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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

Subject: Religion

(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

Self, Colin

Self, Colin (17 July 1941)   Reference library

Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators

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...that humans share an animal-like taste for destruction, he created works such as Leopardskin Nuclear Bomber No. 2 ( 1963 ) and Guard Dog on a Missile Base, No. 1 ( 1965 ) that juxtapose Cold War weaponry with fierce animal aggression. A trip to the USA did nothing to dispel his fears. In Hot Dog Sculpture ( 1965 ), he alluded to the darker side of consumerism. A giant cast polyester resin hotdog, a symbol of a new fast-food culture, appears charred by nuclear warfare. For Self, this sculpture should stand as a reminder of modern values for future...

Yan Peiming

Yan Peiming (1980)   Reference library

Benezit Dictionary of Asian Artists

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...such as in 1988 at the Vauban barracks in Sète or in 1989 at the Musée Greuze in Tournus. At a solo exhibition in Paris in January 1991 he showed only large portraits of Mao, with this brief introduction on the invitation: ‘From his story began my own.’ This was intended to dispel the ambiguity of these portraits, which could easily be perceived as either propaganda or nostalgia, whereas Yan regarded this figure with neither adulation nor hatred. Because Mao's likeness was everywhere when Yan was a child, his face became intimately linked with scenes of...

Gainsborough, Thomas

Gainsborough, Thomas (1727)   Reference library

Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators

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...the works from the exhibition. He subsequently refused to have any further dealings with the Academy. The hostility between Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds, has been much commented upon. However when Reynolds visited him on his deathbed and Gainsborough was at pains to dispel any vestige of enmity between Reynolds and himself. He faced death with commendable equanimity and is reported to have said to Reynolds that the two of them would ‘meet again in Heaven, with Van Dyck for company’. By 1750 , Gainsborough was painting three-quarter-length...

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