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Art Parody by Dan Cretu and his Statue of David

Art Parody by Dan Cretu and his Statue of David

Can an art parody borrow more than just the recollection of an original image from another work of art? Surely a lava lamp and the glow-in-the-dark poster of a marijuana leaf are aesthetic. Right? A lava lamp may seem beautiful or tasteful to some, but perhaps not aesthetic. Aesthetics is actually a branch of philosophy just… Discover more

Art and Politics in Contemporary Times of the 21st Century

Art and Politics in Contemporary Times of the 21st Century

How do art and politics strengthen in the 21st century? Revolutions can be seen in the long history of art. Politics surrounding bloodshed, dictatorships, and even religion are apparent in paintings and sculptures of the past. The Spanish War, the propaganda of Napolean, and even the scandals of the Pope are all evident with brushes… Discover more

Should Robert Mapplethorpe Art Be Hung in the Gallery?

Should Robert Mapplethorpe Art Be Hung in the Gallery?

Many will wonder when looking at the controversial life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe if Robert Mapplethorpe art is to be put on display in the gallery or in the kitchen blender of some angry conservative. In a time where being gay was still illegal and homosexuals were hiding in mafia-owned bars, an artist would rise… Discover more

Okuda San Miguel and the Surrealismo Pop Church

Okuda San Miguel and the Surrealismo Pop Church

How sacrilegious is it to create art, preservation, and community? This is an investigation into what people are saying. The Church of Santa Barbara was an emblem of the community from the time it was built in 1912. It was built by a local architect, Manuel del Busto, in Llanera, Spain. Years later though, it lay in… Discover more

Perspective that Works in David Hockney Paintings

Perspective that Works in David Hockney Paintings

David Hockney paintings and Hockney’s ideas of perspective are inspired by Chinese scrolls and Cubism. Pearblossom Hwy (1986), is trash! It looks like the trash that is thrown from litterbugs as they drive down the highway. Blue squares that are photographs fall from the sky to the horizon about one-third of the way down. Only… Discover more

Damien Hirst Art: What’s in a Human Diamond Skull?

Damien Hirst Art: What’s in a Human Diamond Skull?

Looking at the diamond skull that is the Damien Hirst Skull actually helps to better understand all Damien Hirst art. “I don’t know art but I know what I like.” Damien Hirst (b. 1965) might agree. This saying, now considered somewhat cliché, has a lot more truth to it than most would like to let… Discover more

Psychedelic Art that Raises Consciousness

Psychedelic Art that Raises Consciousness

Grey’s psychedelic art like his psychedelic posters and his psychedelic paintings are not only popular, but raise viewers’ levels of consciousness. Alex Grey is as close a rock star as you can get in the psychedelic art realm… The Columbus, Ohio native might be best known for his work on the album artwork for metal… Discover more

Oil Pastels and how the Individual Perceives Them

Oil Pastels and how the Individual Perceives Them

Often a work such as those in oil pastels by Michael Alderson can be perceived by many in many different ways. Michael Alderson has mastered oil pastels during his time as an artist since Graduating from Kendall School of Design in 1992. Most oil pastel art, including this, goes without titles because Alderson feels “that… Discover more

Environmental Art with a bit of Style by Josh Keyes

Environmental Art with a bit of Style by Josh Keyes

Stylish environmental art by the talented and very fun environment artist, Josh Keyes, may also be a not-so-fun slap in the face. Artists, who paint the truth are just gross, right? They’re just like people who don’t flush after they pee. The environment artist who is creating environmental art with the truly pertinent issues in… Discover more

Edvard Munch Paintings at SFMoMA

Edvard Munch Paintings at SFMoMA

Edvard Munch (1863–1944) was an interesting man who painted interesting subjects and the Edvard Munch paintings exhibit at SFMoMA is, not only a study of fleeting time, but of the painter himself and his work. It might seem ironic that the SFMoMA (The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) has so many Contemporary art special… Discover more

Beautiful Painted Women by Amber Vittoria

Beautiful Painted Women by Amber Vittoria

Keep Swimming is a piece of artwork with painted women that when I first viewed it, I was not too sure what I was observing at first glance. Later, as I took in the main focal points of the artwork, including the movement and limbs of the women in paintings, I was very intrigued. I… Discover more

Will Cotton’s “Cotton” Candy Land and other Works

Will Cotton’s “Cotton” Candy Land and other Works

Will Cotton takes on Pop Art with an even more Contemporary approach. As has been noted for years, certain art movements become known for particular motifs, the Pre-Raphaelite’s appreciation for nature being a prime example. While not quite as respected as more traditional art genres, Pop Art also has its own set of themes. The… Discover more

Michael Hermesh Lesser Known Artwork with Paint

Michael Hermesh Lesser Known Artwork with Paint

Michael Hermesh’s most famous fine art is sculpture, but works also with paint producing the same wonderfully morbid feeling seen in any other artwork of his. Like great architecture, there are ideas that have existed nearly as long as humans have spoken in full sentences. One of the main ones being the idea that the… Discover more

Art and Gentrification: A Dangerous Gentrification Definition

Art and Gentrification: A Dangerous Gentrification Definition

There is a scandalous new relationship between art and gentrification that warrants a closer look at the gentrification definition most seem to know. Contemporary artists and gentrification artists replace bull horns with beautifully pointed picket signs. They make their voices heard via symbols and compositions at every protest, in every gallery, and on every wall.… Discover more

New Mexico Art by Ernest Doty Meets California

New Mexico Art by Ernest Doty Meets California

Mural Art and New Mexico Art reach the lives of everyone because of their obtrusive visibility much like politics that affect the lives of everyone for better or worse. Contemporary art hurled the all the oily vases of flowers and cloudy landscapes back to the past. Sure the city of Albuquerque makes one think of… Discover more

Shirin Neshat Discusses Death and Gender

Shirin Neshat Discusses Death and Gender

Shirin Neshat uses her own life experiences to voice, via female art and identity art, the strife of women not just in Iran, but all over. Discrimination against women in the Middle East and across the world is so devastating and silencing that even works of female art done by female artists addressing the issue… Discover more

Protest Art both Historic and Contemporary

Protest Art both Historic and Contemporary

Makers of protest art have a long history of directing their pointed, vulgar, and assertive facial hair at patrons and governments while defying traditional oppression even in modern times with the Black Lives Matter art and other activist art. “I always try to say something with my art. I feel like art is truly the… Discover more

Gay Film: Derek Jarman, Queens, Punks, and LGBT Art

Gay Film: Derek Jarman, Queens, Punks, and LGBT Art

Derek Jarman, a gay film and gay cinema genius, finds balance with politics, punks, and LGBT art with his movies History does not run in a straight line. Gay film is no exception. It is a process of cycles as in gay cinema. It is existing, changing and coming back around, sometimes centuries later even… Discover more

Los Angeles Graffiti and Real Street Art by Plastic Jesus

Los Angeles Graffiti and Real Street Art by Plastic Jesus

What would you do if you didn’t know the new concentration camp down the block was just Los Angeles graffiti art? It’s not art unless someone wants to tear it off the wall and slash it to shreds by the end of the night. There are no exceptions for Los Angeles graffiti artists. A good… Discover more

Louise Bourgeois Paintings

Louise Bourgeois Paintings

Louise Bourgeois paintings and the elements of design they utilize are examples to all those who appreciate Contemporary Art. Yeah! Yeah! So there is a woman in the corner of a gallery in the BAMPFA giving birth to a little man made of blood-red gouache. Who cares?! As a matter of fact Louise Bourgeois’ The… Discover more

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