3-Dimentional Art History

One of the most interesting presentation of art history I have seen in recent memory is the Museum of Taipei University of Education's modern art timeline. Basically, they have a linear timeline, interspersed with artist's names. Walking through the timeline, you can see replicas of the artworks. This approach basically gives a visual feel of the... Continue Reading →

The Smiles and Frowns of Mona Lisa

Since I started teaching in an exclusive school, I became fond of starting the semester with Mona Lisa Smile. This line from Catherine Watson is the best: What is art? What makes it good or bad? And who decides? It is one of the key things that I try to teach in an Art Appreciation... Continue Reading →

Eye of the Flâneur (?):Re-Evaluating Modernism

Soft lighting, generic jazz music, cheap wine, flowing beer, canapés, dimsum, finger foods and pretensions—that pretty much describes the stereotypical gallery opening in the “modern” art world of Manila. People laugh, smoke, kiss each other’s cheeks and throw in art words as they toast to the success of the exhibiting artist and gallery. They are... Continue Reading →

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