WTF Art History

Art State of Mind

Rainbows for the NHS and Damien Hirst

Since lockdown came into effect in the UK, people have been putting rainbows on display to show love for key-workers. An inherent sign of hope, these...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 11 May 2020

Erotica

Female Nude Codes in Painting From Giorgione’s Venus to Odalisques and Olympias

Museums are filled with paintings of nude women. It is a very codified practice that has changed over the ages. Giorgione’s Sleeping Venus...

Maia Heguiaphal 5 May 2020

Art State of Mind

Tableaux Vivants: A Long History of Recreating Art

A fanciful costume, a theatrical pose, the right light… and for a few seconds the viewer is immersed in a “living picture.” You have probably...

Guest Profile 1 May 2020

Contemporary Art

Agostino Arrivabene – A Modern Alchemist

Agostino Arrivabene (born in 1967) is a visionary yet secluded Italian contemporary artist who continues to produce outstanding surrealist works from...

Caroline Galambosova 28 April 2020

Surrealism

Gradiva: What Did Freud and the Surrealists See in Her?

A woman who walks. That’s what Gradiva (the name of an anonymous woman from an antique bas-relief) means, as given by a fictional character...

Magda Michalska 27 April 2020

Artist Stories

Quarantine Times: These Artists Performed at Their Best Alone

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...

Michel Rutten 25 April 2020

Art State of Mind

Recommended Quarantine Routine Inspired by Art

Are you looking for activities to pass your time as you patiently (or not so patiently) wait for the Coronavirus pandemic to subside? Here are some...

Maya M. Tola 24 April 2020

Art State of Mind

Art Memes in the Time of Quarantine

Memes seem to be the way that our generation sees the world. We send, make, and, most of all, laugh at them. It may not come as a surprise then that...

Rachel Witte 22 April 2020

Bizarre

Lowbrow Art, Subcultural Movement or Legitimate Art Generation?

Somewhere between the late 1960s and the 1970s, a new artistic movement emerged from the underground scene. At that time it didn’t have any...

Errika Gerakiti 21 April 2020

10 Facts You Need to Know About Fernando Botero

Fernando Botero is a Colombian figurative artist and sculptor. Once you see his art, you will never forget it. He depicts people and figures in...

Zuzanna Stańska 19 April 2020

Art State of Mind

The Long Wait: Best Waiting Paintings

As the world continues to witness the devastating spread of the novel Coronavirus pandemic, most of us find ourselves confined to our homes under...

Maya M. Tola 16 April 2020

Art State of Mind

Teach Kids About Art During Quarantine

All over the world, children are home from school for as long as quarantine lasts. Since it is never too early to cultivate a (hopefully) lifelong...

Alexandra Kiely 14 April 2020