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Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Exploring different worlds is a common theme in the life and art offering new perspectives of Njideka Akunyili Crosby. The worlds include her birthplace of Nigeria and her newfound home of Los Angeles. Her exploration began when she was young.  Njideka Akunyili Crosby grew up with six siblings, a father who was a surgeon, and a mother who was a […]

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford

Cities live in his collages and paintings. At first glance wall-sized Mark Bradford (b. 1961) paintings are beautiful. But understanding the technique and the materials makes the work all the more powerful. The Oakland Museum of California showed an exhibit titled “Oakland, I want you to know” featuring a colorful map that showed the redlines […]

Omar Aqil

Omar Aqil

When first looking at this Le Baiser parody artwork by Omar Aqil it looks like a photograph of some strange sculpture. But, it’s actually an illustrated knockoff of one of Pablo Picasso’s paintings. Parody artwork is a copy that looks so familiar that the viewer recalls another artwork when looking at it. This is true […]

Dan Cretu

Dan Cretu

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 […]

Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe

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 […]

Okuda San Miguel

Okuda San Miguel

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 […]

Nick Cave

Nick Cave

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 […]

David Hockney

David Hockney

David Hockney paintings and Hockney’s ideas of diffused 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. […]

Dede

Dede

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 […]

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst

Looking at the Damien Hirst 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 […]

Mayme Kratz

Mayme Kratz

Mayme Kratz uses scale and pattern to encourage people to stop and see the roses. Artist Mayme Kratz finds inspiration in Arizona’s harsh desert climate, collecting found organic materials and capturing them in a polymer resin. This act of preservation is an ode to the ephemeral–a memento mori–that forces the viewer to acknowledge their transient […]

Josh Keyes

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 […]

Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch

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 […]

Chuck Close

Chuck 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 […]

Ernest Doty

Ernest Doty

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 […]

Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat is an artist that uses her own life experiences. Who is Shirin Neshat? Via female art and identity art, the voices 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 […]

Plastic Jesus

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 […]

Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger

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 […]

Vakseen

Vakseen

Vakseen is master collage painting maker, a genius of Photorealism, and a commander of laughter, tears, and even a few puzzled facial expressions. Surely many are sad to see The Mona Lisa behind bullet-proof glass in the Louvre. But perhaps its more exciting than people credit it for. Perhaps visitors to the museum are actually […]

Janine Antoni

Janine Antoni

Are there such things as Contemporary sculpture materials and other art materials that you can digest? Janine Antoni knows that there are many more interesting contemporary sculpture materials than hard, boring marble. Obviously one can’t happily sink their teeth into Michelangelo’s famous marble sculptures from the High Renaissance. A series of sculptures by Janine Antoni […]