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Remnants of polychrome colouring were scrubbed from recovered ancient Greek sculptures and artists created new all-white marble sculptures seen as continuous with an imagined past. (Shutterstock)

How whiteness was invented and fashioned in Britain’s colonial age of expansion

Western fashion, laundering and style reflected the racialized politics dramatically shaped by profound global transformations bound up with slavery, colonialism and modernization.
Barbara Kruger, ‘Untitled (Your body is a battleground),’ 1989, photographic silkscreen on vinyl 112 x 112 in. (284.48 x 284.48 cm). Courtesy the artist, The Broad Art Foundation and Sprüth Magers

How a 1989 poster became a fixture on the front lines in the battle over abortion rights

Barbara Kruger’s ‘Untitled (Your body is a battleground)’ has seamlessly transitioned to social media, inspiring a new generation of media-savvy artists and activists.
Entertainer and author Janelle Monáe performs during the 2019 Grammys flanked by android-like backup dancers. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

What is Afrofuturism? An English professor explains

Even though Afrofuturist works are set in fictional worlds, they provide a blueprint for social, political and economic systems free from exploitation and oppression.
Canada geese and mallards at sunset, laser-etched with a pattern from sections of mosaic design of the Imam Mosque in Isfahan, Iran, seen in ‘Mallards Reeds’ by artist Soheila Esfahani. (Soheila Kolahdouz Esfahani)

Contemporary Muslim artists continue to adapt Islamic patterns to challenge ideas about fixed culture

As Islamic geometric patterns and arabesque designs have migrated globally, they’ve been adapted, and may not even be recognized as bearing the influence of Islamic societies.

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