The Real Space Invaders

“Alien Abduction” (2022), prickly pear ink on paper, 8 x 6 inches. The first alien abduction happened in 1492, when Christopher Columbus kidnapped Indigenous people and took them back to his old world. Nopalfrom the Nahuatl word nohpalli (the common Spanish name for Opuntia cacti, generally referred to in English as prickly pear), has been … Read more

When it came to art, Hogarth had no real beef with Europe

In 1748, William Hogarth was arrested at Calais on suspicion of spying, after he was caught sketching part of the French fortifications. Once back on English soil, his riposte was a painting. O, the Roast Beef of Old England (The Gate of Calais) shows Calais populated by various national stereotypes: an overfed monk; an underfed … Read more