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An Awesome "Find"

Monday, April 9, 2018 | Karl Cole

In the annals of art history—and I mean the standard art history texts used for high school and college—obviously thousands of significant artists are left out. Well, as I’ve said be ...

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Happy Birthday Pioneer Cubist/Surrealist

Monday, January 22, 2018 | Karl Cole

I always like to celebrate artists who show a wide variety of stylistic exploration. Francis Picabia is certainly one of them. ...

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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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A Realism Backlash?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 | Karl Cole

After the horrors experienced by Europeans in World War I (1914–1918), the brakes were more or less put on to the prevailing trend towards modernism and abstraction, although certainly many arti ...

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Recognize This Artist?

Monday, May 18, 2015 | Karl Cole

When I was teaching art history, I guess I was a student’s worst nightmare, because on tests I would not show them images of the works that they had seen in the book and in class. Instead, I wou ...

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African-American History Month #4

Monday, March 3, 2014 | Karl Cole

I know that February is over, but I wanted to present one more African American artist who has such a compelling body of work. Marion Perkins’ sculpture presents the rich tradition of African sc ...

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The Gettysburg Address and Art of Wartime

Monday, November 25, 2013 | Karl Cole

Last week was the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, a ten-sentence ode to the fallen of the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863, of the Civil War (1861–1865). The death toll was over 51,000, a ...

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American Originals

Monday, July 1, 2013 | Karl Cole

I’ve mentioned in previous blogs how spotty modernism was in American art in the early 1900s. Since the colonial period, American artists had a tenacious obsession with realism, including the wo ...

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Color

Monday, August 20, 2012 | Karl Cole

I’m a sucker for color in any artist’s work, any medium. I am always intrigued by artists who seem to go through phases (much like Picasso), because, as a painter, I don’t see it in ...

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An Ode to Mothers

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | Karl Cole

In my ode to mothers, after Mother’s Day, I dedicate this blog to my blessed mother who passed several years ago, and my dear mother-in-law. When I think of how much grief my mother put up with ...

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