Art Reads: The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt’s latest novel, The Goldfinch, won the Pultizer Prize for fiction in 2014, and it’s easy to see why. Its treatment of art and art history never veers into pretentious territory, and poses deep questions about art itself to its readers, … Continued

Here’s Where to Read Free Art Books Online

Readers and art history lovers rejoice: your holiday season is about to get much more merry. We have good news for you: Getty Publications, associated with The Getty Museum, has a virtual library where you can check out over 250 … Continued

Our Top 8 Artistic Gifts for Kids Under $20 This Holiday Season

Scrambling for a gift for the kid(s) in your life that’s a bit more creative than this year’s big-ticket items? Don’t worry: we’ve got you covered! We were inspired Museum Shop Sunday (check out more on this movement here) to … Continued

Art Reads: The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place

You’d probably expect that the author of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler would be able to write more than one stellar book featuring works of art at its center. And that’s true of E.L. Konigsburg. While From the Mixed-Up … Continued

Audubon’s “Birds of America” Illustrations are Now Online

As the world becomes progressively more digital, we here at the Art Docent Program have been covering more and more stories about art going digital. Collections at places like the Met are now available online, and Google Maps even has … Continued

You Can Add to this Library of Sketchbooks

The phrase “The Sketchbook Library” sounds like a book title (specifically, the next big Elizabeth Kostova [or, if you imagined hard, possibly Dan Brown] novel. Honestly, it doesn’t matter–either one of those would make for an awesome read.) But for … Continued

Dr. Seuss: The (Secret?) Surrealist

Looking at Dr. Seuss’s children’s books, it’s either a complete surprise or none at all that the author/illustrator was a surrealist. In each fanciful illustration in his children’s books, we’ve seen only a glimpse of what Seuss, aka Theodor Geisel, … Continued

Art & Language Bloom in “Botanical Shakespeare”

Seems like your college theatre professor was right–there’s a reason Shakespeare in the park is so popular. Aside from the Bard’s seemingly-universal popularity and the attraction of free summer events, there’s another reason: Shakespeare seems to work best in the … Continued

Art Pops Up in Courtney Wilson McCarthy’s Pop-Up Books

If you’re looking for the perfect way to expose (or indoctrinate) your kids to art history, Courtney Watson McCarthy may have just made your life a whole lot easier. The paper engineer and graphic designer, aside from having the coolest-sounding … Continued

Eat Like the Artists: The New “Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook”

Does a cactus omelette sound appealing to you? What if it was a dish billed “for morning, noon, or night?” And–if you’re still not sold–what if it was Ed Ruscha’s personal recipe? Ed Ruscha’s cactus omelette, amid a host of … Continued