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]
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]
A follow up to this Michelangelo quote question - Calling Italian & Urdu speakers for some translation help! [more inside]
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]
What is a good digital humanities/digital visualization intro course or workshop for me? Difficulty level: immediate, NYC/London. [more inside]
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]
Looking for analysis of Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. And yes, I absolutely had to look up the spelling on that one. [more inside]
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]
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.
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?
ArtHistoryFilter: I saw a documentary on conceptualist art, featuring the likes of Bruce Nauman, Lawrence Weiner and Sol LeWitt. Now I'd like to know more. What's a good introductory book to the thinking behind conceptualism? [more inside]
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]
I used to think I was fairly knowledgeable about art, but now I'm working with walking art encyclopedias and I'm finding holes in my knowledge. In particular, I don't really know about Modern art in any detail. Mefites, help me do a deep dive of Modern art and art criticism? [more inside]
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
Do we know how William Mumler created his images? If not, what are the most popular theories today, and what do we know about other spirit photographers?
AustrianArtHistory/NovelResearch–Filter: I need to know the name of the wife of Austrian sculptor Johannes Benk (1844–1914). [more inside]
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]
Please help me identify this Vilhelm Hammershøi work. [more inside]
What books, apart from travel guides, should I read before traveling to Athens and Istanbul? [more inside]
I'd like examples of great down-to-earth art writing. [more inside]
What cool places can I take classes, preferably accessible to public transit in the East Bay? Things like lit classes on specific subjects / authors, art history classes on specific artists / time periods, women's studies. [more inside]
Do any schools offer a joint MFA/Ph.D. in studio art/art history? [more inside]
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]
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]
(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."
I am looking for an art image (20th Century I think) and for the life of me I cannot find it. [more inside]
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]
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]
A friend wants to find, list, and study Renaissance paintings that depict a certain subject. She can study photo reproductions, but her on-line searches turn up many thousands of potentially relevant jpgs, including many duplicates in various sizes. She would like to get some help -- perhaps crowdsourcing with a micropayment for each image downloaded -- if she can avoid duplicate submissions and also acquire accurate, searchable metadata (artist, title, etc.) linked to each unique submission. Have you got any suggestions for implementing such a collection effort when the collector can't afford to hire a research assistant? [more inside]
What's the best way to find a career in historical preservation/art restoration from where I am now? [more inside]
Art History-Filter: Looking for art or artifacts depicting the application of guild marks, makers marks, silversmiths stamps, etc. [more inside]
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]
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?
Are there good online resources for examples of the early work of a modern illustrator or comic artist? [more inside]
I saw a painting that really intrigued me, but I forgot its title and author immediately. In this painting, a stately man sits at a desk, and there's a globe in the picture, but also a really indistinct object which looks wrong in some way - the perspective seems off somehow, its coloration - until you look at it from a more acute angle relative to the painting, at which point it makes more visual sense. It might have been titled 'diplomats' something or other.
Photography-filter: Can you help me find an art history textbook that would help me improve my composition skills? [more inside]
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?
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]
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.
Can you recall the names of any artists, especially 19th or 20th century, who covered the entire interiors of one or more houses with murals? [more inside]
Is there a qualification that will (relatively speaking) "recession-proof" a career in the arts industry? For example, a management qualification? [more inside]
Does anyone have any experience getting your MBA while having previously been in the art world or had an art history BA? I am thinking of applying next year but haven't been able to find any guidance for someone trying to make the transition from the art world (dealer, administrator, etc) to business school. [more inside]
ArtFilter: Looking for the name of an early 20th (late 19th?) century artist known for manipulated photo/engraving collage... [more inside]
How is the provenance of a painting traced? [more inside]
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]
Homeworkfilter: what obscure (viz. not Ansel Adams) photographer should I explore? Who is doing creative and (intellectually) challenging work that I might not be familiar with? [more inside]
How can I improve my art awareness (i.e paintings, sculpture, crafts, etc.)? [more inside]
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?
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