Johannes Vermeer
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by Kyle Wood
5d ago
Johannes Vermeer is best known today for painting The Girl with the Pearl Earring. Part of the allure of this painting is the pose, she seems a little caught off guard looking over her shoulder at the viewer.  Or maybe she is turning away from the viewer. The pose has a little bit of ambiguity and the painting is rendered so beautifully that many refer to The Girl with the Pearl Earring as the Mona Lisa of the North. Related episodes: Johannes Vermeer | The Concert The Unbelievable Story of Han van Meegeren Arts Madness Tournament links: Check out the Brackets Tell me which artist you th ..read more
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Rembrandt
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by Kyle Wood
6d ago
Recently a team completed a 717 gigapixel image of Rembrandt's painting, The Night Watch. Learn a little bit more about this famous piece that has been called by the wrong name for hundreds of years as it actually took place in the daytime.  Check out the ultra high resolution photo Arts Madness Tournament links: Check out the Brackets Tell me which artist you think will win this year's tournament Give a shoutout to your favorite teacher (the teacher who gets the most shoutouts on this form by Feb 27 will get a $50 Amazon gift card) Who ARTed is an Airwave Media Podcast. Connect with m ..read more
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Chuck Close
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by Kyle Wood
1w ago
Chuck Close said when a problem seems overwhelming, you should break it down into smaller pieces. To tackle the photorealistic faces, Chuck Close would use a grid. He broke the image down into sections allowing him to focus on the lines, shapes, and proportions one little bit at a time. In his early works, he would erase the grid as he painted, but as he matured, he chose to lean into the grid. He not only left it visible, but in many works he emphasized it making the paintings appear almost pixilated as the viewers see every square he plotted. As a child, he wanted to be a magician, but could ..read more
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Faith Ringgold
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by Kyle Wood
1w ago
Faith Ringgold is a contemporary American artist. She studied art education and started as a painter, but she is best known for her story quilts. She has written and illustrated seventeen children's books. The most famous was Tar Beach which started as a quilt but later became an award-winning, best-selling book. In this episode I discussed her story quilt Dancing at the Louvre, which is one of the 250 artworks required for AP Art History courses across the US. For listeners prepping for the AP Art History test, check out my Spotify playlist (AP Art History Cram Session) with episodes about ar ..read more
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Burton Morris
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by Kyle Wood
1w ago
Burton Morris is a contemporary Pop Art painter whose work was featured in the sitcom Friends. His work got a starring role after a camera operator on the show wore a Burton Morris t-shirt on set. David Schwimmer, one of the lead actors in the show saw the shirt and borrowed it to wear in a scene. After that, Morris got in touch with the show's creator and his paintings were featured in the background on the wall of Central Perk every season. Related episodes: Burton Morris (full episode) Art Smart: Pop Art Arts Madness Tournament links: Check out the Brackets Tell me which artist you thin ..read more
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Vincent van Gogh | The Starry Night
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by Kyle Wood
1w ago
Vincent van Gogh saw little commercial success during his lifetime, but he loved art and he worked to forge relationships with other artists he could learn from. The Starry Night came about late in his short career after Vincent van Gogh was hospitalized. He painted the view from his window, but rather than painting things exactly as he saw them, he painted a sort of composite landscape of views from different nights and even different locations. He moved the cypress tree to the foreground and added a little town nestled in the mountains despite the town not being visible from his window. This ..read more
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Alphonse Mucha
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by Kyle Wood
1w ago
In December 1894, Alphonse Mucha just happened to be in the print shop checking some proofs for a friend, when in walked an actress, Sarah Bernhardt in need of posters for her upcoming play. All of the regular artists she worked with were off for the holidays leaving Mucha as her only option. It was a tremendous stroke of luck for both of them as Mucha created a stunning poster that not only flattered the actress, it caught the attention of collectors all around Paris. People were cutting the posters off of displays and bribing the poster hangers so they could get copies, and the Mucha style l ..read more
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Marcel Duchamp
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by Kyle Wood
1w ago
Marcel Duchamp liked to portray himself as a rebel and an outsider courting controversy. While he was bold and pushing boundaries, he also came from a family of artists and he served as an advisor to the likes of Peggy Guggenheim and MoMA. Two of Duchamp's best known pieces were Nude Descending a Staircase 2 and Fountain. Arts Madness Tournament links: Check out the Brackets Tell me which artist you think will win this year's tournament Give a shoutout to your favorite teacher (the teacher who gets the most shoutouts on this form by Feb 27 will get a $50 Amazon gift card) Who ARTed is an Ai ..read more
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Jan van Eyck
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by Kyle Wood
1w ago
Jan van Eyck was a remarkable painter. He worked in oils during the Renaissance, and created stunning photorealistic portraits centuries before photography was developmed. In the Arnolfini portrait, he captures not only the subjects standing before him, but also a reflection of the room in a convex mirror showing the full scene and accurately rendering the distortions caused by the curved glass. Arts Madness Tournament links: Check out the Brackets Tell me which artist you think will win this year's tournament Give a shoutout to your favorite teacher (the teacher who gets the most shoutouts o ..read more
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Louis Sullivan
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by Kyle Wood
1w ago
In 1896, Louis Sullivan wrote about skyscrapers and architectural design in “The Tall Building Artistically Considered” This was the origin of the famous phrase, “form follows function.” What Sullivan actually said was “form must ever follow function” but regardless of phrasing, the meaning remains the same - architects should first consider how a building will be used then base the design on that.  One of his most famous designs was for the Carson Pirie Scott building downtown Chicago. Today the building is actually called the Sullivan Center in his honor, but Sullivan was such a difficu ..read more
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