Real Borders, Fictional Borders: Transylvania, ‘Galiciaʼ, and the Ways of Asserting Historical Exceptionalism, Then and Now

Abstract: Based on two recent events, Klaus Iohannisʼ political victory, by the help of civil society, in the election campaign for Romanian Presidency in November 2014, and the civic activism connected to what is labelled as the Maidan protests in Lʼviv, Ukraine, in February 2014, this text takes into discussion past and present manners in…

Mid 19th century and Early 20th century Highbrow Houses of Arkansas (Pine Bluff, Little Rock and Fayetteville)

The architecture of Arkansas, the state located in the southern part of America, brings to mind familiar images of patrician houses built in neo-Classic style, similar to those promoted by movies like Gone with the Wind, the iconic production that has become an epitome of the southern culture ever since its release in 1939.  Indeed,…

Modern Sculpture in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA (the example of Hank Kaminsky)

  My sculptures these days are little poems about the nature of god and the peace that comes from knowing that no matter how scattered or chaotic our understanding we are still connected to greater truths. (Hank Kaminsky, http://hankkaminsky.com ) Hank Kaminsky is an artist with a background in engineering whose work of art reflect…

Street Art that Builds Up Care for the Environment (Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA)

In a previous article we were mentioning the Green Candy Art Action, the project meant to bring into discussion the relation of the artist with the environment. Many of the artistic manifestations of that project questioned the frail boundary between art and waste. As the logo of one of the artists involved in the project…

Funky Things for Funky People in Funky Places: Fayetteville (Arkansas) as an Artistic Hub

Fayetteville, a city in North-Western Arkansas, USA, seat of the University of Arkansas since its establishment (i.e. in the second half of the nineteenth century), is a small town abounding in scenic landscapes, given the vicinity with the Boston Mountains. In Fayetteville, people of free spirit get together making a community where living and art…

Art-Nouveau Features of Villas in the Southern Part of the Carpathian Mountains

  In another article, we were stating that Western European architectural styles like Gothic, Baroque, Rococo, and even neo-Classicism, seen as expressions of a Western civilisation, were countered at the turn of the twentieth century by local versions aimed at representing the regional and the national specific as expressed by religious and/or folk architecture. These…