It is a very physical manifestation of the protests. As people drop by, paint or leave signs and then proceed on their merry way, it is their words or images that remain and we feel like voices even if only for a moment.
Some of the signs are angry, some sad and many are funny or clever. Most are written in rather clear block letters but the ones that I like the most are the ones painted by hand and done in a folksy style that reveal little or no art training. It’s not that I prefer naive expression to more professional renderings, it’s that I love to see how people see the world and render it in art. Taking photographs gives you some insight into the viewer, but there’s a level of naked reality in folk paintings that make them appealing.
Yesterday, Zuccotti Park was packed with people. The mood was festive, police seemed friendlier than I’ve ever seen them and union folk were everywhere. The Occupy Wall Street crowd is diverse and don’t let the corporate media tell you that there’s no message here. If I had to summarize it, it is that people are sick and tired of unbridled greed and who can blame them?
The Association of Art Museum Directors announced a shift in its longstanding policy, which restricted the use of funds from sales of art to new acquisitions only.
Martín Mobarak may have broken Mexican law, but he burned the proof.
Artists reflect on histories of oppressive power structures in Brazil in this exhibition at the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
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With explosions of color and materiality, Cave has his own enigmatic ways to funnel the funk through histories of adversity.
Kapwani Kiwanga invites viewers to look with only the quiet glow of natural light seeping in through the skylights, illuminating a nuanced way of seeing race.
Funding options at UB include full-tuition scholarships for MFA students, the Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program, and additional opportunities for MA students.
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I inserted the text from five press releases into DALL-E and this is what it churned out.
As protests rage across the country following the death of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, Iranian and Kurdish artists are creating work in support of freedom.