Yearly Archives: 2021


Dear Artist, In his 1946 essay “Why I Write,” English novelist George Orwell identified four…

Letters Houses of Ypres 
by A.Y. Jackson (1882-1974)
“What to paint was a problem for the war artist… The old heroics, the death and glory stuff, were gone for ever; The impressionist technique I had adopted in painting was now ineffective, for visual impressions were not enough.” (A.Y. Jackson)

Dear Artist, Researchers at the Volen Center for Complex Systems at Brandeis University have taken…

Letters Installation view of 
Escalade Beyond Chromatic Lands, 2016–17, at The Bass, Miami Beach, 2019 
by Sheila Hicks (b. 1934) 
Zachary Balber photo.

Dear Artist, Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood has invented the LongPen. With custom software and high-speed…

Letters Nudist Family, 2009
Oil on canvas
39 3/10 × 52 1/2 inches
by Fernando Botero (b. 1932)

Dear Artist, Nigel Spivey, in his insightful book How Art Made the World, speculates on…

Letters Big Red, 1959
Sheet metal, wire, paint
74 × 114 inches
by Alexander Calder

Dear Artist, According to productivity gurus, there are two types of motivation; extrinsic and intrinsic,…

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