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kirgiakos · 9 days ago
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Erik Thor Sandberg (American, b. 1975)
"Correspondence", 2021
Oil on panel
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jbginsberg · 27 days ago
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New and creative ideas are necessary if peace is ever to come for Israelis and Palestinians.  
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bookstand · a month ago
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Book shows the folly of painting Mandela as either saint or sellout
Book shows the folly of painting Mandela as either saint or sellout
Nelson Mandela at the commemoration of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre in 1994. Georges MERILLON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images Colin Bundy, University of Oxford and William Beinart, University of Oxford There are two widely available views of Nelson Mandela, the first post-apartheid president of South Africa. The first is a reverential and uncritical celebration of his life and achievements. It…
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supersonicart · a month ago
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Alex Garant’s “Sweet Dreams” at Beinart Gallery.
Currently on view at Beinart Gallery in Victoria, Australia is artist Alex Garant’s solo exhibition, “Sweet Dreams.”
The works represent her wandering mind during the 2020 pandemic and attempt to showcase the up-and-down emotions taking over her imagination in the past few months. Waking up every morning in a haze, longing to remain in a transitional state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep. Knowing that this new reality is hard to believe and confusing, living every day as a separate capsule. Every day as its own story. Every day as its sole moment.
They serve as a transitional phase from her familiar duplication of elements to almost abstract, more complex compositions.
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beautifulbizarremagazine · 2 months ago
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Ever wanted one of these magical works but didn't have the room for such a large painting? This new piece by @annejuulchristophersen, "Lightbringers II" is a smaller version of her usual creations. Better yet, "Lightbringers II" will be exhibiting in @beinartgallery's upcoming exhibition Small Works 2021 which opens on May 22nd, 6 - 9pm. Contact the gallery if you would like to join the opening! Small Works 2021 is on view from May 23rd - June 13th, 2021. ... posted on Instagram - https://instagr.am/p/CNwIcLBs58T/
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iwant-bread · 3 months ago
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And I have hands And I have feet I'll never die I am a freak You'll never get to see What in the name of god can I be?
Eighth Wonder, Lemon Demon
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credit to the artist: Jon Beinart (“Toddlerpedes”)
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eretzyisrael · 3 months ago
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The net effect, states the report, “is an overarching message, woven into the fabric of NYT coverage, of Israeli fault and responsibility for the conflict.”
Two of the authors of that study, senior CAMERA analysts Ricki Hollander and Gilead Ini, explained the paper’s tactics: “Without employing the type of crude incitement against Israelis that is rampant in Palestinian society, the NYT poisons the public’s mind against Israel by shaping the perception of the Jewish state as responsible for many, if not most, of the region’s ills.”
It achieves this, the paper states, by employing “double standards in reporting about Israel versus her enemies and recounting only half the story.” In this manner, the authors explain, the Times “sanitizes the role of Israel’s adversaries, including terrorist organizations, and obsessively indicts Israel at every turn.”
In April 2019, the Times’s coverage of Israel turned into naked and open anti-Semitism. The paper published a cartoon of U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with the latter portrayed as a guide dog with a Star of David on his collar, leading a blind, skullcap-sporting Trump. Only after massive outrage did the NYT apologize for an image, which “included anti-Semitic tropes,” calling its publication an “error of judgment.”
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plitnick · 4 months ago
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Occupied Thoughts: Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics – Marc Lamont Hill & Mitchell Plitnick with Peter Beinart
Occupied Thoughts: Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics – Marc Lamont Hill & Mitchell Plitnick with Peter Beinart
With the release of  our book, Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics, coming up on February 16, Marc Lamont Hill and I are doing some interviews, discussing the book as well as the overall situation in Israel-Palestine and U.S. policy regarding it. Marc and I spoke with Peter Beinart, a Non-Resident Fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace. Peter’s own work has many…
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beamishthing · 4 months ago
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Adrian Cox - Lights in the Forest
“The paintings of Adrian Cox chronicle the lives of the Border Creatures, a group of hybrid beings that live in the verdant wilderness of the Borderlands. This personal mythology draws on myriad references and blends elements of art history, science fiction, mythic archetypes and Cox’s experience growing up in a closeted queer family. His works challenge how we define the monstrous and “the other” and propose a reconsideration of the categories of the natural and the transgressive. These overarching themes are grounded in the lives of recurring characters and play out in the actions of those that wander the Borderlands.
