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An interview with John Klein, author of the new book Matisse and Decoration

Yale UP: What did “decoration” mean to Matisse? John Klein: Many times Matisse said or wrote that his main goal in making art was expression. He didn’t mean expressing emotions – anger, joy, fear, etc. Instead he meant that an artwork should convey the inner life of its artist in

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Le Corbusier’s drawings

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier (1887-1965), is famous for transforming 20th-century architecture and urbanism.  Less attention has been paid to his artistic production, though he began his career as a painter.  Beautifully illustrated with more than 300 drawings that have never before been published for an English readership, Le

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How an Epic Painting Became a Monumental Flop: The Perils of Art and Politics

Katie Hornstein — Powerful rulers have always relied on visual images to bolster their standing and seek public support for their military endeavors.  While these sorts of images can be broadly understood as propaganda, the question of their effectiveness as art in the service of power is anything but assured,

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Delirious New York, 40 years later

Martino Stierli– 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Rem Koolhaas’s Delirious New York. The book, which has been in print continuously and is one of the best-selling architecture titles of the past 40 years, not only made its author instantly famous; it is also considered one of

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Art Deco Chicago

Robert Bruegmann– If I had to pick a single object to suggest what we tried to do in Art Deco Chicago, I would probably choose this Craftsman brand portable air compressor sold by Sears starting in 1939. During the meetings we held with authors, editors, and advisors to settle on

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Winslow Homer and the Camera

Dana E. Byrd and Frank H. Goodyear — Research projects can begin in many different ways. Winslow Homer and the Camera began with a phone call from a man named Neal Paulson who lives in Scarborough, Maine, and who claimed to own Winslow Homer’s camera. The call was a surprise

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Art on Its Own Terms: Author Amelia Peck on Gee’s Bend Quilts in My Soul Has Grown Deep

Rachel High– Recently published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press, My Soul Has Grown Deep: Black Art from the American South accompanies the exhibition History Refused to Die: Highlights from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue through September

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Louis Lozowick: Style and Politics

Emma Acker– Visitors to the exhibition Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art (March 24-August 12, 2018, de Young Museum, San Francisco; September 16, 2018-January 6, 2019, Dallas Museum of Art) first encounter the work of the Ukranian-born American artist Louis Lozowick in the introductory gallery of the show,

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In Your Digital Dreams: Art in the Age of the Internet

Interview with Jeffrey De Blois By David Ebony One of my first internet projects was to write a monthly column for a website called Art Icons, beginning in the early 1990s. An experimental site, short-lived, and now defunct, Art Icons was perhaps one of the first web venues devoted exclusively

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A Painting that Reveals an Entire World while Concealing an Alchemical Secret

Nathan Flis — The Paston Treasure is one of the most enigmatic paintings in Western art.  A new book and exhibition, now on view at the painting’s home in the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, in Norfolk, UK (June 23–September 23, 2018), tell the story of the family of collectors

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