• How Should I Look at Art When I Go To A Museum?

    How Should I Look at Art When I Go To A Museum?

    Learn what two experts have to say about how to approach and what to pay attention to when we visit a museum Going to a museum is a special experience. We know we will find a lot of information there, a great deal of beautiful and historically significant stuff, but we don't always know how to manage all the stimuli. If you are not an art student or specialist, you may feel unsure of doing this right: are we able to appreciate the most important aspects, or have we missed something crucial? Often, we may feel we have not retained all the information we should at the end of our visit. Maria Lightowler (@maria_lightowler) is a museologist and lecturer of museum studies and art history. She is also a consultant for collectors. Julius Wiedemann (@julius_wiedemann) is a former senior editor of design and pop culture at Taschen and one of Domestika's chief curators. We asked them for tips on ensuring our museum visit is the best possible experience.

  • What Is And How Did the Brazilian Tropicália Movement Begin?

    What Is And How Did the Brazilian Tropicália Movement Begin?

    Discover tropicália's influence on music, cinema, architecture, and design, and how it changed Brazilian style Brazil, 1967. The country is under full military dictatorship. As a result, cultural identity in such a diverse place as Brazil is drifting, almost at a loss. While Bossa Nova and the Jovem Guarda are the ruling forms of expression and are considered mainstream, they do not reflect the sentiment and artistic expression of a large part of the younger generation. This is the context in which tropicália was conceived, with its innovative songwriting, new sound, and a big desire to create a new Brazilian identity. Tropicália, also known as tropicalism, or tropicalist movement, as we know it, was inspired by modernist poet Oswald de Andrade who published the Manifiesto Antropofágico (Anthropophagic Manifesto), in 1928. To Oswald, the term anthropophagy, despite relating to cannibalism, meant "to feed off foreign culture" and referred to a number of ideas that would help shape something uniquely Brazilian. What is foreign and international must not be ignored but rather transformed into something new and incorporated into the local and thriving culture.

  • 5 Contemporary Artists Who Color Photographs with Paint

    5 Contemporary Artists Who Color Photographs with Paint

    Discover this technique for coloring photos and be inspired by these innovative photographers and visual artists Painting and photography are two visual languages that can be combined to create surreal universes that awaken our creativity and imagination. For Brazilian documentary filmmaker, director of photography, photographer, and visual artist Carine Wallauer (@wallauercarine), combining photo records with watercolor painting techniques allows her to experiment with new emotions and play with different tones and textures in her art.

  • Watercolour World: Access 100,000 Pre-1900 Watercolor Paintings

    Watercolour World: Access 100,000 Pre-1900 Watercolor Paintings

    Explore this archive collating 100,000 watercolor paintings created before 1900, which have been recovered by the Marandi Foundation Long before photography existed, artists, explorers, and scientists used watercolors to capture the world around them and record moments from everyday life. While lots of museums and organizations have recovered a great deal of material, there are still millions of priceless paintings out there waiting to be discovered. Although most of the authors are anonymous or unknown painters, the Marandi Foundation has committed itself to finding, digitizing, and categorizing these artworks for its Watercolour World archive, which includes more than 100,000 watercolor paintings. You can use their search engine to explore their catalog and download images for free in high resolution. Collaborative efforts have led to the foundation discovering where a lot of these paintings come from and what they were trying to say.

  • 18 US and UK Museums You Can Visit Online in 2021

    18 US and UK Museums You Can Visit Online in 2021

    Take virtual tours of some of the best galleries the US and UK have to offer to celebrate International Museum Day Museums are slowly reopening their doors, and art lovers are all extremely thankful for it. However, it may still be difficult to book a visiting slot, and while we patiently wait for things to truly go back to normal, we may still want to access collections from the comfort of our homes. When the first lockdown happened a year ago, museum experts, historians, curators, and photographers around the world took it upon themselves to ensure we could go online and visit art and history collections while we were confined to our four walls. International Museum Day seems like a great opportunity to invite you for a virtual tour of our selection of British and American museums. Enjoy, anytime, anywhere! Science Museum, London This world-class museum has a collection of 325,000 objects and archives and ever-expanding digital resources. You can find all the stories behind the most fascinating, historically significant. and awe-inspiring objects that have shaped the world as we know it.

