Slipping Glimpser: Willem de Kooning’s Sublime Take On What It Means To Be An Artist

Willem de Kooning snuck into the United States in 1926. The 22-year-old brought little with him except his formal fine arts training, which he started in his hometown of Rotterdam at the age of twelve. When he arrived in the U.S., he painted houses for a while. He then transitioned to murals with the Works Project Administration as part of FDR’s New Deal.

Eventually, he began palling around with New York’s avant-garde, including fellow immigrant Arshile Gorky, art critic Clem Greenberg, and Jackson Pollock. Starting in the 1940s and for the next four decades, de Kooning, an illegal immigrant from the Netherlands, became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

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Better Know A Saint: Philip Neri

Saint Philip Flowers

Source: Karmel

Everybody knows that one jerk who’s always bright and chipper and who never has a bad word to say about anybody else. Everything these people do seems calculated to make the ordinary sinners around them look bad, especially since they’re not actually trying to make others look bad. 16th-century Rome was the last place on Earth you’d expect to find one of these people.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXVII

Stunning Photos Of A Camel Train Across Cable Beach, Australia

With picturesque views of the Indian Ocean and a virtually flat swath of white, sandy beach, Broome, Australia’s Cable Beach has attracted tourists for decades. Add a camel ride at sunset, where their silhouettes are reflected by the wet sand and bleed into the warm hues of a fading day, and it’s no surprise why most Australians consider this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Recently Lauren Bath made a trip out to Broome and documented this absolutely breathtaking event — her photos are so compelling that they almost make us feel as if we’re there. Check out more photos at My Modern Met.

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On Death And Grieving In The Digital Age

At a time when news, relationships and stories are shared and made “real” more quickly than ever, how does the grieving process–one that isn’t rapid and generally private–factor into the equation? 72U dives into this question in this thoughtful, powerful documentary.

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