Author Archive

The Best Professional-Grade Watercolor Paint Tubes for Vibrant Compositions

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission.

Not all watercolors are made equal. Depending on the kinds of pigments used and how they’re processed and formulated, the quality of watercolors can range from paints designed for kids to those ideal for discerning artists. Professional-grade paints use... | Read More

Asian Art Market Continues Rapid Ascent at Sotheby’s $270 M. Hong Kong Sales

Sotheby’s three live-streamed evening sales of modern and contemporary art held on Sunday and Monday night in Hong Kong brought in a hammer total of HKD 1.46 billion, or HKD 2.1 billion with premium ($269.8 million), exceeding the collective pre-sale low estimate of HKD 1.4 billion ($179 million), across 91 works sold. Seventeen of those lots were guaranteed at a collected low estimate of... | Read More

Sotheby’s to Sell $40 M. Monet Water Lilies Painting in May

In a dramatic close to Sotheby’s modern art evening sale in Hong Kong on Sunday, vice chairman Brooke Lampley unveiled a large-scale Claude Monet water lilies painting to the live-streamed auction’s audience. That work, titled Le Bassin aux Nymphéas, is itself now going to be sold by the house. It will hit the block at Sotheby’s New York Impressionist and modern art evening... | Read More

The Best Photo Boards for Your Studio, Office, or Home

Let’s not pretend: We will always have and love picture frames. But that doesn’t mean they are always the best option. Photo boards are a nice alternative, offering a decorative look, exceptional ease in changing photos, and the freedom to artfully arrange. Not only handy pieces of home decor, they can serve a purpose for artists and crafters as well: because of the easy maneuverability... | Read More

Olivier Meslay on Counteracting Art Depravation

Illustration Denise Nestor.

The 2020–21 issue of Art in America’s Annual Guide, released in December 2020, includes interviews with museum directors about how they responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. In October, A.i.A. spoke with Olivier Meslay, director of the Clark Art Institute, which was privately founded in 1955 and is... | Read More

New Documentary Showcases Bill Traylor’s Bracing Visions of the Past and the Present

Although Bill Traylor is now coming to be considered a major figure in 20th century U.S. art history, little is known about his life. The facts are these: Traylor was born in 1853 into slavery, and he died in 1949. A Black man in Montgomery, Alabama, he spent the majority of his life enduring Jim Crow oppression. He came to art-making late in his career, working with charcoal, paint, crayon,... | Read More

Illuminate Your Subjects with the Best Continuous Lighting Kits for Photography

Lighting is a vital component of photography, which is why there is a sea of lighting options out there. For amateur photographers and videographers, the selection can be overwhelming. That’s where lighting kits come in, supplying a range of basic tools that will work well together. Continuous lighting kits, as their name implies, emit constant light, allowing photographers to easily make... | Read More

Robert Colescott Painting of George Washington Carver Set to Break Artist’s Auction Record

Robert Colescott’s 1975 painting, George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware River: Page from an American History Textbook, a riff on Emanuel Leutze’s widely-known 1852 painting of the first President of the United States crossing the Delaware river by boat, will be sold at auction next month. The painting will be offered with a guarantee during Sotheby’s... | Read More

What Are Francisco Goya’s Best Works? Four Curators Discuss Major Pieces by the Spanish Artist

The works of Spanish artist Francisco Goya, who created unsettling, macabre scenes inspired by historical events and mythology, as well as psychologically charged portraits, have captivated viewers for centuries. Goya’s drawings and prints are currently the subject of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Prado Museum in Madrid recently acquired the... | Read More

Cranach Painting Sold Under Duress During World War II to Be Auctioned as Part of Legal Settlement

A religious scene by Northern Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder sold under duress by its original German Jewish owner in the years leading up to World War II is coming to auction. It will be sold during Christie’s New York Old Masters evening sale on April 22 as part of a settlement agreement between the heirs of Margarete Eisenmann and the estate of American dealer and... | Read More

Sign up for the DADA Newsletter