New York Times Online is a valuable resource for your teaching. It
comes to your inbox daily and is FREE. Just sign up. I don't seem to
have time to check it every day now - but at least scan for
interesting articles a couple times a week.
Here is one that caught my eye (from June 17):
Headless Bodies From a Bottomless Imagination
By DEBORAH SONTAG
>> Yinka Shonibare, the British-Nigerian conceptual artist, continues to challenge assumptions and stereotypes.
Yinka is paralyzed - but comes up with these ideas for truly amazing
works. Various artists complete the works. Article has an audio slide
show (some great stuff!) and a video from ART 21.
This made me smile (from the article):
>> One day his tutor confronted him . “Why are you making work about Perestroika?” the tutor, a white Briton, asked. “You are African, aren’t you? Why don’t you make authentic African art?”
At first Mr. Shonibare was taken aback. “I tried to figure out what he
meant by authentic African art,” he said. “I didn’t know how to be
authentic. What would I do if I was being authentic?”
....... Right then, Mr. Shonibare said, he found his artistic raison
d’être. “I realized what I’d really have to deal with was the
construction of stereotypes, and that’s what my work would be about.”
Gemlike Paintings, Set Free From Words
By KAREN ROSENBERG
Illustrated pages removed from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts
are given new life in a show at the Morgan Library & Museum.
Includes slide show - published June 18, 2009
Lots of good stuff! - check other multi-media features (linked on Art
and Design Index).
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