WTF Art History

Artist Stories

It’s Not Always What It Seems: The Fabulous Inventions of Panamarenko

Panamarenko steals from science and uses it in his art. He has designed planes and submarines that at first sight are perfectly capable of...

Michel Rutten 12 June 2019

Art History 101

Geek Art

The geek-art community has an affluent and acquisitive sub culture that has a seemingly insatiable thirst for paintings, models and...

Candy Bedworth 25 May 2019

Museum Stories

Lubaina Himid’s Dinner Service at the V&A

In 2017, Lubaina Himid won the Turner Prize (and she was the oldest winner ever, aged 63!). Ten years before she presented her work Swallow Hard: The...

Magda Michalska 14 May 2019

Erotica

Masking and Unmasking Women in Art

Just a few weeks ago, Venice was transformed into a different world. It was carnival and people in masks were strolling through the city. There is a...

Katharina Windorfer 10 May 2019

Erotica

What Should We Look Like? Ask The Three Graces

No matter which show we look at – ‘America's Next Top Model’, ‘Germany's Next Topmodel’ or ‘Make Me a Supermodel’ – we see the same...

Katharina Windorfer 6 May 2019

Painting

First of May Celebrations in Painting

Happy May 1st to all workers and to all who have fought and still fight for their rights. I hope you’ll celebrate by doing nothing and chilling...

Magda Michalska 1 May 2019

Art State of Mind

Hell Hath No Fury. The Merry Murderess of Early Modern Art

Hell hath no fury like a murderess scorned and, boy, you better believe it! If you were to take a moment and google 'murder in art' your computer...

Tony Heathfield 30 April 2019

Art State of Mind

6 Rooms from Famous Paintings Brought to Real Life

Paintings of historical interiors are fascinating hybrid images - midway between the work of a great artist’s imagination and a document of the...

Kate Wojtczak 29 April 2019

Erotica

Apollo and Daphne #metoo

In Ovid's poem Metamorphoses, boastful, arrogant God Apollo is mad with love for the virginal river nymph Daphne after being shot with a golden arrow...

Candy Bedworth 24 April 2019

Egg Art 2019 Easter Edition

Two years ago I wrote an Easter article about eggs and what to do with all the remaining ones after the holidays. This year I decided to take up this...

Magda Michalska 20 April 2019

Women Artists

Made for Reflection: Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden

Let’s take a look at one of the most interesting works in Yayoi Kusama’s career. Was it commercial or high art? A performance or an...

Noa Weisberg 17 April 2019

South American Art

The Art of Latin American Lettering

Latin American lettering is a legacy of craft-based traditions with a strong design and vibrant colors enhanced by an aesthetic with a rich...

Maria Frazzoni 15 April 2019