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What Was Happening in the 20s?

Monday, January 6, 2020 | Karl Cole

As a celebration of the new year, let’s look back at what was happening in the ‘20s of centuries past. ...

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Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month III

Monday, November 25, 2019 | Karl Cole

My series celebrating National Native American Heritage month concludes today. I have already shown you ancient architecture and ceramics and objects from the 1800s. Now I will show you two artists wh ...

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Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month II

Thursday, November 21, 2019 | Karl Cole

On Monday I showed you ancient architecture and ceramics as part of my National Native American Heritage Month 2019 series. Today the series continues with a look at three objects from the 1800s.  ...

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Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month I

Monday, November 18, 2019 | Karl Cole

The actual title is “National Native American Heritage Month.” There are so many outstanding examples of the artistic contributions First Nations cultures have made to the history of this ...

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Maidu Basket

Monday, April 14, 2014 | Karl Cole

I will share my continued fascination with First Nations art by showing you a new addition to our digital collection of images. Basketry is a prominent art form in all indigenous American cultures sin ...

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Tradition Meets Contemporary

Monday, June 7, 2010 | Karl Cole

Art history geeks like me often like to ponder some of the conundrums of art history as pertaining to cross-cultural phenomena. The US effectively quashed Native American cultures during the 1800s, ev ...

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Native American Art "Revival"

Monday, March 15, 2010 | Karl Cole

When we think of “Native American art,” we tend to think of ceramics, weavings, hide objects, and quillwork. Painting (whether on canvas, paper, or wood) was not an Indian tradition until ...

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Mesoamerica-North American Connection

Monday, January 4, 2010 | Karl Cole

I just finished my part of work on the revision of our studio book about clay and so I thought I would show you a ceramic artwork this week. As an art historian, I enjoy making connections between cul ...

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Canadian Photography

Monday, December 21, 2009 | Karl Cole

I’m returning to a Canadian artist again this week because this work reminds me of two things I think we tend to forget: 1) Photography was an art form that evolved in Canada the same as it did ...

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Incan Painting of the Colonial Period

Monday, July 27, 2009 | Karl Cole

Last Saturday night, I started a new landscape painting by doing a sketch in linseed oil-thinned oil paint. You’ve read about my art historian geekhood on this blog, but now you’ll hear ab ...

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