Fine Arts

A Tibetan Monk Walks Into a Bar … the Future of Creativity

Tibetan Sand Mandala Creation. (San Jose Library, CC BY-SA 2.0)
Tibetan Sand Mandala Creation. (San Jose Library, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Beyond questions of its value and its sources there is a question less frequently contested about creativity: its relationship to us. One evening some time...




  • Showing how it’s done. (Public domain)

    ‘Shakespeare of Music’ Finally Gets His Own Blue Plaque

    London is about to get its latest blue plaque. A building on Great Pulteney Street in Soho will soon be marked as the site of... Read more

  • “The Flagellants,” Completed in Munich between 1885 and 1889 by Carl von Marr (1858 – 1936). Oil on canvas, 14 inches by 23 inches.

    Uncertainty and the Plague: Carl Von Marr’s Painting ‘The Flagellants’

    Terror gripped the kingdoms of Europe that had been overwhelmed by the misery and chaos following the bubonic and pneumonic plagues. Known as The Great Mortality, nearly a third... Read more

  • In this Thursday, March 11, 2010, file photo, empty frames from which thieves took "Storm on the Sea of Galilee," left background, by Rembrandt and "The Concert," right foreground, by Vermeer, remain on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The museum says it's doing the best it can with tours and lectures to help visitors appreciate the 13 paintings that were stolen. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

    After 25 Years, Gardner Museum Art Theft Remains a Mystery

    BOSTON—It’s been called the biggest art heist in U.S. history, perhaps the biggest in the world. But 25 years later, the theft of 13 works... Read more

  • (Dean_Fikar/iStock/Thinkstock)

    How Photography Evolved From Science to Art

    Much like a painting, a photograph has the ability to move, engage, and inspire viewers. It could be a black-and-white Ansel Adams landscape of a... Read more

  • Woodturner Jason Van Duyn arranges funerary urns in his Raleigh, N.C., studio on March 4, 2015. Van Duyn makes urns that he hopes his clients will be proud to display in their homes. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

    With Cremations Up, Urn Artists Look for the Beauty in Death

    APEX, N.C.—Of all the pieces Julie Moore crafts in her home studio, the most popular is a brightly colored fabric vessel she calls “the party... Read more

  • (Samira Bouaou/Epoch TImes)

    New York City Awash in Asian Art and Antiques

    NEW YORK—The annual Asia Week kicks off the month of March, one filled with Asian art and antiques on display in galleries across the Upper... Read more

  • David Geffen, philanthropist and entertainment mogul. (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for UCLA)

    David Geffen Donates $100 Million to Lincoln Center

    NEW YORK—Entertainment industry executive David Geffen has donated $100 million to New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The performing arts building — long... Read more

  • Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan, 1950. Photograph by Gordon Parks. Courtesy and © The Gordon Parks Foundation. Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Gordon Parks Exhibit Offers Intimate Glimpse Into Segregation-Era Life for African Americans

    In the spring of 1950, Gordon Parks, the first African-American photographer for Life Magazine, returned to his hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas. On assignment for... Read more

  • This photo, taken with an iPhone on Feb. 25, 2015, shows an installation created by contemporary artist Nuno Vasa of Lisbon, Portugal, a full-size cable car made entirely of cork _ a major Portuguese export, at the Kennedy Center in Washington. The installation is featured in a three-week, $6 million Iberian arts festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, featuring theater, music, dance and visual arts from Portugal, Spain and the many countries they have influenced over the centuries. (AP Photo/Brett Zongker)

    Picasso’s Rarely Seen Ceramics Featured At Kennedy Center

    WASHINGTON—While Pablo Picasso crafted thousands of ceramic pieces late in his career that reflected his Mediterranean and Spanish roots, this art was long overshadowed by... Read more

  • If you’re not born with creativity, do you have to struggle to acquire it? (Robin Taylor/Flickr)

    Teaching Creativity: Born That Way or Waiting for the Muse?

    Recently one of my masters students, a filmmaker from the Czech Republic, told me his friends back at home were completely baffled that he was... Read more

  • "On The Seashore," 1879, by George Elgar Hicks. Oil on canvas. Private collection. (Image courtesy of Art Renewal Center)

    Rediscovering Victorian Painter George Elgar Hicks

    George Elgar Hicks (1824–1914) is one of those artists, well appreciated among 19th century Victorian scholars, but virtually unknown to the general public of today... Read more

  • A bronze mirror with a woman's head in relief from the Hellenistic period. It is part of a major collection of ancient Greco-Roman and Near-Eastern objects that New York philanthropists Robert and Renee Belfer are giving a to the Jerusalem museum, Feb. 12, 2015 (AP/Israel Museum, Elie Posner)

    NY Antiquities Collection Donated to Israel Museum

    NEW YORK—Two New York philanthropists are donating a major collection of more than 300 ancient Greco-Roman and Near-Eastern glass vessels to The Israel Museum in... Read more

  • “Au Clair de la Lune,” 2013, by Camie Salaz, 38 inches x 46 inches, oil on canvas. (Courtesy of Camie Salaz)

    Painter Spotlight: Camie Salaz, Transformation Through Art

    Tarrytown, the home of painter Camie Salaz, lies about 20 miles north of New York on the Hudson River, where the great landscape painters Frederic... Read more

  • In this Feb. 9, 2015 photo, museum visitors examine sculptures by Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli at the Davis Museum on the campus of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass. Tanavoli, a modern sculptor celebrated for fusing Persian traditions with pop sensibilities, opened the first U.S. retrospective of his work at the museum in Wellesely. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Famous Iranian Artist Makes US Debut With Show About ‘Nothing’

    WELLESLEY, Mass.—Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli has built a successful career around the concept of nothing. Tanavoli creates sculptures of the word “heech,” which means “nothing”... Read more

  • This photo provided by the police of Swiss Canton Tessin shows the painting "Ritratto di Isabella d'Este" by Leonardo da Vinci, which was seized by the police of Ticino Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 (AP/Kantonspolizei Tessin)

    Swiss Seize Alleged Leonardo Portrait for Italian Probe

    MILAN—Italian authorities have ordered the seizure from a Swiss bank vault of a portrait attributed to Leonardo da Vinci that they say was illegally removed... Read more

  • Sotheby's staff pose for a picture with 'Le Grand Canal' by Claude Monet, during a preview of their upcoming Impressionist and Modern, Surrealist and Contemporary Art sale, at the auction house in London, England, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The collection of paintings and sculptures, with an estimated total value of 233 million pounds ($354 million), is due to go under the hammer on Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. (AP/Tim Ireland)

    Monet Means Money: Auction Nets Record $280 Million Total

    LONDON (AP) — A Venetian waterscape by Claude Monet has sold for more than $35 million at a London auction as the high-end art market... Read more


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