How America Saw Vincent van Gogh | Smart News

How America Saw Vincent van Gogh | Smart News

In 1922, the Detroit Institute of Arts became the first public museum in the United States to buy a painting by Vincent van Gogh: the 1887 Self-Portrait, which cost the museum $4,200, per the Art Newspaper’s Martin Bailey. This fall, a new exhibition at the museum, “Van Gogh in America,” will mark the 100th anniversary … Read more

Medieval Art’s Enduring Hold on Pop Culture | Smart News

Medieval Art’s Enduring Hold on Pop Culture | Smart News

Frontispiece; Title Page (1893), Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris for the Kelmscott Press Courtesy of the Getty From Harry Potter to Game of Thrones, pop culture is saturated with medieval imagery. Now, a new exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum, “The Fantasy of the Middle Ages,” explores this connection by juxtaposing medieval art with the … Read more

Halifax author Andre Fenton’s newest novel is the book of the summer | Arts + Culture | Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax author Andre Fenton’s newest novel is the book of the summer | Arts + Culture | Halifax, Nova Scotia

Andre Fenton started writing unmissable books when he was still firmly within the age range of the Young Adult demographic, selling so many copies of his self-published debut—2016’s Ode to Teen Angst—that he could barely keep them in stock for the hungry, word-of-mouth fans who’d ask. Since then, the poet and author has racked up … Read more

Unvarnished Photos of Georgia O’Keeffe Show the Elusive Painter in Her Element | Smart News

Unvarnished Photos of Georgia O’Keeffe Show the Elusive Painter in Her Element | Smart News

Georgia O’Keeffe poses at her home, Ghost Ranch, in New Mexico. The artist often drew on imagery of the American Southwest in her work.  Malcolm Varon Who was Georgia O’Keeffe? It’s a question that permeates much of the scholarship and writing around the legendary painter, who was simultaneously one of the most photographed—and most mysterious—artists … Read more

How Islamic Art Influenced One of Fashion’s Most Famous Jewelers | Smart News

How Islamic Art Influenced One of Fashion’s Most Famous Jewelers | Smart News

Tiara, Cartier London, special order, 1936. Platinum, diamonds, turquoise. Sold to The Honorable Robert Henry Brand. Cartier Collection. Vincent Wulveryck, Collection Cartier © Cartier For 175 years, the word “Cartier” has been synonymous with iconic French glamour, from massive diamonds to carefully considered watches. But part of the jeweler’s signature style wasn’t homegrown—it was inspired … Read more

Thousands of Andrew Wyeth Paintings Have Never Been Seen by the Public—Until Now | Smart News

Thousands of Andrew Wyeth Paintings Have Never Been Seen by the Public—Until Now | Smart News

Fox Grass Below Adam’s and 7,000 other works by Andrew Wyeth are now available to museums, researchers and members of the public. Collection of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art © 2022 Andrew Wyeth/Artist Rights Society (ARS) For seven decades, realist painter Andrew Wyeth crafted haunting scenes of American life, from the harsh, wintry landscapes of … Read more

Inside Hieronymus Bosch’s Surreal Visions of Heaven and Hell | Smart News

Inside Hieronymus Bosch’s Surreal Visions of Heaven and Hell | Smart News

Meilan Solly Associate Editor, History In Hieronymus Bosch’s visions of hell, Satan and his followers subject sinners to an endless parade of punishments. A hare captures a former hunter, trussing him up to a pole as a pair of hunting dogs maul a man nearby. A gambler has his hand impaled on a table as … Read more

Portrait of a Covid-Era Haircut Claims First Prize in the Outwin Boochever Competition | Smart News

Portrait of a Covid-Era Haircut Claims First Prize in the Outwin Boochever Competition | Smart News

Meilan Solly Associate Editor, History In the portrait, hair stylist Anthony Payne crouches slightly, his legs akimbo as he combs his fingers through a seated customer’s dark brown hair. Both wear face masks—a nod to the pandemic that echoes the scene’s setting: not a traditional hair salon, but a graffiti-covered underpass beneath a Brooklyn bridge. … Read more

Finally, someone wrote the must-read book on Maud Lewis’s artwork | Arts + Culture | Halifax, Nova Scotia

Finally, someone wrote the must-read book on Maud Lewis’s artwork | Arts + Culture | Halifax, Nova Scotia

There are north of 15 books on Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis, from coffee table tomes to children’s books teaching counting via the repeated iconography of her paintings. Many focus on her biography, hitting the familiar notes of her late-life marriage and her solitary youth in Yarmouth. There’s even a niche-y, deep-dive into how … Read more