Zombie Formalism and its Aftermath: Eight Years On
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Zombie Formalism and its Aftermath: Eight Years On

Zombie Formalism may well have been the most important art movement of the new century. Driven by the economy, it transformed the art market with a familiar and fast adaption of minimalist abstract expressionism. But what on earth is Zombie Formalism? And how did it sleepwalk from overnight success into near oblivion? Zombie Formalism is…

The Fifteen Most Famous Paintings in Art History

The Fifteen Most Famous Paintings in Art History

What makes a work of art famous? Some might say the most famous paintings in the world are those that have broken records with their exorbitantly high price tags at auction. Others might argue that the greatest paintings of all time are the most tantalizing in terms of their subject or color palette. Still others…

John Baldessari: Master of Appropriation

John Baldessari: Master of Appropriation

John Baldessari was an American artist who was often referred to as the “Godfather of Conceptual Art,” the “Master of Appropriation” and a “Surrealist for the Digital Age.” His conceptual artworks and 50-year long body of work redefined modern art, fundamentally altering the way the world views art. He did this by practicing, creating, and teaching…

Just what is Installation Art? A Whistlestop Tour

Just what is Installation Art? A Whistlestop Tour

Investigating Installation Art One of the hottest trends in art exhibitions of the early 2020s was the immersive exhibition. These showcases, in which works by later nineteenth-century masters like Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh seemingly come to life in all-enveloping spaces, dazzled audiences by engulfing each visitor in the beauty of each work of…

25 of the Most Important Chair Designs of All Time

25 of the Most Important Chair Designs of All Time

Some innovations are heralded as turning points for civilization. The wheel propelled us great distances, the combustion engine transformed lives, and the television transported us to imagined lands. The chair doesn’t tend to receive quite the same status, despite literally lifting humans off the ground. But what started as something purely utilitarian has morphed into…

Timeless Perfumes and Collectible Vintage Scents

Timeless Perfumes and Collectible Vintage Scents

Hundreds of new perfumes are launched every year; it’s easy to become a little overwhelmed when trying to select a new scent. Are you floral or woody? Where do you stand on a strong oudh? The wealth of choice can make you dizzy. Perhaps this is why the perfumes we’ve come to know as timeless…

Simplicity and Modernity: The Charles and Ray Eames Design Philosophy

Simplicity and Modernity: The Charles and Ray Eames Design Philosophy

Steeped in practicality, yet brimming with Midcentury cool and bursting with technological advancements, the designs of Charles and Ray Eames were as thrilling to their post-war audiences as they are timeless today. Underpinning it all was a design philosophy with an elegantly simple and enduringly modern approach that furthered technology and created a legacy that…

Picasso’s Periods — A Timeline

Picasso’s Periods — A Timeline

It is impossible to discuss modern art without invoking the name Pablo Picasso, who rose from relatively humble beginnings to become an international superstar. Picasso was a true artistic revolutionary, unafraid to break artistic conventions to carry art into a dynamic new era. That enduring spark of avant-garde innovation translated into a remarkably productive career,…

Bernard Leach: Father of British Studio Pottery

Bernard Leach: Father of British Studio Pottery

Rightly revered as the father of British Studio pottery, Bernard Leach’s influence as a ceramicist is hard to overstate. As someone who exceeded his accolades, Leach’s pure and utilitarian form of pottery stood in opposition to mass production and had a lasting influence on modern design in North America during the 1950s and 1960s. It…

Gerhard Richter’s Atlas

Gerhard Richter’s Atlas

Gerhard Richter is one of Europe’s most prolific and acclaimed post-war artists. His work spans some six decades and ranges from painting, photography, printmaking and collage to sculpture and designs for stained-glass windows. He has produced portraits and landscapes as well as dramatic abstract works, boldly and bravely interrogating subjects such as growing up during…