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Alma Thomas Was as Full of Life as Her Paintings

Much like her colorful paintings, Alma Thomas exuded energy and verve, signaling a deep love for the beautiful things in life. Her intricate designs emulating the elegance of nature seem to have poured out of her soul. From her childhood in Georgia to her retirement in Washington DC, Thomas was an inspiration. 

Growing up, Thomas was the oldest of four daughters in a well-respected family in Columbus, Georgia.read more.

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Yayoi Kusama Sculptures Inspire More Than Joy at ‘Cosmic Nature’

FF2 Guest post by Allison Green

I could see audience excitement for Yayoi Kusama’s Cosmic Nature from the moment I crossed through the entrance of the New York Botanical Gardens. The day was gray and threatened rain, but the vibrance of Kusama’s bright colors and rhythmic dots seemed to keep everyone in high spirits.… read more.

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Guerrilla Girls Make Good Trouble in “The Art of Behaving Badly”

As someone who has taught intro to art courses using the Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art (published in 1998), it’s difficult even for me to properly introduce the Guerrilla Girls.

For one, the Guerrilla Girls mask in gorilla face, occludes identity, and they are a fierce feminist force — one fighting for fairness in the art world.read more.

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“Big Eyes” World of Margaret Keane Always Authentic Then & Now

Margaret Keane, one of the most successful living artists since the 1960s, celebrates her 94th birthday today! Keane is known for her paintings of large-eyed, childlike figures, which ultimately inspired the 2014 Tim Burton film, Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams in a dazzling performance as Margaret Keane. read more.

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Niki de Saint Phalle at MOMA: Structures for Life

FF2 Guest Post by Jessica Bond

The Women’s Liberation Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s defined a generation of women. It marked a time when women’s rights such as abortion and access to equal pay were at the forefront. During this time, women used literature and the arts to spread awareness of these issues.… read more.

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Behind the Scenes with ‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ Animator Tess Martin

When I stumbled upon the work of filmmaker and visual artist Tess Martin, I was at once delighted and fascinated by both the mediums she uses and the ideas she explores. Based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Martin’s work is informed by hand-made animation techniques and “their potential to explore the human condition.”
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