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The word ekphrasis, or ecphrasis, comes from the Greek for the description of a work of art produced as a rhetorical exercise. It is a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art, either real or imagined.

Ekphrastic Darwin Darko

    • Visual Arts

The word ekphrasis, or ecphrasis, comes from the Greek for the description of a work of art produced as a rhetorical exercise. It is a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art, either real or imagined.

    Hank Willis Thomas - Basketball and Chain

    Hank Willis Thomas - Basketball and Chain

    Hank Willis Thomas: contemporary American artist best known for his photography and appropriation art that considers racial identity through the lens of advertising and popular culture. 
    Please visit https://www.darwindarko.com/ekphrastic for a catalogue of the artwork we discuss

    • 31 min
    Frida Kahlo - Roots

    Frida Kahlo - Roots

    Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón is one of Mexico’s most celebrated and well-known artists, renowned for her surrealistic paintings and complex self-portraits. Her legacy cannot be underestimated or exaggerated. Its likely that every female artist making art since the 1950s will quote her as an influence.

    Please visit DarwinDarko.com/ekphrastic. There, you will find a catalogue of all the artwork we discuss.

    • 30 min
    Frank Morrison - Freedom

    Frank Morrison - Freedom

    Born in Massachusetts in 1971, moved to New Jersey at an early age. Frank Morrison grew up during the early days of rap music, graffiti, and break dancing. A self-taught artist, who began his career tagging walls in New Jersey as a teenager; this artist took the unconventional route. 

    Please visit DarwinDarko.com/ekphrastic. There, you will find a catalogue of all the artwork we discuss.

    • 30 min
    Leonardo daVinci - Mona Lisa

    Leonardo daVinci - Mona Lisa

    One of the most important and influential figures of the Renaissance was the painter, sculptor, architect and engineer, Leonardo Da Vinci – a man often referred to as an artist who epitomized Renaissance art. He is among the greatest painters in history, and with his unique powers of observation and competence as an illustrator, it allowed him to recreate the effects he saw in nature, and added vigor to his portraits.

    • 28 min
    Sherald - First Lady Michelle Obama

    Sherald - First Lady Michelle Obama

    Amy Sherald, who was born in Columbus, Georgia and was one of only a handful of black students in the private school. She is best known for her portrait paintings, using grisaille to portray skin tones in her work way of "challenging the concept of color-as-race.

    • 42 min
    Manet - Raven

    Manet - Raven

    Édouard Manet has risen above his detractors to prove his genuine talent that is worthy of emulation. With several paintings that have inspired young artists during his hay day, he revealed how innovation is not always welcomed by society, but it is one's gateway to the future. 
    Please visit DarwinDarko.com/ekphrastic. There, you will find a catalogue of all the artwork we discuss.

    • 18 min

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