A Short Video Introduction to Hilma af Klint, the Mystical Female Painter Who Helped Invent Abstract Art via [@openculture] (

Agree with this article from the Washington Post on how it seems that so much classical is being promoted as soothing or something to fall asleep too: “This is a deeply unsatisfying way to describe one of our most storied art forms. Even music that is superficially calm and slow can contain depth, tension and difficult themes. The industry sells classical music as a mellow monolith when it is in fact capable of stirring any and all emotions, serving any and all ends — divine and hellish. The way we talk about culture, any culture, shapes how we think about it, so we should not be so narrow in our choice of language.”.

Via @openculture: Check out these free digitised art books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Openculture on the creation of a new online database with works from overlooked female artists from the 15-17th century. More making invisible works visible?

How to make art more valuable: have it involved in a public spectacle. But this his hardly new, see the story of the Mona Lisa and how it got popular after it was stolen.

In effect, the auction house, with the support of Banksy, brought together the split ends of contemporary art: the work of traditional craftsmanship and the art-event, with its reactionary social media hue and cry.” More here.