Galleries Representing Felix Gonzalez-Torres Are Airbrushing HIV/AIDS Out of His Work: It Needs to Stop.

This article was first published by artslant May 2017   There is no artist more synonymous with the poignancy, wistfulness and desolation of art made within the crucible of the HIV/AIDS crisis than Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996). Within the maelstrom of that government-sponsored holocaust, his experience of it, and its effects on his communities, he created work of such melancholic grandeur …

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The Birth of Purity

Here is an artist dealing with the free-for-all that is the postmodern enterprise and digging deep to reconcile some of its thoughts with those of (almost) art’s archaeological history. The themes of womanhood, birth and creative nature run through her work like a river, an analogy she would probably relish. The Terracotta style colours redolent of Lascaux cave paintings, the …

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After 40 years Sowing Seeds in Academia

– a special art exhibition at RCVA, WMU, Kalamazoo, Michigan   Richmond Center of Visual Arts (RCVA) is a designated space for academia, community artists and international artists to exhibit. A beautiful 5,000 sq feet exhibition space founded in 2007 on the campus of Western Michigan University within the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan. I was invited by RCVA to review …

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The Relevance of Critical Theory to Art Today

The scholar of Benjamin’s and Adorno’s work, Susan Buck-Morss provided a pithy formulation for defining the tasks of both art and criticism in the modern era: “[Artists’] work is to sustain the critical moment of aesthetic experience; our job as critics is to recognize this.” Two aspects of Buck-Morss’s formulation of the work of artists need to be emphasized—“sustaining the …

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The Will to Ignorance: The Role of Academia in the Postmodern Debacle

The Avant-Garde and the Delusion of American Exceptionalism The Third Essay on the Limits of Postmodernism after November 2016   In the late nineteenth century, Friedrich Nietzsche asked and answered a question that still haunts the developed world: “‘What is the task of higher education?’ — To turn a man into a machine.” (Twilight of the Idols, trans. R.J. Hollingdale. Decades after …

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Speakeasy

Each issue the New Art Examiner will invite a well-known, or not-so-well-known, art world personality to write a speakeasy essay on a topic of interest – whatever it may be.   1. Several of the women in my family seem to have a sour tooth. I learned this when my aunt confided in me some years ago that she preferred …

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