L’art de la bohème in Turn-of-the-Century Montmartre

Now what many Parisians consider an arrondissement almost wholly belonging to tourists, Montmartre was once a bucolic village on a hill where artists flocked to escape from the city. Something about this cross between city and country inspired the beautiful and, often, the absurd. Picasso got his start in Montmartre before gaining popularity, Van Gogh created …

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On the Radar: Gerhard Richter’s Emotional Photo-Painting of His Aunt

For those familiar with Gerhard Richter, he is often associated with his abstract, colorful "squeegee" works. A large portion of his artistic production, however, consists of photo paintings that include his trademark "blur." In this particular painting--one of his early works--Richter copied a photo of his Aunt Marianne holding Richter as an infant. His Aunt …

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How Backwoods North Carolina Became the Frontier of the Avant-Garde

What do Robert De Niro's dad, Cy Twombly, and Robert Rauschenberg have in common? If you answered "Black Mountain College," you'd be correct. They and many other artistic greats of the mid-20th century attended or taught at the progressive institution created by four educators who were dismissed from Rollins College for their unconventional teachings and …

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