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Unexpected Materials

January 20, 2017 | Blanton Museum of Art

Art isn’t always made of paint, pastel, or clay. In fact, artists frequently embrace less traditional materials because they are able to convey meanings in more nuanced ways.

How to Develop Grit in an Art Museum

January 9, 2017 | Blanton Museum of Art

GRIT—a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal. In Grit, an instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” Why do some succeed while others fail? Duckworth, a professor in…

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How to Develop Grit in an Art Museum

January 9, 2017 | Blanton Museum of Art

GRIT—a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal. In Grit, an instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” Why do some succeed while others fail?…

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Abstraction and meaning

January 2, 2017 | Blanton Museum of Art

Abstract: “having only intrinsic form with little or no attempt at pictorial representation or narrative content.” On the other hand, even carefully depicted, realistic imagery is in a sense abstract: it is created from a distillation of the observable world through the subjective vision of an artist.