23 political art stories from 2011

0 Posted by - January 1, 2012 - Blog, Design, Installations, Public art, Screen, Sound, Visual art, Word
Washed Up by Alejandro Durán

Washed Up by Alejandro Durán

The New Year is officially upon us, but we want to take one last opportunity to look in the rear view mirror. Here are 23 of our favourite stories and projects that took place in the world of political art in 2011.

Do you have any personal picks that we didn’t cover? Let us know in the comments below.

Visual Arts

Litter made lovely: Washed Up by Alejandro Durán
The deserted but beautiful homes of Detroit: Kevin Bauman’s 100 Abandoned Houses
Michael Caines’ depictions of US leaders are sincere yet ridiculous
Engaged devotion and care: the terrariums of Paula Hayes
The things they carried: photographer Brian Howell explores shopping cart culture
Politics play prominently at the 54th Venice Biennale
Althea Thauberger’s photo mural speaks of Vancouver’s darkness

Film & Interactive

Unsettling the settlers: an interview with Israel vs. Israel director Terje Carlsson
10 documentary films on capitalism and economics
The beauty and agony of home: God’s Lake Narrows artist Kevin Lee Burton
Hot Docs wrestles with the politics and popularity of documentary
Ad nauseam: Morgan Spurlock cashes in on commercialism
Multiculturalism, outcasts and superheroes: a survey of docs that explore education

Music & Audio

Will Justin Bieber boycott Israel?
George Orwell’s 80s remix: themes of surveillance and censorship sounded out in Frakture
MC Emrical warns police and politicians on the anniversary of Fredy Villanueva’s death
New old school: Rebel Diaz Arts Collective brings back NYC hip-hop
Tapping into the treasures of fictional truths: an interview with Jonathan Goldstein

Books

New Orleans and the culture of resistance: interview with Floodlines author Jordan Flaherty
Wafaa Bilal: a portrait of an Iraqi artist in a time of war
Paying for it: A review of the comics prostitution memoir by Chester Brown
Stealing to save the world: Kenk is a dark graphic novel about Toronto’s notorious bike thief
Understanding the Crash illustrates resistance to capitalism

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