Prisoner Art from Guantánamo Bay

In recent weeks, a small art exhibition in New York has raised thorny questions about the link between art and propaganda, creative ownership, and the possibility of judging a work of art irrespective of its creator. Ode to the Sea opened in October 2017 in the gallery of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The exhibition features 36 paintings, drawings and sculptures created in … Continue reading Prisoner Art from Guantánamo Bay

Featured Artist: Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck

Venezuelan multimedia artist Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck has in recent years been bringing the Cold War back into contemporary galleries and international biennials. His eclectic installations incorporate historical documents, media sources and the work of other artists to dissect the role of power and propaganda in artistic narratives after World War II. Balteo Yazbeck’s hybrid practice casts him at once as researcher, archivist, historian and curator. … Continue reading Featured Artist: Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck

Exhibition of the Month: Involuntary Memories

Former US President and devoted Cold Warrior Richard Nixon is the inspiration behind a current exhibition in his home town of Yorba Linda, California. Involuntary Memories is a collection of large-scale pen and ink drawings by American artist Deborah Aschheim, woven together with text drawn from a series of oral interviews. Deborah Aschheim conducted the interviews and produced the illustrations during a 7-month residency at … Continue reading Exhibition of the Month: Involuntary Memories

Featured Artist: Sean Snyder

Sean Snyder is a contemporary American artist living and working in Berlin, Kiev and Tokyo. Acclaimed for his unique ‘research-based’ art, Snyder works predominantly in film and video to explore the role of images in the global circulation of (dis)information. This fascination has repeatedly led him to engage with the politics of images produced during the Cold War. Using montages and cut ups of content … Continue reading Featured Artist: Sean Snyder

Exhibition of the Month: To Warn Other Canadians

In 1959 Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker secretly commissioned the construction of an underground bunker in Ottawa, intended to house key members of the government and military in the event of a nuclear attack. What is now known as the Diefenbunker is today a Cold War museum and has recently hosted its first ever artist-in-residence, Gail Bourgeois. For six months from November 2013 Bourgeois was … Continue reading Exhibition of the Month: To Warn Other Canadians

Exhibition of the Month: D-0 ARK Underground

As part of the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Bosnia and Herzegovina you can currently visit an art exhibition in the unique setting of an atomic bomb shelter inside a mountain. The D-0 ARK Underground project originally opened for 3 months during the previous Biennale in 2011, and this 2nd edition adds the work of 30 artists from 19 countries to the original collection of 40 pieces. Construction of … Continue reading Exhibition of the Month: D-0 ARK Underground