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How Renoir Became a Leading Impressionist and Created an Enduring Style of His Own

More than 100 years after his death, Pierre-Auguste Renoir is still recognized worldwide for his intimate portraits, dreamy landscapes, and depictions of nude bathers. (Despite this, recent protests at various institutions claim that “Renoir sucks.”)  Though the artist began his career as an obscure painter of porcelain, Renoir was well-known by the early 20th century, and today... | Read More

Beeple NFT Artwork Sells for $6.6 M. Ahead of Viral Christie’s Auction

On Monday, just days before a piece by the artist was put up for sale by Christie’s, a work by Mike Winkelmann, a net artist who goes by the name Beeple, sold for $6.6 million at Nifty Gateway, an online cryptocurrency marketplace for digital art. According to Nifty Gateway, that makes the Beeple piece the most expensive digital work ever auctioned.

Nifty Gateway announced that... | Read More

Seattle Art Museum, Yale Receive ‘Transformative’ Gifts of Modern Art by Rothko, Krasner, More

Works by Mark Rothko, Helen Frank Frankenthaler, Francis Bacon, and more modern masters are heading to the Seattle Art Museum as a part of a landmark gift. The museum announced on Thursday that it has received 19 artworks from the Friday Foundation, led by the heirs of the late Seattle arts collectors and patrons Jane Lang Davis and Richard Lang. The gift also carries $10.5 million in funds... | Read More

Artist Robert Russell Discusses Memorializing Teacups and Their Owners in His Photorealistic Paintings

When it came to choosing a career as an artist, “there was no other option,” L.A.-based painter Robert Russell, recently told Brooke Jaffe for “ARTnews Live,” our ongoing IGTV series featuring interviews with a range of creatives. “It was always something I did. I was always on the floor drawing and painting.” To aspiring artists, he advises, “Make sure you love... | Read More

$10 M. Picasso Portrait Unseen for Decades to Sell at Bonhams

A Pablo Picasso painting from 1937 that has been held in a private collection for more than three decades will be offered at Bonhams in an Impressionist and modern art auction in New York on May 13. Titled Femme au béret mauve, the work is scheduled to go on view in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, and Hong Kong before coming to its final location at the house’s New York headquarters.... | Read More

Alleged Putin Architect Talks, KAWS Show Opens at Brooklyn Museum, and More: Morning Links from February 25, 2021

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POKÉMON CARDS, HANDBAGS, FINE WINE: People are buying them all amid the pandemic, and prices are rising, according to Knight Frank, who runs indices on the markets for luxury goods. Frank described them to Reuters as “relatively affordable luxury... | Read More

The Best Rigid Portfolios for Protecting Your Works

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Whether you’re toting art to an academic critique or commuting to a studio, you need a good portfolio to get you there damage-free. Handling large artworks, even if flat, can pose quite a challenge. But we’ve got your back. After hunting down the best... | Read More

The Best Paper for Markers Is Ideal for Blending and Experimenting

Like paints, pastels, and other media, markers perform better on certain papers than on others. Sure, you could achieve a lovely design on a piece of printer paper, but you really won’t be getting the nicest results out of, say, your cherished Copics or Prismacolors if that’s your go-to canvas. To bring out the best qualities your markers have to offer, pick up some paper expressly made... | Read More

The Best Light Boxes for Detail-Oriented Work

A light box is one of the most useful tools you can have in your studio. Resembling a stripped-down tablet, these slim devices illuminate flat surfaces from behind so you can place material on top for tracing or close observation. Use a light box, for instance, to weed vinyl, trace designs on watercolor paper, transfer tattoo illustrations, illuminate diamond painting, and view photo... | Read More

The Best Tools for Effective Hand Sanding

Sandpaper is an acrobatic tool, flexible enough to bend into crevices and around corners. But sanding also requires pressure, which can be hard to apply with just your fingers. A hand sander—often a simple handle attached to a flat surface where sandpaper is mounted—can make sanding jobs a fast and comfortable task. For five options that will get the job done, read our recommendations... | Read More

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