Tied deeply to her African ancestors and as their bridge to the future, Aminah B. L. Robinson vividly recreated both the physical and the imagined reality of her own and her parents' communities, and the worlds she experienced and researched through her trips to Africa, Israel, Chile, and New York City in pen and ink drawings, layered cloth paintings, bold woodcuts, music boxes, mixed media works of art, and embellished sculptures.read more →
Art Lives, showcasing the work of exceptional artists lost to AIDS, garnered positive media coverage on World AIDS Day 2015 in more than a dozen publications. Read more on the diverse takes each publication has on this exceptional POBA project and POBA's intention to expand the roster of artists featured in Art Lives through nominations from the public.
Art Lives is a groundbreaking celebration of the creative legacies of artists from all fields of artistic expression whose lives were lost to AIDS. Working with DIFFA, LifeBeat and Visual AIDS, Art Lives is designed to identify, display and promote the work of exceptional, even if unknown, artists whose lives and work were cut short by HIV/AIDS and to help call attention to important initiatives in the on-going fight against HIV/AIDS. The public can also nominate more great artists lost to AIDS by cicking the Nominate a Great box on the right side of this screen.read more →
Aspen NPR station KAJX reports on how one woman's grief and love combined with two women's compassion and creativity created POBA, "an online gallery that showcases the work of artists who, for the most part, you probably haven’t heard of. Artists who hadn’t hit their prime, or ones who passed away suddenly. ....a space where people can share more than art — it’s the stories too."read more →
Joanne Kesten, appraiser, art historian and author, sheds light for POBA on the age-old tradition of the art of the “selfie“ – those digital or physical self-representations that have always led humankind to capture our own images for posterity. But is there a difference between a “selfie” and a "self-portrait”?read more →
Shelley Berc, Director of the Creativity Workshop, proposes on POBA that "we bring back amateurism with a vengeance. Weekend painters, closet writers, doctors-poets, dancers who are CPAs: Some of our greatest scientists, thinkers, and artists have been amateurs."
POBA offers tips on how, when and why to appraise individual works or a collection in a creative legacy. POBA is frequently asked about appraising art collections and legacies: Do I need to get these works appraised? What would the appraisal be useful for? How do I get one done? Here, we suggest some answers to provide a better understanding of the process, the product, and the services available.read more →
The wartime correspondence of Hy and Sandy Schulman, captured in nearly 1100 letters preserved for more than 70 years, revealed how these ordinary folks became accidental witnesses and participants in events that would prove to be historically important. For the first time, 20 of these letters are available for public view.read more →
To celebrate our 1st anniversary, POBA has launched our brand new POBA Shop, featuring a carefully curated collection of original artwork and museum-quality limited edition prints by 17 of the artists displayed on POBA, including Norman Mailer, Ben-Zion, George Tate, Norma Holt and more. Every purchase supports POBA's mission to find and display more creative legacies of exceptional artists that would otherwise be lost to us. Check back for more great coming to the POBA shop too!read more →
Meredith Melnick of the Huffington Post explores what Yeats called the "high secret self" - the driver and beneficiary of our personal, internal motivation to create and express for its own sake and our own pleasure. Melnick interweaves the threads of art and science to give praise to artists who create without any consideration of the rest of us - and how much that does for us anyway.read more →