“In Cox's mythology, the Border Creatures exist in symbiotic harmony with the natural world. These gentle creatures are antagonised by the Specters, spirits of blue energy that casually burn the landscape that they walk upon. When these spirits first appeared, the destruction that they brought to the ecosystem of the Borderlands drove the creatures into hiding. The Border Creatures eventually triumphed over the Specters when Healer, the leader of the creatures, transformed many of the Specters into rainbow-hued Spectral Witnesses. Although a tense truce now holds between these groups, the residents of the Borderlands prepare for an inevitable return to strife. The paintings in this exhibition follow the blue Specters, rainbow Witnesses and Border Creatures as they navigate a world fraught with conflict, danger and uncertainty. In spite of their obstacles, these characters manage to find hope in the beauty of the natural world and the spiritual bonds of community.”
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eretzyisrael · 6 months ago
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Put that way, the harm, as well as the denial of Jewish rights and history that are part of their agenda, is clear. But when you state your case, no matter how awful its goal, in the language of progressives, you are on the same wavelength of a Jewish community that prioritizes the universalist element of Jewish identity over its parochial elements. Speaking up for a Jewish state can sound vaguely racist to young progressive ears, especially when they are—as is the case with so many American Jews—ignorant about the conflict and most of Jewish history except for basic knowledge about the Holocaust. In a largely assimilated community, the sense of Jewish peoplehood that previous generations took for granted is now very much up for grabs.
Equally important is the need for us not to underestimate the way academia can influence other sectors of society. Not long ago, the sort of “cancel culture” in which those who questioned critical race theory and radical notions about history were silenced was only something that happened on college campuses. But as we’ve learned this year, the leap from such outrages being solely a way to protect hypersensitive and intolerant college students from hearing opposing views has gone mainstream.
Similarly, hatred for Israel and anti-Zionism used to be a marginal phenomenon that was rarely heard in mainstream media. But Beinart now preaches Israel’s elimination on the opinion pages of the Times and on CNN. He’s far from alone in that respect. And people like Tlaib and her colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who might have been canceled and shunned by respectable media outlets for their trafficking in anti-Semitic tropes about the dual loyalty of American Jews and buying American legislators in Congress to lobby for Israel, as well as support for BDS, are welcomed everywhere and treated as their party’s rock stars rather than the hatemongers they are.
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eretzyisrael · 7 months ago
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It appears that Jews are the only minority group in the US who are frequently the subject of panels by non-Jews explaining to Jews what they suffer in terms of antisemitism. No other minority group is so often subjected to panels where they aren’t allowed to participate in defining their own suffering. This comes amid attacks on Jews in the US in which Jews have been called “white Jews” and an increasingly toxic debate trying to make Jews feel uncomfortable in progressive spaces, which argue that their suffering – such as swastikas spray-painted on synagogues – is not part of the wider intersectional struggle against racism. The targeting of Jews includes arguments that Jews of color are not actually Jewish but “Palestinian,” assertions that Jews from Europe are “white” and that Jews don’t suffer systemic racism the way Muslims do. Groups devoted to some left-leaning causes have been accused of being infiltrated by leaders who accuse Jews of being responsible for the “slave trade.” The same voices that tell Jews they are not welcome, then turn around and claim Jews are not permitted to define their own antisemitism and that accusations of antisemitism are used “against” progressive groups. This dovetails with a similar controversy in the UK where numerous far-left voices were accused of vile antisemitism, including a popular Facebook group in which Holocaust denial was documented. The group included members from the Labour Party who were then suspended from the party.  
Overall the existence of these kinds of panels do not exist for other minority groups, dismissing anti-Black racism, for instance, as merely a political tool. For instance, discussions about how anti-Black racism continues to exist within progressive circles is not dismissed, but rather these concerns are listened to and addressed. When it comes to antisemitism, panels are created with non-Jews to tell Jews what antisemitism is. In a world in the US where people have become used to critiquing all-male panels for not including women, it is interesting that the same progressives created a panel of non-Jews to tell Jews what they suffer and not include a spectrum of Jewish voices.  
It appears that when it comes to Israel, this is the only example of a country of a people in which hatred of the country is excused as not being linked to hatred of the people in it. For instance, there are no panels composed of activists who say that China shouldn’t exist but then claiming not to be anti-Chinese, or panels claiming that Turkey shouldn’t exist as a country but claiming to not be anti-Turkish. Only in the case of Israel is the theory put forward that objection to Israel’s existence is not linked to anti-Jewish views.  
