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An Immense New Book Surveys the Work of More Than 300 African Artists

 Art History Photography #art history #books October 15, 2021 Grace Ebert Zanele Muholi, Bhekezakhe, Parktown (2016), gelatin silver print, 50 × 35.9 centimeters. Photo © Zanele Muholi. Stevenson, Amsterdam, Cape Town and Johannesburg, and Yancey Richardson, New York One of the most expansive volumes of its kind, African Artists: From 1882 to Now compiles a …

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A Heartening Documentary Follows the Community Harvesting Ice in Minnesota’s North Woods

 Documentary History #climate crisis #ice #sustainability #video September 22, 2021 Grace Ebert  Each winter in Ely, Minnesota, a crew treks out onto a frozen lake to cut hefty blocks of ice from its surface. They haul the thick chunks to storage, where they’re stacked, covered in sawdust, and preserved for use the rest …

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The Exhausted Subject of a Newly Attributed Van Gogh Sketch Embodies All of Us Right Now

 Art History #art history #drawing September 21, 2021 Grace Ebert “Study for ‘Worn Out,’” around November 24, 1882, pencil on paper, 48.8 x approximately 30 centimeters. Courtesy of Van Gogh Museum Hunched over with his face hidden in his palms, the weary subject of a sketch recently attributed to Vincent van Gogh (previously) embraces …

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Archaeologists Uncover Children’s Hand and Foot Prints in What’s Thought to Be the Oldest Cave Art To Date

 Art History #art history #cave art #feet #hands #kids September 16, 2021 Grace Ebert Image via Science Bulletin A series of hand and foot impressions uncovered in the Quesang village in the Tibetan Plateau might rewrite the art-historical timeline. According to an article published this month in Science Bulletin, researchers believe the ancient prints …

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‘Fantastic Landscapes’ Surveys the Vivid Use of Color in Hokusai and Hiroshige’s Woodblock Prints

 Art History #art history #landscapes #printmaking #ukiyo-e #woodblock prints July 16, 2021 Grace Ebert Utagawa Hiroshige, “Yamashiro Province: The Togetsu Bridge in Mount Arashi (Yamashiro, Arashiyama Togetsukyo),” from the series Famous Places in the Sixty-Odd Provinces (Rokujuyoshu meisho zue), 1853 An exhibition opening this weekend at the Art Institute of Chicago plunges into the …

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Learn the Shadow Puppetry of Japan’s Edo Period with Hiroshige’s Delightful Woodblock Prints

 Art History #shadows #ukiyo-e #woodblock prints June 2, 2021 Grace Ebert Master the playful art of shadow puppetry with a little help from Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858). The prolific ukiyo-e artist, who is best known for his poetic woodblock prints of the Tōkaidō and views of Edo, also created an instructive series of omocha-e, or …

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A Trio of Visual Catalogs Celebrates the Innovative Figures Who Pioneered Modern Information Graphics

 Design History #books #data #healthcare #infographics #maps #time May 18, 2021 Grace Ebert Emma Willard, Temple of Time. Courtesy of Information Graphic Visionaries and David Rumsey Map Collection A new book set honors the lives and legacies of three figures who fundamentally altered the way we communicate and organize data still today. Information Graphic …

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A Rare Toshiba Typewriter from the 1950s Operates with a Trilingual Index of Thousands of Characters

 Design History #language #typewriters #video April 29, 2021 Grace Ebert  In the 1940s, Toshiba began producing index typewriters with massive, horizontal cylinders containing thousands of symbols. One edition, the BW-2112—watch the demonstration by the New Orleans-based Typewriter Collector above to see how the redesign utilizes manual rotation and a metal pointer to print …

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A Sleek Deck of Cards by Studio LO Honors 12 Black Figures Who’ve Revolutionized History

 Design History #cards #games April 8, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Studio LO, shared with permission Kansas City, Missouri-based designer Kearra Johnson of Studio LO describes her standard 54-card deck as anything but traditional: it’s revolutionary. On one side of each playing card is a raised fist, a symbol that’s synonymous with the …

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A Van Gogh Painting Has Been Unveiled for the First Time Since It Was Painted in 1887

 Art History #painting #Vincent van Gogh March 8, 2021 Grace Ebert “Street scene in Montmartre (Impasse des Deux Frères and the Pepper Mill)” (1887), oil on canvas,  46.1 x 61.3 centimeters. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s After spending more than a century in a private collection, one of Vincent van Gogh’s artworks has been shown …

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