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Ana Mendieta

Ana Mendieta: The Body and The Earth

Ana Mendieta: The Body and The Earth by Ana Brdar The Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta is one of the most important names of feminist art, as well as a pioneer of utilizing the body and natural elements in order to explore wider ideas of exile and alienation. Mendieta was born in Cuba on November 18th 1949, into a politically engaged family. Her great uncle was the president of Cuba,…
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The Unifying Role of Abstract Art in Yugoslavia

The Unifying Role of Abstract Art in Yugoslavia Written by Ana Brdar.  In Western Balkans, it is not entirely unusual to run into an enormous, otherworldly statue standing tall in a middle of an empty field, away from the bustling spaces of galleries and museums. These alien-like, concrete giants are, in fact, pubic art that was commissioned throughout the now non-existent country of…
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The Art of Rayonism

Ana Brdar writes about Natalia Goncharova and The Art of Rayonism. One of the most prominent painters to come out of Russia in the first half of the 20th century, Natalia Goncharova and her groundbreaking style redefined the path of contemporary and abstract art in Russia. Together with her partner, fellow artists Mikhail Larionov, she originated a new art movement called Rayonism. Even…
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Building Your Online Portfolio

Building your online portfolio by Thomas Boldt Self-promotion is probably one of the most important tasks for any type of artist, but it's not always as easy as we'd like. It's an old story: a fantastic artist has an impressive body of work, but somehow manages to remain completely undiscovered simply due to not being temperamentally suited to show off their own work. Some artists are great at…
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Our Visit to the Sharjah Art Foundation

Our visit to the Sharjah Art Foundation was planned only to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibition (what an opportunity!), not because one didn’t want to see the other work on display but just that one didn’t know about it or frankly too much about the foundation itself other than its general location (possibly our ignorance more than anything else). We got there is bit earlier than the 4pm…
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Watermarking Your Images

Thomas Boldt on Watermarking Images for websites. The Internet is a truly incredible place, where almost any kind of data imaginable is easily accessible with only a few minutes of your time. Usually this is a great help to the world at large, but when you're an artist it can be a little nerve-wracking to take your masterpieces and make them available online. It's a common story among…
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Online Business

Challenges and Benefits of an Online Business

Ana Brdar writes about the challenges and benefits of an online business. When it comes to running an online business, there is somewhat of a misconception that doing web-based commerce is easy and does not require a lot of effort. And while it is true that in the internet era pretty much anyone with a computer can set up an online business, this does not mean this type of endeavor does not…
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How Best to Photograph Your Paintings

Read on for tips on How Best to Photograph Your Paintings by Thomas Boldt. When it comes to finally put your artistic masterpieces online, painters have something of a problem. For photographers and digital artists it can be a relatively simple process, but for artists who work in the offline world it can be more complicated. To help you out, we've put together a quick guide that will give…
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A Quick Guide to SEO for Artists

A Quick Guide to SEO for Artists By Thomas Boldt It's hard to go anywhere on the internet these days without running into the acronym 'SEO', and the online art world is no exception. For those of you who haven't heard of it before, SEO stands for 'search engine optimization', and it's one of your most powerful online marketing tools. It can be the difference between obscurity and massive…
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World Handshake Day

I hadn't heard of the beautiful concept of World Handshake Day till Kobo artist, Werner Szendi introduced me to it. The original idea took shape  in Ivan Župa's mind when as a child, an old man once said to him: "My son, place your hand here in the sea and you are united with the whole world." And so the tradition of World Handshake Day began, a way and day to maintain and pass on the…
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