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Cai Guo-Qiang: The artist behind Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red?

Could the Chinese artist, Cai Guo-Qiang be the originator of the look and visual idea of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red?

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Banksy’s Pigeons versus Exhibit B: Lessons in how to and how not to

For about 24 hours in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, a contemporary work of art resonated with us as a contemporary audience, while being effortlessly clever and intelligent. Then it was stopped dead in its tracks. But this need not matter, thanks to … Continue reading

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This picture reveals a 1000 words of fallacy

A picture of former President Bill Clinton accompanying an article he penned reveals the contradictions, futility and fallacy of intervention and western philanthropy in Africa. The double-spread picture of the former president in the September 30 2013 issue of Time … Continue reading

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Nollywood: A fresh alternative to Cannes and Hollywood

You say Cannes Film Festival, I say Nigerian Film Week Paris; you say Hollywood and I say Nollywood; ‘Tomayto’, tomato, lets agree on two things. Neither Cannes nor Hollywood represents the diversity out there in the world and not all … Continue reading

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There will be an art defiance with or without finance

Contrary to the UK’s culture secretary Maria Miller’s “economic impact” presentation, the arts are not all about economy, finance or money. The arts if forced into any sort of mainstream frame or requirement will simply defy any impositions and reinvent … Continue reading

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A Global History of Religious Prudes

The obsession of religion with sex and its derivatives, chiefly, nudity is not a preserve of the Muslim or Arab parts of the world. This is an obsession the Christian West also shares. In the example of the Catholic Church … Continue reading

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When money inhibits rather then promotes culture

“Qatar returns statues to Greece amid nudity dispute” reports the Guardian. The simple story here was that the Qataris were objecting to the nudity of these ancient works of art and decided to censor history by covering the offending bits … Continue reading

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