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Surimono Time for the New Year

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 | Karl Cole

I did it before and I’m doing it again: surimono to celebrate the New Year. In the West, we don’t really make little works of fine art to celebrate the New Year. In Japan, the surimono&mda ...

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A Meal and a Plate for It

Monday, November 19, 2018 | Karl Cole

This week, I’m going to recognize Thanksgiving with works of art, rather than odes to a holiday that has evolved from “giving thanks for blessings” to gluttony and narcissism (gee, n ...

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American Renaissance Entrepreneur

Monday, October 15, 2018 | Karl Cole

I often happen upon an artist’s name and think, “Aha! I’ve never posted about this artist, and his/her work is awesome.” That’s what happened yesterday when I crossed pat ...

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Claude Raguet Hirst Realism

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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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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African American History Month 2018 II

Monday, February 12, 2018 | Karl Cole

Let us not forget that African American artists have existed since the founding of America. Unfortunately, they were not colonists, but forced here as slaves on Dutch, Portuguese, French, Spanish, and ...

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What's in a Number?

Monday, January 8, 2018 | Karl Cole

It’s 2018 now. Does the number eighteen conjure up anything for you? A lot of people make a big deal about turning age eighteen, but for me that just conjures up nightmares of bullying, a face b ...

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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 wonderful art by Dr. Samella Lewis and Jeremiah Paul, Jr. ...

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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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