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Eye of the Storm: Shawn Thornton Paints His Cancer

How an artist channeled a pineal gland tumor into stunning paintings

Philadelphia-based artist Shawn Thornton, now 40, suffered from a cancerous tumor of the pineal gland in his 20s.  Later, he channeled the pain of that experience into creating paintings that speak both to contemporary and yonder periods of art. The works … Continue reading

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Man Ray & Modigliani’s Death Mask

How Man Ray's "Death Mask" becomes not only an homage to a man's life but also to the interconnected nature of creation and death

Man Ray (1890-1976) was the South Philadelphia-born artist who, after making a break for Europe, became one of the fathers of Dadaism in Paris’s creative hub. Meanwhile, the Italian Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (1884-1920) added to his oeuvre of modern paintings … Continue reading

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A Woman’s War: The WWII Photography of Lee Miller

The model-muse turned journalist captured unparalleled, haunting images of death in WWII.

For a long time, Lee Miller lived in history as the love and muse of Man Ray. The American artist helped shape her into the Dada-era darling we remember today – who could forget those lips? In recent years, however, … Continue reading

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