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Art for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | Karl Cole

In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I am recognizing an African American artist who was as committed to equality—especially for African American women—as MLK and expressed it ...

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A Pioneer Abstract Sculptor

Monday, January 11, 2021 | Karl Cole

January 10th was the birthday of one of the great pioneer abstract sculptors of the late 1900s, Barbara Hepworth. Her sculpture has always been a tribute to the materials in which she worked. She ...

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Winter's Almost Here

Monday, December 14, 2020 | Karl Cole

Winter is near. Although I’m often drawn to brilliant color palettes in landscapes, I find this winter example just as enticing to walk into. Remember the common wisdom established by Song ...

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National Illinois Day

Monday, December 7, 2020 | Karl Cole

Being an art historian originally from Illinois, you just know that I have to celebrate National Illinois Day with some art. I chose two fascinating artists from Chicago. ...

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Autumn Color

Monday, October 26, 2020 | Karl Cole

The last few weeks have been wonderful for the array of reds, violets, maroons, yellows, and oranges contrasting with still-green trees in central Massachusetts. And if you think that doesn’t ge ...

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Beauty in Weeds and Flotsam

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 | Karl Cole

Jewelry typically functions for its beauty alone, an adornment for the wearer to display wealth, identity, or style. For artist Jan Yager, her jewelry is meant to give voice to marginalized people and ...

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Rethinking Romanticism Part 3

Friday, August 21, 2020 | Karl Cole

To close out my Rethinking Romanticism series, let’s look at romanticism in 21st century art. In the instance of Jennifer Karady’s subjects, that’s probably an insulting term. If you ...

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Rethinking Classicism Part 6

Friday, August 14, 2020 | Karl Cole

Let’s wrap up my Rethinking Classicism series with a look at what might be regarded as classic art of today in the future. 100 years from now, will video installation be considered a classi ...

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Something Swiss This Way Comes

Monday, August 3, 2020 | Karl Cole

The first of August, this past Saturday, is Switzerland's "Independence Day," so I’m presenting a Swiss installation artist: Pipilotti Rist. The typical luxuriant colors of her vi ...

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World Watercolor Month: Alice Baber

Monday, July 13, 2020 | Karl Cole

Watercolor has come a long way since the days when it was only considered suitable for studies for oil paintings. It’s come an especially long way since the old timey days when “proper you ...

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