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The Provocation Column, Trends in Art

Zilia Sánchez’s Fifty Shades of Pink

Unfortunately, there are no places on earth where phallic symbols are absent in public spaces. Patriarchy, much like whiteness and maleness, drown this earth with icons and symbols representing masculinity (the toxic one, that is) and annoyingly remind us all who “allegedly” is the ruler of this world; white men. Gender, as we know it, is a social, political, and cultural construction specifically designed to give men the advantage to say “its just natural that we rule!”

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Art Theory, The Provocation Column

Top 8 Curators Involved in Contemporary Latinx Art to Follow on Instagram

Latin-American artists around the globe have recently been the favorites of curators and museums due to many reasons. One of them may be our current political climate and how democracy in the US and in the world is beginning to crumble. This may act as motivation for Latin American artists to put their grief or their extreme progressive/radical views on display through their art pieces.

 

The new and radical Latinx art is officially trendy and audiences are obsessed. There have been times before when Latin-American art had skyrocketed due to social politics. For example, interdisciplinary intellectual and renowned performance artist Guillermo Gomez Peña rose to fame after 9/11 happened and people of color were boxed as terrorists all around the globe. His performances became a sensation and intellectuals became trendy. Perhaps this is what artists of all backgrounds feel like right now; a duty to society in order for audiences to wake up and start making a positive change for this world.Read more

New Collector, The Provocation Column

Who is Peggy Guggenheim?

How pleasing it would be to discover someone who artists say “breathe and lived art.”  Marguerite Guggenheim (AKA Peggy Guggenheim) was born on August 26, 1898, to a wealthy New York City Guggenheim family. She was the daughter of Benjamin Guggenheim who reportedly went down with the Titanic and niece to the founder of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Solomon R Guggenheim. Peggy is recognized as an American art collector, socialite and bohemian. In other words, she was a lover of art who lived on her standards and not on what is conventionally accepted in the society. Peggy had also referred to herself as an “art addict” which makes it all the more clear why she is recognized in the art world.

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The The Provocation Colum: What is an Icon in Art?
Art Advisory, New Collector, The Provocation Column

What is an Icon?: Some key facts about it

Photo Courtesy of Sybaris Collection

What is an icon? When we speak of an icon, we usually think of a person or thing that serves as a representative symbol. However, art has a distinct definition of an icon or “iconic”–a description that differs to a certain extent from the usual and more general meaning of the icon.

The term iconography is a process of identifying, describing, interpreting, and classifying symbols, subject matter, and themes. The whole concept of icons in the art may leave a question for the beginner, some of which we will try to answer.

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Interior Design, New Collector, The Provocation Column

Types of Walls to Hang a Painting

An artwork, be it is a drawing, artistic design, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramic or painting, expresses meaning and magnifies emotions in ways that are inexplicable. Adding a painting to a room is a way to add interest to it. However, arranging the painting in a way that is attractive may be a different task altogether. A factor that makes artwork more beautiful and pleasing is the way and position it is placed or hung. When hanging paintings in the home, there are a few things you may need to consider or questions you need to ask. Let’s get started.

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The Provocation Column

Sculpture in Bilbao—Art Within an Industrial City

When visiting Bilbao, art is likely to be at the top of your list of things to see. This once-industrial powerhouse is now a hotbed for art. The famous Guggenheim Museum, now in its 21st year, still maintains its leadership position in the minds of tourists and art lovers alike. A rugged and impressive building on its own, it houses some of the most iconic sculptures found in Bilbao. Another side of Bilbao, however, is the variety of outdoor sculptures found throughout this art-centric city. Here are some of the most iconic monumental sculptures in Bilbao:
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