Art and Politics

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The discussion used MoMA’s current Jacob Lawrence exhibition as a jumping-off point for considering a plethora of intersections between art, politics, and social justice.

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Post image for After a Call for Change, Artists Respond

What kind of painting do you make in the face of the killing of an unarmed civilian by a police officer? What type of drawing sums up the pain of more than a century of institutional racism?

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Post image for Crossing Brooklyn, Without Leaving the Safe Parts

Let’s begin with the obvious: to attempt a comprehensive exhibition of contemporary art from across Brooklyn would be not only impossible but foolish, a kind of Tower of Babel of artistic practice. And so the Brooklyn Museum’s eagerly awaited Crossing Brooklyn is not a sweeping survey but a tight, thematic show, focused mostly on one specific type of art making manifest throughout the borough.

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#BlackLivesMatter vs #ArtBasel

by Jillian Steinhauer on December 3, 2014

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MIAMI BEACH — Unsurprisingly, the best expression of the cognitive dissonance I’m once again feeling — living simultaneously in the real world and the art world, which feel so frustratingly far apart — comes in the form of a tweet.

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I Am Joe Scanlan

by Ryan Wong on June 17, 2014

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Now that the Whitney Biennial is over and the critical debate around it has subsided, I feel it’s time to put this project to rest: I created Joe Scanlan.

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Post image for Sydney Biennale Cuts Ties with Transfield as Chairman Resigns (UPDATED)

The Biennale of Sydney will end its relationship with major sponsor Transfield Holdings, and Biennale Chairman Luca Belgiorno-Nettis has resigned, the Guardian reports. The moves come in response to a growing boycott of the exhibition over its link with Transfield.

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Post image for Whitney Biennial 2014: Where Have All the Politics Gone?

The 2014 Whitney Biennial has many things: oversized ceramics, big abstract and figurative paintings, experimental jazz, videos of people having sex, and bead curtains. What it doesn’t have all that much of is politics.

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Post image for NYC Sculpture Park Places Fence Around ‘Controversial’ Artwork [UPDATED]

A work on view in Socrates Sculpture Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowship exhibition has been surrounded by a tall wood fence after some Queens residents complained that it was lewd and inappropriate, the New York Times reports.

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Post image for Pussy Riot Members Could Be Freed Under Russian Amnesty Bill

The Russian Parliament has passed an amnesty bill that should send the two members of Pussy Riot still serving prison sentences home, the AP reports.

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Reexamining Picasso’s Politics

by Jillian Steinhauer on September 11, 2013

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Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was a lifelong Communist. But, as it turns out, it was more complicated than that.

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