Visual Art

  • New exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum emphasizes food and all its peculiarities

    New exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum emphasizes food and all its peculiarities

    One of the most appealing aspects of the American Visionary Art Museum has been the way it has democratized art. Here was a museum saying you didn't need art-school credentials to make legitimate art—you could be a prisoner, a mental patient, a homeless person, a retired manual laborer and if your...

  • 'I Never Liked My Name' an essay by Zane Campbell

    'I Never Liked My Name' an essay by Zane Campbell

    I never liked my name: Zane Ronda Campbell. Ronda was a girl’s name. When I was in elementary school the Beach Boys had a hit called, ‘Help Me, Rhonda’. I lived in fear that the other students would find out my middle name and tease me endlessly. Elementary school was stressful enough without that....

  • The State Of The Arts Issue

    The State Of The Arts Issue

    This year's State of the Arts issue focuses on artists who are inclusive, daring, and ahead-of-the-curve—not comfortable sitting on the curve, or even man spreading on the curve, as so much oft-praised art in this city tends to be. In our cover story, “Balti Gurls on the Guerrilla Girls,” Balti...

  • Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter ruminates on the pain of gentrification through mixed media abstraction

    Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter ruminates on the pain of gentrification through mixed media abstraction

    How do you sum up the pervasive, seemingly inescapable system of gentrification by means of abstract visualization? Can any work elicit the violence of gentrification—the lasting impact that loss of community has on already marginalized communities? With her solo show "Occupational Hazards" at...

  • Artist Malcolm Peacock deals with death, swimming, and segregation

    Artist Malcolm Peacock deals with death, swimming, and segregation

    I met with artist Malcolm Peacock at Druid Hill Park—the site of his piece "Let the Sun Set on You," happening this Monday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. sharp—to discuss his work, and we could not stop talking about death. Earlier this year, in his final undergrad semester at VCU, Malcolm sent a brief, cryptic...

  • A Huey Luv Story: HUEY Brand's Larry Luv makes fly shit for dark days

    A Huey Luv Story: HUEY Brand's Larry Luv makes fly shit for dark days

    You are a square if you're in Baltimore and don't know Larry Luv.Thanks to his addictive Sunny Day parties and the whirlwind of high-energy designs flying out of his Huey Brand flagship store, the Douglass Housing Projects native has crafted a simple yet complex cocktail of innovative fashion and...

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