Leaf gazing this fall? Get a year-round foliage glow with autumnal art. October 18 2018

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Incoming book lover content! Bookish art for all ages October 13 2018

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“Books Are Magic”, and so is Jenny Kroik’s debut edition. October 09 2018

Books Are Magic by Jenny Kroik
10"x8" ($24) | 14"x11" ($60) | 20"x16" ($240) | 30"x24" ($1200) | 50x40 ($5000)

Didja know that October is National Book Month? Excellent timing, if you ask us—temps are dropping and we’re soon to have the perfect baked-in excuse to bail on plans and stay inside. (Also of note, the National Book Foundation’s slogan for these 31 dedicated bibliophilic days is “fall into a good book”—CUTE.) It’s reading season, y’all, and subsequently the ideal moment to surround yourself with brand new, brilliant art. You’ll want your reading den to reflect your art-wise aesthetic, but of course! And maybe double down on your fave solo indoor diversion at the same time. The newest artist to join our roster can help you with that. Say hello to Jenny Kroik and her debut edition, Books Are Magic.

When she’s not working as a freelance illustrator, teaching as a university art educator, or creating incredible New Yorker covers, Kroik has a keen eye on the world around her. This artist is an enthusiastic and inquisitive observer. Curiosity and an authentic interest in other people and how they play off their surroundings are part of what impel her artwork, and her home base in mega-metropolis NYC makes that sort of exploration easier. The streets of this city provide ample fodder for her to flex her talents, whether afar from a passive point of view or from a direct interactive approach, talking to the people she paints ...

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Do yer civic duty and reward yourself with art! October 04 2018

Gas station. Kern County, California by Dorothea Lange

Hey! You! Are you registered to vote? Voter registration deadlines are right around the corner, and your country is counting on you to not miss the cut-off. Go to where you can either confirm that you’re registered (even if you’re sure!) or get yourself registered. They make it super easy.

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Magic mushrooms: fall-toned fungi star in this Victorian-era illustration. September 25 2018

Boletus Luridus, a 20x200 Vintage Edition

Well hey there mushroom hunter—we found you a treasure trove. This Victorian-era scientific illustration overfloweth with fleshy fungal fecundity (and has a subtly feminist backstory to boot). And can we just say it feels like something Julia Child would have hanging in her kitchen while she swirls some butter in a sauté pan? Boletus luridus is, in a word, enchanting.

There’s something magical about mushrooms (hallucinogenic or otherwise). We’re talking about the unmistakable woodland fairyland vibe of a convivial cluster of assorted mushrooms, like the foursome pictured in our new Vintage Edition. We don’t recommend foraging for your own, lest you poison yourself on accident. Instead, let us furnish the shroomy action à la art! This edition brings together some of our favorite autumnal tones: mustard yellow, faded green, the colors of persimmon, hay, red delicious, damp soil and woodfire. Four examples of Boletus luridus—now called Suillellus luridus—arranged in one flush fungal tableau.

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Black Doll Series sequel: a kaleidoscopic new select from Qiana Mestrich. September 18 2018

Sweet Indian Doll III by Qiana Mestrich
Qiana Mestrich is back, and just in time to wake up our gallery walls for fall. Today’s new edition by the Brooklynite, artist, and educator represents our second select from her photo-based project The Black Doll Series. Like her first edition, Mestrich’s second began as an internet product pic of a vintage Black doll for sale. Through precise digital painting and manipulation, Mestrich transformed the original image into something else all together—an unrecognizable abstracted form made of layered aligned and misaligned geometric shapes in a subdued, earthy color palette, centered in the frame against a solid taupe background. One of only a few scant clues to the image’s past life is the item description Mestrich has retained in the title of her artwork: Sweet Indian Doll III. Just because a past is invisible, doesn’t mean it’s been erased.

Mestrich’s use of abstraction in The Black Doll Series is both deconstructive and generative, dismantling the stereotypes on display in each doll, and enabling her to harness complete control of an image’s transfiguration through sharp lines and angles and a tight composition. (Read more about The Black Doll Series here.) The geometric components that make up the central arrangement in Sweet Indian Doll III are not unlike kaleidoscope fragments—we are looking through a lens of Mestrich’s own making, a narrative she commands. Abstract though it may be, Sweet Indian Doll III is a representation of Blackness brought to life by a Black woman, methodically and decisively decolonized. In this there’s a commentary on the fictionality of the original. Though the abstracted form is nearly as far from figurative realism as one could get, it’s more authentically human than the stereotyped product pic from which Mestrich ministered its metamorphosis ... 

