Banksy on Over Tourism in Venice

Over tourism in Venice has caused serious issues within the infamous Italian city. The amount of people that come into Venice for daily visits and weekly trips greatly outnumbers the number of people that actually call themselves residents. Tourists often flock to the big monuments causing a huge concentration of people in single areas of the city.

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Stop Romanticizing Mental Illness in Art | Vincent Van Gogh

The myth of the tortured artist has been a common one through out the life of art history and art in popular culture. At some point in time, we decided to put artists with mental illnesses on a pedestal and not look deeper into the actual issues they struggled with. Today I would like to dive a little bit into the artist, Vincent Van Gogh, who has been deemed by our society as a “tortured artist” but was unfortunately actually in need of some serious help during his life time.

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Nick Cave and the Soundsuit | Springfield Art Museum

Nick Cave is a sculptor and performance artist who is most well known for his Soundsuits. A Soundsuit is a transformative garment which is made out of an assemblage of found objects. Many of the objects that are incorporated in the suits are objects in which Cave finds in thrift stores and antique malls.

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Art That Questions Society

Let us not stand idle and let society's laws rule us when they exhibit oppression against our fellow humans.  Part of being a cognicent being is having the ability to question the world around us.  I want to believe that we create art in order to seek out reason and purpose. The artists that I will be talking about below feel the same way in their own art profession. By producing art, they have found a way to comment on the injustices and prejudices of society that have bound many individuals to tunnel vision thoughts.

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5 Things We Love About Notre-Dame de Paris

As most of you have heard by now, the beautiful and historic Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris went up in flames this Monday, April 15. People across the world watched, either in person or virtually via social media, as the building burned and the spire fell.

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Can I Really Find a Career in Museums

While I am not quite done with college, I am nearing the end. Most of my friends I went to high school with are graduating next month and have told me about the next big step they will be taking in their lives. It’s very exciting to hear them express their own excitement for going to grad school or starting a career in the field of their dreams, but it has got me thinking a lot about my own future.

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I Got Nominated for Blogger Recognition Award!

Happy Sunday everyone! It is shockingly snowing here in Missouri and it's mid-April, so that threw me through a loop, but I actually woke up to some great surprises. I got nominated by the lovely Lahaina of The Coffee Wife, for a Blogger Recognition Award!

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Would A Work By Any Other Name Mean As Much?

I don’t particularly think that leaving a work untitled diminishes the message or beauty behind it, but sometimes I wonder what could have been.  It never really dawned on me the power behind a title until I came across one specific piece by Damien Hirst, and fell in love.

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The Artful Nature of the World Around Us

As I begin to involve more adventures in the great outdoors, I want to show all of you how to find beauty in the little things. I love to carry my sketchbook with me at almost all times, so I would love to share my nature drawings and photos of my inspiration.

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What Is Art? | Consulting Tolstoy

I am currently finishing up my academic career (scary right?) and am enrolled in a philosophy course this semester. While it is not my major, I do find some interesting ideas that can relate to my studies of art history. Today, we were covering Tolstoy’s Defense of the Arts.

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The Case for Contemporary Craft - Liisa Hietanen and Crocheted Portraiture

It is known that it has been hard for artists working with “non-fine arts” materials to break through the barrier to becoming noticed as a true fine artist, at least when it comes to the world of the art gallery or museum. While the barrier has come down somewhat within our contemporary time, artists who work in textiles, metalwork, woodwork, etc. can see themselves being under-represented in the museum space.

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Chazen Museum of Art | Madison, Wisconsin

The Chazen Museum of Art is located right in the heart of Madison where there is plenty of hustle and bustle from the University campus to downtown life. If you are someone that enjoys wandering around a new city, this museum is right in the middle of plenty of shops and restaurants that you can check out before or after your visit.

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When You Go Somewhere Cold for Spring Break | Milwaukee Art Museum

The cold did bring us to experience many beautiful indoor attractions including the Milwaukee Art Museum. I have visited this gorgeous museum every time that I have visited Milwaukee and it never ceases to wow me with each trip.

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Jean Michel-Basquiat Taught Me How to Let Go and Just Paint

This is going to sound like a cliche, but I have been making art ever since I can remember. With this being said, I only recently got over my fear of colors. I know that sounds weird and I am not necessarily saying I was actually afraid of colors, but I could never get myself to use them in my art.

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