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A Revolutionary Art Form That Leads to Social Change (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Every one of the 85,000 political posters at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics tells a story you won’t find in standard history books.

Posted on May 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges and Josh Fox on Holding Onto Our Humanity Amid Climate Change

Hedges, a Truthdig contributor, and Fox, a filmmaker, consider how various forms of culture instill hope, despite looming environmental catastrophe.

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: From ‘Brandalism’ to Flamenco Flash Mobs: Ideas for the Creative Activist

Grass-roots social and environmental campaigns that delight and inspire “can help put sustained pressure on business and governments by bringing renewed energy, kick-starting conversations, and sparking the imaginations of a whole new set of participants,” writes Frances Buckingham at The Guardian.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



American Artists Against War

Artists of conscience have always responded angrily and passionately to war, genocide and torture. This book examines the work of American visual artists from 1935 to 2010 who believed that governments and humanity must be held to higher moral standards.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Cinematographer Haskell Wexler

Despite a privileged childhood, his sensitivity to injustice drew him to make documentaries on topics such as civil rights, radical activism and the Vietnam War. And along the way he won Academy Awards for his work in two commercial films.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: Deep Down, a Product of Fear

It’s unlikely that the beloved space saga’s Episode VII—regardless of whether it turns out to be a crowd pleaser—has taken the risks George Lucas took with his installments.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE



In Dark Times, Poetry Can Enlighten Us

Artists are coming together to commemorate victims of violence and create bridges between America and the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE



The Painting That Saved My Family From the Holocaust

A frightened young woman left her apartment in Munich in November 1938 and returned with the visa that saved her family. A team of German journalists launched an improbable search to find the missing artwork and tell its story.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: This Artist Is ‘Erasing’ the U.S.-Mexico Border Fence With Blue Paint

A Mexican-American artist has launched a project to “erase” the border fence in Nogales, Mexico. Ana Teresa Fernández hopes the project will raise awareness of migrant rights and human rights internationally. “For me the border, the border wall, is like a tombstone,” she explains.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Watch the Promo for Banksy’s New Dystopian Theme Park, ‘Dismaland’

In this promotional video for the anonymous graffiti artist’s “bemusement park,” catch a glimpse of the not-so-family-friendly attractions in store.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Art, Politics and Social Change at the Venice Biennale

This year’s Venice Biennale, called “All the World’s Futures,” showcases a growing community of politically engaged artists, who not only reflect the beauty and brutality of the world, but might actually change it.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Is Making a Fortune Selling Ancient Artifacts

The cultural war being waged by the militant group includes a lucrative trade in antiquities.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Waters Has Some Wonderfully Witty Advice for the Class of 2015

“Go out in the world and f–k it up beautifully” is auteur John Waters’ advice to this year’s graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Techno-Art of the Moment, Featuring Laura Poitras, Ai Weiwei and the Mona Lisa

“Seven on Seven: Empathy and Disgust,” a New York event, couples artists with technologists or activists and gives them 24 hours to produce something. And those “somethings” turn out to be most interesting.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE



Guerrilla Artists Install Bust of Edward Snowden in Brooklyn

An anonymous group worked in secret to place a 100-pound tribute to the whistleblower in Fort Greene Park.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE


Why Famous People Lie About Combat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: This week on Truthdig Radio, it’s Peter’s last show. Also, a retired federal agent is pro legalization of all drugs, America hates controversial art, the VA secretary is a liar and more.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE


Why Famous People Lie About Combat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s Peter Scheer’s last show. Also, a retired federal agent is for the legalization of all drugs; the United States hates controversial art; the Veterans Affairs secretary is a liar; and more.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Photo by Robert Mapplethorpe/Mapplethorpe Foundation

The United States Has a Long and Dishonorable Record of Artistic Censorship

Despite recent proclamations of our dedication to freedom of speech, artists in every medium have encountered problems with authorities over the content of their creative expressions.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE



Who We Be: A Conversation With Jeff Chang

In his latest book, “Who We Be: The Colorization of America,” ColorLines co-founder Chang examines how Americans view race and how our visual culture has changed.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



Gunmen Kill One at Blasphemy Debate in Copenhagen

One man is dead and three police officers are injured after assailants opened fire on a cafe in Copenhagen where a Swedish artist who faced death threats for caricaturing the prophet Muhammad was attending a debate on Islam and free speech, The Guardian reports.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



Wrest in Peace, Charlie

It might be true that in the beginning was the Word, but before that was the Drawing.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE    


Modern Politicians Bewilder Us Into Submission by Treating Reality Like Conceptual Art

From Putin’s Russia to Cameron’s United Kingdom to Obama’s United States, information has become increasingly baffling and contradictory—which helps if you’re an oligarch trying to rob the public blind.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Video: The Solace of a Blind Artist

In his mid-30s, British artist and teacher Sargy Mann went blind from cataracts in both eyes. Twenty-five years later his paintings sell to top collectors for upward of $80,000. He tells the BBC how he lives and paints.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 READ MORE



The Watts Towers

A new book celebrates Sabato Rodia’s towers in Watts, a massive sculptural lifework of a whimsical eccentric, made from found objects and without power tools or scaffolding.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



On Art and Politics: A Letter to the Millennials

There is a sense in which art, politics and economics are all inextricably and symbiotically tied together, but history has proven to us that art serves as a powerful corrective against the dangers of the establishment.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE



Vincent van Gogh, self-portrait.

