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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

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

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

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

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 (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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

African American Art Time Machines

The difference between African American art and time machines used to be that one requires a participant to go back in time, but Hank Willis Thomas has changed all that. Survivors of Bloody Sunday have a palpable memory of that violent day in Black history. They have explosive emotions in response to the terror that… Discover more

Symbols of Oppression

David Hammons takes an uncommon approach towards standard white art practices and symbols of oppression. No one can deny the atrocities like murder, violence, poverty, starvation, political unfairness, and the denial of being human that Africans have faced coming to America. Anyone who does is probably a desperate and pathetic, though relentless, human slave owner, a… Discover more

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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