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Andrea Bowers' Activist Aesthetics: 'Triumph Of Labor' At Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Lita Barrie | Posted 07.07.2016 | Arts
Lita Barrie

Andrea Bowers, The Triumph of Labor, 2016 Photo courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects Andrea Bowers is a political artist who makes art...

Muppet Version Of Bernie Sanders Is The Best Political Art Of Our Time

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.19.2016 | Arts

If you discover the hashtag #FeelTheMuppet, you will inevitably stumble upon an orange-colored puppet with a distinctive blue nose, white shag hairdo ...

Donald Trump: Just Another "Face in the Crowd"?

Robert Rosenkranz | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Robert Rosenkranz

The artists behind A Face in the Crowd created their masterpiece in 1957. With phenomenally prescient perspective, they imagined the potentially poisonous intersections between mass media, celebrity and political power.

American Royalty: It's Not What You Think

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 03.11.2016 | Arts
Harriet Heydemann

For a moment in time, he takes his subjects out of the reality of their lives and elevates them from the ordinary to the majestic, from people with no power to people of nobility, from anonymous to celebrated.

Original Poster Art Exhibit Pays Tribute to Mexico's Missing 43 Students

Sola Agustsson | Posted 03.07.2016 | Arts
Sola Agustsson

Eight weeks after the disappearance of the 43 students, artist and activist Francisco Toledo sent out a call to universities and museums for original poster art in response to the tragedy.

A Palette for Activism in the Arts and a Call for Action

Annette Blum | Posted 03.03.2016 | Arts
Annette Blum

I have lived an unusual life made up of unique and powerful moments and experiences that provide a window into my varied passionate areas of interest.

Religion vs. Secularism in Art

G. Roger Denson | Posted 02.25.2016 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

When we stop trying to define the truth for others we can begin to appreciate to what extent the society we inhabit is an ongoing negotiation between the secular and the religious. The social contract keeping the peace between us proves only as tolerant as the quid pro quo that guarantees its citizens' mutual survival.

DPA Drug Conference Art Installation Counters DEA Museum

Anthony Papa | Posted 11.25.2015 | Arts
Anthony Papa

The art installation highlighted issues that affect all Americans, whether they use drugs or not. For example in "Justice in Black and White" I displayed the racial imbalance of New York's Rockefeller Drug Laws which were the precursor of racist federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

A Picture Really Is Worth A Thousand Words: The Illustrations of John Holcroft

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 09.30.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

John Holcroft's work resonated with me immediately. I like art that tries to disturb and disrupt. Holcroft's illustrations would literally reach out a...

My Interview With Max Ginsburg

Sara Zielinski | Posted 06.15.2016 | Arts
Sara Zielinski

I recently visited painter Max Ginsburg in his studio to talk about his his politically and emotionally charged paintings. For more than sixty years, Ginsburg has painted from life.

Banksy Goes Undercover In Gaza To Support Struggling Palestinians

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.26.2015 | Arts

The anonymous street artist Banksy released a series of new works Wednesday in Gaza, all commenting on the dire situation of the 1.8 million Palestini...

These Collages Use Twitter To Tell The True Story Of Iran

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 02.03.2015 | Arts

Sheida Soleimani learned early about injustice. Her parents, outspoken critics of the Iranian government, fled the country during the regime collapse ...

Recreating The Dark Journey Of A Refugee At Sea

HuffPost Italy | Sheila Pierce | Posted 01.26.2015 | Arts

I loathe containers. Not the Tupperware ones for chopped carrots or Ikea storage bins for wool sweaters. I'm talking about those metal, windowless rec...

Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper at El Museo del Barrio

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.07.2015 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Marisol dug beneath the surface to engage with ideas that were political. Ignoring the vagaries of the art scene, Marisol explored her own vision and imagery undeterred by the knowledge that her direction was not always in tune with the prevailing sensibilities.

A Conversation With Grace Graupe-Pillard

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Her work is infused with the concerns of the outsider, the downtrodden, the marginalized and the oppressed. War, social justice and a call for an acknowledgement of the world's ills permeate her material.

Meet Sabo, The Conservative Street Artist Behind The Wendy Davis 'Barbie Art'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts

Glenn Beck seemed all too happy to introduce his viewers to Los Angeles' staunchly conservative street artist, Sabo. "Pretty shocking," Beck mused whi...

LydiaEmily Breaks Out in Bound

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 07.19.2014 | Arts
John Wellington Ennis

LydiaEmily's new art show Bound opened at the Garboushian Gallery in Beverly Hills Saturday night to an overflow crowd of fans and supporters, including some wearing bandanas and braid wigs in tribute to the artist.

The PSA Crew: Keeping the Streets Safe for Street Art

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 07.07.2014 | Arts
John Wellington Ennis

Meet The P.S.A. Crew. Eluding law enforcement and surviving in the Los Angeles Underground, this elite band of street artists engages in civic-minded service through subversive means.

A Conversation with Irene Hardwicke Olivieri

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

She uses iconography that employs specifically feminine symbols, such as braids--which for Olivieri connote "the passage of time."

How Left-Wing Politics Changed The Way We Make Art

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.07.2014 | Arts

Progressive ideas associated with the underground, the anti-establishment and the alternative have long wound their way into the canvases of the world...

Public, Private, and Political Art in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

During the Communist era, the governments in East-Central Europe tried to shoehorn art into the category of socialist realism. Artists were reconfigured as cultural workers who ideally created works to advance society. Many artists, not surprisingly, refused to play this game.

Yisreal Feldsott and the Voice of Spirit

Gabrielle Selz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Gabrielle Selz

Just as a metaphysician seeks to clarify the fundamental notions by which humankind understands the world, the work of artist Yisreal Feldsott is a pursuit of an encounter with the nature of existence.

Rap Video Sends Powerful Message About Stop And Frisk

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.16.2013 | New York

Controversial New York City laws permitting the use of stop-and-frisks have ignited controversy, raising concerns over racial profiling and privacy v...

12 Hour Graffiti Campaign Addresses Future Of Yemen

Posted 08.30.2013 | Arts

In response to the current political upheaval in Yemen, Murad Sobay decided to spread a peaceful call to action -- through art. The activist ...

LOOK: Suicide Bomber Photos Cause Controversy

Posted 06.11.2013 | Arts

A series of photographs depicting Palestinian suicide bombers has recently been stirring up controversy when revealed as part of a Ahlam Shibli's late...