In 1898, American photographer Gertrude Käsebier watched Buffalo Bill’s Wild West troupe parade past her Fifth Avenue studio in New York City, New York, toward Madison Square Garden.
Her memories of affection and respect for the Lakota people inspired her to send a letter to William “Buffalo Bill” Cody requesting permission to photograph Sioux traveling with the show in her studio.
Cody and Käsebier were similar in their abiding respect for Native American culture and maintained friendships with the Sioux. Cody quickly approved Käsebier’s request and she began her project on Sunday morning, April 14, 1898. Käsebier’s project was purely artistic and her images were not made for commercial purposes and never used in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West program booklets or promotional posters.
For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art – including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko – as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince – except that it acted secretly – the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.
At first glance, the highly-technical drawings of Emanuele Dascanio look as though they’re photographs—it’s only until you see the Italian artist put pencil to paper that you realize and appreciate the true value of his artistic skill. The large, labor-intensive portraits—some that take up to 780 hours to complete—feature a combination of graphite and charcoal that are expertly rendered to form hyperrealistic compositions.
On the morning of August 21, 1911, a former museum worker stole Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris. French authorities conducted a sweeping investigation and interviewed dozens of suspects—including artist Pablo Picasso—but the Renaissance masterpiece remained missing for two years until 1913, when it was finally recovered in Italy. By then, the media circus surrounding the heist had helped make the Mona Lisa one of the world’s most recognizable paintings.
This November, David Bowie’s personal art collection will be revealed to the public for the first time. From November 1-10, Sotheby’s will host the exhibition at New Bond Street galleries in London, before selling the pieces at auction on the 10th and 11th. The set of 267 works, including pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Auerbach, Marcel Duchamp, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, and Damien Hirst, is expected to fetch more than $13.2 million for Bowie’s family.
The history of pigments goes back to prehistoric times, but much of what we know about how they relate to the art world comes from Edward Forbes, a historian and director of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University from 1909 to 1944. Considered the father of art conservation in the United States, Forbes traveled around the world amassing pigments in order to authenticate classical Italian paintings. Over the years, the Forbes Pigment Collection — as his collection came to be known—grew to more than 2,500 different specimens, each with its own layered backstory on its origin, production, and use.
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Photographer Jimmy Nelson has spent over 3 decades traveling around the world and taking photos of people and places. He’s best known for his portraits of the disappearing tribes of the world. In [the video at Petapixel], Nelson shares 7 lessons he has learned from his years of photography.
The Cincinnati Art Museum is currently hosting a suite of exhibitions celebrating feline art spanning thousands of years.
“Modern Cat” brings together 20 prints from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection, dating from about 1890 to 1980. The works reveal cats ranging from a slinky Art Nouveau color lithograph by Théophile Steinlen to the whimsical abstraction of Joan Miró. Cats were especially attractive to mid-century Modernists such as Charley and Edie Harper and Inagaki Tomoo. The feline’s quintessential character traits and exquisite form are depicted using a variety of printmaking techniques into compelling, colorful works of art.
Also on display is “Master Cat,” a selection of master prints and drawings spanning several centuries from artists such as Durer, Rembrandt and Goya. Meanwhile “Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt” explores the role of cats, lions, and other feline creatures in Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life through approximately 80 different representations of cats from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-famous Egyptian collection.
Longing to paint the landscape she knew, [Greeley] turned to the Internet for source material, but found very little that reflected her idea of this place. Newfoundland, for her, was not a red-haired child running through a soft field. It was not a brightly coloured home perched on a quiet harbour. For Greeley, her memory of Newfoundland’s landscape was dominated by its monotonous main artery, the Trans-Canada, Route 1, experienced through a car window on the way from one place to another.
In keeping with its ambition to become the world’s most open institution of its kind, the British Library has released over a million public domain illustrations and other images to the public through Flickr for anyone to reuse, remix or repurpose.