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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

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

LA Art Show and Los Angeles Galleries with Terrell Tilford

LA Art Show and Los Angeles Galleries with Terrell Tilford

Tilford received his first piece of art when he was 16 years old and has been a curator for 19 years. Terrell reflects about opening his new Band of Vices, one of the newest Los Angeles galleries, on Saturday, May 12 featuring April Bey’s LA art show, Made in Space, a solo exhibition. You know those saying those sayings,… Discover more

Nick Cave Soundsuits and the Forces Behind Them

Nick Cave Soundsuits and the Forces Behind Them

These Nick Cave soundsuits are the fire behind the asses of artists, protestors, and others who speak up against Black oppression in the United States. Firmly set in his positive ideals, Nick Cave (b. 1959), born in Fulton, Missouri, is an artistic and creative rebel and leader. Cave’s works on the African diaspora and issues… Discover more

Cultural Appropriation Destroys all that is Non-White

Cultural Appropriation Destroys all that is Non-White

Consider this the dos and don’ts of cultural appropriation. This is a beginners guide to the differences between borrowing, cultural appropriation, and cultural misappropriation. Few are privy to the controversy behind President Obama’s 2008 campaign poster. The famous Hope (2008) image of President Obama isn’t a battle of candidates, but a battle surrounded by copyright laws and ethics.… 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

Postmodern Art Mysteries Solved at the Oakland Museum

Postmodern Art Mysteries Solved at the Oakland Museum

Nature’s Gift (2017) is a controversial Postmodern Art installation currently on view at the Oakland Museum of California until January 21st but offers a good explanation of what Postmodernism is. Art has become too theoretical and wrapped too much in philosophy that it makes it inaccessible to the average person. Not everyone gets it. Some of… Discover more

Famous Art Parodies of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

Famous Art Parodies of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

Famous art parodies and parody paintings can be funny, but how and what else is going on behind the paint? It is a Postmodern world where nothing is new. Everyone has been down the endless amount of rabbit holes on the internet. People have all been on meme binges, looking at gifs for hours, or just… Discover more

Photography Cropping Rules in Black Lives Matter Photos

Photography Cropping Rules in Black Lives Matter Photos

Looking can be dangerous and photography cropping rules make certain images bias against the Black Lives Matter movement. Napoleon was an exterminator. He was a butcher and an assassin. He sounds sort of like a modern day police officer. In 1808 an atrocious crusade was lead through Spain by Napoleon killing innocent people for their… Discover more

Mass Communication Example: Fried Chicken Strips

Mass Communication Example: Fried Chicken Strips

Power constructs can be seen in and are reinforced by this mass communication example of Annie, the Popeys spokesperson. Why is it that the the mass communication example of Popeye the white sailor man is portrayed as, aside from his poor depth of vision, a physically-fit, spinach-eating, babe magnet? What are people supposed to think?… Discover more

Space Invader Art and How to Find It

Space Invader Art and How to Find It

If you like space invader street art and you’re looking for an alternative to costly trips to Paris museums, try searching the city for Space Invader art. While Paris is not known for its space invader street art, one anonymous artist who goes by the pseudonym, Invader, started his now global large-scale project, Space Invaders.… Discover more

Graffiti Art and Culturally Iconic Wall Murals

Graffiti Art and Culturally Iconic Wall Murals

Wall murals can be literal giants and Dede is an expert at making this kind of graffiti art. Giants need Band Aids once in a while too. Band Aids make most people think of the commercials that feature that cute little kid who scraped his knee, giant graffiti wall murals. These wall murals are actually… 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

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

New York Museums and Art Museums in NYC: Top 6

New York Museums and Art Museums in NYC: Top 6

Art lovers and history buffs on their ways to NYC need not feel intimidated by the many New York museums after reading this informative guide. New York City, as we all know, is one of the top tourist destinations in the world! People come here from all over to take in the sights, the sounds,… Discover more

Contemporary Art and Airbrush Canvas Painting by Close

Contemporary Art and Airbrush Canvas Painting by Close

Chuck Close’s process for making his airbrush oil on canvas paintings is one of many reasons his work is both Contemporary art and powerful in his time. Is Earth destined to be ruled by an over-efficient computer system called HAL? Will the president of the machine city banish the human race to the dark depths… 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

Art Therapy and Healing Expressive Art

Art Therapy and Healing Expressive Art

Did you know that both viewing and creating expressive art can do healthful things for your mind, body, and soul? It’s called art therapy. It’s true, and it’s part of the reason that everyone should be enjoying expressive art. It’s the reason for art museums, art in school, and adult art classes. It’s the reason… 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

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

Art Posters by Molly Crabapple are Politically Charged

Art Posters by Molly Crabapple are Politically Charged

Molly Crabapple is like a photojournalist capturing culture both good and evil in her fine art posters and poster art. There has been a long history of hybrids in the art world. Including collage that often shows up in fine art posters, which is made up entirely of the combination of disparate seemingly contradictory elements.… 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

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

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