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Reposting from March 2016. Originally in Hyperllergic Aboriginal Women in Australia Celebrate Their Football Heroes with Pottery Rona Rubunjta Arrente’s “I’m Black” (2015) (left); Ngala Wheeler’s “Brotherhood” (2015) (right) in ‘Our Land is Alive: Hermannsburg Potters for Kids continues’ at … Continue reading
Published Jan. 8, 2020 in Hyperallergic At the Rubin Museum of Art, ” Truth to Power” spotlights Alam’s tireless documentation of over 40 years of struggle and change in his native Bangladesh. Shahidul Alam, “Smriti Azad at Protest at Shaheed … Continue reading
A rant about 2020…….. Housebound- 2020. Oilstick, graphite. 10 x 8 I haven’t posted a rant or a rave in many years. But man, oh, man, if ever there was a time in the history of the Universe to post … Continue reading
Published in Hyperallergic August 22, 2019 Northern Irish artist Alison Lowry addresses the 200 years of crimes perpetrated by the Catholic Church in collaboration with the Irish state. Alison, Lowry, “Instead of the fragrance there will be stench; instead of … Continue reading
Claudette Schreuders’s most recent show at Jack Shainman gallery, In the Bedroom is perhaps both her most revealing and most enigmatic body of work to date. published June 17. 2019 Install shot: “School Days” (2019) Lime wood, enamel paint. 10 x 9.) … Continue reading
Claudette Schreuders occupies an intriguing place in the contemporary art world. Born in South Africa in 1973, before the end of apartheid, but in the center of its crumbling, her work has always elegantly danced the line between the personal and the political. Mention … Continue reading
The show tells a success story not often heard in the world of Indigenous art and culture, chronicling how the Boas/Hunt book has acted as a guide for contemporary Kwakiutl peoples. Melissa Stern March 14, 2019 Settee back, unknown Kwakwaka’wakw maker, … Continue reading
September 14, 2018 in Hyperallergic Originally defined as an academic museum of Anthropology and World Archeology, the Pitt Rivers Museum has morphed into something much more extensive and meaningful. The Pitt Rivers Museum (all images by the author for Hyperallergic) … Continue reading
Published July 3 in Hyperallergic The Wellcome Collection in London introduces four mixed-media installations in an immersive, collaborative show between artists and scientists. Maria McKinney, Sire series, C-print, 147 X 220 cm. (all photos courtesy of the author for Hyperallergic) … Continue reading