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beautifulbizarremagazine · 9 months ago
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@viveros_brand' solo show, "Apocalypse" is opening on Sep 5th at @beinartgallery. You can sign up for the online preview via the link in Beinart Gallery's bio.⁣ .⁣ 'Viveros began this series just before COVID-19 hit; at that time, he was working on the first piece, coincidentally entitled ‘Changes'. Roughly a week later, the world as we knew it had changed. That time was very stressful for Viveros: his wife works in a hospital, and he lost his dog, Lola, in March. He didn’t feel sure of anything at that point. He continued to create while quarantined but felt the weight of the pandemic; visions of an apocalypse were reoccurring in his mind, so that became the title for this show. He started exploring new themes and going with whatever hit him at the time. The work became very personal and came together in a way he is proud of. He considers this one of his most memorable and powerful series to date.'⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ posted on Instagram - https://instagr.am/p/CEs4IhGoIjL/
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mikhalsarah · 10 months ago
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This is the most depressing “defense” of a liberal by a liberal in I don’t know how long.
Police unions lead the conservative pillory project against anyone standing for oversight on police and respect for suspects’ rights because it’s not in their interests that the police have oversight or that suspects have rights respected...does it magically become slightly more in their interests when a white man says it, than when a Black/South Asian woman does? I can’t fathom how...
The essential message here is that it’s so very hard to be a Black-identified female that it’s sorta ok for anyone who is, no matter how otherwise privileged, to be an ambitious political opportunist who cares more about getting re-elected than about the values they claim to stand for. For a politician to be so is certainly nothing new, but the idea that people should not criticize politicians much for it if they happen to be the wrong colour or gender because “it’s a problem with the system and its racism” is quite new and dangerous, not least because we are essentially caring more about how “unfair” life is to an educated wealthy person because they might not get re-elected, or might get their feelings hurt, than about the people down at the fucking bottom of the dog pile who might get executed or spend decades in prisons for crimes they didn’t commit. “She did what she had to” sounds an awful lot like, “I only did what I was ordered to do”. Except, of course, she didn’t have to do anything. Nobody had a gun to her head, she chose to do it to fulfil her own vaulting ambitions.
And I’m sorry but all that, “but then she wouldn’t be in a position to do so much good as VP in a few months!” is so much bizarre quasi-fascist garbage like Saruman trying to tempt Gandalf into joining with Mordor on the grounds that at some hypothetical point in the future they might “come to direct it’s courses”. Sorry, I’m not “Woke” or morally compromised, I’m Jewish. I may suck at it, but I’m still good enough at it to not hold with the idea of permitting evil now for the sake of some hypothetical good in the future. A good which is by no means certain. First Biden has to win, after all (which is possible)...then Kamala Harris (along with Biden) has to decide doing right is more important than getting a second term, and then there’s the prospect of becoming “the first African-American female president” which two terms as VP might set you up to be tempted by (so I am not holding my breath but who knows, maybe she’ll do a little of that hypothetical good in her final term as POTUS, 12-16 years from now.) 
If we’re going to be hypothetical about things, what if Kamala Harris had never made it so far as an election and instead some other candidate with actual moral backbone had been run and now THAT exemplary candidate was just chosen for VP? Would it be just awful if that exemplary candidate happened to be a man and a WASP? Or perhaps she herself, having stood her ground and earned some grudging respect, might have won later on? Or some other worthy minority candidate?
But, as C.S. Lewis put it, “nobody is ever told what might have been”. You ultimately can’t run life based on hypothetical things that might have been or on hypothetical goods that might appear. You make the best choice you can based on the existing evidence and the likely trajectory it shows. A lifetime of opportunism and ambition does not suggest much to me by way of upward moral mobility so I’m gruntled not to be facing this choice as a voter, which resembles the choice I gave to a preschooler who doesn’t like art smocks this morning...do you want the green smock, or the red smock? (Because you’re wearing a smock or you don’t get to paint.)
This is part of the longstanding trope that “the problem is really racism” and all the wars, profiteering and predatory capitalism would stop if only we had more diversity at the top, because self-evidently BIPOC and female people educated and wealthy enough to run for public office would vote totally differently on the issues than educated and wealthy whites and men.
Do they though? I’m still waiting for it to happen.
