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Steed Taylor

Posted on October 16, 2013 by in Gallery

Artist Steed Taylor has long been tying communities together with public art in the form of his Road Tattoos. Streets in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Hartford, Connecticut, among other cities, have been graced with large-scale inkings of public space that interlace memorial and ritual in a culturally specific knot design. Recently, he was asked to [...]

Postcards from the Edge

Posted on October 11, 2013 by in Noteworthy

The sixteenth annual Postcards from the Edge benefit is not taking place until January 17–19, 2014, but organizers at Visual AIDS are already putting the call out to artists and art-lovers alike. As Visual AIDS’ first annual benefit event every year, Postcards from the Edge gives artists a chance to contribute an original postcard-sized work [...]

Solis

Posted on September 11, 2013 by in Gallery

Re/Purpose Mixed-media artist Solis combines Ppstmodern and precolonial influences to imagine a better world by Brent Calderwood San Francisco artist Solis has been making and showing his work since 2009. Born and raised in California’s Salinas Valley (John Steinbeck, another Salinas native, described the agricultural region in several of his novels), Solis’s work reveals a [...]

I, You, We

Posted on August 5, 2013 by in Noteworthy

You still have a chance to see a stunning, stirring exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Culled from the museum’s permanent collection and organized by Whitney curator David Kiehl, “I, You, We” assembles paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs from the 1980s and early 1990s that put into play [...]

Héctor Toscano

Posted on July 17, 2013 by in Gallery

The Artist’s Voice In his words as well as his art, Héctor Toscano reveals what makes him tick, what ticks him off, and how he Learned to be comfortable in his own skin by Chip Alfred Héctor Toscano is a man who’s difficult to define. Is he an artist? A poet? A philosopher? Or maybe [...]

Graphic Gift

Posted on May 25, 2012 by in Noteworthy

The Wolfsonian–Florida International University (FIU) in Miami Beach, Florida, is the recipient of a recent donation of over 3,600 AIDS-themed posters created between 1985 and 2010. Amassed from over eighty countries, including Australia, Zimbabwe, Cuba, India, and the United States, the significant collection of posters will enhance The Wolfsonian’s growing holdings on health and hygiene. [...]

Remembering Chris Companik

Posted on May 24, 2012 by in Noteworthy

Illustrator and comic strip writer Chris Companik died from AIDS-related complications on March 23. Chris held his memories dear. In our back-and-forth correspondence, since A&U started running his established strip, “HIV + Me” in 2003, the Chicago-born “Chrisco,” as his friends called him, would often share a memory of running into this or that celebrity [...]

Richard Haines

Posted on May 23, 2012 by in Gallery

Art Belongs to Us Fashion Blogger Richard Haines Talks to Lester Strong About the Consolations of Beauty and Art in the Age of AIDS Visit the fashion capitals of the world—New York, Paris, or Milan, for example—during their fashion weeks and you may well find fashion illustrator extraordinaire Richard Haines hard at work sketching the [...]

All the Way Through Evening

Posted on May 21, 2012 by in Music, Dance & Theater, The Arts

Enchanted Evening Through Music and Composers Who Created It, a New Film Tells the Story of the AIDS Crisis by Chip Alfred It began with a chance meeting between two of the most unlikely collaborators. When eccentric seventy-something New York pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe met exuberant twenty-something Australian filmmaker Rohan Spong, their futures were about to [...]

Radiant Artist

Posted on May 4, 2012 by in Flashback

May 4 marks the birthday of Keith Haring, one of the most prolific and popular artists to take on AIDS awareness. In 2008, Lester Strong wrote about Haring’s work and a new book on the artist that had been recently published. A New Book Celebrates the Art and Life of AIDS Acivist Keith Haring by Lester [...]