Archive for December 2019

Painting of Emiliano Zapata in Mexico City exhibition sparks protests

Earlier this year, Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared 2019 the ‘Year of Zapata,’ commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Emiliano Zapata’s death in 1919. Coinciding with the anniversary is an exhibition of works in Mexico City presenting alternative takes on the Mexican Revolution, including Zapata’s iconic mustachioed appearance. One artwork, by Fabián Cháirez, […]

Stolen Klimt painting might have been found in gallery wall

More than 20 years ago, a painting by Gustav Klimt was stolen from a modern art gallery in Piacenza, Italy. It seemed the painting had vanished as the decades went by and nothing more about it was discovered. That was until yesterday when the gallery’s gardener found a painting in the walls of the gallery. […]

A Lesson in Street Art: how a movement morphed out of graffiti and into the art world (Part II)

Purpose of this lesson: Street art is a relatively new movement that is becoming more and more prolific in the art world. In this lesson, we will explore the history of graffiti, which is what street art is born out of, and then explore how street art has become what it is today. Looking at […]

LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art to recognize union

Late last week, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles announced that it had agreed to recognize a unionized work force under The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 36. The December 6th announcement was a voluntary agreement reached after more than 100 museum employees motioned to unionize […]

A Lesson in Street Art: how a movement morphed out of graffiti and into the art world (Part I)

Purpose of this lesson: Street art is a relatively new movement that is becoming more and more prolific in the art world. In this lesson, we will explore the history of graffiti, which is what street art is born out of, and then explore how street art has become what it is today. Looking at […]

X-Mas With the Surrealist Sculptor Daniel Giordano: The Immersive Trend Challenges Emerging Artists

HUDSON VALLEY — The misty blue light, which faded away on the drive to Cold Springs NY, made me feel as if a UFO sighting might be imminent. At the very least, it seemed as if I could run across an old truck driver talking about conspiracies at any moment. Instead, I found my way […]

An artist walks into Art Basel Miami Beach and eats a banana…

In 1982, Andy Warhol ate a Whopper as part of Jørgen Leth’s ’66 Scenes from America.’ In the 16th century, Giuseppe Arcimboldo was painting food, ranging from vegetables to fish, to create portraits. And, now, at Art Basel Miami Beach, contemporary artists have made headlines, thanks to food once more, by making it into art […]