The Art Story.org

I came across this awesome website recently. It breaks art history down in a clear, easily accessible way with a very well-designed website and app.

“I believe the internet can help us bring art education into the 21st century. Modern Art is about ideas that should be exposed to the world, and this website and the organization as a whole strive to achieve this goal.” – Michael Zurakhinsky (Founder)

Roy Lichtenstein “Crying Girl” 1964 | “Crying Girl” 1963

I’ve felt very sad and worried since November 8th, but at the same time I also feel creative, focused and absolutely sure about the importance of art in a way that feels different. I’m not really sure what that way is yet, but the arts are the only thing that make sense to me right now, so I’ve been reading this app on the train instead of the news. It’s been mostly Pop and Social Realism.

I’m determined not to become cynical and I believe that great creativity can be spurred by terrible times. I just wonder what such a horrifying political shift will do to art—not in the way of funding and all that—but in how it will push artists. I keep coming back to Pop art and I like these ideas:

• Pop artists celebrated the people of everyday life

• Pop artists believed everything is inter-connected, and therefore sought to make those connections literal in their artwork

“Pop is everything art hasn’t been for the last two decades. It’s basically a U-turn back to a representational visual communication, moving at a break-away speed…Pop is a re-enlistment in the world…It is the American Dream, optimistic, generous and naïve.” – Jim Dine

Roy Lichtenstein “I Love Liberty” 1982 | Andy Warhol “Moonwalk” 1987 | Andy Warhol “The Statue of Liberty” 1986

On The Art Story about page, these are some of the ideas I like that inspired the website:

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over cities, we too will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.”– John F. Kennedy

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”– Lyndon Johnson

It’s hard, but I have hope.

Jasper Johns “Three Flags” 1958

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