Month: December, 2020

Arts

The Museum of Bad Art

The Museum of Bad Art was established in 1994 in Massachusetts as a dedication to terrible art, and features an ever-changing display of pieces. With a collection of around 800 works, it boasts an impressive range. Each collection is categorised by a witty label, such as ‘Oozing My Religion’, ‘Look Ma, No Hands!’, and ‘In…

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Subverting beauty: African anti-aesthetics

Although only a temporary exhibition, the Baltimore Museum of Art’s ‘Subverting Beauty: African Anti-Aesthetics’ series of work has left a lasting impact on the art world. Originally held between July 2018 and June 2019, the exhibition has challenged what consumers of art consider to be ‘beautiful’, especially in a Western context. Featuring around two dozen…

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What is beauty? Spotlight on: Ewa Juszkiewicz

Warsaw-based artist Ewa Juszkiewicz has been creating 18th and 19th Century-influenced portraiture for nearly 10 years, but they come with a twist. The subjects of her paintings always have their faces obscured, be it with a piece of cloth, plants and fungi, or elaborate arrangements of hair. The concept of these paintings? They shatter conventional…

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I hate this artwork

When you consider the ‘most famous’ piece of art, what do you think of? I think of the Mona Lisa. And then I think of how much I dislike the Mona Lisa.  Yes, it is brilliantly painted, insanely detailed, and very widely loved, but is it not a bit dull? Or worse, smug?  Dreary browns…

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