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Art that portrays political and cultural ideals

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Subversive and Grandiose, Kajahl’s Vivid Portraits Supplant Historical Narratives | Colossal

Subversive and Grandiose, Kajahl's Vivid Portraits Supplant Historical Narratives

Through his meticulously rendered portraits, Santa Cruz-born artist Kajahl subverts the tradition of Blackamoor—a highly stylized European aesthetic that visualized people of color, particularly African men, in exoticized forms and subservient roles—by instead depicting Black subjects in valorized p

Artists Explore Self-Expression Through Bizarre and Whimsical Masks at Denver’s Vicki Myhren Gallery | Colossal

Artists Explore Self-Expression Through Bizarre and Whimsical Masks at Denver's Vicki Myhren Gallery

There is perhaps no symbol more representative of contemporary life than the humble face mask. A simple health device crucial to saving millions of lives around the world from a deadly COVID-19 pandemic spread by invisible airborne pathogens, and yet an object that’s been quixotically politicized at

Deliberately cut-out children in Titus Kaphar's new paintings reveal African American mothers' biggest fear | Creative Boom

Deliberately cut-out children in Titus Kaphar's new paintings reveal African American mothers' biggest fear

Cut-out children in Titus Kaphar's new paintings reveal African American mothers' biggest fear.

San Francisco agency fights to save democracy and the US postal service with giant mural covered in stamps | Creative Boom

San Francisco agency fights to save democracy and the US postal service with giant mural covered in stamps

Designers at San Francisco's John McNeil Studio have created an enormous interactive mural to save democracy and the US postal service (USPS) ahead of what is considered one of the most important US elections...

Little Amal: An Enormous Puppet Is Traveling 8,000km to Shine Light on the Refugee Crisis | Colossal

Little Amal: An Enormous Puppet Is Traveling 8,000km to Shine Light on the Refugee Crisis

To draw attention to the ongoing refugee crisis, an oversized puppet will traverse 8,000 kilometers on a route starting at the Turkey-Syria border. From April to July 2021, "Little Amal" will travel across Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and France on a search "to find her mother. To g

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What’s Wrong With Today’s Society Captured In 32 Brutally Honest Illustrations By John Holcroft

Artist John Holcroft tackles societies issues head-on and illustrates them in his satirical and honest art.

Greg Bunbury's empowering street art campaign to amplify black creative voices | Creative Boom

Greg Bunbury's empowering street art campaign to amplify black creative voices

This summer, to keep the Black Lives Matter movement alive and give creatives of colour a platform to raise their profile, award-winning designer Greg Bunbury has launched an empowering street art campaign...

Thousands of Plastic Bottles Are Suspended in Green Tendrils in Artist Jean Shin’s Latest Installation | Colossal

Thousands of Plastic Bottles Are Suspended in Green Tendrils in Artist Jean Shin's Latest Installation

In her installation "Floating MAiZE," artist Jean Shin employs more than 7,000 plastic bottles to create a stunning suspension above an atrium at Brookfield Place. The window-lined space allows light to refract through the translucent tendrils, which are hung in a staggered, circular shape. Layered

Fannie Sosa Is Helping Artists of Color Be Heard, Respected, and Get Paid | them.

Fannie Sosa Is Helping Artists of Color Be Heard, Respected, and Get Paid

The artist's guide for white art institutions to “stop demanding slave labor under the guise of diversity” has given countless artists of color more agency.

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A Public Art Project Devoted to Dismantling Racism at Every Level - The New York Times

A Public Art Project Devoted to Dismantling Racism at Every Level - The New York Times

Incomplete Portrait Art Honors Black People Killed by Police

Artist Creates Portraits of Black People Killed by Police, a Minute of Color for Every Year of Life [Interview]

“Each time I start coloring a new piece there’s a sense of panic. I want so badly to color in as much as I can... to finish this eye, to get to the lips.”

Abolition is the Floor, Not the Ceiling - It's Going Down

Abolition is the Floor, Not the Ceiling - It's Going Down

Long running abolitionist and queer liberation group Gay Shame offers up this analysis on the abolitionist struggle. It is important to remember that institutional violence flows not merely from the bullets of the police but in fact moves through all elements of the social fabric. The formal, municipal police forces are just the tip of... Read Full Article

Nikos Kofinas on Instagram: “After every storm there is a rainbow! #chaz #blacklivesmatter”

Nikos Kofinas on Instagram: “After every storm there is a rainbow! #chaz #blacklivesmatter”

Every letter of this spectacular piece of street art in the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone designed by Black artists

Every letter of this spectacular piece of street art in the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone designed by Black artists

Witnessing a Revolution Unfold (And How I Hope it Continues) – The Nerds of Color

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Witnessing a Revolution Unfold (And How I Hope it Continues) – The Nerds of Color