Mini Biography: Emily Sartain

Birth: March 17, 1841 Death: June 17, 1927 Nationality: American Movement: Mezzotint Engraving Born into a family of artists and printers in Philadelphia, PA Sartain was well educated and encouraged to pursue an art career. After a Grand Tour chaperoned by her father Sartain studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and became acquainted with both Mary Cassatt and Thomas Eakins. In addition to … Continue reading Mini Biography: Emily Sartain

Politics and Art/Art and Politics

I recently read an article on Hyperallergic  by William Powhida that asked “What good can political art do?” He discussed, briefly,  the outward spewing of artists’ personal frustration and anger onto their medium of choice but also the buying and selling of high-end art for political and/or social benefit. He touched on the lack of funding for the arts as well, all in all, a lot of topics for a 5 paragraph article. Continue reading Politics and Art/Art and Politics

Cultural appropriation, go fish.

But oddly enough cultural appropriation is a hot topic in art right now too. In March at the Whitney Biennial Dana Schutz’s piece Open Casket (a painting of Emmitt Till based off of photographs taken at his funeral service) caused protests, letter writing, tweets, news articles, opinion pieces, and the buttonholing of several black artists for their thoughts and feelings about the work. Continue reading Cultural appropriation, go fish.