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Hotel Art - Museum Hotel - Louisville - Kentucky

Hotel Art: Egregious or Private Museum?

Hospitality Art is intended to expand the branding strategies of hotels and rental properties. It’s the art that goes into the guest rooms, restaurants, and lobbies of hotels. The art features the culture or interests of the area the hotel is located in. Hospitality art is traditionally done by artists living in the area of the …

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Clay Sculpture Busts

Clay: Hard or Soft? What do Professional Sculptors Use?

In the Oscar-nominated movie Camille Claudel, we see the French sculptor voraciously digging mud from the clay walls of a deep trench in Paris. The imaginary aroma of wet clay fills your nostrils as you watch the mud squeeze through her fingers. Fortunately today, artists no longer have to dig through dirt and mud and …

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NFT Art

Why NFTs Are A Financial Fad, Not An Art Movement

It doesn’t matter what the art is. It doesn’t matter who the artist is. The only thing that matters is a digital file that has a verified identity and ownership. It’s called a “non-fungible token” or, more commonly, an NFT. Using blockchain technology, a system that marries mathematics and cryptography (aka crypto) to make something unhackable, NFTs use a digital …

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Awaken Cultural Intelligence through the Arts

Insulated Societies And Fear: Awakening Cultural Intelligence Through The Arts

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Covid-19 quarantine has catapulted humanity into a new phase of global awareness through internet-based interaction. Professional and community based online communication has become a literal life stream. Sadly, prior to the pandemic, we had already started to see a push towards cultural isolationism as a knee jerk rejection of globalism by the fearful. Insular societies …

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Paintings under Glass - Mitch Griffith - Detail of Man In The Frame

Why Are Some Paintings Under Glass? Glazed and Confused?

Many museum visitors are aware that a single drop of moisture can destroy a drawing, watercolor, gouache, or tempera but rarely consider how vulnerable they are to UV damage. Varnished oil paintings do not need this protection and therefore making it perplexing when we see one under glass in a frame. As a trained curator, …

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Ecorche - Scott Eaton Anatomy Course

Écorché: The Art and Science of Seeing Through Others

[dropcap]É[/dropcap]corché is a word coined by the École Des Beaux Arts to describe a figure that is drawn, painted, or sculpted without skin to reveal the muscles and bones below. It literally translates to “flayed or skinned”. In Western Europe this teaching practice went back to the Italian Renaissance. Long associated with masters such as Leonardo da …

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Get my art into museum

How Do Artists Get Their Work Into A Museum?

The most common way for a living artist to get their paintings into a museum is to win or be a finalist in an international art competition. The annual BP Portrait Award exhibits winners at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Another example would be the Art Renewal Centers (ARC) annual award that includes a museum exhibit at the Museum European …

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Millionaire Artists - Two Flags, Jasper Johns

Starving Artists vs Millionaire Artists

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he concept of “the starving artist” is a belief popularized by the 19th century Romantic Art Movement. They made it fashionable to be poor. These were the artists that rejected the classic teachings of the academies as well as traditional patronage. They intentionally alienated themselves from formal training, worldly success, and family support so they …

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How To Start An Art Collection

How Do You Start Your Own Art Collection?

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]magine you have just died. You were really really old. In fact, you have out lived your family and your friends. A stranger comes into your home to catalogue your possessions.They are an estate manager and they must clear your household to honor your will or to pay off any bills you may have left. …

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Mona Lisa Craquelure

Craquelure: History’s Crack In Time

Time and climate are not our friends when it comes to paintings or our skin. Craquelure is the network of fine cracks that appear in the skin of a painting. Many things can cause these cracks. Sadly, much like the human face, cracks occurring in the paint layers or ground are usually indicative of age …

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