The Art Institute of Chicago recently launched Art Explainer - a YouTube series that uses works from the institute's collection to engage the general public with art history and art criticism. For instance, the first episode, "The Power to Look," uses Grant Wood's American Gothic and the photography of Cindy Sherman, among other works, to examine the relationship between the artist and the viewer. Meanwhile, the second episode, "Surface and Depth" explores Nicolas Poussin's painting Landscape with Saint John on Patmos and William Michael Harnett's still lives. Each episode of Art Explainer is accompanied by links to featured artworks in the Art Institute's digital collection. As of this write-up, there are just three episodes of this new series, so stay tuned.
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