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Coloring Cultural Connection: Review of “VOGUE, The Arab Issue.”

 Article written by Yasmine Chokrane When I began learning art history, I was always struck by the paradigm that was drawn between Western and Eastern art. And as someone who looks to art to see the human experience “aestheticized”,  there was frustration in that—considering my own conflicting cultural identity. Which is why one of the more memorable artists that I discovered was Yinka Shonibare, the British-Nigerian artist who uses his dual identity as inspiration for many of his pieces. He’s known for his use of Dutch wax fabrics whose turbulent history underscores the instability in cultural composition. Their transience parallels Shonibare’s global presence. He has been featured in world-renowned art institutions like the Tate and the Museum of Modern Art...

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The Melancholy and the Playfulness Aspects of Modern Portrait: A Brief Analysis of Modernism

Modernism is arguably the depiction of an object, theme, or subject matter that builds upon its predecessors to become relevant with its time period. In mere contrast to Renaissance paintings and Academic paintings before them, Modernism was provocative and unexpected in nature. Essentially, Modernism breaks those barriers in order to enhance the audience’s experience and to challenge them to understand the painting from many different lenses. Although seemingly different upon first glance, Picasso’s The Old Guitarist 1903-04 and Man with a Pipe, 1915 both built upon previous styles of portraiture to evoke emotions relevant to their time.  Notably one of Picasso’s most famous works, The Old Guitarist emerges from his blue period, one in which he captures the essence of...

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The Life of Cosimo I de Medici: Art Patron Extraordinaire

We must talk about selfies before diving into the Medici exhibit at the Met. Selfies are a type of portrait, and they have been in existence since the invention of mirrors. Even the word "selfie" has its origin in a misspelling of "self-portrait" which was coined by English painter Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1785. The first selfie was taken by Robert Cornelius on September 1839, using a camera he constructed himself. Why are selfies or portraits so popular? Selfies are a way to perform and express identity. They provide an opportunity for people to reclaim their voice, their reflections, and their representation.  Many of our contemporaries like Andy Warhol used selfies as his medium to further his career and fame....

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Join US: The 11th Annual Trade Show!

Join us at the 11th Annual Hospitality Expo and Trade Show occurring August 25th at the Metropolitan Pavilion for a chance to win a raffle drawing for a complimentary Private Museum tour! The New York City Association of Hotel Concierges will sponsor their...

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Examining Isolation Within "Ghost Forest"

Now, more than ever, there’s a temptation to represent the feeling of isolation. That wasn’t Maya Lin’s only goal in “Ghost Forest,” her public installation piece patiently placed in the center of Madison Square Park...

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