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Posts Tagged ‘Abigail R. Esman’

In The Age of ISIS, Why Art Collecting Matters

Mosaic fragment, "Cybele," Syrian (c. 1 AD) at Galerie Cybele. Photo P. Madden


Zero Strikes At TEFAF 2015

Ludovico Caseli, "Hagar and Ishmael" at Otto Naumann photo P. Madden


Censorship And Artlessness In The Netherlands

In case you were still under the impression that the Netherlands is a place of tolerance and freedom, here is the latest dart to pierce your bubble: the town hall in Binnenmaas has censored photographs by artist Dirk Hardy, ordering them removed from an exhibition there on the subject of “propaganda and visual culture.” The two works, part of a series of eight, involved highly dramatized stagings of two of history’s most compelling and charismatic figures: Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler.  (Other images included Tom Cruise as a Scientology leader, Napoleon, and Stalin, among others.)  The series is titled “Clay,” a reference the malleability of the masses in the face of a compelling leader — or compelling propaganda. Or both.


Ozgecan Aslan’s Brutal Death, Sukran Moral, And The Silence Of The Artists

Sukran Moral, "Love And Violence," 2009


Opening Night At BRAFA: Jewels, Art, And Earthly Delights

Galeria Barbie


Illuminating Cuban Artists: “Alumbrones” Shines A Warm Light On Cuba

Luis Rodriguez NOA, "Proximity"


Trendwatch 2015: Highlights To Watch For This Year

Frank Magnotta, "Bicentennial Bob" Image courtesy Junior Projects


Contemporary Istanbul Shines In Its Best Year Yet

Gulay Semercioglu at Pi Artworks


ISIS Raising Funds From Archeological Treasures

This latest from CNN (with must-see video) shows just how conniving – and how frighteningly successful ISIS (or IS) has become: (more…)

Art International In Istanbul Closes With Mixed Reviews

Crowds converge on the Carlos Aires installation at ADN during Art International. Photo Peter Madden