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Black Mountain College

January 10th, 2017

Black Mountain College was a small, experimental liberal arts college founded in 1933 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina whose enormous influence on the arts continues up until today.     In keeping with utopian ideals of the progressive education movement, its founders regarded the study and practice of the arts as central … Continue reading Black Mountain College

Picasso’s Discovery in 1907…

October 27th, 2016

At the start of the twentieth century, artists in Europe discovered a new source of artistic inspiration from another continent – Africa. In 1906, André Derain visited the British Museum and was overwhelmed by the masks and figures he discovered there. He wrote to Matisse of his astonishment at their raw expressive power and of … Continue reading Picasso’s Discovery in 1907…