Repression in Zhang Xiaogang’s “Comrade”: The State, The Individual, and The Psyche

Zhang Xiaogang’s “Comrade” undoubtedly deals with the repression of the individual as a result of the hegemonic culture present in China. This is of no surprise as the totalitarian forces of the Chinese state have made it difficult to distinguish the line between the individual and the masses, in an attempt to normalize deindividuation in an Orwellian fashion. Therefore Zhang Xiaogang’s depiction is not one that simply deals with politics, … Continue reading Repression in Zhang Xiaogang’s “Comrade”: The State, The Individual, and The Psyche

5 Paintings in The Style of Rembrandt

Everyone loves Rembrandt, at least everyone that truly knows his work, however in that last few decades it has become obvious that his work was at times not really his own but done by those who followed him, admirers or just copycats. Although many not even close to the master himself, they are still beautiful works of art. Man with a Steel Gorget   Man … Continue reading 5 Paintings in The Style of Rembrandt

Was E. Herbert Norman Really a Spy?

On April 4th, 1957, E. H Norman, Canadian ambassador to Egypt, shocked the world by leaping off the Swedish embassy in Cairo. After 18 years of serving in Canada’s interests overseas, in the Department of External Affairs, his death horrified Canadians with the realization that they were not insusceptible to the socio-political tensions of the Cold War. Canadian media outlets blamed the U.S. and claimed … Continue reading Was E. Herbert Norman Really a Spy?

Beautiful Photos of Vancouver In The Past

Pacific Great Eastern Railway Office Dunbar Construction Dunbar Tramway Union Steamship The Docks Courthouse Lion Brockton Granville Street   Georgia Viaduct   Pier C   Panoramic View of Downtown Main Street at Kingsway Disclaimer: The Art of Polemics does not claim ownership of these images.All photographs shown in this article are the property of The City of Vancouver Archives, whom have given permission to use … Continue reading Beautiful Photos of Vancouver In The Past

5 Things Baudelaire Definitely Said

5. “The world only goes round by misunderstanding.” 4. “Those men get along best with women who can get along best without them.” 3. “God is the only being who, in order to reign, doesn’t even need to exist.” 2. “A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.” 1. “Progress, this … Continue reading 5 Things Baudelaire Definitely Said