What exactly do we mean by art, and what kind of history (or histories) should we explore?
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What does it mean to be an "old master" and to make a "masterpiece"? Kerry James Marshall talks about his practice and the ideas driving it.
What's the point of making realistic paintings when photography can do the trick?
Should art be beautiful? Revisit ancient philosophers' thoughts on beauty and consider why we might be skeptical of beauty today.
There have always been women in the arts, just not in the history books—or even in our museums. Change is slow.
Attitudes towards objects differ between cultures. Don’t discriminate art from craft—call it all “the visual arts.”
Whose property is it anyway? Even when we’re talking about humanity’s greatest achievements, institutions disagree.
Artistic labor has changed over time—so has its perceived value. Now a mere idea can be worth its weight in gold.