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Art Begets Literature; Literature Begets Art

As April is National Poetry Month, April 15 was National Art Day, and today, April 23, is National Book Day, it seems appropriate this month to look at some works of art that inspired works of literature, and conversely, works of literature that inspired works of art. download

Art for April Fool’s Day

For April Fools’ Day, here are some pieces of art that seem appropriate. They are associated with tricks of the eye, with a hoax, with having fun with the observer, being incongruent with the expected, or just being a little “out there.” Enjoy!

Redefining Textile Art

There is a growing body of textile artists whose work is difficult to categorize. Their creations frequently expand the boundaries of the traditional crafts that have been described and discussed above and often use their medium to address a range of topics. These are just a couple of examples. download

Women Painting Women Painting

This brief piece attempts to show, through the ages, how women artists have chosen to portray themselves or other women as artists. This sample of artworks spans four centuries, from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.

African American Artists

In honor of Black History Month, this piece features African American artists. Full disclosure, this obviously can’t cover all the major artists, so I am focusing on some who spoke to me. The artistic careers of the 13 artists represented in this piece span the late 19th century to the present day. They were active in a broad range of media and styles, from impressionist to abstract expressionist painting, to sculpture, collage, and quilting. The African American experience through the years is a common thread across artistic styles and media.

Art for Valentine’s Day

Art for Valentine’s Day For Valentine’s Day, here are ten influential works of art that evoke love and romance. Although half of them have the same title, The Kiss, they represent a range of art movements and media. download

Textile (Fiber) Art: Rug Hooking

Hooked Rug of Jacqueline Kennedy by Élizabeth LeFort (1914-2005) Rug hooking has been popular in North America for over 200 years.  It has progressed from being a purely practical skill to an art form.  Rug hooking also has a social aspect.  Since the materials are easily transportable, hookers often gather and converse while working on their rugs and attend camps where they hone their skills, learn new techniques and gather inspiration for new projects.  And they enjoy the raised eyebrows when they tell a new acquaintance, “I am a hooker”. download

Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona

The number one tourist attraction in Spain is the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) basilica in the city of Barcelona. Designed by Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926), the basilica has been under construction since 1882. Gaudí started working on it in 1883 when the original architect resigned. He worked the rest of his life on the project; it was only about one-quarter finished when he died approximately 43 years later. Gaudí is buried in the basilica’s crypt. download