Nine Left-Handed People Who Changed the World

Wednesday is international Left Handers Day, a time to reflect on one of the mysteries of science, a minority complex that has resisted centuries of abuse and ridicule.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE



Does the NSA Have Another Snowden on Its Hands?

Government officials suspect another whistle-blower is leaking documents from the National Security Agency to The Intercept; the left’s concern with ideology over beauty may be destroying art; meanwhile, Toledo, Ohio’s water contamination may finally change Republicans’ attitudes toward the environment. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE


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Edward Snowden’s Lawyer Takes on John Kerry

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Jesselyn Radack says the secretary of state needs to bone up on his law. Also: Congressional candidate Ted Lieu challenges Citizens United, Bill Boyarsky on California’s political gold rush, and an L.A. man trashes political art.

Posted on May 29, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Edward Snowden’s Lawyer Takes on John Kerry

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Jesselyn Radack says the secretary of state needs to bone up on his law. Also: Congressional candidate Ted Lieu takes on Citizens United, Bill Boyarsky on California’s political gold rush, and an L.A. man trashes political art.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



Meet Kim Jong Il’s Personal Poet Laureate

As spin-doctoring goes, Jang Jin Sung had one of the world’s hardest jobs.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Artists Appeal to Hearts and Minds of Drone Operators With Giant Photo

Drones flying over a field in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan will see a tragic portrait staring back at them.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE


Putin to Bush: You Call That a Dog?

George W. Bush tells intrepid “Today” show interviewer Jenna Bush Hager that Vladimir Putin, upon meeting Barney, told the American president he had a wimpy dog.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



What Does Math Have in Common With Art and Music?

Neurobiological studies show that mathematical formulas stimulate the same parts of the brain as music and art do; a writer questions our surveillance nightmares; meanwhile, gay youth find solace on the Internet. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Chain Linked

On Feb. 25 the Santa Monica City Council votes on whether Paul Conrad’s peace sculpture should be knocked over and replaced with retail development. Because nothing says we should work to prevent nuclear self-annihilation like a Tommy Bahama, a food court and a lighted fountain full of pennies tossed by shoppers wishing for world peace with their eyes closed.

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 READ MORE    


Why Is the President Fighting for a War He Doesn’t Believe In?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: According to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the president didn’t buy into his own strategy. Also, what’s up with Dennis Rodman? Saving public art. And we remember Amiri Baraka.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE


Why Is the President Fighting for a War He Doesn’t Believe In?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: According to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the president didn’t buy into his own strategy. Also, what’s up with Dennis Rodman? Saving public art. And we remember Amiri Baraka.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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In the Shadow of War

For at least a decade, Americans have been living in the shadow of war and yet, except in pop fiction of the Tom Clancy variety (where, in the end, we always win), there’s remarkably little evidence of it.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE


Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE


Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Arson Fires Destroying Detroit’s Famed Heidelberg Project

Since May, four main houses in Tyree Guyton’s internationally known Heidelberg Project have been leveled by arson fires. In many ways, the showdown between the artist and the arsonist says more about Detroit than does the city’s recent bankruptcy filing.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Another Casualty of L.A.’s Cultural Indifference?

The artistic record in a region that aspires to world-class status has been problematic when it comes to censorship and preservation.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on the Role of Art in Rebellion

After a talk on the collapse of complex societies, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges answers an audience question: “Will it take [literature, music and art] to waken us to the empathy of other suffering or hardship?”

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



The 90 Companies Most Responsible for Climate Change

Researcher Richard Heede says the people to blame for our planet’s environmental demise “could all fit on a Greyhound bus or two”; Jeremy Scahill proves time and time again he is not the White House’s favorite journalist; meanwhile, exposure to the arts does have a positive effect on intelligence after all. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE


‘Goliath’: How Israel Became the Third Rail of Journalism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Three Jews talk about Israel. Also: The human error of Typhoon Yolanda, and a rap to save public art.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE


‘Goliath’: How Israel Became the Third Rail of Journalism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Three Jews talk about Israel. Also: The human error of Typhoon Yolanda, and a rap to save public art.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



Shutterstock photo of Griffith Observatory.

Rare Photos Reveal Griffith Observatory Under Construction

The observatory that sits atop Griffith Park is one of Los Angeles’ most beautiful treasures, both because of its art deco looks and dazzling views of the city below.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. May Push Germany to Move Faster on Art Stolen by Nazis

A source tells The Wall Street Journal that Germany’s handling of 1,400 works of art discovered in an apartment may be in violation of international protocol.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE



Tylenol’s Dangers Revealed Thanks to Investigative Journalism

ProPublica’s series on the dangers of the acetaminophen found in Tylenol highlights the importance of investigative work; a poem written by an Alexandrian poet in 1898 about the government’s idleness is extremely relevant these days; meanwhile, research shows apologizing, even for something outside your control, establishes trust. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Punk Hostages Practice the Healing Power of Literature

Two veterans of L.A.’s punk scene are bringing books and creative writing to institutionalized people in prisons, shelters and recovery programs.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE


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