You Should Own Art

Aric Cheston
For committed art nerds and the art-curious alike, a monthly roundup of great, and not-crazy-expensive artworks from across the Internet.
Created 23 Aug 2020
  • Famous, And Alive
    24 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Before we get into it, an announcement: You Should Own Art now has a companion website. Since many have asked where I find the artworks that I share, I thought it would be neighborly to put together d...
  • The Impossible Genre: Still Life
    23 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 2 1
    Still Life is the weirdest of the genres. Pictures of things: most often, ordinary things. By what compulsion have artists rendered these super boring objects over and over again across the centuries?...
  • Head Games: Portraits of People
    19 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Hello and welcome back! This is Y.S.O.A., your monthly serving of great art by great artists for not a great deal of money. Since the last edition there are a lot more of you - like, A LOT. So, many t...
  • Art Books: Of and About
    21 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    To appropriate a line from the great and super-entertaining novel, Jonathan Strange and Dr. Norrell, there are books about art, and books of art. For me, books about art have been a wonderful gateway ...
  • The Animals Are We
    17 May 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Among those that pay attention to art, there is a truism that “all portraits are self-portraits”. This most likely paraphrases Oscar Wilde; “…every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait ...
  • Affordable Art; The Fair
    20 Apr 2021 • 3 min read
    I’ve never been to an Art Fair in my life. There are of course certain famous fairs that even I have heard about. These mostly function as meeting places for the global glitterati to interbreed and la...
  • Colore > Disegno?
    21 Mar 2021 • 4 min read
    Hi again! Before we get into it, a couple of notes: First, I’m moving from publishing Y.S.O.A. twice-monthly to monthly. I’ve had to accept that time is not an infinite resource and even this slapdash...
  • Small Art
    06 Mar 2021 • 3 min read
    Ok, I had a completely different plan for this edition of Y.S.O.A. But then I discovered Art On A Postcard. Wowzers. It is everything I like converging in one spot: massive creativity spurred by const...
  • Artists you should know
    22 Feb 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Quick note: This edition is a bit delayed due to the catastrophic weather we’ve experienced here in central Texas. What a mess. Here in the United States, February is Black History Month. Among many o...
  • Drawings: Burnt offerings
    03 Feb 2021 • 3 min read
    The writer Bruce Chatwin was a fabulist. He’s most famous for writing about his travels. He’s most criticized for telling the story he wanted to tell regardless of whatever the facts might be. He told...
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