Graffiti, Street Art and Richmond, VA

Pfeiffer 2The once coveted secrecy of graffiti artists has shifted to a public area in recent times due to the popularity of artists from Keith Haring, Banksy or Shepard Fairey.  However, a debate looms regarding the ideals of graffiti being skewed when the artwork appears on the walls of galleries instead of the within the nooks and crannies of a city.   Does street art hold the same appeal and rebellious nature within the gallery or museum cube?

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Lucian Freud

Growing up as the grandson of Sigmund Freud must have been an interesting psychology journey to say the least. Born in Berlin, Freud fled to London in 1933, and developed a distinct portraiture style that established him as the leading artist of his time.  During his lifetime, Freud transfigured the traditional and favored European portrait with confrontational and often critical portrayals of the sitter.  His stark interpretation and particular technique influenced many of the contemporary British artists today. Continue reading Lucian Freud

Sally Mann

Night-blooming Cereus, 1988
Night-blooming Cereus, 1988

In her memoir, released in May, 2015, Sally Mann reveals an intimate, visceral, and beautiful family history, steeped in the gritty landscape of the American South. Combining startling photographs with narrative prose, the author captivates readers by piecing together artifacts from her ancestors and their surroundings. Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs was a National Book Award finalist and named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and others. Continue reading Sally Mann

Ai Weiwei

ai-weiwei-forever-bicycles1The internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has recently received an equal amount of attention for his political activism as well as his artwork.  Ai Weiwei works in multiple mediums creating pieces in photography, film, and occasionally as a consultant for large projects such as the Beijing National Stadium.  He is notably known for his firm and often highly critical stance on the Chinese Government’s lack of democracy and protection of human rights.  In 2011, Ai Weiwei was arrested in Beijing and held for over two months without any official charges resulting in an outpour of support from the international art community. Continue reading Ai Weiwei