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Visual Literacy: The Holy Grail of Art

Visual Literacy: The Holy Grail of Art

Today’s art education should go beyond the goals of money-making or art for creativity’s sake By Samuel Frandino Many years ago, I worked for a theatrical scene shop that was engaged in a variety of projects at a new Universal Studios theme park. One project involved having artists “age” the exteriors of buildings to fit […]

The Expanding Reach of Art Therapy

The Expanding Reach of Art Therapy

Though it’s a relatively new approach to mental health treatment, art therapy is gaining traction and making a difference in people’s lives By Farah Joan Fard You’ve probably seen adult coloring books in craft stores and bookshops. The art industry has enthusiastically promoted the hobby as a fun tool for stress management. And why not? […]

Polar Art

Polar Art

Intrepid painter David Rosenthal finds inspiration in the extremes of the Antarctic By Jack Hamann The temperature was 30 below. The wind blew with a vengeance. It was blisteringly, achingly cold. At this temperature, watercolors freeze solid; oil paints turn to crayon—but David Rosenthal was ready to paint. In extreme weather conditions—and extreme geography—is where […]

Photographer Charlie Carter chooses path of tradition

Photographer Charlie Carter chooses path of tradition

Meet artist and photographer Charlie Carter. Clinging to the traditional means of the gelatin silver process, photographers like Carter continue the practice through the use of film and silver-coated papers.

Two Young Artists to Watch For

Two Young Artists to Watch For

Earlier this month, the Creative Self-Expression contest honored two up-and-coming artists for their winning work. Sponsored by The Great Frame Up, a custom framing and art retailer, the two young artists each received a $2,000 scholarship from actress and artist Jane Seymour, spokeswoman for the Creative Self-Expression Foundation. “The Creative Self-Expression Foundation’s goal is to […]

Basel art fairs draw big names and big sales

Basel art fairs draw big names and big sales

All eyes turned to Basel, Switzerland as collectors and art lovers flocked to the Art Basel, SCOPE Basel and Volta9 art fairs. Art Basel, one of the world’s most prestigious art fairs, annually showcases work from over 300 international galleries. This year an estimated $2 billion worth of art is on sale and includes both […]

Venice Biennale showcases art from 88 countries

Venice Biennale showcases art from 88 countries

The Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious contemporary art fair, launched its 55th exhibition on June 1. This year’s fair represents work from 88 different countries and features renowned artists like Ai Weiwei, Ahmet Güneştekin and Jeremy Deller, as well as up-and-coming faces Marya Kazoun, Zanele Muholi and Tavares Strachan. At the June 1 awards […]

Amazon.com to Launch Fine Art Gallery

Amazon.com to Launch Fine Art Gallery

Amazon.com, the powerhouse of online shopping, will join forces with galleries to develop an online art marketplace this summer. Last week, Amazon invited several galleries to an informational event held in New York City. The email invites read: This summer Amazon is planning to launch a Fine Art Gallery where customers will be able to […]