Art History Category

April 2, 2018
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The Dance At The Barnes (Ayala Sella)

The following essay was originally written in September 2009. In May 2012, almost nine decades after its opening, the Barnes Foundation closed its doors in Merion, Pennsylvania, and the collection was moved to a new facility on the Benjamin Franklin Highway in downtown Philadelphia. The story of the Barnes Foundation…

March 21, 2018
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Charles Cassar – An Artist of “Colour” (Louis Lagana)

Maltese artist Charles Cassar explored aquatic imagery and marine creatures in his works. His father, a Navy man, instilled in him a love for the sea. Cassar’s art reflects nature’s textures in powerful representations of changing moods. Charles Cassar spent his early days as a student at the Lyceum. He…

March 11, 2018
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Creating a Room of One’s Own – The Feminine Placemaking of “Womanhouse” (Shelby Maiden)

The visual and performing arts are inherently bonded to the art of literature; all additionally lend themselves to the narratives of women and their specific hardships. Examination of the relationship between each art form and its history is vital, but perhaps even more essential is the relationship that contemporary art…

May 31, 2017
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Against Art By Other Means – The Case Of Goran Đorđević, 1972-85 (Branislav Dimitrijević)

In January 1980, the leading daily newspaper in Belgrade, Politika, published a small announcement for the opening, on January 29 at 6 pm, of an exhibition at the Students’ Cultural Centre (SKC) by the artist Goran Đorđević, entitled Against Art. The gallery also distributed a small invitation card, while omitting…

May 9, 2017
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The “Fatal Woman” In Feminism And Modernism (Eric Galowitsch)

In French, femme fatale means a “fatal” or “disastrous” woman. She is often one who attempts to attract or snare men. The definition of femme fatale from the Merriam Webster Dictionary is either/both a seductive woman who lures men into dangerous or compromising situations and/or a woman who attracts the male by…

February 7, 2017
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Art And Madness, Part 2 (Iwo Zmyślony)

The following is the second installment of a two-part series.  The first installment can be found here. Less than a year prior to the publication of Prinzhorn’s book, another major publication came out titled Madness and Art. The Life and Works of Adolf Wölfli (Ein Geisteskranker als Künstler), where the…

January 22, 2017
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Art And Madness (Iwo Zmyślony)

  The following is the first of a two-part series. How can we enter someone else’s head? How can we get inside? How can we break through our own, invariably too constricting horizon to reach out to another human being? How can we look at reality from the perspective of…

January 15, 2017
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Querying And Queering The Virgin – Sacred Iconography And Profane Iconoclasm In The Art Of Frida Kahlo (Tina Kinsella)

A contemporary icon of those on the periphery and for those who are dispossessed, Frida Kahlo’s paintings draw on her mestizaje inheritance and personal experience of marginality ― political, cultural, sexual, gendered ― to produce an iconoclastic iconography that contests the supposedly centred subject of modernity. As with many female…