1

Monday, June 17, 2019 | Karl Cole

In recognition of Pride Month, I am presenting two gay artists, both of whom you’ve seen before on this blog: Mary Ann Willson and Glenn Ligon. I chose these two artists because their stories ar ...

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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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It's Scarf Weather

Monday, December 17, 2018 | Karl Cole

I’m not sure how warm these scarves would be in winter, but they sure would be fabulous displayed over a black overcoat! The honor accorded Japanese textile art equals that of ceramics, and cert ...

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November Birthday of a Brilliant Artist

Monday, November 26, 2018 | Karl Cole

I have come to the point where I no longer like to designate artists to any particular medium. This is due to the fact that so many artists do not confine their interests to a single medium. All the s ...

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Awesomeness in Two Media

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | Karl Cole

Throughout the history of art, artists have worn many hats. In that, I mean artists have not always stuck to one medium. This is true globally. In Western art, during the first 25 years of the 1900s, ...

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Compassion in Art, part 2

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | Karl Cole

My Compassion in Art series continues with a look at the subject in photography. ...

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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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Eye Candy for August

Monday, August 13, 2018 | Karl Cole

I can’t think that anybody doesn’t find the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his designers to be absolutely beautiful specimens of glass art. Seeing some of his windows recently in Boston ...

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Have You Had Your Fiber Today?

Monday, July 30, 2018 | Karl Cole

As you all know, I’m not a fan of the words “decorative arts,” “artisan,” “crafts,” or “craftsperson.” I think we’re way beyond that now. If ...

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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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Wear a Protective Mask!

Monday, July 9, 2018 | Karl Cole

My dear friend Matt was an engineering professor at a local university. You wonder why I start with that line? Well, that’s because he was also an artist in wood, as I mentioned in a previous po ...

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Another Ignored Aspect of an American Art Movement

Monday, June 25, 2018 | Karl Cole

Nothing showcases the American obsession with realism in art during the 1800s better than the brief Trompe l’Oeil Realism movement of the 1880s and 1890s. Like the Dutch Baroque realist still-li ...

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American Impressionists You Probably Don't Know

Monday, June 11, 2018 | Karl Cole

The joy of approaching summer always makes me think of color, and color makes me think of Impressionism—American Impressionism in this case. The Ten American Painters group was formed in 1898 by ...

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An Illustrator (Who Happens to be a Woman)

Monday, June 4, 2018 | Karl Cole

As we know, women have been artists since the beginning of recorded time. The dawn of women artists as a significant part of magazine, book, and newspaper illustration, however, came at the end of the ...

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National Textiles Month

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 | Karl Cole

Although I’m an art historian, sometimes I feel that art should just be looked at rather than analyzed to death. When I read somewhere that May is National Textiles Month (May 3rd was National T ...

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