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"General" Redefined

Monday, November 26, 2012 | Karl Cole

I’m sick, after a week or two, of hearing general-bashing in the news. And for what? Really??? I’d rather hear the government debating about more funding for education. But, I digress. So, ...

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Texture in (surprise!) Architecture

Monday, July 23, 2012 | Karl Cole

One of the Elements of Art is Texture. When one thinks of texture in art, it usually conjures up images of sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and, sometimes, painting. I dare say last on the list of art f ...

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Art Deco Magic

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | Karl Cole

Being born and raised in Chicago (but living in New England the last 15 years), my mind often wanders back to the many wonderful walks I took while living in the city. As an art historian, I was fasci ...

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What's Old is New: Modern Gothic

Monday, July 25, 2011 | Karl Cole

I am ending this theme with a simply beautiful piece of architecture. The architect who designed it is not a household name in western art history, but I think he should be. Dominikus Böhm’ ...

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Not What You Would Expect!

Monday, December 20, 2010 | Karl Cole

I really don’t usually go Lady Gaga over the International Style of architecture. However, I was recently scanning some Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) buildings into our collection, and was ...

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Pioneer Woman Architect

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 | Karl Cole

Being a minimally successful artist (commercially), I always admire artists who succeed in their art when the cards are stacked against them. Yes, I’m talking about women artists again. In the W ...

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American Domestic

Monday, August 16, 2010 | Karl Cole

When I lived in Chicago, I would take frequent walks around the various neighborhoods to scope out the gorgeous late 1800s and early 1900s domestic architecture. I would habitually develop Archit ...

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Visions of the Future

Monday, July 19, 2010 | Karl Cole

I consider any work of art that stands apart from what the mainstream “art world” is cranking out to be worthy of attention every now and then (well, not just “now and then,” d ...

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Picturesque Eldercare

Monday, May 10, 2010 | Karl Cole

I present to you yet another example that disproves the conventional wisdom that “one can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” I had another one of my “eureka!” moments this w ...

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Gorgeous Gothic

Monday, April 26, 2010 | Karl Cole

While choosing images for our supplemental image set for Janson’s 8th edition of the History of Art, I came across one of my “holy cow” moments when looking at the Gothic architectur ...

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