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Triệu Thị Trinh

Around the same time that tales of Jesus were starting to be spread through the Middle East, two Vietnamese sisters were kicking butt, leading a revolt against the Chinese oppression of their country. It all started when Trung Trac fell in love and married a man named Thi Sach. The Chinese rulers of Vietnam were making assimilation into their way of life mandatory and when Thi Sach took a stand against the repression of his culture, he was executed. His death was supposed to be a warning ...

"Folk art of Trieu Thi Trinh depicted as a 9-foot-tall (2.7 m) giantess with pendulous breasts riding upon a huge elephant... After death, Trinh continued haunting the Chinese general and forced him to defend by drawing one hundred penises and hanging them over the door."

Harriet Whitney Frishmuth, (American, 1880–1980). The Vine, 1921; revised 1923; this cast, 1924. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1927 (27.66) #dance | In the early twentieth century, sculptures of dancing women were produced in great numbers, inspired in part by the success of dancers Isadora Duncan, Loïe Fuller, and Anna Pavlova. Frishmuth often turned to dancers for her sculptural themes and employed them to pose for her with musical accompaniment.

Ballet Stretch - Joffrey Ballet by Gina Uhlmann, via Flickr

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae rehearsing Metamorphosis: Titian 2012


Amanda Loh

Japanese woodblock print postcard - Butterfly Obi 1945


by Alfred Eisenstaedt: Future Ballerinas of the American Ballet Theater by Alfred Eisenstaedt

Bronze statuette of a solar deity Period: Hellenistic Date: 3rd–2nd century B.C. Culture: Etruscan


just dance

Mary Sibande, a South African artist, is one of the sharpest visual critics I’ve seen in a long time. In her latest series, “Long Live the Dead Queen,” she takes a look at a popular, persistent portrayal of black women in South African society — as the ever faithful maid — and then subverts those images in gloriously stunning ways. The images are featured on billboards and sides of buildings as large murals throughout Johannesburg. Sibande originally sculpted the figures, then took photos of...

Forced perspective...