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A person with their mouth sewn shut.

The Relationship Between Art Censorship and Dictatorship

When most people think of a dictator, they picture a violent leader who physically enslaves his citizens. But the modern-day tyrant is much more dangerous due to his subtle approach to totalitarianism. Rather than commit overt acts of oppression, he’s much more likely to engage in indirect forms of it. One common tactic involves the […]

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An odd piece of art that features an ox with a tire wrapped around it. The piece, titled

How Robert Rauschenberg ‘Erased the Rules’

During his life, artist Robert Rauschenberg worked in a variety of mediums, including everything from photography to vats of mud. The SFMOMA exhibit “Erasing the Rules” gives a retrospective of Rauschenberg’s work and includes more than 150 pieces. The exhibit, which runs from November 18, 2017 to March 25, 2018, is made possible by a […]

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A collage of photographs, letters, postcards, and illustrations---all of which encompass the postal art.

Postal Art is Making a Comeback

We’re all pretty familiar with the artwork associated with stamps: holiday designs, historical commemorations, nature, and so on. What we may be less familiar with, though, is the way an entire postal situation—stamp, envelope, and even the interior letter—can be a work of art either on its own or as part of a larger piece. […]

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A pink ribbon with the words

Breast Cancer Survivors Share Their Stories Through Art

October 13 marks the opening of “We Are Enough,” an art exhibit centered on body positivity and the journeys of breast cancer survivors. It will debut at Chicago’s Oak Park Art League (OPAL). The exhibit is a collection of works gathered from more than 30 different artists. Julie Carpenter, executive director of OPAL, is hoping […]

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A giant sculpture of a nude black woman. The sculpture was created by Kara Walker and is titled, “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby?”

Kara Walker is Tired of Being The Art World’s Token Black Girl

Artist Kara Walker is tired of being put up on a pedestal. As a successful African-American female artist, she’s often seen as a symbol of diversity. But she’s fed up with that role, especially since she never asked for it in the first place. Walker recently took to Instagram to voice her opinion in the […]

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A comic of two men hiding behind a podium. One man says to the other,

5 Tips for Overcoming Stage Fright

Nothing kills creativity faster than fear. Those who struggle with stage fright know this better than anyone else. But here’s the good news: stage fright can be overcome. Professional musicians, dancers, speakers, and other performing artists use the following tips to subdue the effects of stage fright. 1. Medication A medication called propranolol can be […]

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A French bulldog covered in paint.

‘Dogumenta’: The Art Exhibit By Dogs for Dogs

Rocky is a Maltese mix, a ten-pound little scruff of a fellow rescued by art critic Jessica Dawson. And she thinks very, very highly of him. “I was surprised to see that Rocky could sniff out some of the best artwork in New York,” Ms. Dawson said in a statement to The New York Times about […]

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A painting of three ghostly figures by Eugène Gabritschevsky.

Eugène Gabritschevsky: The Scientist Turned Mad Artist

Eugène Gabritschevsky, born in 1893, was a Russian artist and biologist from a family of noted scientists. His father worked with Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch, and Eugène built a solid career both in Russia and the United States before his thirties. And then at 38, he had a nervous breakdown. He spent the rest […]

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A photo of Chinese artist Ai WeiWei taking questions from the press.

Art That Pushes Societal Boundaries

The art world is a great place to push the boundaries of what feels “safe” and to ask questions we might not be able to ask anywhere else. Whether an artist is a student or a full-blown professional, the art that’s really capturing the world’s imagination right now is the kind that dares to go […]

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An artwork made from recycled materials. The piece is titled,

Making Art With Recycled Materials

For years, artists have used discarded objects to create art. Vickie Frémont is one such artist. Using items as humble as a used tea bag, she can create a whimsical masterpiece. Fremont, a French/Cameroonian, teaches her “Recycled Art Program” in schools, senior centers, hospitals, and libraries. She was once invited by the French Cultural Services (Alliance […]

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