Art Blogs

19 August 2019

Art Blogs
  • Uncovering a Fashion Archive at the Maryland Historical Society: An Interview with Alexandra Deutsch
    19 August 2019
    I got my first glimpse of the Maryland Historical Society’s (MdHS) Fashion Archives last summer at a research presentation by summer interns working on the collection. The garments pulled for the event hinted at the exciting possibilities of the collection: a 1920s dress made by Niells of Baltimore alongside a robe de style from Paris […]
  • Why You Need Visiting Artists in Your Classroom
    19 August 2019

    Humans are all about experiences. We thrive on them. Think back to your last week, what stands out to you? Most likely, it’s an event, an interaction, or an activity.

    Now, think about your art room. Surely, you are fostering a creative environment, but are you providing your students with memorable experiences?

    Sometimes, you may find yourself stressed out because a student needs to finish a specific project by a certain time for a particular art show. But, our job is not only about assigning meaningful projects to our students. It is also our job to give students the ability to learn more about the world of art through interactions with living, breathing artists.

    Here are 5 benefits of inviting visiting artists into your art room:

    Visiting artists:

    • Humanize the profession in a positive, approachable light.
    • Add variety to the art room routine with a new voice.
    • Encourage better classroom behavior for a guest.
    • Contribute as strong advocacy tools for your art department.
    • Make lasting memories for your students.
    So, how do you start?

    The best way to get artists into your classroom is to simply ask!

    Who are some great local artists you already know? The photo above is by a local graphic artist, Zach Wagner, from Madison, Wisconsin. When brainstorming artists who could visit my classroom, he immediately came to mind. Check out his artwork or follow him on Instagram. Zach came in for a full day with our students and guided classes in goofy animal drawings using simplified shapes. Our students loved gaining confidence while drawing in a safe environment!

    It was so exciting to watch kids riffle through Zach’s sketchbooks and creations. They giddily asked questions such as, “What inspires you?” and, “Are you famous?”

    Start a list of artists who might be willing to visit your classroom. Then, reach out to artists you know to see if they would like more details about coming into your classroom to talk to your students.

    As you begin contacting artists to visit your room, some helpful sample dialogue might go something like this:

    “Hey, friend! The artists at our school would love to learn more about you as an artist, and your creative process! We love having visitors, and our students are eager to learn. I hope we can schedule a time to connect!”

    Think about how you can keep the spirit of an artist’s visit with your students. Consider creating a showcase of artwork made during their stay. For example, at our end-of-the-year art show, we created a “visiting artist alley” to show off the experiences we had with visiting artists who came to school. Photos, projects, and descriptions lined the wall, creating a strong advocacy tool for our art department.

    Above, illustrator, Emily Balsley, visits with two students creating part of a collaborative creature project inspired by her “100 Days of Zany Creatures” project on her Instagram. Below, you can see students excited to look through her original sketchbooks. Check out more of her beautiful creations on her website.

    If you are struggling to connect to artists, try checking with your state art education association. Perhaps they offer grants or resources to help get artists into your classroom. For instance, author and illustrator, Jeanne Styczinski, came to our art room through a grant from the Wisconsin Art Education Association and created an entire garden collage with our students based on her artwork. Check out her website and Instagram. 

    Do all your visiting artists need to be people who solely make their living by creating art? Of course not!

    Many of the artists you may think to bring into your classroom are individuals with a different full-time job and are still incredibly talented in their field of art. Look outside your school doors into your community and connect students with your local community artists. If they can’t come to you, bring students to them!

    Our 1st-grade artists visited our local rock shop, Ruby Rose Gallery, to read with local author, Jessie Stevens, from her book, What if butterflies loved snow?. This interaction provided students with more than one amazing opportunity to connect with art and artists in a meaningful way.

    In whatever way you do it, connecting with artists can be such a memorable experience for your students. Give it a try and start making even more lasting memories with your artists!

    Have you ever had a visiting artist come to your classroom?

    What value do you see in connecting with other artists?

    The post Why You Need Visiting Artists in Your Classroom appeared first on The Art of Education University.

