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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. Words + Wordsmiths - the Language of Artists
Speech and the spoken word are powerful means of communication, but some artists convey thoughts through written words. Iíll discuss artists who used various mediums from the 15th c to the present.
2. Banned Natural Material Used in Art Objects
Continued pressure from special interest groups have helped 'curb' poaching of elephants, sea turtles, & factory farming of reptiles. Iíll discuss man-made materials that replace the natural.
3. An Art Resurgence in Naples. Why Now?
Italian Baroque artist Caravaggio fled there, Leonardoís 'Salvator Mundi' was on display there, contemporary artist Clemente was born there, fashion and color designers are inspired by Naples. I'll explain, 'why not now'?
4. The Dome in Environmental + Land Art
The dome is a familiar architectural wonder: the US Capitol, and St. Peterís Basilica in Rome. Iíll discuss the origin of the dome and its influence on one environmental/land artist.
5. Illusion in Art - Dreams + Trompe l'Oeil
Sigmund Freud said the unconscious is represented in dreams. The Surrealists pioneered this maverick movement which led to trompe líoeil in fine art and street art. Iíll discuss their influences.
6. Jeff Koons Ė LV Collab + Gazing Ball Series
All American Pop artist Jeff Koons gains success through his collaboration with Louis Vuitton and his 'Gazing Ball' paintings series. I'll discuss the artists Koons used for his inspiration.
7. Minimalism & Related Art Movements
Defined as an art movement from the 1960s -70s, Minimalism was a reaction to Abstract Expressionism. I will discuss artists who contributed to this genre: Cy Twombly, Agnes Martin and others.
8. WH Restricts Extreme Travel for Artists
Some artists protest the Presidentís travel bans and proposal to build a wall between the US and Mexico - sighting freedoms and artistic expression. Iíll discuss the value and drawback to their rallying cry.
9. The Most Influential Art Buyers from Gulf States
Here, I will discuss two art buyers from their respective Arab States that border the Persian Gulf. One male, one female, they have attracted world-wide attention to their countries and culture.
10. Gender Bias in Abstract Art Revealed
Power art couples Sonia & Robert Delaunay, and Jackson Pollack & Lee Krassner may not have been equally recognized by the art world - in regard to gender. Iíll discuss women abstract artists receiving fewer museum shows.
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