Moliere Dimanche would use anything he could scrounge up – pieces of folders, the back of commissary forms, old letters – as canvases.
From solitary confinement, Moliere Dimanche started drawing on anything he could find. The result was a series of fantastical, allegorical images that depict abuse, racism and profound isolation.
Cloud Gate, 2004. Stainless steel, 1,006 x 2,012 x 1,280 cm.
Anish Kapoor made “Cloud Gate”, a giant bean-shaped mirror in Chicago. Visitors play with the light in the city and its surroundings, where our future lays.
Artists and creatives often work in industrial spaces, which are declining in Sydney.
The loss of creative spaces to development is pricing Sydney artists out of the city. But they could be encouraged back with new cultural policies.
Mosaics by artist Chuck Close on the walls of the new 86th Street subway station on the Second Avenue line in New York.
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In his short play from 1830, 'Mozart and Salieri,'
Russian poet Alexander Pushkin proposed that genius and evil are incompatible. Here's why this argument is worth revisiting in light of #MeToo.
In 1938, a cultural icon was born.
Pop culture, personal tragedy and heroic persistence all played a role.
Long Island City’s 5Pointz, a mecca for graffiti artists, was demolished in 2014.
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
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?
Ségou is rich in arts and crafts, and has built its famous festival around the performing arts.
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Ségou in Mali has successfully developed its urban cultural economy in ways that's inclusive, sustainable and context-sensitive.
How an act of destruction can simultaneously become an act of creation.
Brenda Fassie performing in her hey day.
There are a few things that musicians should understand about the music industry if they are to avoid being taken for a ride.
Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry performs in 1980.
In 2000, Berry's longtime piano player sued him, claiming he never got any credit for songs he had co-written. Even though the case was dismissed, a St. Louis lawyer decided to investigate further.
Individual artists continue to experience the brunt of arts funding cuts.
In 1983, a groundbreaking inquiry into the economic circumstances of artists released a report containing a string of recommendations. Thirty three years on, the inquiry's chair asks, what has changed?
The Mexican artist Diego Rivera was an early contributor to the Pago en Especie program, which allows artists to pay tax with art.
Detail of the Rivera mural El hombre en cruce de caminos (1934). Wikimedia Commons
Many Australian artists eke out a living, yet government funding is generally heading backwards. Can we learn from Mexico, where artists are allowed to pay tax in paintings or sculptures in lieu of cash?
How is Berlin’s landmark art show presenting our new preoccupations?
Courtesy 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Art events should encourage us to spark new thinking outside of our cloistered world, but Berlin risks being lost in technological navel gazing.
Prince makes a surprise appearance during ‘American Idol’‘s 2006 finale.
By confronting powerful record companies and streaming services, Prince paved the way for other musicians to demand artistic freedom and their fair share of profits.
The idea of a common biological cause for the association between psychological distress and creativity is clearly an attractive one.
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Researchers have suggested a new theory for why neurotic unhappiness and creativity are often found in the same person. But is the assumption that creative people are more neurotic actually true?
The perfect spot for artistic contemplation.
Almost immediately after the battle, Waterloo became a tourist destination for contemplative souls.
Mark Ryden’s art for Michael Jackson’s 1991 album Dangerous.
The album cover for Michael Jackson’s album Dangerous was painted by American pop-surrealist artist Mark Ryden. In it, he depicts a world in which the boundaries between human and animal, living and dead…
With a few notable exceptions, the arts community is voting yes.
Edinburgh is about to undergo its annual transformation. The population more than doubles as Scotland’s capital plays host to a month-long arts extravaganza with performers, comedians, writers, artists…