Art: aesthetic + social conscience
Especially interested in combinations of social conscience and aesthetic. Feb 12
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“Every man is an artist” What can art be? Can a lecture or a public discussion be art? The 20th century has taught us that almost everything can be used as art.
Soviet talent ... a still from 1928 film Arsenal by Alexander Dovzhenko There's a glib view that dictatorships are good for artistic life. On the one hand, they throw public money at cinema, architecture and monumental sculpture, producing mounds of propagandist kitsch, of course, but also providing the wherewithal for real talents to learn their trade. This has been spectacularly true of cinema in the Soviet Union and Iran .
'I have lived a hugely privileged life' … Sebastião Salgado. Photograph: Eugenio Savio/AP
There are iconic architects and there is the architect who is the icon of iconic architecture.
‘ Noir Nouar is a dark haired girl, with dark subliminal meanings and jolly palatable paintings. For example, you might think a robust shiny tomato lady is an enticing marketing icon; but three eager worms approach, their phallus shaped noses glowing red with excitement. A Bob’s Big Boy cameo also fits nicely in the genre of American advertising.
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Over the last few years , urban gardening has grown increasingly more prominent-as an emblem of demand for healthier, more natural food; as a centerpiece of community-minded interaction; and as a means of cultivating beautifully functional public spaces. All these factors are in evidence at the Somerset Community Garden in South Providence, Rhode Island, where families of African, Cambodian, Dominican, European, Hmong, Laotian, Liberian, and other origins share a public space where they maintain all sorts of different crops.
Take a closer look at Picasso's Guernica . Let its powerful images of the ravages of war confront you: the screaming man engulfed in flames, the bewildered horse, and the howling mother carrying the dead body of her child--all forever unable to escape an unseen horror. The chaos unfolding seems to happen in closed quarters provoking an intense feeling of oppression.