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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

Contemporary African Paintings and the Kenyan Art Scene

Contemporary African Paintings and the Kenyan Art Scene

For a young artist aspiring to showcase and sell their Contemporary African paintings or other creative visual arts in Kenya, the challenge of marketing and selling work is inescapable. From a lack of an informed local audience to an over-reliance on tourists as the primary target market for Contemporary African paintings, local artists are either… Discover more

Black Art, Culture, and People: a Changing of the Guard

Black Art, Culture, and People: a Changing of the Guard

You can’t stop a speeding train, and we’ve been racing and outpacing the horse of white supremacy every day in every way. We are witnessing the changing of the guard visually via Black art. Rihanna While pasty flesh has been the standard of beauty, women of color have dealt with a dearth of makeup options,… 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

Barbara Kruger Feminist Art and American Identity

Barbara Kruger Feminist Art and American Identity

Feminist art by Barbara Kruger advocates that human identity used to be predetermined. How would Donald Trump respond to a note from a women reading, “We don’t need another hero?” (There’s one very interesting and ambiguous word in that sentence: we.) Would he see it as a message from “the people?” Or would he see it… Discover more

Feminist Performance Art

Feminist Performance Art

Ana Mendieta, in her feminist performance art, expresses the many truths of feminism and struggle. Ana Mendieta was too busy to be an ajustador-burner. She was too busy burning everything else when she arrived in The United States from Cuba! She had a fascination with fire that went beyond just bra-burning. You could argue her… Discover more

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