Art History

Art History, Trends in Art

Figurative Art — Commemorating the Human Experience

From time when humans first drew an image on the wall of a prehistoric cave (the oldest known figurate drawing is that of a bibirusa pig deer from Indonesia), recreating images seen in real life has been a form of artistic expression.  In an effort to describe the world around him, man (and woman) has put pencil, chalk, and paint to a surface to draw figures; animals, humans, things of nature and manmade objects.  However, this type of artistic expression was no more than what was expected: recreating reality. Giving this type of art an actual name is a more recent event.

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Art History

Art History Briefing: Bronze Statues’ Role in Art & Architecture

Bronze imparts a feeling of wealth & nobility when used in art and architecture. Bronze statues have historically signified gods and leaders from all cultures, adding to the regal impression one garners when studying them. The color and complicated material attracts artists, who could historically use it again once it corroded, melting it down to its original form for creating something new.

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Art Advisory, Art History

Art History Briefing: The Fascination with Collecting Photography

Photograph collecting began with the invention of photography itself. Why take photographs if they were not meant for later appreciation and compilation? What may have begun as a practice to commemorate events and likenesses for personal use became a source of appreciation and entertainment which lasts today. Over the years, photography has moved from being regarded as a resource for private and news usage to a source of enjoyment and artistic expression.

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Art History, New Collector, The Provocation Column

Book Review: Keeping an Eye Open by Julian Barnes

Photo Courtesy of Sybaris Collection

Art is a state of exception; the reason why I believe it makes life exceptional. Keeping an Eye Open is Julian Barnes eloquent storytelling about how “…art made its way from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism.” It is the pictorial story of how exceptional minds created the path from the ordinary to the extraordinary to create one of the most important artistic movements from last century. It is the story of how Picasso and Braque´s “little cubes,” started cubism, or Manet´s perfection with the color white, as a prelude to Malevich. The flawless marriage between words and the images that Barnes achieves are essential to understanding in a beautiful yet eloquent argument, selected pieces of the Western canon.

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