The Light From a Dark Year: Revisiting Our Favorite Artists of 2016
These artists are proof that creativity flourishes during periods of turmoil. When reality failed us, we turned to them for both inspiration and sanity in 2016.
"Racquel Is All I Need," 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
This year, Broadly interviewed an array of inspiring artists. From incarcerated members of the LGBTQ community illustrating to a refugee woman recreating images of the Iraq war, we've been honored to showcase these incredible intersectional artists.
In honor of the New Year, we've compiled some of our favorite stories that highlight artists, curators, photographers, illustrators, and other art innovators who provided some much needed creative light in what was a very dark year.
Drawing inspiration from her childhood in the 1970s as well as the full scope of Western and African art, Thomas uses painting, photography, collage, and video to demand her glamorous, assertive subjects be seen.
In a new exhibition, prisoners ask people on the outside to envision a world where mass incarceration doesn't exist.
China-born, Brooklyn-residing photographer Hailun Ma is inspired by everything from the Chinese royal family to Cindy Sherman.
Oscar Wilde famously wrote, "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." However, in artist Mellissa Fisher's "Microbial Me," the line between the two is very is hard to define.
We caught up with artist Markus Prime, a graphic illustrator who is using his talents to explore issues of race, class, and representation in his new book, "B.R.U.H."
Marjorie Salvaterra's black-and-white depictions of women combine glamour, humor, and the mundane to make powerful statements about the roles women are expected to play.
Kimberly Drew (a.k.a. @MuseumMammy) doesn't just run the Metropolitan Museum of Art's social media—she's also the woman behind the cult Tumblr, Black Contemporary Art, and a champion of artists.
Melina Papageorgiou's hazy, sun-soaked images from Abu Dhabi don't just challenge stereotypes about Muslim women—they also focus a critical eye on the negativity surrounding the swimwear two-piece.
Scenic artist Karen L. Maness discusses her coffee table book examining the backdrops from "The Wizard of Oz," "North by Northwest," and "The Sound of Music."
The singular work of Hayv Kahraman is influenced by "decorative arts" as much as recent political history—and the combination is as beautiful as it is uncomfortable.
At the Creative Growth Art Center, a professional studio for artists with physical and intellectual disabilities, men and women gather in a shared workspace filled with paint, ceramics, and endless opportunities for creativity and joy.
We talked to the painter Heidi Hahn about how she mines her emotions for her work, failure, and equality both in and beyond the art world.