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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]


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