Tag Archive "posters"


5×5 — A second series of temporary, public art projects for Washington, D.C.

[Andrea critiques Washington, D.C.’s newest public artwork series by individual works and on a broader level; she makes the point that sited art should be aimed at neighborhood dwellers, not visitors or curators. — the artblog editors] This year’s program of temporary, public artworks in D.C., 5×5, reflects both a broad and ambitious approach to work sited, and in some places constructed, in public venues across all four quadrants of the district. It is the second series of temporary public artworks supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). The purpose of public art In a day’s viewing, I managed to ... More » »

“The Great Lenin Illuminated Our Path,” (translated from Russian),
Russia, ca. 1930s. During the Cold War the Soviet government
supported freedom fighters in Africa and activists in the United States.

Black bodies in propaganda: the art of the war poster at the Penn Museum

[Andrea reviews a collection of propaganda posters centering around African-Americans, thoughtfully placing them in historical context. –the artblog editors] Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology  (the Penn Museum), which runs through March 3, 2014, can be appreciated for social, political, historic, or artistic reasons, and it delivers on all fronts. The collection of posters was assembled by the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, and Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Tukufu Zuberi, known to public television viewers for his work ... More » »

Serge Diaghilev, photographed by Jan de Sterleki (1916)

Impresario of Modernism — ‘Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes 1909-1929’ at the National Gallery of Art

Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) was neither artist, musician, dancer or choreographer, yet contributed crucially to all the arts with his realization of a modernist Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art, or merging of the arts), an idea made famous in the mid 19th-century writings of Richard Wagner, which has been an influence on the visual and performing arts ever since. His company, the Ballets Russes, definitively brought modernism to the world of ballet. Ballet Russes was known extravagant, highly original performances The Ballets Russes was unlike anything its audiences had ever seen: larger-than-life, unconventional, multi-sensory, and often highly-sexualized. It was ballet on ... More » »