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Rothko: Dark Palette

Pace Gallery. Chelsea. 01.04.14     Questions to myself: “What I think” doesn’t seem like the right question. These are not thinking paintings. These are feeling paintings. What do I feel? How long does it take to stand before each painting before you really understand how it makes you feel? The great variety of sizes: what is the proper distance to stand in front of each? Do simple, subtle paintings deserve more contemplation because of their subtlety? How important are those juxtaposed rectangles of color versus those lines ripping through between them. There is a fury in those edges.    

Study Says Making Art Reduces Stress, Even If You Kind Of Suck At It

The reslts, published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, titled “Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making,” found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent. “It was surprising, and it also wasn’t,” Kaimal explained to Drexel Now. “It wasn’t surprising because that’s the core idea in art therapy: Everyone is creative and can be expressive in the visual arts when working in a supportive setting. That said, I did expect that perhaps the effects would be stronger for those with prior experience.” The study, co-authored by Kendra Ray, a doctoral student under Kaimal, and Juan Muniz, an assistant teaching professor in the department of nutrition sciences, invited 39 adults, ranging from 18 to 59 years old, to participate. Markers, paper, clay and collage materials were amongst the tools offered up to the participants, who were instructed to create whatever they so pleased over the course of 45 minutes, with no further directives. An art therapist was on …