'My emotions were so raw': The people creating art to remember George Floyd
- It also features the names of other African Americans who have been killed by the police, including 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot in March, in her Louisville home.
- Thirty-three-year-old Shirien Damra says she is relatively new to Instagram, but her memorial image dedicated to George Floyd, "Justice for George," has already received over three million likes since she posted it the day after Floyd was killed.
- Damra works as a freelance designer for social justice organizations and has created similar memorial illustrations, including ones for Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed by two men in May while jogging near his home in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor.
- Smith, who has created other memorial images, such as one for Michael Brown, a black teenager who was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson six years ago in Missouri, said that making this type of art can be difficult.
Christo, artist who wrapped the Reichstag, dies aged 84
- The artist Christo, known for wrapping buildings including Berlin’s Reichstag, and also swathing areas of coast and entire islands in fabric, has died aged 84.
- The couple went on to create large-scale works which often involved swathing vast natural monuments in fabric, aligning them to the American land artists of the early 70s, who created vast artworks in the desert.
- In 1969, Christo and Jean-Claude (as Christo billed their works after his wife’s death) embarked on Wrapped Coast, which involved shrouding the coast and cliffs of Little Bay in Sydney, Australia, in grey fabric, to create what was the largest single artwork of the time.
- By the 80s, Christo and Jean-Claude’s ambitions and reputation had grown to the extent that they were able to pull off projects including surrounding 11 islands in Miami’s Biscayne Bay with bright-pink floating polypropylene fabric, and wrapping Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, after the then-mayor Jacques Chirac gave his permission.
Taylor Swift calls out Trump over Minnesota tweet
- Trump's tweet came as protests erupted in Minneapolis in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was heard on video saying he couldn't breathe as a white police officer pinned him down with his knee.
- Twitter said Trump and the White House's official Twitter account, which posted the same message, violated the platform's rules against glorifying violence.
- A warning label has been added to both tweets -- the first time such a measure has been taken against the accounts.
- Swift hasn't always gone public with her political opinions.
- In her Netflix documentary, "Miss Americana," the award-winning artist opened up about her regrets over not openly opposing Trump during the 2016 presidential election.
- It wasn't until the 2018 midterms that Swift spoke out with her endorsement of Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn's Senate rival, as well as another Democrat running in Tennessee.
Grimes Wants to Sell You Her Soul - And Honestly, This Is as Asinine as It Sounds
- Grimes, the would-be tortured artiste, wants to sell her soul for $10 million.
- While we certainly can all agree that the baby mama of a billionaire can live the high life if she so wishes, her “tortured artiste” shtick falls flat when casting in this light.
- But her attempts at depicting herself as a “tortured artiste” in this volatile environment — where political tensions are at an all-time high, where more than 40 million people are wondering where their next paycheck is coming from, and where the sanctity of black lives are being fought for in fire and brimstone — are a little much.
- Grimes isn’t a tortured artiste — she’s the semi-talented baby mama of a billionaire who needs something to do to while away the hours.
Future of political art in Hong Kong uncertain as Beijing tightens grip
- The remnants of the original "Lady Liberty Hong Kong" are currently displayed on the second floor of a small cafe and exhibition space in the city's Sham Shui Po district -- hidden from street view to avoid attracting unwanted attention.
- Hong Kong's unique cultural identity has underpinned the pro-democracy movement's messaging, and has also been communicated visually through art and design.
- In 2017, in one of the Hong Kong's most audacious displays of creative protest, two artists lit up the facade of the International Commerce Center, the city's tallest skyscraper, with a nine-digit clock counting down by the seconds to July 1, 2047.
- Significant events in Hong Kong's recent past, such as last year's protests and the 2014 Umbrella Revolution, are eerily absent in public spaces like the recently reopened Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA), which positions itself as representing the city's "unique cultural legacy" -- despite the proliferation of artworks created in both movements.