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Articles Rosie Ranauro, 2016. "Try not to hurt yourself." Digital media.
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Real Work: An essay on ableism and art

“I make these when I’m not making my ‘real’ work.” I heard this statement fall out of my mouth and stopped myself, horrified. I was at the opening of the BLAA Summer 2016 exhibit You Think It’s ____, But It’s…

Articles Shaw Memorial Vandalized
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Boston Monuments: Memorial and Meaning

One beautiful July morning in 2013 Boston woke to discover green paint had been thrown against the Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial that sits across from the State House in the Boston Public Garden. Outrage followed but…

Articles Matthias Grünewald, The Isenheim Altarpiece, Oil on Panel, 1512-16
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The Orphan’s Friend

I spent the latter half of my childhood in a small town in eastern Connecticut. Once it had been strictly rural, but by the latter half of the twentieth-century was slowly succumbing to the inevitable creep of suburbia. For the…

Articles Terrel Seltzer, Rope Trick, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1970 
Image courtesy of Garry Neill Kennedy
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What Happens in Halifax…

For over two years Mario Garcia Torres obsessively researched the circumstances surrounding an obscure assignment given to a small group of students at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 1969. In a process he has likened to…

Articles Fernando Botero
Colombian, b. 1932
Abu Ghraib #45, 2005
Oil on canvas
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Gift of the Artist, 2009.12.25
Photographed for the UC Berkeley Art Museum by Benjamin Blackwell
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Botero’s Abu Ghraib

My first question is: Why Botero? How did this mild, sometimes trivial artist become the chronicler of darkness? At age 73 Fernando Botero broke out of his benign reputation with a series of 100 works—50 paintings and as many works…