Archive | October, 2013

A Unique Approach to Paint (and Pumpkins)

In honor of all things autumnal: here is one of my favorite works at one of my favorite museums, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art here in Kansas City.  The painting is called Figure 2–A Field of Pumpkins Grown for Seed: Translation #11 by a San Francisco artist known simply as Jess. Jess has in common […]

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Practice Compassion

A Lawrence, KS designer named Elizabeth Post has created a series of colorful posters to raise awareness about girl trafficking in Nepal and to raise funds for the American Himalayan Foundation’s STOP GIRL TRAFFICKING Project.  I love this idea.  How can you use art for advocacy? See more of Elizabeth Post’s work: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Advocacy-Posters-STOP-GIRL-TRAFFICKING/11429169

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The Overland Park Arboretum Controversy: Breast Intentions

While we’re on the topic of public art controversies in Kansas City, it is worth mentioning that the American Family Association of Kansas & Missouri is pushing for a repeat of last year’s Grand Jury investigation of Yu Chang’s sculpture Accept or Reject at the Overland Park Arboretum—a process that spent $35,000 of taxpayer money […]

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The Scout Controversy

An artist’s billboard in downtown Kansas City has been removed after creating controversy.  A. Bitterman‘s The Scout depicted a gunman taking aim at an iconic local statue of a Sioux Indian on horseback.  Coordinator Moses Brings Plenty of the Kansas City Indian Center launched accusations of racism.  Others claimed that the image did not present […]

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Banksy’s Better Out Than In: No Need for a Museum

Yesterday, Banksy, notorious street artist and director of Exit Through the Gift Shop, launched a month-long artist-in-residency on the streets of New York.  Better Out Than In, chronicled on the artist’s web site, already includes two works of art that raise questions about how the role of art is related to its environment. The first […]

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Allegory of Bad Government

In the wake of today’s crazy government shutdown, I heard a guy on the radio saying that American politics were looking more like Italian politics.  Naturally (for me), that got me to thinking about Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s amazing 14th-century frescoes depicting allegories of good and bad government in the town hall of Siena.  On one wall […]

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