Why is there a skull on a table with food, books, and globes? Vanitas paintings were reminders to wealthy patrons of the inevitability of death. But why?! Read on to see why this genre was popular in both 17th century Dutch society and contemporary art.
An artist has many tools at their disposal, and each ensures they are able to convey their message to the viewer properly. Here, we explore the use of the palette knife to layer paints and create textures.
Gesamtkunstwerk is an all-encompassing word to describe a creative process wherein different forms of art are combined into a single, cohesive whole. See how Mucha fits that definition in this Art Term Tuesday.
How does a museum determine if a sculpture must stay in the galleries or if it can go outside? Today, we explore the differences in construction of indoor and outdoor sculpture, and celebrate some new work coming to #fwmoa!
Unlike outer space, the concept of space as it relates to art is well-trod territory. Journey to the center of the composition with us in this #arttermtuesday!
As #fwmoa celebrates its centennial, we explore the term "acquisition" as used in museums and cultural institutions. Where do we get our art? How do we decide what art we get? What will we collect in the next 100 years?
Can art really ever be new? Art Nouveau (New Art) tried! Explore the short-lived movement dominated by artists whose work we love today; then, come visit #fwmoa to see it on display! See Art Nouveau master Alphonse Mucha's posters until September 26.
Terminology is tricky; one wrong word and you can accidentally mislabel or offend. In the visual arts, language constantly changes to reflect the transformative nature of artistic style and movement. We explore this change in terms in artisan v. artist.
The muse is a time-honored tradition in the visual arts. Today, #fwmoa Exhibitions Content Manager Elizabeth Kilmer delves into both the historic use of the term and its place in contemporary visual culture.
Appropriation can be a fraught term in today's culture; however, without it, would we have the modern art we recognize today? In this post, we'll explore the different acts of appropriation and how artists borrow and transform responsibly.