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Ai Weiwei’s Neo-Reality

A new documentary film Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case by Andreas Johnsen will be out soon and the poster announcing the film is as provocative as the artists. Thanks to Kellerhouse and Johnsen I reached Ai Weiwei through email with a few questions about art and provocation, and how he felt about this particular interpretive depiction.

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The Human Stain

Chalk wipes off with water or disappears with time. The racist image, however, isn’t as easily erased. It’s a stain — a human stain. The artifacts of institutional racism in the United States are apparent in many vintage advertisements, comic books, cartoons, product packages, board games, novelty toys, picture postcards and every other kind of popular art or entertainment from representation of minstrel shows to radio’s Amos and Andy.

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Rising Sun and the Dogs of War

Wars are fought as much on paper as in the air, on the sea and in the dirt. During World War II the Germans had a slew of army- and navy-derived periodicals, touting the victories and lamenting some defeats. The …

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No один ребенок Left Behind

This 1959 Visual Russian Dictionary for grade schoolers (учащийся) suggest that literacy was more important than ideology, at least in the early years.

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Civil Rights History as Graphic Novel

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, where Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. Artist Nate Powell discusses his work on a new graphic novel that details Congressman John Lewis’ struggle for civil and human rights.

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Lettering in the Butter Dish

At the turn of the century, the French Republic was threatened by a military-church-aristocracy coalition and a huge bureaucratic machine dominated by L’assiette au Beurre or the Butter Dish.

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Vive La Liberation!

Have you wondered what it would be like to have your city liberated from enemy occupation? Those living in 1944 during the liberation de Paris would have had that experience.

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The Mandela Poster Project

Graphic designers in 70 countries created more than 700 posters to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy for The Mandela Poster Project. 95 selected posters are now on display.

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Split Personality Fascism

This cover of Gioventu Fascista, the journal of Mussolini’s Italian Fascist youth organization, was later known for his highly stylized, art deco depictions of the “new youth.”

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“Calling America,” 1939

In light of President Obama’s searingly anguished remarks about race relations and the Trayvon Martin trial on Friday, it is useful to look back at a 1939 issue of Survey Graphic.