In Vermeer’s paintings, the world is much larger than we imagined and yet somehow deep, meaningful, and magical.
Omar Ba Paints the Pride and Pain of the Colonized
The artist’s solo US museum debut at the Baltimore Museum of Art is a contemptuous, at times satirical, take on oppression that gives way to a new history.
Who Gets to Honor Native Women in the US?
“Dignity of Earth and Sky,” unveiled in 2016, raises questions about who should depict Native people and how they should be portrayed.
Cézanne Saw the Nobility of an Apple
The French painter felt he had to rise to the challenge of one question above all things else: What exactly is it to be a modern artist?
Did Air Pollution Inspire Impressionism?
A new study posits that rising smog levels in 19th-century London and Paris likely played a role in blurring the lines of realism.
The Argentine Artist Making Paintings on Devalued Currency
Amid a worsening inflation crisis, Sergio Guillermo Diaz’s banknote artworks are a poignant symbol of Argentinian resilience.
What Does TikTok’s “Corecore” Have to Do With Dada?
As art history buffs on the app have pointed out, both movements attribute meaning to the meaningless.
What Was Hiroshima Like Before the Atom Bomb?
Wakaji Matsumoto’s photographs provide a glimpse of a world in the midst of transition into the next stage of global capitalism and Westernization.
What Rights Do Artists Have When Their Work Is Destroyed?
A string of recent mural removals raises important questions about how public artworks are protected and what recourse, if any, exists for artists in the event of their destruction.
Ukrainians Demand Their Place in Art History
No one would call an artist from India “British” or an artist from Peru “Spanish,” so why do museums continue to label Ukrainian artists as “Russian”?
Remembering the Women of the Black Panther Party
Comrade Sisters centers photographs and personal accounts of the women who made up over two-thirds of the party.
Is Body Horror the New Intimacy?
While sex is clearly in its cultural flop era, intimacy with ourselves and with others is being deftly portrayed in body horrors.