Posts in Art & Photography
Aline Kominsky-Crumb: Can Women be Anti-Heroes too?

Self-loathing and often controversial, Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s cartoons instill her tragedies with humor and turn her complaints into comedy. Although lacking the decorum of her contemporaries, Kominsky-Crumb’s works illustrate an honest female experience while also taking time to critique a society that all at once rejects her and accepts Woody Allen. The cartoons, which feature her alter-ego, Bunch, tackle her own self-loathing alongside death, sexuality, and love. Unapologetically controversial, Kominsky-Comb challenges the status-quo on female likeability with her integrity and absurdity.

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The Other Half of the Picture

Stemming from the sentiments of a 1989 poster from the Guerilla Girls, The Brooklyn Museum’s latest exhibit, “Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection,” highlights feminist art from the Civil Rights era to the #MeToo movement. With work from over fifty diverse artists, the exhibit hopes to contribute to relevant socio-political topics as well as those of the past including the aftermath of WWI and the Civil Rights movement. “Half the Picture” will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, NY from August 31st until March 31, 2019.

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Art’s “Original” Feminists

BBC’s Rebel Women: The Great Art Fight Back explores the lives of iconic feminist artists who paved the way for feminist art in the modern era. The documentary follows a series of women including Margaret Harrison, Judy Chicago, and Carolee Schneemann as they talk about the discrimination and upheaval they experienced during their careers. Gritty and political, these women chose to fight against the sexism, objectification, and violence of their times through unabashedly female visual and performance art.

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“The First Thing I Do When I Get Home”

In her painting “The First Thing I Do When I Get Home,” artist Hiejin Yoo mixes calming blue tones with socio-cultural elements to create a deeply personal reflection of herself. It’s a simple scene that reflects the freedom and serenity Yoo feels when she can finally take off her bra; one of her most beloved rituals. Yoo, a native of conservative South Korea, says she feels required to wear her bra in public while American women are free to ditch theirs. “The First Thing I Do When I Get Home” is a part of the “Seed” exhibit at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York City, NY until August 10th.

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Unporn: Working Around Taboo

It has become increasingly important to discuss mature subject matter typically considered “taboo” in the public eye. However, a lack of creative visual representation has made it harder to discuss the importance of NSFW subjects seriously. Unporn is a collection of photography filled with creative innuendo to be used to talk about NSFW content in a Safe for Work setting. The pictures have been used to talk about a variety of subjects regarding sexuality in Elle, Newsweek, and even Playboy. Unporn is currently taking submissions from creatives to help de-stigmatize sex talk on their website.

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