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.
The field of neuroaesthetics uses neuroscience to understand how art affects our brains, both when we're making it and when we're viewing it.
How the American Art-Union brought fine art to the people, via a subscription service, in the 1840s.
The famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright famously loathed commercialism, and yet he (reluctantly) designed commercial homewares to be mass-produced.
The Cornell Collection of Blaschka Invertebrate Models includes hundreds of glass models of sea creatures, making it both a teaching tool and a metaphor.
Demons and artists, it seems, pull from the same bag of tricks. They take ordinary matter and transform it into something more wondrous, more terrifying.
Major artists like Roy Lichtenstein and Louise Bourgeois have experimented with holography, but it has yet to be taken seriously as an art form.
Deaccessioning old works can be a complicated and fraught process. But even museums have to spring-clean now and then.
Jean-Michel Basquiat created art that commented on New York City, while also contributing to its architecture and style.