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“We Are What We Are”: Christian cannibals haunt the backwoods

In an ingenious American remake, a gruesome horror film becomes an indie mood piece on the dangers of religion<p>Rural America is, or once was, practically infested with weird dead-end religions, mostly half-forgotten offshoots of evangelical Protestantism with roots in the Second Great Awakening of …

Amazing Paintings That Combine Art Styles Throughout the Ages [NSFW]

Art history buffs will find plenty of Easter eggs in Cuban-American painter Cesar Santos’ <i>Syncretism</i> series. Combining references to periods as …

The Books that Shaped Art History – review

The essayists are bound by connections in this thrilling account of the history of 20th-century art<p>How strangely comforting it is to learn that a book as important as Roger Fry's <i>Cézanne</i> slipped into the world in less than stellar circumstances. It was first published in 1926 in a French magazine …

The Eight Most Inspiring Mothers in Contemporary Art

Margaret Kilgallen<br>In her short time on Earth, Margaret Kilgallen helped define San Francisco's "Mission School" aesthetic, and subsequently inspired …

What can nostalgia bring to contemporary art?

It is often defined as a kind of cultural malady – but nostalgia can also empower a new generation of artists<p>At the end of August, Monochrome Exhibition opens at Sutton Projects in Fitzroy in Melbourne. Curated by David Homewood, and featuring the work of Helen Johnson, Elizabeth Newman, John Nixon …

100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age by Kelly Grovier – review

This lavish survey recalls some great art of the past 20 years. It is also, like any list, a hostage to fortune<p>It goes without saying that giving a book the title <i>100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age</i> is a hostage to fortune. We lack the necessary perspective when it comes to judging what it is …