Much as the late nineteenth-century American myth of Manifest Destiny was used to justify westward expansion, many history paintings worked to shape and uphold stories of superiority and inferiority. This popular genre of painting, especially when applied to the depiction of historical events, sheds light on the manner in which art can be used to manipulate the truth.
In the past year, artificial intelligence (AI) has not only become more powerful, it has become highly accessible. One recent online trend, made possible by the AI-based phone app Lensa AI, has led to a wave of "original" portraits being shared across social media.
Even though Dostoevsky’s drawings feel like a byproduct of his writing process and Plath’s more like an independent form of expression, both still seem linked to an abundance of creativity and the works generated feel like art. Can anyone who makes art truly be called a non-artist?
Have you ever wondered what a job in the art world pays? Thanks to a new pay transparency law that went into effect last week, all job postings in New York City must now disclose in good faith the minimum and maximum annual salary or hourly wage that an employer would pay for a position.
On the topic of selling art, one might immediately think of vast museums, prestigious galleries, and established fairs with only the finest paintings at extraordinary prices. Although these venues have impressive track records, there are other, more accessible paths that inexperienced or up-and-coming artists can take.
Indiana Jones is a terrible archeologist. Yet, despite the films having next to nothing to do with actual archeological work, he is somehow the most famous icon of the field. Those within the field might perhaps be able to console themselves with the hollow comfort that “all press is good press.” But when the primary poster child of one’s field has dedicated their life to being an ethical and moral nightmare gussied up under the mask of a heartthrob’s charming smile, the sentiment rings a bit too dissonantly.
As has become the case more often than not, the public response to this year’s Met Gala seems to be general disappointment. The negative reviews primarily cite the attendees' inability to dress on theme, especially with a prompt as inspirationally ripe as the Gilded Age.
As part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s endeavor to return United States astronauts to the moon, it has asked several space-robotics companies to design lunar pods that can be used to ferry supplies like scientific instruments and gear. Two of these companies have decided to include works of art in their designs.
Early this February, Houston Metro announced the installation of commemorative seat covers to honor Rosa Parks on her birthday. Unfortunately, though perhaps unsurprisingly, the covers struck a nerve—particularly in the Twitter-sphere.
This author has been to a number of museums in the world and never has she found a gem as hidden as the Walters Art Museum. Tucked away in a corner of Baltimore, the Walters is the kind of museum this author would love to take her mother and father to visit.