Art articles

Toubab Art and the Mechanized Artist

Along the beach by the Point des Almadies, the westernmost point of Africa and a popular tourist destination, you’ll find loads of the same kind of art, jewelry, and clothing scattered around. One vendor sells batik (a dyeing technique in which wax is used to prevent parts of the fabric from being dyed) dresses with

Controversy and Conversations Around the Whitney’s Biennial

Shock. Controversy. Conversations.         The Whitney Museum of American Art’s latest exhibition, “Whitney Biennial,” can be summed up in just three words, and while they can be used to describe just about any contemporary art show, the biennial makes the ideas conveyed by these words literal. The show, put together every two years, generally spotlights

The Art of Protest

  Nina Simone once asked, “How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?” Art has been around for a long time and it’s difficult to pinpoint when it was first used as a form of protest. Each person who creates art to protest has a unique, personal reason behind their protest, and

Questions and Irony

What’s your spirit animal? Perhaps you think it’s one with ferocity associated with it, like a lion, or maybe one attributed to wisdom, like an owl. Or, maybe you’re more like Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss. Their work continually features two animals, thought to be their alter egos: a rat and a panda