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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 […]

Black and White Emoji Symbols and the Risks

Black and White Emoji Symbols and the Risks

Indeed they might just be more dangerous than they seem. Those litle black and white emoji symbols pack a powerful punch. Just a few pixels can become a work of art in postmodern society. No one cares about Van Gogh (1853-1890) anymore. No one cares enough to go to the Louvre. Now a little emoji […]

Best Parodies of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks

Best Parodies of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks

The best parodies are the most famous. They are the famous paintings people know and love. How would an artist paint the Mona Lisa with just one color? Would DaVinci recognize the Sistine Chapel if it were painted in just squares? Works by these artists are quite popular. Even in their time, they were worshiped […]

Funny Parodies and Parody Examples of Great Works of Art

Funny Parodies and Parody Examples of Great Works of Art

These funny parodies and parody examples are the next relm of Postmodern art. It might be easier to borrow a 100,000,000 dollar work of art that one might think. Everyone borrows things from their brothers and sisters. Borrowing money from the bank is as easy as having a decent credit score. And borrowing a cup […]

Mona Lisa Funny Pics and the Power of Mona Lisa Parodies

Mona Lisa Funny Pics and the Power of Mona Lisa Parodies

These Mona Lisa funny pics and Mona Lisa parodies are becoming the most powerful thing on the web. The meme and the gif are taking over images, the web, and maybe soon even college textbooks. Kittens with rocket launchers and laser eyes are going to taking office in governments soon. But these Mona Lisa funny […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

How to Find Space Invader Street Art

How to Find Space Invader Street Art

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 street 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 […]

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. […]

Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas

The difference between African American art pictures 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 […]

White Marble Possibly Initiated Contemporary Art

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 […]

Types of Islamic Art that are not Muslim Art

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. […]

A 19th-Century Art Movement is as Good as an 18th-Century Art Movement

A 19th-Century Art Movement is as Good as an 18th-Century Art Movement

Take a look at these two works. Look deep into their painty eyes and say you can’t see a few hints of the past in the new 19th-century art movmemnt. Sure, if you even sneeze in the art museum or speak too loudly at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art you’re glared at by […]

Abstract Art

Abstract Art

Abstract art is this world of endless possibilities. There are at least a thousand different ways to construct any image on canvas, from clay, or even in a collage made from litter. It all starts with a blueprint that artists call design. Worthy artists will certainly plan most of the design of their abstract art […]

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