Politics

Politics

Nazi Law Impedes Recovery of Munich Art Trove

Nazi Law Impedes Recovery of Munich Art Trove

Posted November 21st, 2013

Art Theft, Germany, Law, Politics

The 1938 law that allowed the Nazis to seize thousands of Modernist artworks deemed “degenerate” because Hitler viewed them as un-German or Jewish in nature — remains on the books to this day. No German government has sought to repeal the Nazi law and it… Read More

USA

Art Speaks – App for Civil Rights series at Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama

Art Speaks – App for Civil Rights series at Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama

Posted October 28th, 2013

Apps, Politics, Shows, USA

The Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama recently debuted its second mobile app, which engages with a series of exhibitions commemorating the Civil Rights Movement. The Museum’s series Art Speaks: 50 Years Forward deals with the history of the movement, specific events, and the continued… Read More

Shows

Art Turning Left – How Values Changed Making 1789–2012

Art Turning Left – How Values Changed Making 1789–2012

Posted July 25th, 2013

Art History, Politics, Propaganda, Shows

Art Turning Left is the first exhibition to examine how the production and reception of art has been influenced by left-wing values, from the French Revolution to the present day. Displaying works by artists including Paul Signac, William Morris, Guy Debord and Guerilla Girls, Art… Read More

Shows

The Art of Influence: Asian Propaganda at the British Museum

The Art of Influence: Asian Propaganda at the British Museum

Posted July 25th, 2013

Asia, Politics, Propaganda, Shows

For thousands of years, rulers have used propaganda to promote their authority, build support for wars and strengthen control over their states. However, propaganda may also come from the grass roots—individuals or organizations expressing patriotism or resistance. The Art of Influence: Asian Propaganda (until 1… Read More

Taiwan

Taiwan to loan art to China amid warming ties

Taiwan to loan art to China amid warming ties

Posted July 25th, 2013

China, Museums, News, Politics, Taiwan

Taiwan plans to loan for the first time a treasured painting to China in yet another sign of warming ties between the two former bitter rivals, officials said Thursday. Previously, Chinese requests to borrow nationally important cultural relics have been rejected as Taiwan feared the… Read More

Syria

Facebook campaign demands Syria free jailed artist Youssef Abdelke

Facebook campaign demands Syria free jailed artist Youssef Abdelke

Posted July 21st, 2013

Contemporary Art, Politics, Syria

The wife of acclaimed Syrian artist Youssef Abdelke, whose works are displayed in museums around the world, appealed for his release on Saturday, after his arrest by regime security forces. He had been arrested at a security checkpoint in the western port city of Tartus… Read More

Shows

Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age, 2001-2012

Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age, 2001-2012

Posted July 18th, 2013

Graphic Art, Politics, Propaganda, Shows

As a medium for social change, posters record our struggles for peace, social justice, environmental defense, and liberation from oppression. From the confrontational and political, to the promotional, persuasive and educational, the poster in all its forms has persisted as a vehicle for the public… Read More

Sports

Russia censors Olympic-themed art ahead of Sochi 2014

Russia censors Olympic-themed art ahead of Sochi 2014

Posted June 21st, 2013

Censorship, Politics, Russia, Sports

One of Russia’s most prominent modern art figures has been fired after refusing to allow an exhibit examining the darker side of the Sochi Olympics to be axed by censors. Albina Kovalyova reports for NBC News that “Marat Guelman, a gallery curator, was dismissed as… Read More

Shows

Germany, Russia clash over ‘looted art’

Germany, Russia clash over ‘looted art’

Posted June 21st, 2013

Art Theft, Politics, Russia, Shows

A disagreement over artefacts is overshadowing a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel to St Petersburg, for a Russia-organized economic forum. An evening exhibition opening with President Vladimir Putin has been canceled at first. German chancellery spokesman Steffen Seibert said German and Russian officials had decided… Read More