Animals in art

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Chen Wenling’s bull fart sculpture – What you see might not be real

The Bull Fart Sculpture was exhibited in a Beijing art gallery in 2009 by celebrated Chinese artist Chen Wenling. Chen titled the work What You See Might Not Be Real to take an in-depth look at the international financial crisis that the world was grappling with at the time. Chen created the farting bull …

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Huang Yong Ping’s controversial Theater of the World

Who was Huang Yong Ping Huang Yong Ping was a contemporary artist, born and raised in Xiamen, China. In the last decades, he has created numerous contentious and confrontational artworks. Huang is known as one of the most influential Chinese contemporary artists. His artworks include sculptures, installations, and paintings. He was an icon in the …

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Ragnar Axelsson: These might be the last days of the Arctic

Who is Ragnar Axelsson? Ragnar Axelsson is an Icelandic born photojournalist who has been a champion for preventive measures against global warming. Born in 1958 in Iceland, RAX, as he is commonly known, has been a vocal person about the effects that rapid climatic change has had on the Arctic region. Growing up passionate about …

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This was Cai Guo-Qiang’s impressive installation Inopportune at the Guggenheim

What is Cai Guo-Qiang known for? Cai Guo-Qiang has been making art since 1985. However, the installation piece that he is perhaps most well known for, or at least helped to propel him to global fame, was his brief but impressive exploding rainbow of fireworks over the East River in 2002. This piece, which was …

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Klaus Pichler’s Skeletons in the Closet – Behind the scenes of a museum

The backstory “What does a museum look like behind the scenes?” was the question Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler found himself asking after seeing the unusual sight of museum exhibits in storage. He’d wandered by a basement window in the Museum of Natural History in Vienna and caught a glimpse of an office. It looked normal, …

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Cai Guo-Qiang’s Head On – 99 wolves crash into a glass wall

Berlin, Singapore, New York, Bilbao’s Guggenheim, and Brisbane are just a few of the locations in the world that have had the pleasure of experiencing Cai Guo-Qiang’s installation Head On (2006). For his dramatic and impressive installation, Cai, who resides in New York, chose to fit 99 life-like stuffed wolves into a glass wall. …

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Pieter Hugo’s Hyena Men – Fascinating photos from Nigeria

Who is Pieter Hugo? Pieter Hugo is one of South Africa’s most recognizable photographers most notably known today for his Hyena and Other Men series. During his nascent career, he was mainly practicing photojournalism before realizing he was not doing enough with his skills. He wanted to get more involved and engaged, to aggressively cross-examine …

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Banned: Sun Yuan & Peng Yu’s controversial dogs video

The video work titled Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other has only recently been removed from Guggenheim Museum’s exhibition series known as Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World. The video series has been met with disapproval and disparagement not only by some art critics but animal lovers and welfare organizations as …

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George W. Bush’s paintings – Critics surprised by their quality

One of the most central components of contemporary art is its relation to politics – from the government structures as subject matter and current global events to questions of how aesthetic representation can remedy or simulate gaps in political representation to the manner in which identity is being politicized. Mostly, it is usually someone …

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Gimhongsok mocks Jeff Koons highest priced work using garbage bags

This Canine Construction by South Korean artist, Gimhongsok is one that anyone would fall in love with, coupled with the enigmatic quality it has. This work is the sculpture of a dog and remains one of the artist’s most well-known works in recent times. The creation involved using garbage bags, balloons, cardboard boxes, all …

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Jeff Koons’ shiny balloon dog – Would you pay $58 million?

Inspired by the likes of Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons is a recognized artist known for his work in pop culture. As such, his sculptures often depict everyday objects. He is currently among the most popular contemporary artists and is generally considered one of the most important, influential, and most controversial pop …

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Thom Pierce – 40 powerful photos of masked horsemen in Southern Africa

In May 2016, photographer Thom Pierce spent eight days in the Semonkong highlands capturing the rawness of the majestic horsemen and women against the most astounding Lesotho background. Through his photographic medium, Pierce manages to blur the line between fine art, portrait, and documentary photography. The Semonkong region of Lesotho In the Drakensberg Mountains, …

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Yoshitomo Nara’s paintings & drawings: Cute or dark and frightening?

Yoshitomo Nara’s biography Yoshitomo Nara was born in Hirosaki, Japan, in 1959 and is a Japanese artist whose work has been exhibited around the world. He lives and works in Tokyo, and Japanese popular culture plays an influential role in his world. Nara studied at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, receiving …

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