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Mark Bradford’s <em>150 Portrait Tone</em>
Mark Bradford’s 150 Portrait Tone

Mark Bradford’s 150 Portrait Tone was conceived after the fatal shooting of Philando Castile by a Minnesota police officer in July 2016. The title refers to the name and color code of the pink acrylic used throughout the painting. Like the now-obsolete “flesh” crayon in the Crayola 64 box, the color “portrait tone” carries inherent […]

Sebastião Salgado’s Kuwait
Sebastião Salgado’s Kuwait

Finding heroism amidst one of the earth's most destructive environmental disasters

Dorothea Lange, <em>Migrant Mother</em>
Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother

Meet the two women behind this iconic 1936 photograph.

Roger Minick, <em>Woman with Scarf at Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park</em>
Roger Minick, Woman with Scarf at Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park

The majesty of Yosemite National Park — with Roger Minick and the woman with the scarf.

Stéphane Couturier, <em>Fenetre, Eastlake Greens, San Diego</em>
Stéphane Couturier, Fenetre, Eastlake Greens, San Diego

Building the American dream in the California desert.

Carleton Watkins, Eagle Creek, Columbia River
Carleton Watkins, Eagle Creek, Columbia River

Business or pleasure? Carlton Watkins could photograph both beautifully.

Miguel González, <em>The Virgin of Guadalupe</em>
Miguel González, The Virgin of Guadalupe

The original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe was miraculously produced—this mother-of-pearl version was man-made.

Paul Gauguin, <em>The Red Cow</em>
Paul Gauguin, The Red Cow

Cropped figures, vivid hues, and unnatural light turn a humdrum pastoral scene into an act of aesthetic rebellion.

René Magritte, <em>The Treachery of Images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe)</em>
René Magritte, The Treachery of Images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe)

This painting claims it is not a pipe… so what is it?