Contemporary Art

Ukraine Special

Meet the Ukrainian Railroad Ladies

Every once in a while there appears a piece of news describing a quirky, unknown, or forgotten occupation. Sometimes it’s the lightkeepers in a...

Joanna Kaszubowska 16 March 2022

Tomás Saraceno, Free the Air: How to hear the universe in a spider/web, 2022. Custom steel, wire net, wood, light, LFE, shakers, fog. Diameter: 95 feet. Artwork © Studio Tomás Saraceno. Commissioned by The Shed. Photo: Nicholas Knight. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York/Los Angeles; Neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Andersen’s, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires; and Pinksummer Contemporary Art, Genoa. Photo courtesy The Shed. Photo courtesy The Shed. Review

Tomás Saraceno at The Shed and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Tomás Saraceno is an Argentina-born, Berlin-based artist and community activist who has filled two New York City spaces with the wonders of spider...

Jennifer S. Musawwir 14 March 2022

Contemporary Art

Moving Dialogues Between Art History and The Syrian War

And yet another war. The only thing that I can do about it, apart from donating to humanitarian aid organizations, pressuring my government to take...

Magda Michalska 14 March 2022

Women Artists

Both/And: The Art of Glenys Barton

There are many social, political, scientific, and economic models that are embracing the idea of the “both/and” philosophy. It is my...

Candy Bedworth 10 March 2022

actionism in russia: Anatoly Osmalovsky, Necesiudik's Journey to Brombdingnag Land, 1993, Moscow, Russia. Contemporary Art

Why Political Actionism Is So Popular in Russia

The sources of Russian political actionism are in the unofficial art of the 1960s. Nonconformism emerged in a country where kitschy socialist realism...

Diana Sadretdinova 7 March 2022

Arthur Bispo do Rosário South American Art

The Embroidered Life of Arthur Bispo do Rosário

Arthur Bispo do Rosário is a mythic figure in Brazilian art. He never considered himself an artist and he spent many years living in a psychiatric...

Natalia Tiberio 7 March 2022

body representation art Women Artists

Stretching the Body – A Reflection on the Representation of the Human Figure

In Northern Italy, in Turin, you can find the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, one of the most interesting Italian spaces dedicated to...

Arianna Richetti 3 March 2022

Painting

The Collision of Old and New in American Paintings: 5 Vignettes of Artists

Contemporary American painters experiment with older and more traditional painting techniques and take those methods in new directions, showcasing an...

Guest Profile 28 February 2022

Last Week Tonight's Masterpiece Gallery Announcement Video WTF Art History

John Oliver’s Weird Art Is Out to Save Museums

Comedians. What would we do without them? If your answer was something along the lines of just laughing less, then you might not be seeing the bigger...

Bruno Guerra 24 February 2022

Contemporary Art

Black Artists Matter

In the past months I have been repeatedly asking myself what I, a white art historian (gosh, how privileged that already sounds), can do to help...

Magda Michalska 24 February 2022

Contemporary Art

A Vibrant Perspective: Ivey Hayes and His Colorful Works of Art

A vibrant perspective of Ivey Hayes’ art has always stood out in my mind. Before his death in 2012, the South Eastern North Carolina artist was...

Rachel Witte 24 February 2022

Mural Keith Haring Contemporary Art

The Story of Collingwood Mural by Keith Haring

In 1984, American artist Keith Haring visited Australia and created a mural in Collingwood, Melbourne. This is the story of the mural, at what was...

Zuzanna Stańska 23 February 2022