Stories By Michel Rutten
David Bowie, from Popstar to Neo-expressionist PainterJanuary 8, 2021
Most people know David Bowie as a popstar and performer, but do you know his secret talent? He embraced the fine arts as well as music, performing arts and was also very passionate about painting. To...
Adriaen Brouwer, Painter of EmotionsOctober 23, 2020
The work of the Flemish Baroque painter Adriaen Brouwer excels in innovation and daring. His folk scenes, often showing drunkards and smokers in pubs, in which he emphasized the emotions of the portrayed, were extremely rare...
Lee Krasner, Much More than a MuseAugust 6, 2020
Lee Krasner (1908–1984) is better known as Jackson Pollock’s muse, but lately art critics have recognised her reputation as an artist in her own right. Since 2018, a retrospective of her work has been on tour....
Art State of Mind
Quarantine Times: These Artists Performed at Their Best AloneApril 25, 2020
Most of us don’t escape the obligation of some kind of quarantine in these corona-driven times. Social distancing and isolation are keywords in press. It gives us an unexpected time for reflection. But what about artists?...
Ulay: Pioneer of Performance ArtMarch 12, 2020
The German performance artist Ulay became known as half of the symbiotic duo Marina Abramovic – Ulay. While Abramovic became the big star, Ulay always kept experimenting and did not shy away from radical actions. Ulay...
Art State of Mind
How Artworks Can Suffer. The Forbidden City Case and MoreJanuary 30, 2020
Recently, on Monday, January 20th, two Chinese women drove their Mercedes SUV into the Forbidden City in Beijing. That event created quite a controversy. The least you can say is that it is daring and very...
Afro-American Artists Arm in Arm: Charles White and Kerry J. MarshallJanuary 3, 2020
Last month the auction house Sotheby’s sold Kerry James Marshall’s painting Vignette 19 for $16 million. That’s a lot of money for a work by a living artist. But last year the same artist did even better....
Vincent van Gogh Revisited: Art of Hope GangloffNovember 20, 2019
The American artist Hope Gangloff (born in 1974) made several landscape paintings this year, some of which are reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh’s work. Her lively use of color and her tangled brushwork are probably the...
Disney Figures in Art that Make You Think TwiceOctober 25, 2019
Who doesn’t like Disney characters? They are cute, sweet, and adorable. They also represent an ideal image and simplify our world view. That’s fine in children’s movies, but some artists use Disney characters to portray their...
Last Days of Summer in ArtSeptember 21, 2019
The end of summer is approaching and these last days of sunshine create a kind of melancholy feeling. You probably like to look back on the past few weeks. The summer is a period in which...
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