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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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National Women's (Art) History Month

Monday, March 19, 2018 | Karl Cole

It took a heck of a lot of work, but after World War II (1939–1945) a group of artists yanked the US away from the love of “all things past” toward modern design. Many of these artis ...

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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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Vacation Blog

Monday, August 24, 2015 | Karl Cole

I’m off on a week’s vacation in Provincetown, which, as you may know, has been the home of a thriving art colony since the late 1800s. The Provincetown Art Association was founded in 1914, ...

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An Intriguing Aspect of "American Scene Painting"

Monday, June 8, 2015 | Karl Cole

One super-prime example of why it is often unwise to stick with labels for artists’ styles is the term “Painters of the American Scene,” or “American Scene Painting.” Thi ...

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Not Black and White

Monday, March 17, 2014 | Karl Cole

When we think of Abstract Expressionism, we usually think first of dynamic brushwork. That is certainly the case with Franz Kline. However, in the case of Kline’s work, one tends to think of wor ...

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New Acquisitions Month: Translating Painting to Silkscreen

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 | Karl Cole

Although I wrote a master’s thesis on Swiss Renaissance art, since then (I’m not saying how long ago that was!) I have become a big fan of the New York School that bloomed immediately foll ...

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