Arts and Society 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…

July 28, 2017
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How To Talk About Art, Part 2 – Types Of Art (Rebekah Gordon)

The following is the second of a three-part series. The first installment can be found here. In the first installment of our “How To Talk About Art” series we discussed how to know what qualifies as art and what does not. In this article we will be discussing the primary…

July 19, 2017
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How To Talk About Art, Part 1 – What Is Art? (Rebekah Gordon)

The following is the first of a three-part series on the nature and language of art and artistic expression. Art, like religion(s), or love, can be an ephemeral and esoteric concept – difficult to put into concrete terms. What makes art “art”? Many have asked this question, and their definitions of…

June 20, 2017
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Hegel And The Buddha in Popular Culture and Art, Part 2 (Dion Peoples)

The following is the second part of a two-part series.  The first installment can be found here. The Dhamma, when told to someone, conditions the mind of the artist, who then becomes conditioned and forms ideas according to his biases or other preferences.  Hegel writes in the Phenomenology of Mind: “…spirit…

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 23, 2017
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The Socially Engaged Art Of Francis Alÿs (Hania Afifi)

At 09:00 AM on Sunday June 23, 2002, the 12-person Peruvian brass band, Banda de Santa Cecilia, began playing solemn subdued rhythms in front of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in midtown Manhattan, signaling the start of Francis Alÿs’s The Modern Procession. The band was accompanied by several dogs,…

May 1, 2017
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The Museum As Battlefield – The Case Of Hito Steyerl, Part 2 (Wigbertson Julian Isenia)

The following is the second of a two-part series.  The first installment can be found here. The museum as a public space What is the public in a contemporary context? How is this idea of the public constructed historically and how can we analyze it from its perspective of its geopolitics?…

August 31, 2016
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After The Death Of Art (Carl Raschke)

Even if God is dead, art is not. And art is starting to come alive again through powerful new forms of collaborative partnerships between artists and commercial interests as part of a new movement that the Austrian inventors of the term have called “strategic art branding”. Up until the late…