Current issues in art history

A self-shredding artwork, gender and art, the destruction and looting of cultural treasures. This section introduces some of today's issues in art history.

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The Art Market and taxes
The Art Market and taxes

The art market is one of the many ways rich people game the system to save billions of dollars in taxes each year.

Cultural heritage “in crisis”
Cultural heritage “in crisis”

The word “crisis” suggests a temporary problem—but destruction and loss of cultural heritage is an ongoing issue.

Why Do Corporations Buy Art?
Why Do Corporations Buy Art?

Corporate lobbies and board rooms are often graced with impressive art, but why?

The $150,000 Banana
The $150,000 Banana

Artist Maurizio Cattelan duct taped a banana to a wall. Why did it capture our attention, curiosity, and memes? What does it mean?

How Climate Changes Art
How Climate Changes Art

Throughout history, art has helped reveal the climate around us and highlight our fragile relationship to it.

Should Art Be Publicly Funded?
Should Art Be Publicly Funded?

In 2018, .004% of the US budget went to the National Endowment for the Arts.

What does art tell us about gender?
What does art tell us about gender?

There is a huge range of ways that gender has been understood and represented in the history of art.

What does resistance look like?
What does resistance look like?

Resistance isn't always visible, but when we can see it in art, what does it look like?

Behind the Banksy Stunt
Behind the Banksy Stunt

What are we to make of an artist who shreds his work right after selling it?

Art about Migration
Art about Migration

Migration is central to human experience.

Trending artists
Trending artists

Have you heard of Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentilschi? Find out why her popularity, and that of other artists, has risen dramatically since the 1970s.

The case for nudity
The case for nudity

The nude has been celebrated but also censored. What's wrong with seeing the unclothed human body?

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