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On Amazon Prime Day, We’ll Be Here to Help You Find the Best Deals on Artists’ Tools and Studio Supplies

Every year, Amazon’s Prime Day offers thousands of deals on the site’s products, from electronics to books and art supplies. The shopping day usually happens in July, but this year it has been pushed back due to the pandemic; the 48-hour event is likely to be scheduled in mid-October. Some reports set the date at October 13 and 14, with an official announcement coming on September 27.Prime... | Read More

On Amazon Prime Day, We’ll Be Here to Help You Find the Best Deals on Artists’ Tools and Studio Supplies

Every year, Amazon’s Prime Day offers thousands of deals on the site’s products, from electronics to books and art supplies. The shopping day usually happens in July, but this year it has been pushed back due to the pandemic; the 48-hour event is likely to be scheduled in mid-October. Some reports set the date at October 13 and 14, with an official announcement coming on September 27.Prime... | Read More

From the Archives: Matters of Fact

The Bay Area–based Photo-Realist painter Robert Bechtle died this week at age eighty-eight. In this essay from our October 2005 issue, Richard Kalina discusses Bechtle’s retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the ways in which the artist’s paintings of the suburban landscape grapple with representation. —Eds.

Robert Bechtle hit upon a photo-based... | Read More

Vincent Namatjira Becomes First Indigenous Winner of Major Australian Art Prize

Vincent Namatjira has become the first Indigenous artist to win Australia’s Archibald Prize for portraiture, which comes with $100,000. The artist received the award for his painting Stand Strong for Who You Are, which features a depiction of the retired Australian footballer Adam Goodes.

Namatjira met Goodes in 2018 and was inspired to paint the athlete after viewing the 2019... | Read More

Mark Rothko’s Politics: How the Protest-Minded Artist Controlled How His Work Was Seen

For many, Mark Rothko’s transcendent abstractions of fields of intermingling colors often conjure semi-religious states and lofty ideas about death and passing on. Looking at them, one might not know that the artist was a political person, with a strict moral and ethical code that guided how his work was presented. Impressed by Rothko’s commitment to his politics, the collector Dominique... | Read More

The Best Watercolor Sheets for Painterly Experimentations

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Dip your toe into the wide world of watercolor. Paint without worry of ripping, tearing, and warping with paper specially designed to hold the medium. While ordinary paper is smooth and thin, watercolor paper is heavier and has some texture, so that it... | Read More

Paddle8 Bankruptcy Trustee Sues John Textor for $6 M.

Earlier this year, just as the coronavirus pandemic was forcing much of the world into lockdown, the online marketplace Paddle8, which has been used by many nonprofits to conduct charity art auctions, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. That news came after one nonprofit sued to get back money that was allegedly owed to it, and in the months since more lawsuits have been filed against... | Read More

Critics Slam Decision to Postpone Philip Guston Show Until 2024, Robert Bechtle Has Died and More: Morning Links from September 25, 2020

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News

Artist Robert Bechtle, a giant of the Bay Area scene associated with the Photorealist movement of the 1960s, has died at 88. [ARTnews]

A Philip Guston retrospective has been pushed back to 2024 after organizers raised concerns over images evoking racist... | Read More

Robert Bechtle, Photorealist Artist Who Pushed Painting in New Directions, Is Dead at 88

Robert Bechtle, a giant of the Bay Area scene associated with the Photorealist movement of the 1960s, has died at 88. A representative for the artist’s New York gallery, Gladstone, which represented him alongside San Francisco’s Anglim Gilbert gallery, confirmed his death.

Bechtle’s paintings, prints, and drawings typically involved closely relying on photographs that... | Read More

Rare Botticelli Portrait Could Break Records If It Sells for $80 M. and More: Morning Links from September 24, 2020

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Market

A rare 15th-century portrait by Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli will be auctioned at Sotheby’s next year—and could break records if it sells for an estimated $80 million. [ARTnews]

In a complicated legal battle, a group... | Read More

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