Curator’s Corner

Curator’s Corner

Sumidagawa in July

Monday, July 24, 2017 | Karl Cole

The actual festival of Sumidagawa (“Sumida River”) occurs in Tokyo in the last week of August, but there are fireworks in Tokyo from May through August, starting with the Opening of the Su ...

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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-20thcentury with Abstract Expressionism and the New York scene. Believe it or not, there were avant-garde artists ...

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It Isn't All in the Title

Monday, July 10, 2017 | Karl Cole

I’m always a sucker for color. When I see works that I’ve never seen before by an artist I’ve always admired, and they involve color, then I have a sudden Beauty Attack. When Lynda B ...

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What's New Is Old

Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Karl Cole

I am a really big fan of art made from stainless steel, particularly in the field of the miscellaneous arts. Stainless steel tableware started being made early in the 1900s. At this time, Bauhaus ...

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Deceiving the Eye--an American Obsession from the Beginning

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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June is Busting Out All Over

Monday, June 5, 2017 | Karl Cole

I guess Memorial Day is the official “beginning” of outdoor grilling season in the US. I don’t really know the “official” date because I’ve lived in apartments all ...

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Renaissance Perspective is Not a Butterfly or Vice Versa?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 | Karl Cole

I don’t like to admit to something like this, but when I first saw this work in the MoMA collection, I didn’t pay that much attention to it. When I saw it a second time the other day, I wa ...

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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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