  • 4 Influential Female Writers Who Hid Behind Male Pen Names

    4 Influential Female Writers Who Hid Behind Male Pen Names

    These world-famous female writers pretended they were men to ensure their work was read and published In 1929, in her essay A Room of One's Own, novelist Virginia Woolf pondered why there weren’t any literary works, poems, or sonnets written by women during Shakespeare's time that had made it into the history books. Her conclusion makes you think: "I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman." While it is now impossible to know if any of these "anonymous authors" were women, what we do know is that many female authors and writers couldn’t sign their real names due to the constraints of the times, the subjects they were writing about, or the literary genres they were interested in... Instead, they used male pen names to avoid being judged, censored, or scorned. Their talent and creativity are responsible for major contributions to the history of world literature. Have you read any of their classic texts? 1. The Brontë sisters (the Bell brothers) Sisters Charlotte Brontë (author of Jane Eyre), Emily Brontë (author of Wuthering Heights), and Anne Brontë (author of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall) launched their literary career signing the names Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. Their decision to do so was down to the fact that the subjects they were writing about were considered shocking, even immoral, at the time: controversial romances, alcoholism, violence... Although many of their contemporary writers still criticized their work for its "depraved" content, the reaction would have been far more extreme had it been known that these texts were written by three women from respectable families. Today, these sisters’ novels are considered groundbreaking works of art that have made their mark on the history of literature.

  • 10 Female Crypto Artists to Keep an Eye On

    10 Female Crypto Artists to Keep an Eye On

    Discover the works of female visual artists selling their art on NFT marketplaces As the crypto art market grows, it is becoming more and more male-dominated. While the overwhelming majority of artists embracing this market are male, more and more women are beginning to band together to help each other get a foot in the door of virtual galleries where they can access the highest-paying collectors. Below is a list of ten female creatives—designers, illustrators, animators, and digital photographers—who are active in the NFT community. They all seek to gain better exposure and do so through collaborations, mutual recommendations, and sharing their artworks online.

  • 5 Online Mexican Art Exhibitions to Visit on Cinco de Mayo

    5 Online Mexican Art Exhibitions to Visit on Cinco de Mayo

    Immerse yourself in Mexican culture and explore this rich mix of art, from Mesoamerican stone carvings to 1940s film noir May 5th is Cinco de Mayo, the yearly anniversary of Mexico’s defeat of the French Empire in the Battle of Puebla back in 1862. While in Mexico, this day is only really recognized in Puebla, in the USA, it has morphed into a big, commercial celebration. Why is it such a big celebration in the USA? It began back in the 60s, when Mexican-American activists started to raise awareness of this historic event to honor their heritage, and bridge the gap between the two cultures. Cities with large Mexican-American communities subsequently started to commemorate the date with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing, and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano.

  • Access Thousands of Free Artworks from Museums and Libraries On Artvee

    Access Thousands of Free Artworks from Museums and Libraries On Artvee

    Discover this free image bank filled with paintings, drawings, and illustrations by artists from centuries ago Over recent years, important museums and libraries around the world have been granting access to their public domain art collections for free use. Artvee is a website that classifies and groups the best images in one place, making them easier to discover, download, and use. In their archives, you can find works by artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Claude Monet, Raphael, and Sandro Botticelli. Here we explain how to navigate the site and share some examples of the type of work you will be able to access.

  • 10 Tips for Selling Your Digital Artwork on NFT Marketplaces

    10 Tips for Selling Your Digital Artwork on NFT Marketplaces

    Digital artists share the strategies they use to promote their digital artworks on NFT marketplaces NFTs have revolutionized the digital art world over a matter of weeks, making it possible for artists to sell their work for substantial sums of money. In January alone, the value of Ether, the cryptocurrency traded in this market, grew 10 times, and it is said that this is only the beginning. The figures sales are fetching are very tantalizing sums, and many artists have jumped on the NFT bandwagon. This new venture has not only opened up a world of possibilities but also comes with news tasks, such as self-promotion. If you have already tokenized your works and been granted access to a marketplace such as Foundation, Opensea, Superrare, Rarible, or Makers Place, you are probably wondering what you need to do to make a sale. We asked artists experienced selling art online which communication strategies work best for them, which social media platforms they need to have a presence on, and what kind of content tends to attract collectors. These are their top ten marketing strategies for promoting your digital art:

  • The Diverse Creative Universe of Carlinhos Brown

    The Diverse Creative Universe of Carlinhos Brown

    Learn about the life and career of the composer and multi-instrumentalist who know teaches a course on Domestika Carlinhos Brown (@carlinhos_brown) was the first Brazilian musician to be appointed as Ibero-American Ambassador of Culture and to become a member of the Oscars Academy. He is a singer, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist, a judge on The Voice Brasil, and has worked on The Voice Kids. He will also soon publish a course on Domestika. In the course Introduction to Percussion: Discover the Magic of Rhythm, the artist demonstrates the power of percussion instruments, not just for music but for universal communication. In addition to shedding light on his career path and influences, Carlinhos talks about the power of percussive communication, taking us on a journey through his ancestral past in which he will present instruments from different parts of the world. The course also covers topics such as composing and arranging and include tips on recording and editing. Be sure to check out the trailer!

