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Madrid’s Montmartre

If you expected to find in Caixaforum’s futuristic premises a retrospective solo exhibition about the art of famous and iconic painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, or if you long for something new, technological, exciting or bizarre you may be disappointed by these elegant, relaxing and scholarly lessons in art and life called ‘Toulouse-Lautrec and the spirit of Montmartre’. I felt as …

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Sokurov and Rembrandt

In only one day, we could not possibly hope to see everything at the 2019 Venice Biennale but we walked through the Arsenal and the Gardini Gardens and managed to look at more than 30 exhibitions (there are at least 30 pavilions of nations.) Amongst several very good and memorable pavilions, the Russian exhibition stood out as far superior. It …

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Daniel Dodin

Tiny, black spindly figures carrying large loads on their heads, set amidst floating clouds of rust and blue acrylic paint: this is Daniel Dodin’s 3 metre long painting in the Seychelles Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale. I saw the painting in Dodin’s studio at the Seychelles College of Art where he is a lecturer, while it was still unfinished. …

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Leon Radegonde

Leon Radegonde’s work is a reminder that the Seychelles isn’t just about a tropical paradise. His use of everyday materials – salvaged waste, old sheet metal, shop keepers’ notebooks, sackcloth and rags – intimates the social struggle these islands have witnessed. He honours many of his people who would decorate their wood and tin walls with layers of pages cut …

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A Quick Review of Cuban Art Today

A trip from Michigan to visit Cuba, in late October 2018, seemed intriguing on many fronts, not least the warm weather, nice beaches, an unusual destination, a big history between Cuba and the USA, and mostly for me the reputation that Cuban art and culture were of a high quality and present throughout the country. Our plane landed near Havana …

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Contemporary Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is a repository of portraits, historical paintings and contemporary American paintings located in Washington, D.C. Carefully selected works dating back to post WWII are presented in a quiet, well-lighted space where visitors are encouraged to walk, reflect and use the imagination. A visit to the National Museum of American Art on a bright Sunday was …

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Rebel with a Cause, an Interview with Derek Guthrie

Norbert Marszalek: The New Art Examiner was originally published from 1973 to 2002. It had a long and rousing history. What made you want to relaunch the magazine in 2015? Derek Guthrie: I love art and I like talking about art. I am an artist on the side but I don’t exhibit. I thought the demise was unnecessary. Though the …

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Scouting the Blogs with Miklos Legrady

Whose agenda?   Isn’t it academics, editors and curators who set the agenda? If so we mourn the death of the artist and celebrate the rise of the creative administrator.  I posed this question years ago and a budding curator tried to put me in my lane by asking if I realized how hard a curator’s job was… but should …

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All We Have Lost

“I think the nice thing about Biennale Arts, it happens every two years, it’s like a clock and I like the idea that it is a way of taking the pulse of what’s happening in art but also in the world.” Ralph Rugoff, Curator of ‘May You Live in Interesting Times’, the title of the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019 …

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New Ways of Seeing

I have chosen to respond to James Bridle’s series on the BBC 4 channel concerning his observations on Berger’s ‘Ways of Seeing’. It is presented as a series of broadcasts on his understanding of Berger’s insight on visual art. Later I will cast some doubts on Bridle’s thinking around the internet and its influence on thinking and doing. However, John …

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