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Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen
Theo Jansen: "Plastic tubes entered my life in 1990 on a fine September day. Since then, the beach animals have ruled my life. It became an addiction ... The beach animals are forcing me to make them. The animals and I live in symbiosis." More...


The Wisdom of Three Women Artists
The influence on professional curator such as David S. Rubin of the artists encountered is a profoundly important function of the job as well as impacting on a more deeply personal level. Rubin cites the take aways gained from encounters with three major creative women. More...


Splatters, Spurts, Sex
Erotic drawings by Sam Francis recently seen in Pasadena were an unfamiliar, uncharacteristic pleasure of frank exuberance. More...


Chuck Close Comes Home
If you thought Chuck Close, the master of the face who suffers from prosopagnosia, hails from New York, think again, he's from the Seattle area. More...


Let’s Hear It for the Worker Bees
Staff and volunteers relying on their own creativity often provide the means to elevate the development of talented artists. More...


How to Visit an Art Museum
As a seasoned teacher and art critic, James Yood has visited museums all over the world. He shares his preparation and approach to visiting and gaining familiarity with a museum collection, and what a specific collection means to the culture of its host city. More...


Bay Area Boom or Bust
Not long ago the Bay Area's economic demographics plunged much of the local art world into near despair. Suddenly with the re-opening of SFMOMA, the recent opening of a new gallery complex and more perhaps the pending dystopia is not yet upon us. More...


Robb Report Art
What constitutes artistic credibility? There is a breed of aesthetic entrepreneur who chases fame and fortune through means unbeholden to traditional pedigrees, but rather to tactics and standards borrowed from the business world. More...


Interview: Kimerly Rorschach
Seattle Art Museum Director Kimerly Rorschach explains her strategy for attuning the program to the region's racial and ethnic diversity. More...


What a Difference a Letter Can Make!
Change, posits James Yood, is always exciting. But what a difference a change of location can make for an artist. Consider the opportunity to take a university teaching post. The location of otherwise excellent schools can shape an entire creative path. More...


Middle Class of the Art World
If much of the public attention is drawn to the art world's elite, Bill Lasarow reminds us that there is a large and vital creative "middle class," many of whom congregate to operate artist run spaces and co-ops that play a key role in providing entry and creative sustenance. More...


Artist Designed Sanctuaries III: Alex Grey
Alex Grey produced his "Chapel of Sacred Mirrors" over the decade of the 1980s, and moving next year to its permanent home in Wappinger, New York. It is one of the pinnacles of visionary art of the late 20th century. More...


Thomas Kinkade, Huckster of Light
The late Thomas Kinkade was the Rodney Dangerfield of the art world. He got no respect — and with good reason. But two very different Kinkade-centric exhibitions have recently revisited the question of whether the self-branded “painter of light” deserved his déclassé reputation. More...


Civics 101
What does the current, wild political season have to do with visual art? Historically art has usually served the wealthy and powerful; even in the present day environment of aesthetic independence, patronage is not limited only to the most elite. Artists are as free as they have ever been to use their art to make a difference. More...


The Collector Couple
One of the most potentially rewarding--or awkward--encounters for an artist is that of the visit of a collector couple. More...


Beth Ames Swartz’ Spiritual Balancing Act
The subject of the recently released film "Reminders of Invisible Light," Beth Ames Swartz aesthetic of spirituality draws on a heady mix of California Light and Space, Jewish and Native America ritual, Hindu cosmology and her own rich imagination. More...


Requiem or Realism?
Reflecting on his recent obituary for artist Marvin Lipofsky, James Yood ponders the appropriate honoring of the subject. More...


Personal Politics
A century ago, early modernists fought against a complacently bourgeois, materialistic worldview. Some of these artists are rightly considered cultural heroes, others not so much. Creatives today, writes DeWitt Cheng, should in any case aspire to more than just good citizenship. More...


“Our Stars, Our Selfies"
Forging a personal relationship with artists and artworks we love, or love to hate, is part of what makes the creative life so rewarding. And this is why Richard Speer finds our current craze for selfies--in particular "art selfies"-- so unnerving. More...


The Studio Visit: Five Helpful Hints
Matthew Kangas loves to see artists do well, and hosting a successful studio visit is one of those tools that can tie an artist up in knots. We some careful planning a potentially nerve-wracking experience can be both enjoyable and productive. More...

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