artsocialjustice

Contract Killers: artist Nancy Baker Cahill challenges the efficacy of the ‘smart contracts’ behind NFTs with an augmented reality project

When in 1985, a Texas jury awarded Pennzoil $10.53bn in damages for getting the short end of the contractual stick, the world learned just how powerful a handshake could be. One year prior in New York, the oil giant had reached an informal, but binding agreement to purchase a large stake in Getty Oil for…

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Lummi artists create a totem pole to call attention to the need to protect sacred Indigenous sites

Artists of the Lummi Nation in the Pacific Northwest have created a striking totem pole that will tour the US this year to raise awareness about the preservation of sites sacred to Indigenous tribes that are threatened by development and extraction. The totem pole is envisioned as a call to action as well as a…

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Siberian surgeon’s drawings show devastating rise in domestic violence in Russia due to Covid-19 pandemic

Ruslan Mellin is a facial surgeon based in Siberia who has been treating victims of brutal domestic violence for years—and, more recently, of Covid-19. Art is his salvation and a window onto the humanity of his patients. His drawings have attracted attention in Russia and are now becoming noticed internationally thanks to Meduza, a Russian news…

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After long complaints about pollution and blocked views, Italy bans cruise ships in Venice’s historic centre

The Italian government says it has approved a ban on large cruise ships entering the historic centre of Venice. The decision seems likely to put a stop to mega-collectors hosting vast, lavish parties on cruise ships passing by the Piazza San Marco during the Venice Biennale and means that mass tourism will be re-routed. The culture minister Dario Franceschini, quoted in the Italian daily La Repubblica, says: “It’s a fair decision…

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Reuben Family Revealed as Buyer of $15.3 M. Van Gogh Landscape

The London-based Reuben family has been revealed as the buyer of a $15.4 million Vincent van Gogh landscape purchased during Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern art sale in Paris on Thursday. Scène de rue à Montmartre (Impasse des deux frères et le Moulin à Poivre), from 1887, made its auction debut there after more than a century in private…

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After objections, Cambodian government rejects proposal for theme park on the outskirts of the Angkor Wat temple complex

Cambodia’s Culture and Fine Arts Ministry has rejected a proposal by the Hong Kong casino operator NagaCorp to build a resort and theme park near the sprawling Angkor Wat temple complex after concerns raised by Unesco. The government’s rejection of NagaCorp’s plan to develop 75 hectares of land located around 500m south of the protected…

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Smudging the Line Between Art and Activism

Do artists have a duty to directly confront the injustices and inequalities around them? Anyone who’s read this magazine over the past four years knows that one of the things we’re most interested in here at T is what an artist’s relationship is to the world around her. Is there a line between who she…

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A Virtual Artist Talk With Sadie Barnette on March 30

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) — Artist Sadie Barnette delivers a free virtual lecture and Q&A on March 30, beginning at 6:00pm. Sponsored by the Zimmerli Art Museum and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, this program is open to the public. This lecture is part of an ongoing series of programs related to…

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‘Dare to Speak’ translates social justice into art

The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the opinion of Byte or Byte’s editorial board.  Ball State’s 41st annual Unity Week Celebration was held the week of Feb. 1. Unity Week only comes around once a year, but it aims to encourage a long-lasting understanding of diversity…

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Artist displays social justice work in new exhibit

Stephen L. Hayes Jr. is an artist who takes on everything he can explore. He sculpts, blacksmiths, welds, makes prints and drawings, carves and even weaves. The Durham-based artist known for a focus on social justice and incorporating historical context said he tries “just about anything I get my hands on.” “I love trying to…

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