Obscenity and Profanity

John McWhorter Takes a Serious Look at Profanity

3 days ago   |   NY Times

In “Nine Nasty Words,” McWhorter explains that offensive language depends on time, place and history.
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Francisco Goya, Spanish painter of the light and the dark parts of the human soul

Francisco Goya, Spanish painter of the light and the dark parts of the human soul

1 month ago   |   Chez Namaste Nancy

The Clothed Maja The Naked Maja La Maja Desnuda has been described as "the first totally profane life-size female nude in Western art" without pretense to allegorical or...
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How ‘Lolita' Escaped Obscenity Laws and Cancel Culture

2 monthes ago   |   NY Times

Emily Mortimer, who grew up with a prominent free-speech advocate before becoming an actress and screenwriter, has some ideas.
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Why A $450 Million Painting Attributed To Leonardo Da Vinci Worries Art Historians

Why A $450 Million Painting Attributed To Leonardo Da Vinci Worries Art Historians

4 monthes ago   |   Huffington Post

The artwork has been hotly debated for years, but its sale signals one thing absolutely: a "very unequal, even obscene distribution of wealth in the world."
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Agnolo Bronzino. Painter to the Medici & the elite of 16th century Florence

Agnolo Bronzino. Painter to the Medici & the elite of 16th century Florence

5 monthes ago   |   Chez Namaste Nancy

Poet Laura Battiferi of Urbino, Rome, and Florence, painted in 1560 holding a book of Petrarch's sonnets, by Agnolo Bronzino. Agnolo Bronzino's was the man to hire for a power...
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Cardi B's ‘WAP' Proves Music's Dirty Secret: Censorship Is Good Business

6 monthes ago   |   NY Times

Scandalized parents and politicians ushered in warning labels in the 1980s. Now making clean versions of explicit songs means taking advantage of every possible revenue stream.
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Uncouth, Cranky and Rude: Movies in 1988 Were a Far Cry From Today

7 monthes ago   |   NY Times

In films like “Die Hard,” “Cocktail” and “A Fish Called Wanda,” characters were loud, obscene, neurotic and mean. Now the edges are razored off.
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A less than perfect democracy that is still a great success story

8 monthes ago   |   Happy Catholic

We must remember that America is still a great success story. When we criticize-as criticize we must-we should play the part of what James Madison called a "loving critic...
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What Is Sacred Space?

What Is Sacred Space?

10 monthes ago   |   Arch Daily

Church of Light, Japan. Architect: Tadao Ando. Image © Buou We are in an unholy mess. It is a pandemic, with insane politics, and centuries of hideous racial injustice...
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Edgar Jerins: Photographing the Locked-Down City of New York

Edgar Jerins: Photographing the Locked-Down City of New York

11 monthes ago   |   Arch Daily

46th Street, New York City, 6:00 p.m, May 28, 2020.. Image © Edgar Jerins This article was originally published on Common Edge. New York City: locked down, empty. It was...
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Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott is one of forty sculptors selected for on form 18, a biennial exhibition of sculpture in stone at Asthall Manor in the Cotswolds. She joins world renowned and... Read more ...

On The Sunny Side

On The Sunny Side

Saturday Leftover Day. Tom Sims was a comic strip writer who is known for little else than his stint as a writer on The Thimble Theater, the strip that was known for... Read more ...

"Green Roof"

"Green Roof"

This is my demo painting I did two days ago for my One-Day Zoom Workshop. It was another successful one. The feedbacks from my 3 Zoom workshops so far have approved that using... Read more ...

Gorgeous Sunset With Magical Statues Of Easter Island Chile Watercolor

Gorgeous Sunset With Magical Statues Of Easter Island Chile Watercolor

I was always fascinated by monumental statues of Easter Island, Chile. Here is the watercolor painting of a gorgeous sunset on Easter Island with their Moai Stones. This... Read more ...

The Art Party Circuit Comes Roaring Back at Frieze New York

But even Michael R. Bloomberg, whose name graces the building, got stuck outside the Shed until he provided the proper Covid documentation. Read more ...

Got Masks? Here's What to Do With Them

As more people are vaccinated and guidelines around mask wearing are easing, some are finding ways to preserve, repurpose and recycle their face coverings. Read more ...

Jake Tapper's Hero Is Embedded With the Rat Pack, Hoping to Catch a Rat

Tapper's new thriller, “The Devil May Dance,” plumbs the connections among Hollywood, the Mafia and the Kennedy administration. Read more ...

Trying to Imagine Post-Pandemic Life? Virginia Woolf and Toni Morrison Can Help

“To the Lighthouse” and “Beloved” suggest how to envision a world we might actually want to re-enter. Read more ...

Making a Collagraph from Mat Board with Acrylic Gloss Varnish

Making a Collagraph from Mat Board with Acrylic Gloss Varnish

This is a post from Belinda Del Pesco's Art Blog Belinda Del Pesco . Acrylic Gloss Varnish Sealer on Mat Board Collagraphs When you make a collagraph plate from mat board , the... Read more ...

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More experiments with reduction printing

More experiments with reduction printing

This is a 7 color reduction linocut print on japanese mulberry paper, roughly 9 x 11 in size. Below are each of the different colors as they were printed. Read more ...