Art Critique

Sesame Street has ushered in a Golden Age of educational television

Pioneering programme Sesame Street just celebrating its 50th anniversary, having touched the lives of more than 86 million Americans—and countless children overseas— since the series made its debut in 1969. The show’s current executive producer, Ben Lehmann, was himself a toddler that year, and the broadcast that began as an experiment has kept the same […]

In dandelions and fireflies, artists try to make sense of climate change

Kate Flint, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Climate change is real, it’s accelerating and it’s terrifying. We are adding carbon to the atmosphere at a rate 100 times faster than any previous natural increases, such as those that occurred at the end of the last ice age. The […]

In Japan, supernatural beliefs connect the spiritual realm with the earthly objects around us

Larissa Hjorth, RMIT University Sometimes life appears incomprehensible, of another world. The supernatural has been evoked in many cultures and religions as a way to make sense of the thresholds of mortal and immortal worlds through images and stories. For some, the supernatural can help make sense of the irrationality of life. For others, it […]

Before Walt Disney, there was Lotte Reiniger – the story of the world’s first animated feature

Alexander Sergeant, University of Portsmouth The oldest surviving animated feature was not made by Walt Disney, but by a German puppeteer named Lotte Reiniger who escaped Nazi persecution to move to London and make adverts for the British Post Office. Her film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), was a creative and technical masterstroke that […]

Museums present visual art as beautiful things you can touch

Patricia Bérubé, Carleton University A shift is taking place in museums and the way art history is presented globally. More museums now value visitor experience and at the same time, there is a growing emphasis on accessibility in Canadian public institutions. Some museums are offering adapted guided tours, which include tactile elements in addition to […]

When an art dealer single-handedly earns more money than an auction house

Is it possible for an individual art dealer to earn more money than an auction house that’s been in business for 300 years? The answer should be no. Yet Yves Bouvier and Sotheby’s have managed to refute this popular belief. Indeed, the huge income the Swiss art dealer apparently generated has raised eyebrows around the […]

Women were photography pioneers yet gender inequality persists in the industry today

Celia Rose Jackson, University of South Wales Photography remains stubbornly male-dominated. In terms of commissioning, exhibition and publication of work, there is a conspicuous lack of equality in the industry. Data collected by Women Photograph – an initiative to promote and support female photographers – shows that between April and June 2019, eight of the […]