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Getting to know the \’joyous abstraction\’ and \’visual jazz\’ of Sophie Taeuber-Arp

January 13, On This Day There’s many an artist who has been overlooked, and even more so female artists in human history. And yet, Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp, who died tragically in an accident with a leaking gas stove on January 13, 1943 at just the age of 54, still managed to establish herself as …

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The day Frida Kahlo’s Barbie version got rejected (And Joan Miro was born)

April 20, On This Day A Swedish piece of sunshine During the 20th century, a certain painting became an icon for the history of Stockholm, the Swedish capital. Even today, it is frequently displayed whenever the history of the city is commemorated. This piece of art is Vädersolstavlan (Swedish for ‘The Sundog Painting’) — an …

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‘Disruption, destruction go hand in hand for creation’: Vasudevan Akkitham

Artist Vasudevan Akkitham weighs in about disruption in the art practice, and whether contemporary art is truly creating a language of its own As a stalwart of Indian art, a celebrated artist and also a teacher of art for many years, Vasudevan Akkitham has a certain clarity of vision when it comes to concepts within …

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Birth of a master of anti-capitalist, surreal works

April 3, On This Day Developed in reaction to World War I, the Dada movement consisted of artists who rejected the logic, reason, and aestheticism of modern capitalist society, instead expressing nonsense, irrationality, and anti-bourgeois protest in their works. German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet Max Ernst was a primary pioneer of Dadaism, and …

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