Walid Raad’s “Festival of Gratitude” Uses Birthday Cakes to Examine Worldwide Fascism

New platform Artwrld debuts with an incisive project that mock-celebrates tyrants

On 28 July, the same day former and controversial president of Venezuela Hugo Chávez was born, art series Festival of Gratitude launched with decadent birthday cakes for Vladimir Putin, Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and Chavez himself. The mystifying NFT project is the inaugural series from new art platform Artwrld and stems from artist and co-founder of the platform Walid Raad whose performances, installations and photography …

Political Pop Artist Peter Saul’s Powerful “Crime and Punishment” Exhibition at New Museum

More than 60 paintings from 86-year-old artist—and Pop Art progenitor—Peter Saul speak from the walls of New Museum in the retrospective Crime and Punishment. Each, pulled from 50 years of work, offers a societal critique so sharp—but sometimes masked in cartoonish comedy and color—that one might not feel the attack. Through racism and violence, political ineptness and corruption, Saul pokes and prods at public figures …

Artist Hank Willis Thomas + Summit at Sea’s Political Art

Summit Series commissions a politically-charged photo and video site-specific experience

We are in the lead up to one of the most divisive elections in history, and once again Florida happens to be one of the most divided states. It’s there, situated around both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump rallies, one will find a mobile video and photo project by NYC-based artist Hank Willis Thomas—founder of the first ever artist run Super PAC, For Freedoms. Engaging …