TOPIC: ART 101

Art 101

What is the Venice Biennale and why should we care?

"Bee...nal...er?" What is this word?? How do you pronounce it and what does it mean?
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In a potato field north of Toronto, a massive hidden artwork teaches us about site-specific art

To reach "Shift," the beautiful and somewhat forgotten work by Richard Serra, you have to go on a bit of a quest.
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The past year has been a time of loss. What can art show us about processing grief?

We're not alone. Witnessing somebody else's pain can actually give you ideas about how to handle your own.
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Beautiful terror: Why witnessing 'the sublime' in art gives you that awestruck feeling

Artists have tried for centuries to capture the sensation you feel in the face of something immeasurable.
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Art 101: The juiciest art war of the 21st century

Here's what happened when one artist helped create the blackest shade of black — and decided nobody else could use it.
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How curators went from caretakers to art stars — and why there are curators for everything now

In this week's Art 101, Professor Lise looks at how the idea of the curator evolved.
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Why paintings used to look so weird, and how linear perspective changed everything

Linear perspective organizes the frame, making it seem like it’s happening in a real space and directing your eye to the most important part of the scene.
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3 artists pushing back against colonialism by using the tools of their colonizers

This week's Art 101 looks at anti-colonial art, from a gun shooting cherry blossoms to masks made from Air Jordans.
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Why the still life — an artform that was once put at the bottom of art's hierarchy — has endured

What's the deal with still life painting? On this edition of Art 101, Professor Lise walks us through the history of this form of painting.
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5 artists who went to extremes with their bodies and put themselves at risk for their art

From deliberate exposure to Chernobyl's radiation to using plastic surgery to look like famous paintings.
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The divide between art and sports can be vast, but sometimes art and sports have been friends

In this week’s Art 101, Professor Lise takes us through times where art and sports have played on the same team.
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Art 101: Scary art that makes you want to hide under the bed

Prepare yourself to learn about the long history of terrifying art.
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Art 101: Scary art that makes you want to hide under the bed

Prepare yourself to learn about the long history of terrifying art.
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What are artist residencies and why do you want one?

This week, Professor Lise (not really a professor) tells us about artists who pick up their practice and temporarily transplant it somewhere else.
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What's an art installation and why do they make people mad?

Professor Lise (not really a professor) explains sculpture's complicated cousin.
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Art 101: How an art movement gets its name (and why your uncle can't be an Abstract Expressionist)

What's Surrealism? Why is someone a Cubist? Answers to the art movement questions you've always been too afraid to look stupid by asking.
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Art 101: What's the difference between porn and art?

This week, Professor Lise (not really a professor) takes us through this tricky question.
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Art 101: Why is this art?

Sometimes an artwork is more than what it looks like (even if it makes your uncle mad).
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Art 101: Why is this art?

This week, Professor Lise sheds a bit of light on what makes something art.
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Art 101: What is a memento mori? P.S. You are going to die

One day, your hourglass will run out of sand and you, too, will become a skeleton. Sweet, right?!
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Art 101: Where do piñatas come from? It's complicated

Depending on who you ask, the answer could be a lot of different places.
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This week, Professor Lise (not really a professor) explains appropriation (not the cultural kind)

Is appropriation bad? Good? Somewhere in the middle? And what does it actually mean?
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Art 101: Krampus and more soul-eating Christmas demons

Professor Lise (not really a professor) takes us through some festive demonology.
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They're the first things humans ever painted. Why are we so fascinated by animals?

In Art 101, Professor Lise (not really a professor) takes us through humanity's artistic obsession with the animal kingdom.

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