Visual Arts

Big Dada Kane: An Interview with Poet-Rapper Malik Ameer Crumpler

Big Dada Kane: An Interview with Poet-Rapper Malik Ameer Crumpler

Bestriding boundaries between hip-hop, poetry, and surrealism, poet-musician Malik Ameer Crumpler forges a strange and compelling work that is utterly and uniquely his own.

Alain Resnais’ Short Films on Art, Plastic, and Institutional Hypnotism

Alain Resnais’ Short Films on Art, Plastic, and Institutional Hypnotism

Icarus Films’ recent Blu-ray of Alain Resnais ‘short films ranges from footage of artworks with poetic narration to sensual color conveyed with a wink.

Is Animated Television on Par with the Best Programs?

Is Animated Television on Par with the Best Programs?

Animated television shows The Simpsons, South Park, and BoJack Horseman, are often base in their approach to controversial subject matter, but “going low” might be the very thing that elevates them.

Film Posters in the Revolutionary Age of Soviet Cinema

Film Posters in the Revolutionary Age of Soviet Cinema

Constructivism’s influence in Soviet-era film posters favored cubist-like aesthetics that turned to electrifying colors, shapes, and lines drawn not by laws of perspective but by rulers and compasses.

Judy Chicago’s Feminist Art Is Still Flowering

Judy Chicago’s Feminist Art Is Still Flowering

In her autobiography Still Flowering, Judy Chicago also offers a plainspoken, powerful discussion about the growth of feminist art.

Peter Weiss and Further Reflections of a Political Kind

Peter Weiss and Further Reflections of a Political Kind

Vol. II of Peter Weiss’ novel and documentary history, The Aesthetics of Resistance, laments struggles lost as Nazism and WWII take hold.

‘The New Woman Behind the Camera’ Exhibit Celebrates a Gaze of Her Own

‘The New Woman Behind the Camera’ Exhibit Celebrates a Gaze of Her Own

The New Woman Behind the Camera, an exhibition of midcentury women photographers, captures the ways they documented a changing world and reimagined their place within it.

Would Edward Hopper Appreciate the Graphic Fiction Treatment?

Would Edward Hopper Appreciate the Graphic Fiction Treatment?

Can the enigmatic Nighthawks artist Edward Hopper be captured in graphic art form? Sergio Rossi and Giovanni Scarduelli give it a go.

‘Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts’ Filmmakers on Art in Troubled America

‘Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts’ Filmmakers on Art in Troubled America

Filmmakers Jeffrey Wolf and Sam Pollard talk about artist Bill Traylor, born into slavery, whose works define this singular creative voice in American art.

What Is Real in the Norval Morrisseau Documentary ‘There Are No Fakes’

What Is Real in the Norval Morrisseau Documentary ‘There Are No Fakes’

Forgeries of Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau’s art are but a symptom of a greater injustice in Jamie Kastner’s documentary, There Are No Fakes.

Dawoud Bey’s American Project

Dawoud Bey’s American Project

Photographer Dawoud Bey’s exhibit at the Whitney (now until 3 October) represents Blackness as an integral part of the American experience.

Photo Essay: Postcards from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Photo Essay: Postcards from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Postcards from the milieu of the pandemic shutdown. A photo essay.