Visual Culture Examples

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. … Read 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. … Read more

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 … Read 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 … Read more

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 … Read more

White Marble Possibly Initiated Contemporary Art

Beautiful white marble in the 17th Century may have inspired the marble sculpture and many other forms of sculpture in contemporary times. Sometimes the picture plane seems more like a large impenetrable door to a bank vault rather than a delicate transparent window. The surface of a work of art can either be inviting or … Read more

Types of Islamic Art that are not Muslim Art

Common types of Islamic Art have nothing to do with Muslim art, but what does Islamic art say about the intricate complex culture that surrounds it? The West might have much to learn about the types of Islamic Art. Of course, The West might be ignorant of many things including this multifaceted art form. It’s Mr. … Read 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 … Read 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 … Read more

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