Posts by Kelly Richman-Abdou


October 15, 2019

Powerful Statue Offers a Contemporary Response to Confederate Monuments

For centuries, the equestrian portrait has played a pivotal role in the politics of art. Originally reserved for members of nobility in Ancient Greece and Rome, portrayals of people on horseback eventually featured high-status sitters and, later, military figures—including Confederate soldiers in the United States. Given the controversial history of these statues, it comes as no surprise that celebrated contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley has harnessed this motif to craft his latest piece, Rumors of War.

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October 13, 2019

A Detailed Look at Bernini’s Most Dramatically Lifelike Marble Sculpture

In the 17th century, artists in Italy began embracing an increasingly elaborate style. Known as the Baroque movement, this shift toward an ornate, over-the-top aesthetic is evident in both the art and architecture of the time, with master of materials Gian Lorenzo Bernini at the forefront. In addition to designing St. Peter’s Basilica (one of Italy’s most important monuments), Bernini was a celebrated sculptor, with The Rape of Proserpina among his most treasured creations.

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October 11, 2019

The History of Halloween: Exploring the Age-Old Origins of the Enchanting Holiday

For centuries, people young and old have reveled in the fun and frightening festivities of Halloween. Occurring every year on the last day of October, the haunted holiday is a festive way to celebrate the fall season and an exciting way to embrace the occult, making it one of contemporary culture’s most exciting annual events. Though it’s wildly popular today, Halloween is not merely a modern phenomenon.

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October 10, 2019

Nostalgic 90s Lovers Can Live Out Their Rainbow Dreams in This Lisa Frank Hotel Room

Feeling nostalgic for the 90s? If so, your inner child will love this blast from the past. Inspired by the iconic aesthetic of Lisa Frank, a designer whose wildly popular products have come to symbolize the decade, Hotels.com is now offering stays in the Lisa Frank Flat—an apartment in downtown Los Angeles that has been splashed with fluorescent flair.

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