And wasn’t that the god-damn point of all the diversity we were trying to get into government, that it was going to smash the patriarchy and white-supremacy and the good old boys’ mutual back-scratching club? And here’s Beinart come along to tell us that it’s actually working the exact opposite way and that all our diverse candidates are way too shit-scared of not getting elected to have more morals than the old white men they’re replacing. This is like Wile E. Coyote sent away for the ACME Social Justice Kit and it’s now blowing up in his face. 
What was it, “They can’t afford to have Bernie Sanders’ moral purity”? Why, because it’s such a cake walk being a Jewish socialist starting your political career during the Evangelical “Moral Majority” and Reagan cold-war years? And then running as an Independent in what has long been considered an unbreakable two-party system? Not even Bernie Sanders can afford Bernie Sanders’ moral purity...which is why the Dems didn’t run him against Trump when they should have...yet he still has it, and seems to mysteriously prefer sleeping well at night to whoring himself out for a few shekels and an office where ordering new carpets requires calculations involving Pi.
And the loss of that election was basically guaranteed by the fact that the Dems were all pissing about with identity politics trying to get a *vagina into the presidency even if it lost them the election. Which it did, so thus pissed away all the hypothetical good having a female president might have done, which was only ever going to be symbolic anyway. Clearly they have learned absolutely bobkes from that. *And yes, when the only thing you really care about is the genitalia of the person you’re trying to get into office, you’re no longer running a woman (a person who happens to have a vagina) you’re running a vagina.
This all reminds me of my annoyingly sanctimonious sister. She natters on and on about how many tenured professors are BIPOC and then looks at me aghast when I say I don’t actually give a shit how many educated and wealthy BIPOC people get bit more wealthy and secure. I care more about how many people can’t eat and pay their rent, or can’t afford their utility bills and are getting their power and water shut off. I care about people worse off than I am, not better off.  The toejam in the toe-cleavage peeping out of Kamala Harris’ pumps is more privileged than I will ever be, (and I’m not so badly off at the moment) and more privileged than 99% of the U.S. populace, so the idea that she needs a horde of people rushing to her defense is patently absurd. If she didn’t get chosen for VP what...she’d be so oppressed she’ll be living out of a rusted hatchback by next week???
 This entire drama of the Biden running mate has basically been “which woman of colour should Biden choose to best capture the vote” as opposed to “which of the available candidates is the best possible choice to achieve our progressive goals” and that’s a bit horrifyingly Orwellian.I It’s like a sort of trophy-wife...which one will bring me the most prestige and help me “win” at life. And, echoing my earlier comments, there’s something distinctly disturbing about the degree of emphasis on choosing a racialized woman. I’m not sure how electing a vagina with more melanin to office is an improvement over electing vaginas in general. Women have been complaining for decades about the tendency of some men to view them as disembodied sexual parts. How did it become something progressive women now cheer about? Whereas if he’d said, “All other things being equal, I intend to chose a running mate that will best embody the Democrats’ commitment to diversity and better proportional representation.”, I would not be feeling like women and minorities were just being added to the ticket to make up numbers, like goods in a packing crate; we need 6 of this, and 4 of that...
 If the Dems win are people next going to be discussing which Latinx he needs to appoint to the Senate, and which Indigenous person to the Judiciary and which trans doctor will replace Fauci when he retires? You’re laughing now, but let this sit on the floor awhile and see if the cat licks it up. I was right about the moral trajectory of Israel 15 years ago, something Beinart only discovered this summer, and I feel good about my odds on this prediction. Left unsupervised, these “woke” ideologies will do what all ideologies do, and reach peak stupidity, which will, of course, result in a a wild and reactive attempt to correct for them by rejecting everything about them. The only thing stopping that is for people to look at them critically now and correct for extremism and ideological blind spots before an iconoclastic paraxysm. I’m not societies great hope here...I’m just a woman with a tumblr adding my two cents to the critical mass needed to do that. 
I happen to heartily endorse more types of people getting into government who currently are kept out, just not at the cost of *good government itself, and not based on the laughable premise that a room full of people all from the same tax brackets, who all went to the same schools, is “diverse”. Honest to God, America should just stop having elections at this point and start mailing out notices to randomly selected citizens. Then they might get actual diversity, as opposed to La Senza diversity, where there’s only one actual bra but hey, it comes in 37 different colours so, hooray for choice.
*whether anything in American (or any) politics resembles actual good government is debatable but we’ve spent the last 4+ years finding out just how much further the GOP can get from the ideal than we’d ever thought it could and Right and Left always mirror each other. To my mind electing and appointing people by identity rather than competence freed from unnecessary stumbling blocks is also a giant leap backward from it.
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