Obelisk

is creating a new history of art

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Obelisk is a website designed to help you explore the wild, beautiful world of art history. Dive into 40,000 years of human creativity, discover artwork from around the world, and explore the stories of history’s most creative and inspiring people.

My name is Reed Enger—I began Obelisk almost ten years ago, and from the start my goal has been to create a more diverse canon of art history by uncovering, researching, and sharing the stories of artists and artworks you don't usually find in the big 'ol textbooks. Obelisk has grown from a small class-room teaching tool to a wide catalog including thousands of high-quality images of artwork, hundreds of essays on movements and themes in art, letters and manifestos by artists, and art quizzes and projects.

I add new content to Obelisk almost every day, be it new artworks I've run across or longer-form essays and biographies. Your support both helps me pay the bills to keep Obelisk online, and gets you access early access to new essays and behind the scenes content here on Patreon. I discuss the books and papers I'm reading, how and where I'm researching, share site updates like new features, and ask for your help when tackling gnarly topics in art history. 
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 7 exclusive posts
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Writings

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