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A Pioneer Abstract Sculptor

Monday, January 11, 2021 | Karl Cole

January 10th was the birthday of one of the great pioneer abstract sculptors of the late 1900s, Barbara Hepworth. Her sculpture has always been a tribute to the materials in which she worked. She ...

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European Abstraction: Pierre Alechinsky

Monday, October 19, 2020 | Karl Cole

October 19th is the birthday of the brilliant, expressive colorist Pierre Alechinsky, who was part of CoBrA, an important modernist group in the Netherlands after World War II (1939–1945). CoBrA ...

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World Watercolor Month: Alice Baber

Monday, July 13, 2020 | Karl Cole

Watercolor has come a long way since the days when it was only considered suitable for studies for oil paintings. It’s come an especially long way since the old timey days when “proper you ...

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April in a New Perspective

Monday, April 13, 2020 | Karl Cole

I’ve been a big admirer of Pierre Soulages’s work since I saw a show featuring him and Swiss artist Gérard Schneider (1896–1986) when I was home a few years ago. The ...

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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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Whose Mod Is It?

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Karl Cole

I’ve posted before about how the idea of abstraction has been around since the earliest art produced by humans. However, somehow in the West we think that Western artists “invented” ...

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African American History Month 2018 I

Monday, February 5, 2018 | Karl Cole

I have decided to apply officially to change the name of one of this month’s official designations to include African American Art History Month (although I haven’t really). When ...

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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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Renaissance Perspective or Butterfly?

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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