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Bring on the art + books with bestseller Jo Piazza September 15 2018

Fall may still be a week away, but you’ll excuse us if we’re already looking forward to indoor read-a-thons replacing social butterflying as an appropriate weekend activity. It’s a good thing Jo Piazza’s irresistible literary oeuvre exists to add some heft to our hygge. Now, for the weather to take a hint and enable our inner homebody …

Piazza is an award-winning journalist, podcast host, and the author of eight critically-acclaimed bestselling books. Just this summer, Simon & Schuster published her novel
Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, a savvy, timely, wit-soaked read that centers around a fictional Silicon Valley exec who packs up her family and heads back to small town PA to run for senate against an infamous incumbent. Salon called it “the essential political novel for the 2018 midterms,” and we call it “so authentic and absorbing it made more than one of us miss our subway stop”. You can imagine our delight when this wordsmith signed on to do some art and book matchmaking for our Literary Gallery series.

Below, Piazza touches on the synchronicity of two art forms uniquely equipped to satisfy her escapist inclinations. Her print + lit pairings are clever, on-the-nose, and double as an excellent reading list. (Ten points for padding our index of excuses to stay in.) Give her Literary Gallery a good look and join us in having no shame in our night-in game. — Jen Bekman + Team 20x200

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WHERE ART MEETS COMEDY or ART THAT LOOKS FUNNY by Jessica Vitkus September 13 2018

Stop Talking by Martha Rich
There’s some funny business going on at Art for Everyone HQ today, and we have comedy queen Jessica Vitkus to thank/blame. Once upon a time, the writer, TV producer, showrunner and art aficionado dropped us a line with a wacky idea: exploring the makings of a visual art + comedy meet cute through an in-depth look at art in the 20x200 collection. Below, Vitkus unpacks the happy-making humor in several of our editions, categorically calling out the comedy tropes and genres at play and using her expertise to explain the pleasure of this particular aspect of art. — Jen Bekman + Team 20x200

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New! Sketchbook sensation Jennifer Orkin Lewis debuts with a lovable lemur. September 12 2018

Lemur from Madagascar by Jennifer Orkin Lewis
If the overcast approach of autumn has put a damper on your summer sunshine high, we’re all the more excited to introduce you to new 20x200 artist Jennifer Orkin Lewis and her debut edition Lemur from Madagascar. Lewis’s arboreal island dweller swung right into our hearts at first sight. It’s patently impossible to forgo this painting’s feel-good energy. The way Lewis painted the lemur’s adorably animated expression, the lush melange of bright buds, leaves and branches, the delightful density of all her detail work—this is the ideal artwork for a pick-me-up, a baby shower present, or an injection of joy in an otherwise reserved art collection.

An artist, illustrator, textile designer, and teacher who lives outside of New York City, Lewis—otherwise known as August Wren—has been painting from an early age. Mostly working in gouache and watercolor, she is particularly adept at creating vibrant, jubilant images with soft, expressive strokes subtly defined by fine, dark lines. We had the pleasure of watching her paint in person when she stopped by the plant drawing party we co-hosted with NYC plant purveyor The Sill and 20x200 artist Julia Rothman, and let’s just say her work put our amateur doodles to shame (no surprise there).

Lewis is also an author: her newest book, 100 Days of Drawing, just came out last week. The book is divided into twenty-five of her go-to subjects and techniques, each of which is approachable for artists at any skill level. It includes fun prompts to push you past creative blocks, and all sorts of other tips and tricks. The gist? It’ll get you drawing every day, something Lewis knows a lot about ... 

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Starstruck: Peep our Arty Q+As with Roxane Gay, Stacy London, Alec Soth + more! September 08 2018

If you’ve yet to tuck into our 5+5 archive for an arty interview binge sesh, now’s the time. Consider this the perfect preface to the start of nesting season—we’ve got 5+5 Q+As for days, and you’ve got a summer social hangover that can easily be cured by a reading tour through bite-sized musings from some brilliant folks. Our longest-running editorial feature, 5+5s highlight tech stars, authors, artists, changemakers and more, all of whom we’re over-the-moon to have had the opportunity to talk to. We've focussed on literary faves like Samantha Irby and Kurt Andersen, stylesetters like Kim France and Emily Henderson, blog mainstays like Joanna Goddard and Jason Kottke, inspiring founders like Code For America’s Jennifer Pahlka and The Sill’s Eliza Blank, and all sorts of other modern day movers and shakers. Dig into our archive below ...

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