Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month: Contemporary Hispanic Artists Your Students Will Love

From September 15th to October 15th, we celebrate and honor National Hispanic Heritage Month. If you’ve ever wondered why it begins in the middle of the month, it’s because September 15th is the day that several Latin American countries celebrate their independence, with Mexico’s and Chile’s falling shortly after. This is a great time for … Read more

The Love and Art of Irene and Peter Stern 

Irene and Peter with Peter’s sculpture in front of the GTE building, Santa Monica, California, 1973 (photo courtesy the estate of Irene and Peter Stern) The artists Irene Monat Stern (1932–2010) and Jan Peter Stern (1926–2004) were a married couple whose works express their love, optimism, and joy of life. In the joint exhibition Irene … Read more

The Breezy Bisexuality of Anaïs in Love 

Anaïs decided to buy the flowers herself. Then she was 20 minutes late. As if in droll homage to the iconic first sentence of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. DallowayCharline Bourgeois-Tacquet’s Anaïs in Love opens with its titular heroine (Anaïs Demoustier) hurrying across Paris with a bouquet of spring blooms. When Anaïs arrives at her fifth-floor apartment, … Read more

Alvaro Barrington’s Love Letter to Los Angeles

Installation view of Alvaro Barrington: 91–98 jfk–lax border at Blum & Poe, 2022 (photo by Josh Schaedel, image copyright the artist, courtesy the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo) LOS ANGELES — Pacing the concrete floors of Alvaro Barrington’s solo exhibition 91-98 jfk-lax border, my footsteps echoing in Blum & Poe’s cavernous first-floor … Read more

Fire of Love Captures a Literally Volcanic Romance

French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft had a love story so perfect for the movies that it’s hard to believe it’s taken this long for one to get made about them. Gratifyingly, instead of some chintzy Hollywood treatment, we’re getting a documentary told in large part through footage taken by the pair themselves. With Fire … Read more

Hogarth’s love for his pug

In an anonymous satirical poem of 1750, a group of Londoners discuss an engraving hanging in a printseller’s window. One bystander is struck by the equal treatment the artist has given to his two subjects: a man and a dog. Another explains: Tis Hogarth himself and his Friend […]Insep’rate Companions! And therefore you seeCheek by … Read more

9 Artists Who Love Cats: Leaning Into an Art Teacher Stereotype

Art teachers and their cats are on the great list of art teacher stereotypes. This is a stereotype, true or not, that has been perpetuated over time. However, when you stop and consider it, there really is a long history of artists and their beloved cat companions that goes back to ancient Egypt. Some of … Read more