An exhibition that questions American identity, ‘The Knife Angel’ is back in Wales, and works of art made from single-use plastics

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"Flag" by Jasper Johns (1967)

A SUMMARY OF THE MOST EXCITING ART NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

While we focus on Indian art, we can’t obviously function in a vacuum. It’s a small world and everything is connected, especially on the web. So, let’s train our spotlight across the world map to see what’s going on — from art trends to socio-political issues to everything that affects the great aesthetic global consciousness. Or, let’s just travel the world and have some fun! 

‘This is not America’- An exhibition that questions the American identity

Alfredo Jaar, A Logo for America

 A new exhibition at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, titled “This is Not America’s Flag,” is displaying a series of works centered on the American flag, questioning what it means to be American today. Conceived during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, staff began work on the exhibition remotely in 2020 as protests erupted following the murder of George Floyd and the deaths of other Black Americans at the hands of police. With demonstrations happening just blocks from the museum, Broad curator and exhibition manager Sarah Loyer said she was motivated “to be more responsive to that moment and what was happening in our city and our nation and around the world.” CNN has the entire story. 

‘The Knife Angel on display in Wales again’

A giant sculpture made of more than 100,000 knives has gone on show again in Wales to promote “widespread intolerance to violent behaviour”. Wales has seen a 105% increase in knife crime over the past decade, according to Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn. The 27ft (8.2m) Knife Angel is on display at Llys y Brenin in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. Mr Llywelyn said it was a “reminder of the devastating impact of knife crime”. The sculpture has been made using knives surrendered or confiscated by police, including some from the Dyfed-Powys force area. It is known as the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression. BBC has more. 

Jordan-based artist makes works from single-use plastics

Jordan-based artist Maria Nissan is making art form single-use plastics to public awareness about the issue. One of her best-known murals graces the side of a building in the capital Amman, a giant work made from more than 2,000 plastic bottles, almost 1,000 shopping bags and over 150 hookah pipe hoses. A US citizen of Iraqi origin, Nissan said she became enchanted with Amman when she first visited three years ago, but also felt “frustration and anger” at the piles of garbage on the streets and in areas of natural beauty. News18 has more on this story. 

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