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Five Favorites from Art Basel Miami 2019

The beginning of December was an absolute whirlwind for us as our team descended on Miami to check out what is arguably the best contemporary art fair in America, Art Basel Miami. This incredible art event takes place every first week in December and if you haven't heard about it before, this is definitely one art experience to put on your to-do list. Spread out over several days in and around South Beach, Art Basel hosts the artwork of nearly 4,000 artists from over 200 art galleries around the world. It's nothing short of overwhelming to try to squeeze in all of the exhibits and events that take place throughout the week, but even just being there is a fantastical feeling for any true art lover. Here were five of our favorite things from Art Basel 2019 and why we cannot wait to be there again next year. SCOPE Art Show SCOPE Art Show...

ARTISTS WE LOVE: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

WHO: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec WHAT: Painter WHERE: France WHEN: 24 November 1864 – 9 September 1901 This legendary Post-Impressionist painter who would have been 155 today is hands down one of our favorites. His collection is a whirlwind of color and scenes from the wild side of late 19th century Paris and the famous Moulin Rouge. An aristocrat by blood, Toulouse-Lautrec's life was less than idyllic having been born with genetic disorder that ultimately led to the stunt of his growth (he was only 4 feet 8 inches) and the development of a terrible drinking problem by the time he reached his 30s. Nevertheless, he rose to recognition and ran with the likes of Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde. In his lifetime he created over 700 paintings and 5,000 drawings and you can stream some of his most well-known in our "Toulouse-Lautrec" gallery now. The painting featured at the top of this post is "At...

Featured Gallery: Dia de los Muertos

We've made it no secret, we LOVE the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. So much so that we've even created a gallery for it! Every year from October 31st-November 2nd, Mexico honors the deceased with a three-day celebration full of festivals, ofrendas (altars), marigolds, and visits to the cemetery where they enjoy food, sing songs and recall memories of loved ones. Ofrendas are first set up in homes, businesses and in cemeteries with the dead's favorite food or drink and belongings as a way to encourage them to return during this time. You'll also see marigolds everywhere as they believe their scent and bright colors guide the souls back to earth and to their altars. Simply put, it's a beautiful celebration with a beautiful meaning behind it which is why we wanted to bring it to the Artcast app. We do hope you enjoy the all vibrant...

ARTISTS WE LOVE: Henri Rousseau

WHO: Henri Rousseau WHAT: Painter WHERE: France WHEN: 21 May 1844 – 2 September 1910 Known as "Le Douanier" ("the custom's officer") amongst his peers due to this profession as a toll collector, Henri Rousseau was a self-taught painter who inspired Paris' avant-guard scene and generations of Surrealists from the end of the 19th century/beginning of the 20th century. His unique style was a direct result of him never having formally studied anatomy or perspective in art; instead he attempted to recreate works of art he saw in museums but incorporate his own interpretation, vivid colors and non-realistic scale which came to be known as the Naïve or Primitive movement. Heavily criticized during his lifetime amongst the more conservative artists who wrote his work off as childlike and flat, he still managed to catch the attention and inspire other greats such as Picasso, Max Jacob and Fernand Léger. Here is a sample of some...

ARTISTS WE LOVE: Odilon Redon

WHO: Odilon Redon WHAT: Painter WHERE: France WHEN: 22 April 1840 – 6 July 1916 Odilon Redon, born Bertrand Redon to a prosperous family in Bordeaux, France, was a painter and pastellist well-known for his dark and fantastical works of art. He was part of the Symbolist movement which was related to the gothic component of Romanticism and Impressionism. In 1884 he shot to fame when Joris-Karl Huysmans published his cult novel Á rebours which featured a decadent aristocrat character who collected Redon's drawings. While his earlier works were inspired more by nightmares and dreams, he later on became interested in Buddhism and Hinduism which translated into works of art with the theme of "the triumph of light over darkness" according to art historian Michael Gibson. Check out some of his expressive works below. The painting featured at the top of this post is "Evocation of Roussel", painted by Redon in 1912. [caption id="attachment_6683" align="alignnone" width="739"] Armor,...

ARTISTS WE LOVE: Rachel Ruysch

WHO: Rachel Ruysch WHAT: Painter WHERE: Northern Netherlands WHEN: 3 June 1664 – 12 August 1750 Rachel Ruysch is best known for her moody and dramatic still life paintings. The daughter of a celebrated anatomist, botanist, and collector (who was also the head of Amsterdam's botanical garden!), Ruysch was an expert of flowers and insects and her paintings of overflowing bouquets often depict a variety of blooms in amazing accuracy and detail. Ruysch is remembered today as one of the very few women who were a part of the Dutch Golden Age of painting. She learned from masters such as Willem van Aelst and married fellow painter Juriaen Pool. While raising their ten children, Ruysch continued to paint and produce commissions for international patrons, developing a legacy that lives on to this day. Check out a few of her striking paintings below.  The painting featured at the top of this post is "Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers",...

WOODSWIMMER (Video)

WOODSWIMMER by Brett Foxwell. This just might be the coolest thing you'll see all week, and it's only Monday. It's made entirely/100%/completely from wood! The sequences are cross-sectional photographic scans of pieces of hardwood, burls and branches. We love the way that the wood comes back to life - constantly changing, morphing, and growing. Check it out below. Also, isn't "WoodSwimmer" the prefect name??   [embed]https://vimeo.com/196683500[/embed]...

ARTISTS WE LOVE: Horace Pippin

WHO: Horace Pippin WHAT: Painter WHERE: Pennsylvania, USA WHEN: 22 February 1888 – 6 July 1946 FAMOUS FOR: Horace Pippin is best known for his striking oil paintings, which depicted the American landscapes around him and scenes from his heritage. At a young age and throughout his World War I service in the famous Harlem Hellfighters 369th infantry, Horace drew the scenes around him. As a form of rehabilitation after being shot in the shoulder, Horace continued creating art and eventually moved to oil paintings. His paintings find a unique place of maturity and folk art, as the colors, textures, and dimensionality give voice to Pippin's perspective on slavery, segregation, the Great Depression, and American life. “When I was a boy I loved to make pictures, [but war] brought out all the art in me.  I can never forget suffering and I will never forget sunsets. So I came home with all of it in my mind and I paint from it today.” -Horace Pippin [caption id="attachment_5508" align="aligncenter" width="591"]...

Famous Portraits of Artists’ Lovers

Almost as famous a lover as an artist, Pablo Picasso had several lifetimes’ worth of romantic partners, each of whom left a mark on his work. His 1932 portrait of Marie-Thérèse Walter (on the left)—who was just 17 when she and Picasso began their relationship in 1927—shows the young woman lost in a contented reverie while inviting the viewer’s gaze with a knowing smile. In the following decade, Picasso’s style shifted away from classicizing curves toward an angular geometry, as shown in a portrait of Dora Maar (on the right) from 1944.  The arresting, direct gaze of Dora in Femme en vert (Dora) contrasts sharply with the portrait of a dozing Marie-Thérèse. Maar, who became involved with Picasso in 1935, was a photographer, poet, and painter in her own right. She is reputed to have commanded a place as Picasso’s intellectual equal and artistic partner during their time together. Read the full article...