  • 120 Books to Spark Your Creativity

    120 Books to Spark Your Creativity

    Check out some of the most inspiring publications recommended by various Domestika experts In a world dominated by digital devices, and after spending a whole year in front of a screen working remotely, or studying online, traditional books have become almost a novelty item. However, books are the first thing most creatives will consult when looking for reference material or inspiration. If you are looking to learn something new, want to overcome a creative block, or need to find ideas to kickstart a personal project, check the book lists we have compiled for you below. Click on the red links to open the blog posts and access the book lists. These are sorted by area of interest, but be sure to check them all out. You may find inspiration where you didn't expect it.

  • 5 Poems About the Environment and Climate Change

    5 Poems About the Environment and Climate Change

    Five young wordsmiths use poetry to reflect and inspire change Today is Earth Day, an annual event that sets out to educate individuals on different issues affecting the environment, raise awareness of climate change, and encourage people to live more sustainable lifestyles that protect natural resources. It also celebrates the achievements of climate activists around the world. Nature has always provided wordsmiths with an infinite source of inspiration. However, while the Romantic poets wrote about nature’s beauty, today’s ecopoets call out the destruction caused by poor choices and poor policy, while inspiring listeners to do their part.

  • Why Are Oddly Satisfying Videos Trending In the World of Crypto Art?

    Why Are Oddly Satisfying Videos Trending In the World of Crypto Art?

    Learn about the oddly satisfying 3D animation videos that are fetching high prices in the NFT market Thanks to the fascinating universe of NFTs, the option to tokenize digital artworks, as well as the sudden emergence of a marketplace where you can trade them, have opened up new possibilities for artists. Two of the factors that have brought about this transformation of the digital art world are the global economic crisis and the subsequent need to generate new sources of income. Many digital artists have already dived straight into exploring the market, taking a practical approach–in other words, looking at supply and demand–and have found themselves drawn in by the substantial (or not quite so substantial) figures that sales are fetching every day at auctions held by new galleries. Within this arena, a genre of animation known as oddly satisfying videos has stood out as one of the most highly valued forms of digital art. In this post, we explain exactly what oddly satisfying videos are and share examples of works currently on sale.

  • 8 Essential Concepts for Art Lovers

    8 Essential Concepts for Art Lovers

    Expand your knowledge of art through concepts such as color, style, movements, and techniques Despite their importance, many fundamentals of art are often unfamiliar. We have included a list of some of those concepts below. Even if you are already familiar with some of these ideas, you’ll probably learn something new: how they came to be, their traditions, and their development. It is a varied selection that includes essential notions, such as color theory, popular artistic movements such as Pop Art, professions, and techniques such as collage. If you want to explore the topics in detail, click on the red links to access the full blog post.

  • What Are NFTs, and How Are They Transforming Digital Art?

    What Are NFTs, and How Are They Transforming Digital Art?

    Discover the fascinating universe of NFTs, how they benefit the art world, the risks they pose, and why people are concerned about their environmental impact NFTs have taken the creative world by storm in recent weeks and prompted many questions. To fully get our head around this new technology, we need to put the current conversation into context. In February this year, the Nyan Cat meme sold for $600,000. On March 1, visual artist and musician Grimes sold some videos for $6 million. And on March 11, a single jpeg file sold for $69 million. Aside from receiving a lot of attention over recent weeks, the creator of this jpeg–digital artist Mike Winkelmann, best known as Beeple–has become a record holder: 'Everydays: The First 5000 Days' is the third most expensive artwork to be sold by a living artist. What do all of these works have in common? Well, they don't exist in the physical world and have conquered the mainstream.

  • What is Contemporary Art?

    What is Contemporary Art?

    Discover what characterizes contemporary art, and how it differs from modern art Given that there is no approach or style that makes a work of contemporary art easily identifiable, contemporary art is perhaps best defined by how difficult it is to define. Often conflated or confused with "modern art", the term “contemporary art” is sometimes misused. In this post, we explain the difference between modern and contemporary art and look back on the evolution of the latter up until the present day.

