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    Abstract Art Is Feminine: A Shout-Out to Hilma af Klint

    In 1911, the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, allegedly created a watercolor entitled “First Abstract Watercolour.” As the title suggests, Kandinsky was keen to be perceived as the first abstract artist. In a letter to his gallery owner Jerome Neumann in 1935, it becomes clear: “Dear Mr. Neumann, unfortunately the only thing missing is the photograph of the first abstract picture…

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    Her World: SINGULART Women Artists on Every Continent

    In celebration of International Women’s Day, SINGULART is continuing its focus on Women Artists with a trip around the world! This article is focused on artists who work on separate continents, yet their artistic vision shares a throughline of exploration and artistic excellence. Asia: Nafiseh Emran Award-winning Iranian artist Nafiseh Emran creates work that is inspired by the world around…

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    Andreas Gursky’s Landscape Images

    Andreas Gursky is best known for his large-format photographs, which he began taking in the 1980s. They are often reminiscent of children’s books because of their wide-format and high-angle perspective along with surprise objects within the frame. Motifs from nature and various forms of landscapes are an integral part of Gursky’s work. Since the 1990s he has been using electronic…

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    Dance and Movement in Art

    Dance is a non-verbal form of representation and expression. At the center of which is the subjective, aesthetic staging of the body and shaping of movement in space and time. As a symbol of modern life, the subject of dance has been taken up by numerous artists since the end of the 19th century, with the interest primarily focused on…

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    The Vibrating World of Jazz and Its Reception in Art

    Jazz not only had an influence on the development of music but also on the visual arts of the 20th century. Which artists were inspired by jazz? This vibrant world and its reception in art will be examined here using three examples. Around 1900, jazz emerged in the southern states of the US. From there it did not take the…

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    Dansaekhwa: Exploring the “Korean Monochrome” Art Movement

    What is Dansaekhwa? “Dansaekhwa” translates to “monochrome painting” in Korean. This art movement was pioneered by artists born from 1930-1940. Although not part of a distinctive group at the time, Dansaekhwa was seen to fully flourish in South Korea during the 1970s.  The term Dansaekhwa (also known as “tansaekhwa”) was first used by the art critic Lee Yil who used…

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    Constructivism and Eef de Graaf

    The Dutch artist Eef de Graaf produces works that are characterized by there simplicity, purity and harmony. His artworks take inspiration from the artistic movement of constructivism. De Graaf describes himself as a second generation artist of constructivism. If one wants to gain a better appreciation of Eef de Graaf’s works, we first have to delve deeper into the routes…

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    10 Essential Artists: Sculpting

    Often, the world of sculpting gets overlooked or lost within the world of visual art. With painting at the fore, it would be a great shame for us to simply shun the great sculptors of yesterday and the ones that strive to carry on that legacy of what it means to be a master of clay, marble, and bronze. Singulart…

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    Genre Painting: The Aesthetics of the Everyday

    A genre painting, also known as a morality painting, places everyday actions at the center of the artwork. These can be specific individual scenes, larger groups of people, or so-called “hidden object images”. In most cases, no identifiable personalities are depicted, but rather archetypes of a social class or group. These representations were already widespread in antiquity, but modern genre…

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    Scream: Mental Illness in Art

    The way in which mental illness has been portrayed throughout history has seen those dealing with inner turmoil ostracized and othered. Sure, for someone who perceives the world beyond what is widely accepted as reality, their mind may be wired differently from someone who is considered healthy. However, it is this alternate view of the world that has inspired some…