tagged: drawing

Clash of Political Visuals, Part One

by Ali Fitzgerald
  As I spoke about before, France was the birthplace of the lithographic poster as art form. But the Art Nouveau poster gave way to different, more propagandistic uses in the two World Wars. During the German occupation between 1940–1944, the city was awash in German and Vichy propaganda posters and signs, as well as competing images from the resistance. British historian Ian Ousby wrote of that time: Symbols of Paris were painted over and repurposed by the invading army.... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 3/20

Joan of Arc, Part Two

by Ali Fitzgerald
  During the years of German occupation (1940–1944), the image of Joan of Arc was used both by the collaborationist Vichy government and Charles de Gaulle’s résistance. Vichy leader Phillipe Pétain liked her better than the other, older symbol of the republic, Marianne, because: 1. She wasn’t topless 2. She heard voices and was really, really into god 3. She dressed like a man 4. She was an Anglophobe He painted her as the devout symbol of the Vichy’s fascist, religious... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 3/14

Joan of Arc, Part One

by Ali Fitzgerald
  Recently I had drinks with a friend and we were discussing the removal of Confederate statues in the States. I asked her if there were any similar discussions about statues in Paris, and which ones she might personally remove. I’ve talked a bit about Marianne as a symbol of the French Republic, and how her image has been politicized. But there’s another woman, not fictional, who also occupies the role of useful political symbol or tool. French politicians across the spectrum lay... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 3/13

The ArtSlant Prize IX at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, March 6–12

by The Artslant Team
    The ArtSlant Prize IX Winners Exhibition David Rios Ferreira, Sabato Visconti, Katya Grokhovsky, daàPo reo SPRING/BREAK Art Show Booth #2231 March 6–12 March 6: Collectors Preview 11am–5pm, Press Preview 3–5pm, Opening Night 5–9pm March 7–12: 11am–6pm 4 Times Square, Entrance at 144 West 43rd Street RSVP here Purchase tickets... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 3/5

Creatures Like Us: The Drawings of David Rios Ferreira

by Jessica Lanay
Other ArtSlant Prize IX catalogue essays: Sabato Visconti & Katya Grokhovsky   The journeying lines that dominate David Rios Ferreira’s two-dimensional assemblage works, like an EKG reading or the longitudinal and latitudinal lines in a map, are enchanted with the force of their potential. Each vector loops, and builds, like a vine; they fall into one another’s paths, creating rich dimensions in each drawing. Forged together with cartoony shapes in vibrant colors, they create top... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lanay on 3/6

On Caricature, Part Two

by Ali Fitzgerald
  Last week I discussed my artcrush and birthday-twin Daumier, and this week I’ll continue talking about France’s relationship to caricature a little more in depth. The 19th century in France was termed “the Age of Gold” for caricature, with more than 350 caricature journals being published over the years. More than half the French population during this time was functionally illiterate, lending imagistic forms of communication mass appeal. Daumier and the journal “La... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 3/5

For the Culture: Towards Curating Black Art by Aesthetic, Not Struggle

by Jessica Lanay
Unlike recent major shows that are chronological surveys of Black art in the context of political upheaval and communal struggle, the exhibition centers the aesthetics, techniques, and innovation of its artists. Now at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, the exhibition magnifies the interstices of the Black experience that push against the historical watersheds that have come to over-define Black life. The onus of Transformative Space is not to couch Black art as a mere reaction to... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lanay on 2/23


by Ali Fitzgerald
  Grayscale nuances have no place in the propagandist’s world. Propaganda is a black tiled vision, a zero-sum game. Visually, this is portrayed with a split-image showing a dystopic landscape of foreign influence contrasted by a “purer” nationalist one. Below is my rendering of an image circulated by the National Front during the last election: On one side you see the rolling hills, flowers, and cobblestones associated with the France of Lonely Planet guidebooks. On the other,... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 2/22

Ghosts, Devils, and Advertising

by Ali Fitzgerald
  In his book, A Little Guide to the 15th Arrondissement for the Use of Phantoms, Roger Caillois examines the sleepy district in Paris where he grew up, the same district where I’m staying now. I bought the book imagining a witchy, postmodern guide to my new home, but actually, Caillois’ “phantom beings” are symbols. They are stand-ins for immigrants and asylum-seekers, étrangers who were driven from their homes in the 15th Arrondissement as the Seine’s waterfront was being... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 2/20

Jesse Farber Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? There is a way in which I think we are very alienated from ourselves, in trying to understand ourselves as material beings existing in the world. We learn more and more about the nature of matter and our physical systems, but it’s still so difficult to feel in any visceral sense that this is actually happening inside us and around us—that it’s in fact who we are, on a fundamental level. Instead, a muddle of textbook diagrams,... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 2/19