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Postmodern Art Mysteries Solved at the Oakland Museum

Nature’s Gift (2017) is a controversial Postmodern Art installation currently on view at the Oakland Museum of California until January 21st but offers a good explanation of what Postmodernism is. Art has become too theoretical and wrapped too much in philosophy that it makes it inaccessible to the average person. Not everyone gets it. Some of… Discover more

Surrealist Sculpture Art by John Abery is Monumental

The Contemporary sculpture artist, John Abery, and his Surrealist sculpture art modifies size and the monumental to question the viewer’s space in the world. John Abery became a sculptor because he would always see things in three dimensions in his head and wanted to express all parts of his vision. This naturally led to becoming… Discover more

Damien Hirst Art: What’s in a Human Diamond Skull?

Looking at the diamond skull that is the Damien Hirst Skull actually helps to better understand all Damien Hirst art. “I don’t know art but I know what I like.” Damien Hirst (b. 1965) might agree. This saying, now considered somewhat cliché, has a lot more truth to it than most would like to let… Discover more

Psychedelic Art that Raises Consciousness

Grey’s psychedelic art like his psychedelic posters and his psychedelic paintings are not only popular, but raise viewers’ levels of consciousness. Alex Grey is as close a rock star as you can get in the psychedelic art realm… The Columbus, Ohio native might be best known for his work on the album artwork for metal… Discover more

Mayme Kratz Notices the Unnoticeable with Pattern

Mayme Kratz uses scale and pattern to encourage people to stop and see the roses. Artist Mayme Kratz finds inspiration in Arizona’s harsh desert climate, collecting found organic materials and capturing them in a polymer resin. This act of preservation is an ode to the ephemeral–a memento mori–that forces the viewer to acknowledge their transient… Discover more

Oil Pastels and how the Individual Perceives Them

Often a work such as those in oil pastels by Michael Alderson can be perceived by many in many different ways. Michael Alderson has mastered oil pastels during his time as an artist since Graduating from Kendall School of Design in 1992. Most oil pastel art, including this, goes without titles because Alderson feels “that… Discover more

Environmental Art with a bit of Style by Josh Keyes

Stylish environmental art by the talented and very fun environment artist, Josh Keyes, may also be a not-so-fun slap in the face. Artists, who paint the truth are just gross, right? They’re just like people who don’t flush after they pee. The environment artist who is creating environmental art with the truly pertinent issues in… Discover more

Contemporary Art and Airbrush Canvas Painting by Close

Chuck Close’s process for making his airbrush oil on canvas paintings is one of many reasons his work is both Contemporary art and powerful in his time. Is Earth destined to be ruled by an over-efficient computer system called HAL? Will the president of the machine city banish the human race to the dark depths… Discover more

Art Therapy and Healing Expressive Art

Did you know that both viewing and creating expressive art can do healthful things for your mind, body, and soul? It’s called art therapy. It’s true, and it’s part of the reason that everyone should be enjoying expressive art. It’s the reason for art museums, art in school, and adult art classes. It’s the reason… Discover more

Will Cotton’s “Cotton” Candy Land and other Works

Will Cotton takes on Pop Art with an even more Contemporary approach. As has been noted for years, certain art movements become known for particular motifs, the Pre-Raphaelite’s appreciation for nature being a prime example. While not quite as respected as more traditional art genres, Pop Art also has its own set of themes. The… Discover more

Michael Hermesh Lesser Known Artwork with Paint

Michael Hermesh’s most famous fine art is sculpture, but works also with paint producing the same wonderfully morbid feeling seen in any other artwork of his. Like great architecture, there are ideas that have existed nearly as long as humans have spoken in full sentences. One of the main ones being the idea that the… Discover more

African American Art Time Machines

The difference between African American art and time machines used to be that one requires a participant to go back in time, but Hank Willis Thomas has changed all that. Survivors of Bloody Sunday have a palpable memory of that violent day in Black history. They have explosive emotions in response to the terror that… Discover more

Collage Painting and Photorealism Need Flesh and Blood

Vakseen is master collage painting maker, a genius of Photorealism, and a commander of laughter, tears, and even a few puzzled facial expressions. Surely many are sad to see The Mona Lisa behind bullet-proof glass in the Louvre. But perhaps its more exciting than people credit it for. Perhaps visitors to the museum are actually… Discover more

Art Museum

Sure, if you even sneeze in the art museum or speak too loudly at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art you’re glared at by half-dead museumgoers. If you get too close to the Lilly Pads to see those individual brushstrokes or if they really are moving, a burly security guards leaps out from behind… Discover more

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