Photo Essays

Material Friction: Americana and American Art

What did John Frederick Kensett, a 19th-century artist part of the Hudson River School, have in common with Thomas Matteson, a blanket chest-maker from Vermont?

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On the National Museum of Health and Medicine’s Flickr Commons, portraits of wounded Civil War soldiers show the grim resilience, military pride, and shocked resignation in their faces.

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Photo Essays

Art from Solitude

by Laura C. Mallonee on October 22, 2014

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Two words in the English language describe what it means to be alone. “Solitude” results from a willful act of self-reliance, while “loneliness” stems from being involuntarily deprived of company. For most artists, though, the boundaries between these states of being are less sharply defined.

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Post image for Under the Big Top with a Century of Art

Long before television or the internet infused daily life with spectacle, there was the circus.

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Gowanus Open Studios 2014

Over the weekend, more than 300 artists opened up their work spaces to the public for the 18th annual Gowanus Open Studios.

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Everyone dreams about having a great piece of art to one day hang in their home or office. But to illustrator Federico Babina, that’s dreaming too small. Why not have the building you inhabit be itself a work of art?

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Post image for Japanese-Paraguayan Photographer Searches for a Homeland

Leaving one’s country to make a new life in another can be an isolating experience, but growing up as the child or grandchild of an immigrant can also be lonely in its own way. Photographer Ricardo Nagaoka knows this firsthand.

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Photo Essays

Guarding Jeff Koons

by Hrag Vartanian on October 15, 2014

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective continues continues at the Whitney Museum

“Is it about, that the guards matter? Or is it about the matter of the guards … And we thought it’s basically about both those things.”

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Greenpoint Open Studios is an annual event offering an intimate look at the diverse and thriving art scene in North Brooklyn. This year, 265 artists opened their doors for two full days in locations spread across the neighborhood.

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