Photography & Art

Of Pears and Kings: Caricature as a Method of Political Protest

Patricia Mainardi

Censorship could occur in several intensifying degrees. In France, censorship of images was always more severe than censorship of text because images were thought to have a more direct appeal to the lower classes whose literacy was limited. It was customarily exerted in one of two ways: normally, censorship was post-publication, meaning that if a text or image was judged offensive, it would be seized and the author, artist, and publisher tried, fined, and imprisoned. In periods of great instability, however, the more severe measure of prior censorship was instituted.

Inside the Crude, Trippy, Politically Charged World of Artist Sean Kush

The Editors

Sean Kush has been creating sociopolitical paintings and illustrations since 2015, touching on a wide range of modern topics and often featuring God and Jesus reacting. Sober since 2007, Sean used to be a homeless drug addict. After cleaning up, he began working in the rehabilitation field, helping drug addicts and mental patients professionally. Much of his crude and trippy subject matter comes from personal experience during and after his drug addiction, and his own sense of social consciousness. 

 

Another Extraordinary Year for Art Basel Miami

Eliot Hess

Art Basel/Miami art fairs are global platforms for people’s imaginations. It’s astonishing how many hundreds of galleries show up every year to exhibit artworks that they think will catch the attention of collectors who will pay their asking prices. It’s like walking into a fantasyland where there are no rules and regulations. Just roll the dice and maybe you will get lucky to buy or sell. Either way, Art Basel is an extraordinary experience.According to the Art Basel website, more than 200 of the world's leading international modern and contemporary art galleries feature their artworks.

Gallery 30 South Presents ‘Barbie: The Plastic Religion’

The Editors

You have to have guts to mount an exhibition like the ones that the Argentine artists Pool & Marianela (Marianela Perelli and Emiliano Paolini) exhibit these days across the globe. The Plastic Religion plays with religious iconography, with special emphasis on the Christian religion, disguising the popular Barbie and her boyfriend Ken as virgins, saints and Christs. Past shows have faced staunch criticism and controversy from right-wing factions who have applied their own agendas onto the artwork

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: A German Expressionist on Fire

Sandra Bertrand

Kirchner’s move to Berlin in 1911 allows his signature style full play and is never more evident than in his Berlin Street Scene (1913-14).  The placement of his prostitutes with their plumed hats and furs shows a mastery of perspective.  The artist has thrust the women and their male partners in a rhythmic march towards the foreground, creating an inescapable tension. The action comes to an abrupt stop with a male subject front and center with his back to the viewer.  This painting was co-acquired in 2006 and Director Renee Price sees it as a work of “pointed social critique,” one that’s central to their mission.

The Art of Paul Luikart

The Editors

Paul Luikart is a writer and artist living in Chattanooga. He is fascinated by the role that paint plays and what it can do in the process of making a painting. Characteristic of Luikart’s work is the thick application of paint, sometimes applied with palette knives and brushes, and sometimes with old baseball cards and scrap mat board. Bold colors, long drips down the canvas, and layers upon layers give the paint its own say, so to speak, in his creations.

A Spotlight on the Unique, Contemporary Arts Scene in Baltimore

The Editors

This diverse, four-person group exhibition highlights the vibrant and unique character of the contemporary art scene in Baltimore County. By displaying various visual disciplines, these artists - selected by curator, educator and fellow artist Schroeder Cherry - give a vibrant and dynamic visual definition of Baltimore's unique flavor, cementing the area's nationally renowned reputation as a groundbreaking nexus for the arts.

Eco-Feminist Artist Mira Lehr’s Reverence for Nature

The Editors

Now, more than 70 years later, the artist has created powerful new work that calls attention to today’s pressing issues ─ saving the planet and protecting the environment. "My creation of art has always been based on nature, but now I am more dedicated to ecology and saving the planet. We are all in a terrible dilemma now; the planet is suffering and is in danger. People need to be aware of the danger that is threatening all of us, and we have to work together to reverse this situation," saysLehr.

NAWA Celebrates Its 130th Annual Members’ Exhibition

Sandra Bertrand

NAWA’s recent exhibition at One Art Space in the heart of New York City’s Tribeca district was a testament to their tenacity and truly something to celebrate. The diversity, originality and sheer excellence of artworks on display were a stunning achievement. Although a sizable number of awards are given out every year, it’s a daunting responsibility for the highly professional curators chosen for each annual. 

Lowbrow Meets Highbrow at Gallery 30 South’s Coaster Show

The Editors

Combining the quirky, the vibrant and the storytelling aspects of art, Gallery 30 South has set up an exhibit of hundreds of artful coasters displayed in a storyboard fashion along the walls of the gallery. Beer coasters (like those you can find at your local bar or restaurant) have been transformed from a disposal, functionary object into a canvas for one-of-a-kind art pieces.The show, founded by Gallery 30 South owner Matt Kennedy in 2013, features the works of some of the most important, young artists of today.

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