There’s a specific term for these irregular pearls: “baroque,” from the Portuguese barroco.
A 1971 interview with poet Gerard Malanga.
No one could have predicted Franz Xaver Messerschmidt’s turn to the bizarre.
"The best one can say of American art criticism is that its CLEVERNESS OFTEN CONCEALS ITS LACK OF PENETRATION," Alfred Stieglitz wrote.
The original inspiration for the now-ubiquitous equestrian statue, a classical bronze of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, was almost melted down and lost forever.
A collection of rare maps explores their power as visual messengers.
James McNeill Whistler created the famous "Peacock Room" for a wealthy patron. But the patron never actually wanted it.
Trained as a printmaker, this artist helped change American tattooing from a fringe behavior into an art form people use to express themselves.
Posters were originally a method of advertising and promotion, but in the 1960s, a new crop of psychedelic signs became emblematic of the counterculture.
Napoleon didn't like sitting for portraits, and yet artists and mass market prints helped cement his legendary status.