Art History

Paleolithic vs. Neolithic Art: How and Why are They Different?

Reader question: “Can you tell me about the changes that took place in human development from the Paleolithic through the Neolithic periods, and the ways in which art was affected by those changes?” This is an exciting question for me, because as someone who currently works every day with contemporary visual culture, I don’t get much …

Who is the Englishman in Malevich’s ‘An Englishman in Moscow’ (1914)?

Reader question: “Who is the Englishman meant to be in Kazimir Malevich’s 1914 painting An Englishman in Moscow?” Well this is quite rare: a question focusing on just a single painting! A painting that, the more you look into it, makes you want to slam your head against the desk and yell “WHAT DOES IT …

Where were all the female Abstract Expressionists?

Reader question: “I wonder if there have been women engaging in abstract expressionist art and if we maybe only don’t know them because Clement Greenberg forgot to tell us about them?” – asked by Natascha Short answer: Yes! There were plenty of women engaging in Abstract Expressionist art that simply never gained the fame and …

Why was Cimabue so Important?

Why was Cimabue so important? The reason has a lot to do with our traditional, and perhaps flawed, understandings of the Renaissance.