American Abstraction: The CIA’s Art Collection Revealed

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley, Virginia, U.S.

Trust the CIA to always be enveloped in a shroud of secrecy to the extent that it was once believed that even its art collection was heavily guarded and highly confidential. To be fair, the museum run by the CIA which is housed at its Langley headquarters and for obvious reasons, is not open to […]

Internet Governance: Yes ICANN?

Few people are familiar with the origins of the internet, and the belief that it is “owned” sounds absurd. After all, the world wide web seems like a no man’s land, doesn’t it? Who controls the Internet? Is there someone that with the flip of a switch can turn it off? Is there an organization […]

Nudes, Prudes, And Attitudes

Have you ever seen a picture of Michelangelo’s David or been lucky enough to see it in person? It’s a stunning sculpture art, with incredible attention to anatomical detail. It’s arguably the most famous sculpture in the world. Oh, and he’s naked. Totally exposed. Maybe you heard about Poppy Jackson’s 2015 performance piece, Site, in […]

Discovering the Undiscovered: Armory Show’s Focus This Year on African Art

The Armory Show is one of New York’s most famous and important international art fairs, offering high-quality modern and contemporary art with a focus on new and emerging voices in the visual arts world. 2016’s Armory Focus was African Perspectives—Spotlighting Artistic Practices of Global Contemporaries. It will examine the art world from a contemporary African […]

Fake Fur And Feminism: The Guerrilla Girls Are Fighting For Equality

The New York activists, the Guerrilla Girls' fight against discrimination in the art world. Image credit: Lois Greenfeld | Image source:

  In 1984, MoMA opened an exhibition, “An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture,” to showcase the most important contemporary artists in the world. In total, it included the works of 169 artists. Of those, 13 were female. In response, a group of 7 female artists donned gorilla masks to protest the gender bias […]

Cuban Artist Pits Art Against Politics

Here in the United States, we love to holler about our freedom of expression. Whether we use it for better or for worse, it is one of the founding values of our nation and our culture. It’s powerful—it inspires revolutions and brings people together and generally undermines the foundations of injustice. It’s uniquely democratic–freedom of […]