Ben Quilty, Life vest, Lesbos. 2016, oil on polyester, 60 x 50cm.
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Essays on Air: can art really make a difference?
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Art has always depicted the crimes of our times throughout centuries of wars and humanitarian crises. Can we really expect it to truly make a difference in the real world?
Charging over £20 for admission is one thing – but what about reaching beyond the usual audience?
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Despite various exceptions, the UK's proposed ivory ban will be among the toughest in the world.
‘The shape of things to come’, installation view at Buxton Contemporary, the University of Melbourne, March 2018.
Photograph by Christian Capurro.
Philanthropists are creating new galleries to share their private collections with the Australian public. But these gifts do not ameliorate the deficit left by declining government arts fundings.
Turkish painter Esref Armagan uses colour and perspective that he has never seen.
Still from Human Flow, directed by Ai Weiwei.
Artists have long tackled global issues, from war to human rights. While Picasso's celebrated Guernica may not have stopped the Spanish Civil War (or any war), art still holds value, as witness and as truth teller.
Women with AIDS were excluded from the US definition of the syndrome until 1993. What's changed?
The plantings of New York’s High Line Park were inspired by plants that had naturally colonised the disused railway viaduct.
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If the nature we desire is, in fact, its expression as untamed wildness, then we should turn to the creativity of artists as well as urban designers when building our cities.
The adaptable form of pleated and folded textiles provides a real world view of the mathematical field of topology.
Art can help us explore and understand some of the more abstract ideas in maths - such a topology.
Long Island City’s 5Pointz, a mecca for graffiti artists, was demolished in 2014.
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A judge in New York City just awarded graffiti artists US$6.7 million after a developer whitewashed their murals. On the surface, it seems like a huge victory for street artists. But could it backfire?
The offending work: John William Waterhouse’s Hylas and the Nymphs (1896).
Manchester Art Gallery
The decision to remove a 19th-century painting because of its portrayal of naked women was a heavy handed way of making a valid point.
An Instagram post from Gerhard Richter’s exhibition at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
While it may have a reputation for narcissism, Instagram is being embraced by the art world, with Insta-friendly works and exhibitions.
Tommy Wiseau clutches a football in ‘The Room,’ the 2003 film he wrote, produced and starred in.
Sometimes a work of art is characterized by a string of failures, but nonetheless ends up being a gorgeous freak accident of nature.
A painting by Sakubei Yamamoto.
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Throughout the centuries, a number of coal miners have documented their lives with paintings. Some of their works are now in museums and bring the stories of the "pitmen" back to life.
Rock art in central Northumberland, northern England.
Trying to save Neolithic rock art made by our ancient ancestors is no easy task. But it tells us how people used to live.
A still image from Pipilotti Rist’s Ever Is Over All, 1997, single channprojectors, players, sound system, paint, carpet, courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine.
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In 1997 Pippilotti Rist walked down a street of cars and smashed their windows in a vivaciously feminist call to arms. You might recognise the homage to Risk's work in Beyoncé's Lemonade.
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A management researcher and an administrator of the Louvre at the time the Abu Dhabi project was launched analyse the new museum.
Thomas Hart Benton’s murals at the Indiana University Auditorium depict the social history of the state.
A controversial panel on Indiana University's campus depicts Ku Klux Klan members, but Benton had a reason for including them. Is avoidance really the best way to deal with dark episodes of the past?
To fix the world's ecological crises we'll have to make some tough choices, particularly living with less stuff. Art can play an essential role in imagining and communicating a more sustainable future.
Why do roboticists dream of electric women?