How I Made This: Jennifer Kim’s Alt Economy

Jennifer Kim is a Chicago chef who operates outside the traditional bounds of her profession. Her project, Alt Economy, rethinks how meals are made and sold, aiming to avoid the traditional restaurant industry’s exploitative policies that have historically been especially harmful to immigrants and people of color. As the ongoing … [Read More...]

Essential Books: 7 Indispensable Histories of Pop Art

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission Mention Pop Art, and Andy Warhol usually springs to mind. Warhol brought glitz and glamour to an early-1960s New York art world tired of Abstract Expressionism’s dour … [Read More...]

How I Made This: Karla Knight’s Otherworldly Art

Seeing Karla Knight’s art for the first the first time, you might think that her work was the product of an outsider artist who’d experienced a close encounter of the third kind. But you’d be wrong on both counts. For one thing, Knight, 63, graduated with a BFA from the Rhode … [Read More...]

Five Canvas Pliers to Help You Pull It Together

Look, we won’t tell you how to live your life, but if you’re stretching canvas anytime soon, you really, really should get a pair of canvas pliers. This nifty tool helps ensure that the material is pulled as tautly as possible across the stretching bars while freeing up a hand … [Read More...]

Essentials: 7 Rousing Books on Feminist Art and Artists

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission Despite the common label, there’s no one style you can call feminist art. As the critic Lucy Lippard noted, feminist art isn’t a “movement” but rather “a value system, … [Read More...]

How I Made This: Anton Thomas’s Pictorial Maps

It’s fair to say that Melbourne-based cartographer Anton Thomas is obsessive. When making one of his hand-drawn illustrated maps, he descends into what he calls “map hermitdom.” It gets so bad that he can’t make eye contact with people in the supermarket; going out to pick up … [Read More...]

Essentials: 7 Illuminating Books on Photography

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. While the first photograph was created a decade earlier, 1839 is the year that photography was made practical by the introduction of the daguerreotype, the salt print, and other technologies. … [Read More...]

Essential Mobile Apps for Artists: Organization Apps

Stephen Sondheim once noted that “art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” However, practically speaking, many artists have so many facets to their careers that life feels more chaotic than organized. Whether you’re working in new media, digital photography, video, or traditional media like … [Read More...]

Essential Books: 12 Illuminating Artist’s Memoirs

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. Like all autobiographies, artist memoirs require two ingredients: a compelling life story and the ability to put it to paper. For lots of people, though, it seems counterintuitive that … [Read More...]

The Best Photo Boards for Your Studio, Office, or Home

Let’s not pretend: We will always have and love picture frames. But that doesn’t mean they are always the best option. Photo boards are a nice alternative, offering a decorative look, exceptional ease in changing photos, and the freedom to artfully arrange. Not only handy pieces of home decor, they … [Read More...]