As an art historian I’m a passionate amateur. I love looking at art, thinking about art, and helping other people have a blast looking at it, too. I offer private tours of New York City art, post regularly on art-related topics (see the Obsessions tag cloud at lower right), and have a stack of books and essays on Amazon, on this site (in reverse chronological order), and on ForgottenDelights.com.
Every week I send out a list of three art-related suggestions: my top pics from 2017 are here. To join the Sunday Recommendations list (free!), email DuranteDianne@gmail.com. NOTE: I do not share my email list with anyone, ever.
Many thanks to my sponsors on Patreon at the $25 level: Adam Reed and E.M. Allison. Want to be added? See my Patreon page, where rewards include a fourth art-related recommendation every week, high-res image downloads (samples here), your name on this webpage or in my next book, and a one-on-one tour. The Patreon video intro is also on YouTube.
What shall we talk about?
Here are the sort of questions that fascinate me:
- How do you go from a gut reaction to thinking about art – and why would you bother?
- Why is abstract art a waste of canvas, marble, bronze, neon tubing, chickenwire …?
- What’s the best way to introduce children to art?
Come on a tour and ask all the questions you like!