Mini Biography: Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Born in the NE area of Switzerland, Taeuber attended a trade school and studied textile design in her late teens and painting and design in her early twenties in both Munich and Hamburg. Continue reading Mini Biography: Sophie Taeuber-Arp

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Mini Biography: Elenore Plaisted Abbott

Although there is some confusion about the year of Plaisted Abbott’s birth she was born in Maine and received an extensive art education primarily in the Philadelphia area. She studied at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and Drexel University. Continue reading Mini Biography: Elenore Plaisted Abbott

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

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.