Can art amend history? | Titus Kaphar



Artist Titus Kaphar makes paintings and sculptures that wrestle with the struggles of the past while speaking to the diversity and advances of the present. In an unforgettable live workshop,…




28 thoughts on “Can art amend history? | Titus Kaphar

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    I agree with him but partially. His point about the teddy Roosevelt statue wasn't strong. Just because the past doesn't look good from your perspective doesn't make it less true. The painting with the black child in the background is a painting where the artist decided to highlight whatever he wanted to. He was not obliged to represent black people at all. It's his art.
    But, I am totally for his freedom to express his anger on those topics. His argument about amending art makes sense.
    It is not at all wrong to place a MLK statue right next to the Roosevelt statue. The people who are against the addition of extra material should understand that he has as much right to demand black statues in a public place as you have to have a confederate flag if you want it. I don't agree with the output he desires but I support his right to ask for it.

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    Imma say no considering Hitler was an artist

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    too cocky for such little talent. what a shame. Sculptures and arts are the ideas from that certain period of time. To use such arts to compare and contrast this century’s issues is an oversight. We embrace arts and sculptures to have a memoir: to praised and criticize our past. That would be a dislike from me mate

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    Kaphar has a point. Blacks WERE under-represented and looked over. That was then. The roles they had and could aspire to were very limited. That was the way things were. It wasn't right but that's the way it was. Nobody is served by trying to make it something else.

    In fairness to Kaphar, skipping over what blacks managed to accomplish anyway is just as problematic.

    I'm not willing to go along with defacing past art in the name of present politics. If we're talking about making new art that shifts the paradigm, it's all good. Knock yourself out. If you want a black guy on a hose next to Teddy Roosevelt, make one worth exhibiting in the Museum of Natural History. There were black Rough Riders, right?

    One has to realize Kaphar used white paint intentionally to cover up white people. What does that say? The danger is racially segregated history. That this history of "dead white guys" is irrelevant to blacks.

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    Omg so many dislikes for such a nice message I guess some people will never get it

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    it's about going back to the museum with a different perspective! not about trying to change anything.

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    The real irony is that only in a white nation like the US can you go from a .65 gpa to have a successful art career- you would have been labeled borderline retarded in most other countries fuckhead!

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    omg. people are so stupid. changing history is different from amending history. you're trying to make something better. provide another point of view. he isn't trying to change the history of what happened – it happened but the narrative that has been passed down for generations is biased, skewed, probably incorrect too. he's telling ya'll to look from a different perspective man jesus christ read the damn title it's 'amend' not 'change' oh my god. you people are missing the point completely man.

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    ITT: people who think he wants to erase and revise history, despite explicitly stating otherwise.

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    I love how most people in the comment section didn't EVEN watch the full video. All your concerns are addressed in the video already!!!
    How open minded of you all!!!!!

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    How about all the slaves that built the Pyramids in Egypt. Who enslaved them ? Maybe we should take down the Pyramids now too.

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    I didn't get the point… It sounded like the conversation to remove cigarrets from old movie classics because they are forbiden now.

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    TED, can we stop with these race-baiting videos, please?

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    Why did you invite such an aggressive guy? He had a resentment at the beginning, that turned into an anger at the end. He has some problems with perception of the world. His behavior is as all audience owed him something. He is like a resentful child. And I absolutly don't understand why when he became to throw down his brush people started applausing him. He also could have thrown it to you!

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    I watched the video in its entirety. I still don't get what he wants to do. Refocus like manual focus with a camera? That's a nice analogy but more specific examples would be nice. Can someone help me out?

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    You don't have to destroy a picture to see it from a different perspective. Just use your brain and think about it from different points of view.

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    I believe the speaker said multiple times that he is NOT trying to delete history (by him using a white paint that would become transparent over time), but to shift the focus (when he used the analogy of the camera focus). He emphasized this multiple times. How does the conversation STILL largely concentrate on that?

    No one is trying to erase history, just honour the ones of those that have been ignored.

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    Anyone else have grandmothers who picked cotton? No racism just trying to take a poll

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    Generally speaking grown men are taller than grown women and little boys whatever colour they are. On the whole, I think Frans Hals was the kind of artist who usually did his best to paint what he saw. Of course, his clients would often have had all sorts of ideas about how they wished to be portrayed, and he would have needed to comply with their wishes if he wanted to get paid.

    Isn't it interesting that the painting is called 'Family Group in a Landscape'? Does this mean they consciously considered their little black pageboy to be more 'part of the family' than the rest of their household servants? A wealthy 17th century Dutch family like that would have had at least 5 0r 6 household servants, probably more. Those other people didn't get to be in the family portrait – and they were probably all, or at least mostly, white people.

    Actually the painting is probably called 'Family Group in a Landscape' now because no one knows what the name of this family is any more. That information has probably been lost along with the name of the pageboy. Whatever, it's still clearly a family portrait.

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    The black child was the figure that stood out the most in the original painting. Sometimes what is given the least light is the thing that shines. But it has to shine in the way given it, not by being recast to stand more like everything else. I wonder if the speaker has realized this?

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    He never once said all of the historical art should be destroyed. It's almost as if most of you didn't even watch the video.

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    If he actually did his job properly, there would be no need to deface the other figures in the painting. if you analyzed the painting correctly, you would observe and ask questions about the black child. This is just plain liberal ignorance that shames white history and white culture. I am sick of the liberalism on this channel.

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