  • Artist Spotlight: Cecilia Charlton
    19 August 2019

    London-based artist Cecilia Charlton











































    Cecilia Charlton’s Website

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  • Photographer Spotlight: Lissy Elle Laricchia
    19 August 2019
  • A Cookbook That Relishes the Impure and Adulterated
    19 August 2019
    The cover of Bastard Cookbook (all photos by Petter Löfstedt)

    Given the swagger of the title, when I opened the golden cover of Antto Melasniemi and Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Bastard Cookbook, I braced myself for the bravado of the chef, who is so often male in the professional kitchen. In spite of appearances, however, the recipes make clear that experimenting in the kitchen, for both of these cooks, is about the boldness of subtlety, the paradoxes of sameness embedded in difference, and the un-ironic pleasures of hospitality. If the flavors and traditions seem to clash, this is an intentional idiosyncrasy that is not an opportunistic device, but a vehicle that pulls together difference through shared pleasure and food.

    This cookbook is a collection of recipes that the Thai and Finnish duo banged out together in various locales across the globe. It is more too. The Bastard Cookbook is also a form of resistance to the seemingly insatiable two-headed monster of nationalism and xenophobia. It is an homage to co-creation rather than assimilation, and calls for the ultimate mashup of foods that may not have grown up together, but can certainly make friends without losing their respective identities. Indeed, the through thread of the various essays and interviews included take care to differentiate between the narrow category of the outdated (and much-maligned) “fusion” trend in favor of these less polite bastardizations. While fusion cooking may have called for a certain purity of ingredients to be recognized as such and respected for their traditional use, Melasniemi and Tiravanija call for a more instinctual synthesis of cooking methodologies and ingredients resulting in some pretty great sounding recipes — as well as some others that I would definitely taste, but might not go out of my way to cook up myself.

    Double page view of pages 18–19 in Bastard Cookbook

    Soups kick off the recipes, with light Nordic salmon soup and tom kha kai soup galangal chicken, both respective staples of Finnish and Thai cuisine. This section ends with “Bastard Bouillabaisse,” not so much a recipe but rather a challenge to “Explore the alchemy of the soup by combining the ingredients and methods of the previous recipes as you dare. One should always cook and live without fear.” While this kind of language makes me resist an eyeroll, I appreciate the encouragement to experiment, which I think is the real aim of the book’s practical side. What follows is Tiravanija’s grandmother’s pad Thai with egg, and a recipe for makaronilaatikko, or Finnish oven-baked macaroni casserole, each of which I would gladly sample. These are each, according to the book, the “most popular” dishes of Thailand and Finland, which are subsequently mashed up into kind of pad Thai mac and cheese. The fish section is perhaps the most compelling with a Thai cured salmon followed by Finnish cured fish and then the Bastard dish of Kaew’s kaeng tai pla with fish sauce ice cream, which is evocatively described as “painfully spicy and has a full-bodied taste from the tai pla’s fermented fish. Eating this dish can be an emotional experience.” I believe it!

    Double page view of pages 100–101 in Bastard Cookbook

    If the mash ups are not universally appealing, the intermingling of narratives about Ms. Dedduang Jindafueng’s return to her grandmother’s recipe for artisanal fish sauce after losing her job to the 1997 Asian financial crisis, and the Moroccan baker who is renowned for his top-notch rye break in Helsinki, speak to the more philosophical contributions of this book. These stories are accompanied by straightforward and well-done photography that variously reveal the food being cooked, some glamour shots of ingredients, scenes from outside the kitchen, and, most compellingly, the environs where the cooking took place.

    Double page view of pages 156–157 in Bastard Cookbook

    In this context, the search for the “authentic” food experience is not only de-fetishized, but also rendered impossible. The bastards cook anything they want, whether or not (or maybe especially when) it sounds wrong, impure, contaminated, or adulterated. Early in Lola Kramer’s introduction, she refers to art historian Jörn Schafaff’s characterization of some of Tiravanija’s works as “reverse assimilation,” which is an apt description of what the Thai artist and Finnish chef attempt here. Most of their mashup recipes are relayed after first describing a “classical” version. But in many cases the classical is a bastard too. Consider the makaronilaatikko, made with elbow pasta, which came to Finland in the late 19th century: it’s ostensibly from Italy, or China, depending on who you talk to. The reality emerges that purity in cuisine (as well as in nationality) is a profound fiction. The deeper I waded into the book, the more I thought that Melasniemi and Tiravanija are telling us a story that is as old as dirt. The minute people meet they exchange their cultures, very commonly through food and hospitality, and some stuff sticks, becoming indecipherable from the “classical.” I’m thinking of the 16th century introduction of the tomato to Italian cuisine, from the indigenous Aztecs of South America via Spanish colonialism — it is difficult to imagine Italian cuisine today without the pomodoro. Tiravanija labels the hybrid “too polite” and Melasniemi calls authenticity “absurd” and yet they both play with these categories to fascinating, if sometimes hyperbolic, culinary and cultural ends. It’s a great read, and don’t be surprised if I test out the fish sauce ice cream on you next time you’re over for dinner.

