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It's All in the Details, part 1

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | Karl Cole

Two weeks ago, my brother visited a friend in Rome and he raved about their visit to the recently re-opened—after almost 20 years—early Christian church of Santa Maria Antiqua. It has some ...

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Smoke

Monday, December 5, 2016 | Karl Cole

I happen to burn a lot of incense, because I think it’s nicer than any of those spray products that immediately fall to the floor and dissipate. And who wants a plug-in air freshener that runs u ...

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What type of Balance? You Decide.

Monday, November 14, 2016 | Karl Cole

I probably shouldn’t be using the word Balance after the latest election. Let’s ignore that by doing some visual exercises. I’m always intrigued with the issue of “balance&rdqu ...

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Art History Survey, A New Slant, No. 12: Abstraction

Monday, February 2, 2015 | Karl Cole

In our art history survey, we are now at the end with the 1900s. The big “revelation” in Western art starting very late in the 1800s and flowering in the early 1900s was abstraction. Abstr ...

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Art History Survey, A New Slant, No. 2: NOT The Dark Ages

Monday, November 17, 2014 | Karl Cole

The first migration of Asiatic peoples across the land bridge to the Americas began as early, and possibly earlier than 25,000–9000 BCE. By 10,000 BCE, they had migrated as far south as Tierra d ...

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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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Mola

Monday, October 21, 2013 | Karl Cole

Many years ago I was fortunate enought to go to an exhibit of Kuna Mola textile art in Chicago. It actually blew my mind, because it is very complex. And yet, it is the common textile art form of the ...

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The Wari

Monday, July 8, 2013 | Karl Cole

Recently a royal tomb of the Andean Wari culture was excavated in Peru about 175 miles north of Lima. It contained the mummified bodies of 57 royal women and 6 female servants (assumed sacrificed). Th ...

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Ancient Peruvian Fiber Art

Monday, May 11, 2009 | Karl Cole

Over the years, I have gone through periods of intense fascination for a variety of art forms. Have you ever found yourself thinking, “If I weren’t a painter, I’d be a glass artist&r ...

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