Art History Category

May 10, 2020

Global Art, Post-Colonialism And The End of Art History (Robert McDougall), Part 2

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here. Anthony Gardner, in a piece commissioned by GAM, proclaims a difference, in that one needs to “evaluate the possible shifts from the postcolonial to the global”, pointing out that there are “as many postcolonial studies…

May 2, 2020

Global Art, Post-Colonialism And The End of Art History (Robert McDougall), Part 1

The following is the first of a two-part series. In Contemporary Art as Global Art: A Critical Estimate, Hans Belting sets out to explain how the concept of ‘global art’ since the late 1980’s has transgressed our traditional understandings of art history, modernism’s ideals of “progress and hegemony”, and our…

May 9, 2019

Making Mesoamerica Visible In The Discourse Of Contemporary Art And Ecology (Elliott Jenkins)

“In our everyday lived experience, there is an unforgiving momentum to adopt ways of being that are Eurocentric within a coloniality of power, especially in schools.”  -Cueponcaxochitl Dianna Moreno Sandoval In order to recognize human impact on the environment, it is first important to understand our relationship with our planet…

July 30, 2018

Death Of Christ/Death Of the Artist – The Slippage Of Meaning In Contemporary Performance Art And Photography (Urszula Szulakowska)

Note: The works of Krzysztof Gliszczyński depicted in the text of the article below are reproduced through permission obtained by the author. From the late 19th century and early 20th century in western Europe, the modernist avant-garde was developing a new concept of its political, social and cultural role. In…

April 2, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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…