Arts and Culture

Shaun Randol

Vasily Kandinsky achieved the impossible. With careful refinement through a purposefully drawn-out, evolutionary process, the artist methodically developed a way to translate abstract conceptions onto the canvas. Music, the ultimate abstract art form, was his inspiration. In this essay, Shaun Randol reviews The Solomon R. Guggenheim's comprehensive, rich exhibition of Kandinsky's vision and breakthrough achievements.

Nia Hyatt

In major cities they are everywhere and they are nowhere. The homeless are as much a part of the urban portrait as are speeding taxi cabs, camera toting tourists, rushing businessmen and police on patrol, yet passersby prefer to avert their attention rather than look the threadbare in the eyes. They are invisible. Until now. Nia Hyatt reviews The Invisible Man, directed by Arthur Yorinks.  

Ed Hancox

Last Monday, Yahoo pulled the plug on their once-popular GeoCities network.  If you surfed the web in the late 1990s, then you probably visited your share of GeoCities sites, a big part of the reason Yahoo paid $3 billion for GeoCities back in 1999 (GeoCities were once the third most-popular Web destination).  The idea of GeoCities was that individual sites were grouped by theme into virtual “cities” – for example, Wall Street was the “city” for business-themed pages – it was a forerunner to the social networking

Ed Hancox

The media in Russia won a rare victory on Tuesday when a judge in a Moscow courtroom struck down the claim of Josef Stalin’s grandson, Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, that the newspaper Novaya Gazeta had damaged Stalin's “honor and dignity” by claiming in April that the former Soviet leader was, among other things, “a bloodthirsty cannibal” for ordering numerous purges of his enemies, both real and imagined (“Stalin” by the way, was the nom de guerre of Iosef Dzhugashvili, and means “steel” in Russian). Grandson Yevgeny was suing Novaya Gazeta for libel on behalf of the mem

Alison Desir

Reggaeton music is becoming increasingly popular in the United States, and Puerto Ricans in New York City are leading the charge. Alison Desir explores whether or not Reggaeton is changing the face of hip-hop, or if it is a genre unto its own. Her interviews with hip-hop label executives are telling.

Nia Hyatt

Two concurrent exhibits at New York's New Museum, Emory Douglas: Black Panther and Rigo 23: The Deeper They Bury Me, The Louder My Voice Becomes, ooze with revolutionary spirit. Nia Hyatt takes a look at the museum's portrayal of two of the Black Panthers' most influential voices.