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Why Do Corporations Buy Art?

Why Do Corporations Buy Art?

There are some obvious reasons why corporations buy art, like to decorate their walls with images other than stock photography and inspirational quotes. But in the last few decades the number of large corporations forming significant art collections has ballooned, and it’s not just because they’ve got walls to fill. What are their motivations? And

The Case for Impressionism

The Case for Impressionism

Is this painting you’re looking at right now good, or is it bad? What about this painting, exhibited the same year? Is it better because it’s forms and figures are more clearly defined? Because it tells a dramatic story? Or is this one better because it captures a fleeting moment, recorded just as the artist

The Secret Life and Art of Henry Darger

The Secret Life and Art of Henry Darger

[MUSIC PLAYING] [MUSIC PLAYING] CRAIG BENZINE: This is a re-creation of the one-room apartment that Henry Darger lived and worked in for close to 40 years. From the early part of the 20th century until his death in 1973, Henry Darger filled this room with an enormous number of paintings and illustrations, collage drawings, and

How to Sound like you Understand Art

How to Sound like you Understand Art

When you walk into an art gallery does a kind of anxiety wash over you? Maybe it’s just a mild discomfort, of not quite knowing what’s going on, or what exactly the art is trying to do or say. Or maybe it’s an extreme kind of anxiety, and you feel like you’ve just walked into

You Are An Artist (a pep talk + book!)

You Are An Artist (a pep talk + book!)

So… you are an artist. You might disagree with that statement, but hold on let me tell you what I mean. You are an artist as long as you’re making things that you or anyone else might consider art. And I draw my art boundaries really widely. For me, art doesn’t need to be one

Self Shape – Tschabalala Self | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

Self Shape – Tschabalala Self | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

SARAH GREEN (VOICEOVER): This episode is supported by Prudential. [MUSIC PLAYING] Today we’re meeting up with Tschabalala Self, who’s originally from New York and now lives here in New Haven, Connecticut. Her work combines drawn, painted, and printed elements with sewing and binding techniques to explore the iconographic significance of the black female body in

How Climate Changes Art

How Climate Changes Art

Art is made of natural materials. Stone. Pigment. Wood. Clay. Fibers. And metals. Even water, fog, and ice. And it’s also made of stuff that is seemingly less natural but still made from things we derive from the earth. Art is also notoriously difficult to preserve. We devote considerable resources to keeping a selection of