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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 […]

Nick Cave Soundsuits and the Forces Behind Them

Nick Cave Soundsuits and the Forces Behind Them

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 […]

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 […]

African American Art Time Machines

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 […]

Contemporary Sculpture Materials for Dessert

Contemporary Sculpture Materials for Dessert

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 […]

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. […]

Contemporary Art Quilts that Transcend Traditional Craft

Contemporary Art Quilts that Transcend Traditional Craft

Art like the Contemporary Art quilts by Ben Venom ensure their places for traditional craft in the Contemporary Art museums. Visual studies is the most fascinating topic. Admittedly, even a museum date with artist, Ben Venom, might be the worst idea ever. And most people don’t invite attractive people out on the weekend to go […]

Mona Hatoum Works that will Change the World

Mona Hatoum Works that will Change the World

Both inspiration and a darkness are dormant but ready within Mona Hatoum Works. There’s a dangerous power within us all. Can a child really control the weather by stepping on a spider? This fictional sense of power, in other ways, might actually be real. A kid might not really make it rain by accidentally crushing […]

Symbols of Oppression

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 […]

Feminist Performance Art

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 […]


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