The uneasy intersection of Tradition and Modernity is made all the moreso in a city so invested in its imperial past. Alan Behr recounts the good, the bad and the bewildering witnessed during this year’s event.
A former fruit seller and volunteer soldier, Khosrow Hassanzadeh treats subjects as diverse as the Iran-Iraq war, murdered prostitutes, women in chadors and Iranian wrestlers. Hassanzadeh's multi-layered, humanist works place individuals at the centre of things and examine harsh political realities.
According to period testimonies, Albrecht Dürer's painting drew crowds of visitors from all over Europe while the Emperor Rudolf II was determined to acquire it at any cost. Book Tip! The Life and Art of Albrecht Durer by Erwin Panofsky
An exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem features the works of two major figures in American and African-American art history: Bill Traylor, a draftsman from Alabama, and William Edmondson, a sculptor from Tennessee.
Following the end of the radical phase of the French Revolution, Jacques-Louis David was imprisoned and narrowly escaped the guillotine. The summer show at the Clark Art Institute in the Berkshires of Massachusetts traces the evolution of David's work from 1794, following the Reign of Terror, to his death in exile in 1825.
Kosovar artist Sislej Xhafa targets the power of lawyers in New York and Yugoslav Marina Abramovic re-enacts performance art classics that involve masturbation, crotchless pants and self-mutilation with razor blades.