No Woman, No Cry

Chris Ofili: Night and Day is a retrospective at the New Museum of the oft-praised British artist’s work. So much beautiful work, so much elephant dung, so much current commentary to be gleaned from his work.

Chris Ofili's No Woman, No Cry 1998

Chris Ofili’s No Woman, No Cry 1998

This piece was created in 1998 as a tribute to Stephen Lawrence, a London teenage who was murdered on a public bus in a racially motivated attack in 1993. The botched case did not result in any convictions until 2012. The painting represents Doreen Lawrence,  the mother of Stephen Lawrence, with images of the teen in each teardrop.

More about the Stephen Lawrence case here.

The original No Woman, No Cry

Chris Ofili: Night and Day is on view at the New Museum through 2/1/2015.

 

artnet’s 30 Art-Writing Clichés to Ditch in the New Year

Untitled, Keith Haring 1982 Source: www.haring.com

Untitled, Keith Haring 1982 Source: http://www.haring.com

This great list makes ever so much sense, especially when speaking to the casual art lover.

Number 9 is so at the heart of Art is Now Pop:

9) famous
There are artworks, artists, and art things that are legitimately “famous” (as in, you might find news of them in a non-art publication), like Michelangelo’s David or Thomas Kinkade’s The Christmas Cottage. Most often, what the author really means here is “talked about among art people.”

Because, it’s true. Some things are pop culture. Some are just art.

Money, It’s Got To Be the Shoes

Killer Heels is an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum on view through February 15, 2015.

Christian Louboutin. "Printz," Spring/Summer 2013. Courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn -Source www.brooklynmuseum.org

Christian Louboutin. “Printz,” Spring/Summer 2013. Courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn
-Source http://www.brooklynmuseum.org

In a striking display of interesting shoes from around the world and across the ages, the exhibit uses a few familiar movie clips from contemporary pop culture and recent history to show the impact that heels have had on contemporary society.

Some favorite clips from the show:

Some Like It Hot:

Memoirs of A Geisha:

A clip from Sakuran was also shown, as well as several videos created by artists that showcased the wonder and allure of a high heel.

Hear more about the show from the curator below: