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Italian Futurism quote about murderous art gangs?

A strange and learned young comedian once told me about a famous Futurist artist who professed that the best way to die was to be be killed by rival artists in the streets of a hyper-competitive future, or some such. He was most certainly paraphrasing. Anyone have a clue who he was talking about and what was actually said? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Mar 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Art and Chance: A list

I want to compile a list of art works that used chance operations and/or randomness in their creation. I am keen to incorporate pre-20th century, non-Western works, and lots of works by female artists, but anything you can think of will be super helpful. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Michelangelo quote identification

I’m trying to authenticate a quote attributed to Michelangelo, and wondering if any art history buffs know of the background information. The quote is: “I saw the angel in the marble, and carved until I set him free.” [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Digital Humanities Course for Art Historian?

What is a good digital humanities/digital visualization intro course or workshop for me? Difficulty level: immediate, NYC/London. [more inside]
posted by rustcellar on Jun 13, 2014 - 1 answer

Looking without seeing: art appreciation edition

I make an effort to visit art museums very regularly. I love art! How can I make the most out of my visit? I would also welcome suggestions for how to get more out of the books I read and films I watch. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on May 22, 2014 - 9 answers

The Painter Got Lazy, You See

I remember from an art history class a painter who became famous for putting a lot of fine detail in specific parts of their painting and leaving the rest shockingly undone. I don't know the exact time they're from but it was pre 20th century. Is this ringing anyone's bells? [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla on Feb 20, 2014 - 8 answers

Is there an online map of visual art?

There's this for literature and this for word meanings. Is there such a site that connects related visual artists? For example, if I were to type in "Egon Schiele" I could expect "Gustav Klimt" and "Oskar Kokoshka" to float around.
posted by cellura p on Apr 22, 2013 - 1 answer

I want to read more books about art without boring me to tears.

Ironically, I have a master's in studio arts, but have not read a lot about single works of art/art movements. I have a litany of art history books that cover broad timelines and genres of art, and I have read extensively on theories of making and artist statements, but I'd like to read books that focus on single works of art in the context of world history that will not bore me to tears. For example, Picasso's War is about his masterpiece Guernica and how it came to be. Another example is Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics that discusses Hitler's art seriously. I'd like to read more books like this. I am interested in all forms of visual art; sculpture, painting, photography, etc. I'm looking specifically for books about a single work of art and its importance in the context of world history, or a how a movement of art fits into a world context. What have you got for me, Mefites?
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Apr 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Point me toward the "Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music" of painting

I just asked my art-school trained girlfriend to teach me to paint. My art history is probably better than average, but I'm sure I'm missing knowledge of 96% of the technique I'd like to know about. Help me fix this. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Mar 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Performance artist search

Looking for artworks where artists use instructional language, prompts or directives. Similar to Yoko Ono's grapefruit or artists who give tours through museums as a conceptual strategies such Andrea Fraser
posted by specialk420 on Nov 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Do you really need a *certified* instructor to teach doodling?

What is the straight dope on zentangle? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Sep 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Need Help So I Can Be Good At Art

I'm looking for a list of all (or most) of the paintings exhibited at the 1893 Chicago Worlds' Fair, and have so far come up with nothing. Does such a list exist? And where could I find it? [more inside]
posted by DeltaZ113 on Apr 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Hammershøi's interiors

Please help me identify this Vilhelm Hammershøi work. [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Feb 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Art Writing, not Fart Writing.

I'd like examples of great down-to-earth art writing. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jan 6, 2012 - 23 answers

Tree sculpture?

This is a long-shot--does anyone have any info on an artist who used nature/trees to make art? Maybe in the 70s? [more inside]
posted by leesh on Jul 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Best Magritte Book?

I've recently fallen completely in love with Homesickness by Magritte and find myself quite enamored by his other works as well. Summer is coming, and although I have no background in Art History, I really want to know more about Rene. What is the best book I can read about his life and art? [more inside]
posted by Chipmazing on May 11, 2011 - 5 answers

word for a work within a work?

(for a friend) I am looking for "the word used to describe a description of a work of art or poem within another work--its a term used in art history and poetics, and it drives me crazy that it escapes me."
posted by idiopath on Apr 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Wooden Head Hunting

I am looking for an art image (20th Century I think) and for the life of me I cannot find it. [more inside]
posted by squalor on Apr 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Who were the grass-haters?

