Paintings of faces

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Do Yue Minjun’s self portraits make you laugh?

Yue Minjun’s style is easily be recognized. His self-portrait oil paintings depict himself in vivid colors while grinning with his mouth gaping. An oxymoron of sorts, the self-portraits evoke feelings of sympathy as well as humor. The depictions of himself in various poses laughing draw numerous diverse interpretations. However, the general consensus is that …

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Andy Warhol’s scandalous 13 Most Wanted Men: Destroyed within days

Andy Warhol commissioned to create his first and only public art piece Pop provocateur Andy Warhol was never a stranger to controversy. In 1964, as part of a series of commissions for the New York State Pavilion, Warhol was commissioned to work on an installation displayed on the face of the pavilion, which was to …

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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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Who is Iraqi painter Hayv Kahraman?

Hayv Kahraman’s biography Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Hayv Kahraman is a Los Angeles-based Kurdish-American painter and sculptor known for creating works that reflect controversial subjects such as gender, particularly concerning female identity in relation to her experiences as a refugee and issues affecting her country of birth, Iraq. Kahraman’s artwork depicts the impacts of war, …

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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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