A post-apocalypse world, ruled by a fiendish demagogue, where, despite the presence of technology, man is reduced to a primitive nomadic existence. That's the scenario George Miller envisions in the fourth of the popular series, Mad Max Fury Road.
Ava DuVernay's Selma could be subtitled "behind the scenes of a hagiography." Apart from the stock footage of The famous march from Selma to Montgomery it's not cinema verite in the style of say The Battle of Algiers.
Does religion exist at all in today's art world? Yes, but most often as documentary or anthropological art about religion. It's also been said that contemporary art viewing experiences are similar to traditional religious experiences.
Thinking is not always associated with abstract expressionism. After all, the technique was called "action painting" and it's quarterback, Jackson Pollock, was intentionally or unintentionally rough around the edges.
Could Picasso not again face what humanity had done? Did he recoil at the idea of any aesthetic response to horror and devastation on that scale? Or, in the face of such unimaginable suffering, did he find art unequal to the task?
Guernica is to painting what Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is to music: a cultural icon that speaks to mankind not only against war but also of hope and peace. It is a reference when speaking about genocide from El Salvador to Bosnia.
I'm here as an activist passenger on the United States flotilla boat, blocked by the Greek government's decision. Our guiding question asks to what extent we can focus world attention on the plight of Palestinians in Gaza.