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Here are the top ten articles for the Art Appreciation Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. The Circle – Its Significance & Meaning in Art
As a universal symbol, 'the circle' was first associated with the planets. Rooted in geometry, religion, and astronomy, I’ll discuss its beginnings and influence on artists during the Renaissance.
2. Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture in NYC
Public art is bountiful in New York City where the art scene flourishes. I’ll discuss some familiar and maybe not so familiar works of outdoor permanent & temporary sculpture in the 'city that never sleeps.'
3. Minimalism in Art – When Less is More
Minimal art began post WWII (1960s-70s) in reaction to Abstract Expressionism. I’ll discuss monochrome paintings by Robert Ryman. Also, a comparison between minimalist Frank Stella & abstract expressionist Jackson Pollack.
4. Abstract Expressionism – Replicas & Series
Artists from the Abstract Expressionist movement were known for their 'expression of emotions'. I'll discuss the replicas of Clyfford Still and the series of Motherwell, de Kooning, and others.
5. Monochrome – The Study of Black or White in Art
Monochromatic paintings consist of one color or hue. Although its artistic style is so 20th & 21st century, its origin began much earlier. I will discuss its beginnings and those artists we have learned to love.
6. Laborers in Art - 19th c France
The strong connection between literature and art brought us French novelist Emile Zola and friend Edgar Degas. I will discuss Degas and other French artists who painted laborers.
7. Surrealism–The Art of Dreams–Dalí and Magritte
The Surrealist movement in art originated at the end of WWI. I will discuss the works of Surrealist painters Salvador Dalí and René Magritte.
8. The ‘Imitating Game’ & Gainsborough’s ‘Blue Boy’
Allow me to borrow from the name of the 2014 movie "Imitation Game." Throughout the history of art it is quite obvious that some artists have been 'imitating' the work of other artists – either intentionally or subliminally. I will expose some of these artists – once and for all.
9. Has the Public Been Duped by Artists ?
Simply put, have artists such as Duchamp or Rauschenberg duped or misled the public into believing what they produced was true art? I’ll discuss my thoughts on this important issue.
10. The Real Meaning in the 'Creation of Adam'
In my interpretation of Michelangelo’s fresco on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, what did God’s finger bring to Adam? Was it life or intelligence? I’ll introduce a third theory.
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