Sgt Pepper Album Cover Art
by mfaris
09-07-2017

by Michael Faris What makes a good album cover? It’s a weird format, being square, which can be circumvented by a clever artist (by using background tricks to “reformat” it into a rectangle). It should somehow be visually related to the band and the music. It should somehow reflect the zeitgeist of the times or …
Along with Heartfield and Grosz, Hausmann in 1920 helped organize the First International Dada Fair
by mfaris
05-07-2017

By Michael Faris The photomontage artist John Heartfield is best known for his very public artworks that belittled and disparaged the actions of the Nazi party in 1930s Germany. As a poster fabricator and artist for AIZ magazine, his anti-Nazi artwork was seen by thousands of Europeans. He was considered a public enemy by the …
George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, John Lennon
by mfaris
21-06-2017

By Michael Faris Stu Sutcliffe was one of the original members of the Beatles and a talented Abstract Expressionist artist. A friend of John Lennon from art school, he became the bass player for the new band, then known as the Silver Beatles. He eventually quit the band in 1961 to continue his career as …
Death of Cleopatra Sculpture Feature
by mfaris
13-06-2017

by Michael Faris The story of Cleopatra (69-30 BCE) is certainly a dramatic one. She was the Queen of Egypt from 51 to 30 BCE, and one of the most significant people of her time. Her tragic and unusual death made her even more famous, and she is still one of the most prominent historical …
Valerie Solanas
by mfaris
07-06-2017

Three days before she shot Andy Warhol, Valerie Solanas asked author Paul Krassner for some money. He loaned her $50, which he later speculated might have been used to buy the pistol that was used in the shooting. Solanas had been one of the many people who were active in the drug lifestyle of 1960s …
Aaron Douglas, From Slavery through Reconstruction, 1934
by mfaris
29-05-2017

Aaron Douglas (May 26, 1899-February 3, 1979) was a painter and art instructor. Douglas was a leading artistic member of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s. His artworks often contain Afrocentric imagery and address issues related to racial issues in the United States. Douglas was born in Topeka, Kansas. He received a BFA …
Indoctrination by Michael Faris
by mfaris
22-05-2017

Censorship of artwork has been happening for centuries. This type of suppression is destructive and unnecessary. Here are some aspects of censorship to consider as it relates to visual art. The people who want to censor artwork, or literature, or clothing, or anything else, often do so under the pretense of acting out of a …