Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discusses the American artist with the director of a film titled “Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat."
The Truthdig columnist and the painter-sculptor discuss the role of artist as prophet.
The impact of her sculpture Target extends to the thousands of anonymous people of color, mostly but not exclusively younger males, who are routinely subjected to racist harassment and attacks by police and others throughout the United States.Dignified portrayals of African-Americans, especially of women, were a major feature of her sculpture and prints.
"Not all pioneers," writes David McCullough, "went west" Thus he establishes his theme, the intellectual frontier mentality that drove countless Americans to brave the rigors of a sea voyage and an alien culture to imbibe the Old World charm and history of Paris".
It took two months and not-so-subtle protests from within and beyond the art world, but on Wednesday the Chinese government freed 54-year-old artist Ai Weiwei from prison, hinting at tax issues and not artistic dissent as the reason behind his stint in lockup.
According to his wife, who was granted a visit with the dissident artist for the first time in the six weeks since he was detained at an airport and accused of tax evasion, Chinese authorities seem to be looking after the physical welfare of Ai Weiwei. The news dispels earlier rumors that he was being physically tortured, though he appeared mentally distressed, his wife said.
The US and China are bickering again over human rights after the U condemned the arrest of Chinese dissidents Beijing dismissed Washington's latest criticism and said the U is beset by violence, racism and torture and thus has no authority to condemn the actions of other governments Above, Ai Weiwei, a jailed activist .
A collection of scenic paintings by 7-year-old British boy Kieron Williamson sold out in a very short time for a very hefty amount of money -- we're talking half an hour and $236,000 -- at a gallery in Norfolk last weekend That's enough scratch to make the tedious nicknames that those clever media people can't help but bestow (continued).