    Double page view of pages 168–169 in Bastard Cookbook

    Bastard Cookbook  by Antto Melasniemi and Rirkrit Tiravanija was published this year by Garret Publications and the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, and is available from Idea Books and other online retailers.

    The post A Cookbook That Relishes the Impure and Adulterated appeared first on Hyperallergic.

  • Review: Benu Green Tattoo fountain pen
    19 August 2019

    First of all, big thanks to Benu Pen for sending over another fountain pen to be featured.

    This particular pen is Green Tattoo and belongs to the Tattoo collection that Benu has released recently. As the name suggests, the design is inspired heavily by tattoos.

    The pens are available in six colours, namely black, green, blue, red, gray and yellow. Each pen is US $190, not including shipping from Russia which is where the company is based.

    I'm not that knowledgeable about tattoo designs so let me just show you the different designs on the pen.

    This is the swallow at the top of the cap.



    Guns and roses

    Sun and the ribbon with the words BENU.

    Skull and flames.


    Stars at the bottom

    There are actually more meaning behind each symbol. And to read more, you can check out Benu's website.

    I would consider this to be a medium to large fountain pen. It's 13.5cm without cap, 14.3cm with the cap on, and 17.5cm with the cap posted.

    The weight is well balanced. When the cap is posted, it feels slightly heavy on towards the back.

    A rather large twist-type piston ink convertor is included.

    The nib is a Schmidt nib that's available in Fine, Medium and Broad.

    The nib can be dismantled for cleaning easily by twisting.

    The pen I had comes with a Fine nib and it writes smoothly. Ink flow is good.

    The main selling point really is the design of the pen. The green areas are all textured and the embossed parts are the 3D-looking elements. It feels really nice to hold in hand with the texture. Not sure how easy it would attracted dirt and sweat though.

    This is definitely one of those pens that will turn heads and have people asking you about it when seen. So if you're someone who doesn't want attention, this is something to take note off.

    I've featured many Benu fountain pens on my blog before and these are some of the more flashy and unique looking pens out there. So if you want a fountain pen that looks different from the crowd, this is a good one to consider.

    This pen is available on Benu's website at

  • Gorgeous Paintings by Mathieu Bassez
    19 August 2019
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  • andrea d’aquino, ruth asawa and a GIVEAWAY
    19 August 2019

    Love, love, looooooove! An artist I love, telling the story of another artist I love… could Monday get any better?  This is the latest book by New York based mixed media artist/illustrator Andrea D’Aquino. It’s titled A LIFE MADE BY HAND. THE STORY OF RUTH ASAWA” and it is so, so, so lovely! This beautifully illustrated, very sweet story about an important Japanese American artist will be on shelves this September, but you can preorder it right this very minute. You could also leave a comment below because I’m GIVING AWAY ONE COPY of this beauty to one of you beauties! I’ll draw one name this Friday August 23rd and, yes, everyone from everywhere is eligible because that’s how I roll. Happy Monday.

  • Artist Talk: Liz Glynn on the work of Frank Stella
    19 August 2019
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    In conjunction with the exhibition Frank Stella: Selections from the Permanent Collection, join Los Angeles-based artist Liz Glynn as she speaks about Frank Stella’s relationship to the epic, along with the quixotic history of individual artists taking on giant, existential subjects.

    Through participatory performances, large-scale installations, sculptural objects, and intimate interactions, Glynn uses historical narratives to explore cycles of growth, decay, and regeneration. In 2013, Glynn’s [de-]lusions of grandeur: monumentality and other myths was comprised of a cycle of five performances considering issues of scale, temporality, and human ambition in relation to LACMA’s permanent collection.

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  • Coastal Abstract, Seascape Painting, Contemporary Seascape, Ocean Waves, "Deeper Still" by International Contemporary Artist Kimberly Conrad
    19 August 2019

     Inspired by my Caribbean Cruise!

     32"x20"x1.5" Acrylic on Canvas/Available

     SUMMER SALE- Click HERE to purchase.

     To view more of my work, visit 

     To view my SEASCAPES, visit

     A Thought for Today.....

    "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor"


     Hmm....words for life!

    Kimberly Conrad Contemporary Art Gallery
    Boarding House Studio Galleries
    220 East 7th Ave (Governer's Park)
    Denver, CO 80203
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