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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Legend

Jean-Michel Basquiat was born on December 22 1960 into a middle-class family in Brooklyn, New York. Basquiat was one of the most influential and internationally recognized African-American artists of the late twentieth century. His father was born in Port au Prince, Haiti, and his mother was a New York native of Puerto Rican descent. According to his claims, his father was physically violent and his mother was volatile. Despite suffering from depression, his mother made time to take him to ...
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Lubaina Himid – Politics and Poetics of Everyday Life

Recently, I went on a trip to London – to the city that always feels like home to me and had the chance to feed my cultural appetite and curiosity with Lubaina Himid’s exhibition at Tate Modern. I was too excited that I booked the first entry slot of the day, woke up feeling very energised, put my headphones on, and walked across the Millennium Bridge under the beaming sun. I stopped for the hundredth time to capture the beauty ...
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Catherine Abel: Woman and Eroticism in Contemporary Art

Catherine Abel was born in Australia in 1966 and started her artistic career when she moved to Paris in the year 2000. Her work was influenced by the historic art in Europe, with references like Pablo Picasso, George Braque, Salvador Dali, André Lhote, and Tamara Lempicka being the most notable.
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María Izquierdo: between art and double Oppression

María Cenobia Izquierdo Gutiérrez, or simply María Izquierdo, was a Mexican artist who fought against the twin obstacles of the double oppression presented by a patriarchal-capitalist society. She was a woman, Latina, and an artist. Being divorced and heartbroken, she struggled against the monopoly of muralists such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozcos, and David Alfaro Siquieros and left works of art that would become known worldwide in her wake. She would be the first female Mexican painter to show ...
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Representations of the Body: From Antiquity to Instagram

There is an online subculture dedicated to videos of children seeing their own reflection for the first time. Far more accessible, but no less engaging than the scientific studies involved in this momentous part of the human development: the videos feature crawling toddlers reaching out towards the glass, smiling at who they see, or leaning in to embrace. Sad, then, that this relationship with our reflection sours.
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POLLY NOR: EXPOSING WOMEN AND THEIR DEMONS

Originally by Milagros Blanco; Translation by Mercedes Pajuelo With emotions running high, Polly Nor, a contemporary, London-based and 31-year-old illustrator is capturing women and their demons in a dark, satirical and sexual way.
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Ester Cardella: Dark, Erotic and Fantasy

Dark, Erotic and Fantasy. Ranging from pirate theme to the Mediaeval, from the Egyptian to the fantasy of North European style.  The figurative expression of eroticism makes her feel free: breaking with the conventions of the female illustrator who embodies the stereotype, created over the decades, that wants female illustrators more oriented to children’s books and fairy tales than to the representation of sexuality and female autoeroticism.  In this oportunite we met Ester Cardella, the 29 year old from Palermo ...
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Is culture “machista”?

Firstly, what is culture? EtymologyThe word ‘culture’ comes from the Latin cultus, which means ‘care’. According to the Treccani Encyclopedia, personal culture is the sum of intellectual knowledge acquired through study, reading, experience and the influence of the environment. All those are changed subjectively and in an autonomous manner. They become essential to one’s personality, by contributing to the enhancement of the soul and by developing or improving individual faculties, especially one’s judgement ability.
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“Frosties are just cornflakes for people who can’t face reality”: ...

In the future, when historians inevitably take to memes to uncover the nuanced cultural histories behind seismic events that peppered the early twenty-first century, what they will happen upon are an excessive number of no-context Peep Show quotes. All hastily made by people with a less than rudimentary understanding of the Adobe creative suite, undoubtedly. The classic “Hitler promised not to invade Czechoslovakia Jeremy, welcome to the real world” will be this millennia’s Rosetta stone; “Oh my god, this has ...
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Gleanings from the Spigolatrice: the dark side of Italian public ...

The “Spigolatrice” of Sapri has caused much discussion. We offer a critical analysis with an intervention by Professor Chiara Savettieri and an interview with the author.