Art History Anecdotes 101: a painter or group of painters (Impressionists?) sitting in a restaurant or cafe, demand that the curtains be closed because the grass outside was entirely the wrong hue of green. Who was it? [more inside]
posted by zylocomotion on Jan 13, 2011 - 2 answers

Which art periodicals database is superior?

Librarians, art historians, art researchers and scholars: From the perspective of art historical periodicals research with the widest range of relevance for art studio and art history students and instructors, which is the better database, Art Abstracts ~ or ~ Art and Architecture Complete? [more inside]
posted by xod on Nov 11, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I work with history?

What's the best way to find a career in historical preservation/art restoration from where I am now? [more inside]
posted by billypilgrim on Oct 22, 2010 - 12 answers

A makers mark as it is made?

Art History-Filter: Looking for art or artifacts depicting the application of guild marks, makers marks, silversmiths stamps, etc. [more inside]
posted by applemeat on Aug 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Exhaustion of art forms/artists

Not long ago I was reading a criticism of the notion that certain artistic styles become "exhausted" after which new styles have to be found that centered on the sensible claim that it is artists who come to find styles exhausted, not styles that in themselves become exhausted; it quoted at length from a scholar of Chinese art who made much the same point in regards to some period of Chinese painting (and perhaps poetry?). I can't at all remember where it was, though, and I would like to recover it. [more inside]
posted by kenko on Jul 7, 2010 - 3 answers

Art history for a total beginner

I love going to museums and galleries and looking at art, but somehow never got around to taking an art history class in college. I'm looking for a book that will give me a good basic grounding in art history. Suggestions, please?
posted by Messily on May 13, 2010 - 21 answers

Please show me your first sketchbook, mighty artist!

Are there good online resources for examples of the early work of a modern illustrator or comic artist? [more inside]
posted by swrittenb on May 7, 2010 - 3 answers

It's the context, stupid...

I'm looking for examples of (probably) contemporary art history/art theory/art writing which emphasise the situatedness of artistic practice (i.e. the notion that we need to have some understanding of the social and cultural context in which an artwork functions in order to be able to make sense of it). Any suggestions?
posted by Chairboy on Sep 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Blank walls, empty frames

Where, online, can I find photographs and scans of classical Asian and Middle Eastern art? Specifically, where can I find images that I could ethically and practically print and hang in small frames above my desk? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Jun 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Contemporary Art History and Theory

Help me learn as much as I can about the history and theory of contemporary art. I would at this point, love to take up a full time course for two years on the above, but for several reasons I cannot do so. I can however, spend 3-4 hours daily to read and study. I also spend almost three months of the year travelling to various biennales, museums and collections around the world to up my knowledge. But while I am fairly up to date with what is going on today, I need to get myself a proper history so i know the context of what I am seeing. So if someone could provide me with a systematic syllabus of what I need to read, it would be appreciated. An actual syllabus from a top notch program would be the best. A great book I read on the subject was "Shock of the New" by Robert Hughes.
posted by tusharj on Jun 28, 2009 - 16 answers

Surrealist collage artist(s)?

ArtFilter: Looking for the name of an early 20th (late 19th?) century artist known for manipulated photo/engraving collage... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Apr 20, 2009 - 3 answers

Who traces provenance?

How is the provenance of a painting traced? [more inside]
posted by ask me please on Apr 6, 2009 - 8 answers

The new exhibit in your town!

My girlfriend would like to work in the business of art exhibit production. She's got a Master's in Art History and has taught art history at a number of schools and has worked in museums. But she's not sure how exactly she could get into the field of art exhibit production. Does anyone have any experiences in this field that may help her figure out a place to start? [more inside]
posted by aburd on Feb 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Using My Right Brain

How can I improve my art awareness (i.e paintings, sculpture, crafts, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by netbros on May 13, 2008 - 25 answers

Looking for information on an artist

ArtFilter: For several generations, my family has had a large painting that's a reproduction of Guido Reni's Aurora. At some point it was water damaged, and my father just had it restored. The woman who restored it fond an artist's name on the back, "R. Menchetti - Roma." Aside from the artnet link, we haven't been able to find anything else out about him. I'm not an art or art history expert. Where can I look to find more information, online or off?
posted by emptyage on Mar 28, 2007 - 3 answers


A longshot, but hoping. Can anyone identify this statue? [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity on Jul 27, 2006 - 15 answers

mystery painting

Can anyone identify the artist, title, and location of this artwork? (It's a cropping of a larger work, and it may be a version of the Last Judgement, that's all I know....)
posted by extrabox on May 23, 2006 - 5 answers

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