#colonialism

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Our Ancient Gods by Saturnino Herrán

Saturnino Herrán’s Our Ancient Gods is a masterful painting of Mexican Modernism from the early 20th century. It evokes the strength, dignity, and...

James W Singer 6 May 2022

South American Art

Exploring the History of Mexico in the Murals of The Big Three

Although most commonly associated with the works of Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, muralism has actually been part...

Kacper Grass 13 April 2022

Art of Australia & Oceania

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Looted in Australia

At the end of the 18th century, the British empire added Australia to its territory. Since the famous arrival of Captain Cook white people have...

Jimena Escoto 28 March 2022

North American Art

The True Story of Pocahontas Shown in Art History

If you ask any kid in America who Elizabeth Candy Stanton was, you’ll probably get a silent stare. Mention Pocahontas and the majority will light...

Cecilia Dancourt 28 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

Nona Faustine, ‘Dorothy Angola, Stay Free, In Land Of The Blacks’, Minetta Lane, Village, NYC, 2021, from White Shoes (MACK, 2021). Courtesy the artist and MACK. Review

In Their Shoes: Nona Faustine’s White Shoes

The recent release of White Shoes: Nona Faustine makes the decade-long complete series of photographs by Brooklyn-based artist Nona...

Jennifer S. Musawwir 21 February 2022

History

Enslaved Black Models in European Art: Anonymous Objects?

Portraits of Black people are rare in European art history. Let’s be clear: they were there, in society, but they rarely made it into art, except...

Candy Bedworth 17 February 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The African King Caspar by Hendrik Heerschop

White subjects have dominated the Western art tradition for millennia, while people of color have been vastly underrepresented and misrepresented.

James W Singer 17 February 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Queen Mother Idia of Benin

Africa is a beautiful continent filled with sweeping landscapes and mighty rivers. Its history is filled with great kingdoms and large empires. Its...

James W Singer 12 February 2022

African Art

Colonial Looting of African Art: A Century in Exile

Have you ever wondered how European modern artists were inspired by African art? They certainly didn’t travel to the continent. The answer is...

Jimena Escoto 12 February 2022

Artist Stories

Edward Tingatinga: The Founder of an African Artistic Tradition That Endures

Tingatinga is an art form specific to Tanzania. It originated in the works of a painter whose name was lent to the entire artistic movement. Edward...

Luciana Craciun 12 February 2022

Artist Stories

Faces of Mozambique: How Malangatana Reflected His Native Culture in Art

One of the most prominent African artists of the 20th century, Malangatana was a multitalented artist who had many dreams. He realized them with his...

Merve Parla 12 February 2022