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Cross-Cultural Connections

Monday, September 29, 2014 | Karl Cole

It’s amazing to me how connected the cultures of the world are. One can no longer separate east and west when we see the art of northern India/Pakistan during the early years of Buddhist art. Bu ...

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Change is Always Interesting

Monday, January 27, 2014 | Karl Cole

Do you ever look at something you’ve seen a jillion times and suddenly have a renewed appreciation for its beauty? That happens to me all the time. While cataloging, I came across images from ou ...

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New Year New Art

Friday, January 10, 2014 | Karl Cole

To start off the new year, I present to you two young artists who we are now featured at the Davis Art Gallery in a dual exhibition entitled Unearthed: Emily and Robb Sandagata. Watch them talk about ...

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An Ode to "Swiss"

Monday, November 18, 2013 | Karl Cole

I just returned from a week in Switzerland to visit family. Walking through their churches—stripped of all sculpture, painting, and Biblical stained glass because of the Reformation’s frow ...

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Calligraphy/Typeface as Abstraction

Monday, September 23, 2013 | Karl Cole

Abstraction is defined as the reduction of form to simple (geometric, or organic) or decorative (a word I hate) shapes. I’ve blogged briefly about calligraphy in the past, but I rarely get a cha ...

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One of My Many Obsessions: Illuminated Manuscripts

Monday, March 4, 2013 | Karl Cole

I’ve posted about manuscripts previously, because I LOVE THEM! That love has since extended to myriad cultures around the globe that produce such artworks. Therefore, in this post I won’t ...

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A Forgotten Woman Artist

Monday, January 30, 2012 | Karl Cole

I always like to introduce you to artists who, I think, have been marginalized in “official” art history surveys of western (or non-western for that matter) art. Because Paris was has been ...

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Poetry as Visual Art

Monday, July 13, 2009 | Karl Cole

I’ve written before in this blog about my fascination with LINE, one of the Elements of Art. I’ve pointed out that when it comes to calligraphy, line is not only defining the shapes of a w ...

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Calligraphy = line = an element of art

Monday, March 23, 2009 | Karl Cole

In most of our Davis textbooks and studio books, we talk about the ELEMENTS OF ART. One of the key elements of art is LINE. We can look at line not simply as a way of defining a shape, but also how be ...

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