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Art-e-Facts: 5 Random Art Facts – XXII

1. Art Competitions were part of the modern Olympic Games from 1912 to 1952. Medals were awarded for works of art inspired by sport, divided into five categories: architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture. The juried art competitions were abandoned in 1954 because artists were considered to be professionals, while Olympic athletes were required to […]

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Marian Kretschmer: Let It Flow

I came across this incredible painting by Marian Kretschmer called “Let it Flow” on Deviant Art and just had to share.  Kretschmer is a German comics artist and illustrator. Known for his comics series “Blue Evolution”, Kretschmer also created a series of picture postcards sponsored by the European Union “EU charter of human rights” and […]

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Pablo Picasso: 1881-1973

Born on October 25, 1881, in Málaga, Spain, Pablo Picasso (Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso) was a painter, sculptor, draughtsman, printmaker, decorative artist, and writer.  “His revolutionary artistic accomplishments, including the co-founding of Cubism, brought him universal renown making him […]

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Annie Leibovitz: Photography

Born on October 2, 1949,  in Waterbury, Connecticut, Annie Leibovitz has been documenting American popular culture since the 1970’s and is one of the most sought after portrait photographers today. The Leibovitz family moved frequently with her father’s duty assignments in the US Air Force and Annie took her first photos when they were stationed […]

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio: 1571-1610

Born in Milan, Italy on September 29, 1571, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is considered one of the first great painters of the Baroque school and a revolutionary figure in European art. Caravaggio trained in Milan under the Lombard painter Simone Peterzano, a pupil of Titian – the leading painter of the 16th century Venetian school […]

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Mark Rothko: 1903-1970

Born on September 25, 1903, Mark Rothko (Marcus Rothkowitz), was a major Abstract Expressionist artist and had an important influence on the development of colour field painting. Latvian by birth, Rothko emigrated with his mother and sister to the United States in 1913, joining his father and 2 brothers who had come a few years […]

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Andrew Wyeth: 1917-2009

Andrew Wyeth: July 12, 1917 – January 16, 2009 Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth was created in 1948.  This painting  is one of the most familiar American works of the 20th century and is currently on display at the MOMA in New York. “The woman crawling through the tawny grass was the artist’s neighbor in […]

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Dante Horoiwa: Indoctrination

Sao Paulo, Brazil artist Dante Horoiwa recently finished up his first U.S. solo exhibition at Anno Domini Gallery in San Jose, California. Horoiwa’s paintings depict “the spiritually lost and lonely. Through his work, he is able to cope with his want to hide from the world and his need to be a part of it.” […]

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TED Talks: Sunni Brown – Doodlers Unite!

Studies show that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension — and our creative thinking. So why do we still feel embarrassed when we’re caught doodling in a meeting?  Sunni Brown, co-author of Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers makes the case for unlocking your brain via pad and pen.