On Wednesday, Donald Trump signed the very necessary Eliminating Government-Funded Oil-Painting Bill, which will trim the nation’s debt by a fraction of a fraction of a percentage point. Thank god. Trump administration officials, who like to drop thousands of dollars of public money to ride private planes and purchase…
On a Wednesday night in mid-November, I arrived at Painting Lounge with a bottle of wine in my left hand, bracing myself for the worst.
Today in About Damn Time: the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery uncloaked a portrait featuring the women of the United States Supreme Court, past and present. As of November 2, 2015, the painting hangs in the Washington, D.C. gallery.
In 1924, under dubious circumstances, painter Edith Lake Wilkinson was committed to an asylum for the mentally ill. Her paintings were locked away in a trunk, mailed to a relative, and cloistered for 40 years. Now, HBO documentary Packed in a Trunk brushes off the dust and returns Wilkinson’s artwork to daylight.
Remember that lucky woman from Virginia who plucked a Renoir out of a pile of crap at a West Virginia flea market and bought it for a mere seven dollars? Yeah, well, she has to give it back to the Baltimore Museum of Art, from where it was stolen in 1951.
If you're self-conscious about your lack of artistic talent or manual dexterity with a paintbrush, take heart — a few glasses of Pinot Grigio might be all that's standing in your way on the path to artistic greatness.
Who knew that Bob Ross's painting instructionals were so sexual? Who ever wanted to know that Bob Ross's painting instructionals were so sexual?
Usually it's people complaining that art shows too much skin and trying to bring more censorship into the picture. But there's a been a refreshing—if somewhat ridiculous—reversal at one Brooklyn cafe. The Tea Lounge, which is in the very child-friendly neighborhood of Park Slope, attempted to make itself less…
You probably made an ass of yourself the last time you were drunk, but as long as you didn't rub your ass on any expensive artwork there's someone out there who's more mortified than you are. Yesterday 36-year-old Carmen Tisch was charged with felony criminal mischief for punching, scratching, and sliding her butt…
Helen Frankenthaler, an artist who helped develop a style of painting known as Color Field, has died at the age of 83. Though she was one of the most famous female artists of her generation, she said she never thought of herself as a "lady painter."
[Berlin, January 22. Image via Getty]
The recession has not hurt Hollywood's booming terrible-portrait business, although the stars make a big show of finding the likenesses embarrassing. They should.