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Mark Bradford Paintings or Collages?

Mark Bradford Paintings or Collages?

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 […]

Art Parody by Dan Cretu and his Statue of David

Art Parody by Dan Cretu and his Statue of David

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 […]

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 […]

Should Robert Mapplethorpe Art Be Hung in the Gallery?

Should Robert Mapplethorpe Art Be Hung in the Gallery?

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 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 […]

Perspective that Works in David Hockney Paintings

Perspective that Works in David Hockney Paintings

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

Environmental Art with a bit of Style by Josh Keyes

Environmental Art with a bit of Style by 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 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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Shirin Neshat Discusses Death and Gender

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 […]

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 […]

Los Angeles Graffiti and Real Street Art by Plastic Jesus

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 […]

Louise Bourgeois Paintings

Louise Bourgeois Paintings

Louise Bourgeois paintings and the elements of design they utilize are examples to all those who appreciate Contemporary Art. Yeah! Yeah! So there is a woman in the corner of a gallery in the BAMPFA giving birth to a little man made of blood-red gouache. Who cares?! As a matter of fact Louise Bourgeois’ The […]


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