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Confronting Racism with Art

Monday, September 14, 2020 | Karl Cole

Unfortunately, African American artists in the 2000s continue to confront similar concerns that their forefathers addressed during the Harlem Renaissance. After nearly 100 years, issues of racism, job ...

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Rethinking Romanticism Part 3

Friday, August 21, 2020 | Karl Cole

To close out my Rethinking Romanticism series, let’s look at romanticism in 21st century art. In the instance of Jennifer Karady’s subjects, that’s probably an insulting term. If you ...

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Rethinking Classicism Part 6

Friday, August 14, 2020 | Karl Cole

Let’s wrap up my Rethinking Classicism series with a look at what might be regarded as classic art of today in the future. 100 years from now, will video installation be considered a classi ...

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Pride Month 2020, Part 2

Monday, June 15, 2020 | Karl Cole

My Pride Month celebration continues with photographer Zanele Muholi. ...

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Recognizing Pride Month, Part 2

Monday, June 24, 2019 | Karl Cole

Last week I featured an artist from the 1800s, Mary Ann Willson, for Pride Month 2019. Today I continue my Pride Month posts with a look at contemporary artist Glen Ligon. ...

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Not Just Furniture

Monday, September 17, 2018 | Karl Cole

When we talk about art that reconciles political, spiritual, and social beliefs all in one pertinent statement—and I’m certainly not talking about ancient Assyrian art, Jacques-Louis David ...

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Spirituality in African Art

Monday, September 9, 2013 | Karl Cole

It is my fervent hope for peace in the Middle East. In that interest, I’m introducing you to an artist who expressed the same hopes of his fellow South Africans for their country during the end ...

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African American History Month 2012 II

Monday, February 13, 2012 | Karl Cole

During the Harlem Renaissance (ca. 1919–1939), African American artists encouraged each other to document  the black experience in the United States. This included uplifting scenes of Afric ...

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