  • The Louvre Shares a New Digital Database Compiling More Than 480,000 Artworks

    The Louvre Shares a New Digital Database Compiling More Than 480,000 Artworks

    “Collections” is the French museum's new initiative to digitize its 200-year history If you head to the Louvre's website right now, you will encounter the following message, "The Musée du Louvre remains closed until further notice." But while the French museum has closed its doors in the real world, it has thrown them wide open online. Since March 26th, this year, people all over the world have been granted access to a digital database compiling over 480,000 artworks, known as the “Collections” initiative. A revolutionary move that helps to make art history more accessible to all. While it was already possible to visit the museum virtually, the newly configured louvre.fr site now gives you first-hand access to all of the documentation compiled by the Louvre's curators for each piece. This means having access to 480,000 entries, including the images and objective details.

  • Superflat: How Murakami’s Popular Art Movement Emerged

    Superflat: How Murakami’s Popular Art Movement Emerged

    Pop art is experiencing a revival in Japan thanks to Takashi Murakami Takashi Murakami is a celebrated contemporary Japanese artist. In the early 90s, he rejected modern Japanese art, claiming it was boring and elitist. Instead, he took an interest in post-war Japanese pop culture, in particular the subculture known as Otaku, which also refers to people with a passion for anime, manga, and cosplay. Over a decade, Murakami researched this culture, learning about its relationship with mid-20th century Pop Art and traditional Japanese art, and coined a term that referred to the flat (2D) form associated with Asian graphics, fine arts, and pop culture, as well as Japan’s cultural aesthetic: Superflat. This postmodern art movement was created by a generation of artists born after World War II. It draws on external influences that are reinterpreted to connect with Japanese identity.

  • How Can Artists Tokenize Their Work and Enter the New Crypto Art Market?

    How Can Artists Tokenize Their Work and Enter the New Crypto Art Market?

    Digital artists share their experiences selling NFT artworks on the new digital art market Over the last month, you have probably heard a lot about the possibility of tokenizing your art. Doing this means turning your work into an NFT (non-fungible token), which allows you to verify the originality of the piece and therefore access a huge emerging market. The emergence of new digital art galleries–or marketplaces–that permit you to buy and sell original digital artworks has greatly aroused the interest of digital artists around the world. But what are NFTs, how are they created, and above all, how do you access these galleries? Three artists from the Domestika community who have ventured into the world of crypto art answer all of our questions and share their own experiences.

  • Discover Inuit Artist Kenojuak Ashevak

    Discover Inuit Artist Kenojuak Ashevak

    We celebrate the enchanted art and life of this remarkable female artist Kenojuak Ashevak was born in an igloo in an Inuit camp in 1927. She became one of Canada's most celebrated graphic artists, collecting multiple honors and achievements until she died in 2013. The daughter of an Inuit hunter and fur trader, she grew up traveling from camp to camp in Arctic Quebec. When she was 19, she married Johnniebo Ashevak, a local Inuit hunter who developed artistic talents in his own right and sometimes collaborated with her on projects. In the late 1950s, both Kenojuak and Johnniebo experimented with carving and drawing.

  • How to Start Your Own Art Collection at Home

    How to Start Your Own Art Collection at Home

    Everything you always wanted to know about amateur art collecting from illustrator Manuel Bueno You might think that art collectors are people with huge bank accounts who live in big mansions and buy their art at auctions just to pass the time. But art is not just for the one-percenters, nor should it be limited to museums. You can also turn your personal space into a place where all kinds of art fit right in. That's why we spoke with the graphic designer, printmaker, and illustrator Manuel Bueno Botello (@buenobueno), who has experience in the world of collecting, both for professional and personal purposes.

  • Zelda Fitzgerald: The Writer Who Was Plagiarized and Silenced by Her Husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Zelda Fitzgerald: The Writer Who Was Plagiarized and Silenced by Her Husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Discover the story of Zelda Fitzgerald, the "muse" and writer who was plagiarized by her celebrated husband Many simply know her as "the wife of the famous novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald," but Zelda Fitzgerald was special in her own right. An icon of the 1920s and one of the most relevant figures of the so-called Jazz Age, she was one of the first American flappers. Flappers were a generation of young women who defied the norms and showed a blatant disregard for what was considered "acceptable behavior" at the time. They didn’t wear corsets, wore knee-length skirts (a scandal in those days), cut their hair into bobs, listened to jazz, and drank in public. However, above everything else, Zelda was an artist. She was a dancer, a painter, and, most importantly, a writer. What many people don't know–perhaps because history has gone to great lengths to hide the truth–is that F. Scott Fitzgerald owes much of his success as a writer to Zelda. Not only did he use her as his muse, but he also unscrupulously stole her ideas and writing. Discover her story below: