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Celebrating PRIDE Month

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | Nancy Walkup

The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members ...

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May Day Late

Monday, May 6, 2019 | Karl Cole

Being a painter of landscapes and cityscapes myself, I’m always eager to share with you little landscape gems that come to my attention. Since I missed May Day with this post, this bouncy little ...

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Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | Karl Cole

Some art historians, when discussing an artist’s work, will say “oh, but he’s (or she’s) a brilliant colorist!” I’ve never really known when to use that phrase with ...

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A Nice Winter Treat

Monday, January 7, 2019 | Karl Cole

And, by “nice treat,” I don’t mean the sight of snow. As an art historian, I really like to stop and look into artists I’ve previously never thought a lot about. Charles S. Kae ...

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Put on Your SPF 100 Sunblock

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 | Karl Cole

Alex Katz’s birthday is today, the 24th of July. Happy Birthday to this extraordinary artist! I’ve come to be a great admirer of his work, and find it unfortunate that he is sometimes ...

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Porcelain in the West

Monday, June 18, 2018 | Karl Cole

What do you think of when I say “porcelain”? “American” is probably not the first word that springs to mind when paired with “porcelain.” We all know that China dev ...

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The Receptive Eye

Monday, March 5, 2018 | Karl Cole

Every now and then one comes across an artist who tends to get bypassed in art history books. Obviously, those books can’t cover every artist that participated in significant art movements. So, ...

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I See Green!

Monday, January 29, 2018 | Karl Cole

No, I’m not seeing “green” as in a stack of cash or a salad on my supper plate. We had a recent snow melt, and I actually saw grass that looked greenish. In mid-winter, that’s ...

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It's All How You See It

Monday, January 15, 2018 | Karl Cole

Winter landscapes full of snow are a joy to behold. Of course, snow in the mountains is even more joyous to behold. Imagine a series of photographs that presents piles of various materials as landscap ...

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Color for the End of September

Monday, September 25, 2017 | Karl Cole

With all the storms this month, what better way to end September than with a storm of color? And what better way to end with color than to show you the work of an artist who is 1) committed to his mod ...

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An Artist of the "Cool School"

Monday, July 17, 2017 | Karl Cole

Far too often art history texts sum up the pioneering American avant-garde of the mid-1900s with Abstract Expressionism and the New York scene. Believe it or not, there were avant-garde artists all ov ...

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Deceiving the Eye

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Karl Cole

I’ve written before about the long-standing interest in extreme realism in American painting. Colonial American self-taught artists (“limners”) may not have been schooled in anatomy, ...

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And This Is a Portrait of Whom?

Monday, June 12, 2017 | Karl Cole

I don’t often laugh about art history (seriously!), but now and then one just can’t help it. With this group of “portraits,” I had to keep in mind that: A) the people who bough ...

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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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Still Life and Our Culture of Abundance

Monday, May 15, 2017 | Karl Cole

I got so excited the other night while watching Antiques Roadshow. A person brought two little still-life paintings from 1865, and I said to myself, “Oh, those look like John Francis’s wor ...

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Something Beautiful for March

Saturday, March 19, 2016 | Karl Cole

Instead of showing a painting of daffodils blooming or March winds and rain, I’d like to look at one of my favorite photographers, who just happened to take this photograph in March. It probably ...

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