Making Up and Selling Out: Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Othoniel Collaborate with Kiehl’s and Dior
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Making Up and Selling Out: Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Othoniel Collaborate with Kiehl’s and Dior

In the NY Times today, Bee-Shyuan Chang reports on the collaboration between the artist Kenny Scharf and the cosmetics company, Kiehl’s.  Following Andy Warhol’s example of embracing mass culture and markets in his art, Scharf is one of many artists who are blurring the lines between the unique art object and the dissemination of mass produced … Continue reading

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A Whiff of Revolution: New York artist Lisa Kirk bottles the smell of war
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A Whiff of Revolution: New York artist Lisa Kirk bottles the smell of war

The combination of art with politics is a subject that has always interested me. A few weeks ago, I traveled to Kassel, Germany to see the once-every-five year exhibition called dOCUMENTA 13. The artist and curator Arnold Bode created Documenta in 1955 as a means of addressing the recent trauma experienced in Europe, and looked … Continue reading

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Belle Haleine: Marcel Duchamp’s Readymade Perfume Bottle
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Belle Haleine: Marcel Duchamp’s Readymade Perfume Bottle

The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. – Marcel Duchamp Marcel Duchamp (28 July 1887 – 2 October 1968) was an artist known for his … Continue reading

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An Empty Bottle of Shalimar: The Art of Louise Bourgeois
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An Empty Bottle of Shalimar: The Art of Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois is undoubtedly one of the 20th Century’s most important artists.  She passed away in 2010 at the age of 98, leaving behind hundreds of drawings, objects, and sculptures that have captured the imagination of generations.  Bourgeois moved from her native town of Paris to New York in the 1940’s, shortly after she married … Continue reading

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John Singer Sargent’s “Fumée d’ambre gris” (1880)
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John Singer Sargent’s “Fumée d’ambre gris” (1880)

I will never tire of the lush paintings of John Singer Sargent, an American painter who is most famous for his “Portrait of Madame X.”  The subject of that painting, Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, was an American socialite married to a French banker and known in Parisian society for her beauty.  “Madame X” caused a … Continue reading

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Painting and Scent: Pierre Bonnard’s Perfumed Impressionism

Pierre Bonnard was part of a group of French artists called Les Nabis, post-Impressionist painters who came together in the late 19th century.  The artists of this circle were highly influenced by the paintings of the Impressionists, and thus while sharing the flatness, page layout and negative space of art nouveau and other decorative modes, … Continue reading

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