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The Joy of Painting

Not many art lovers know Darby Bannard, even though he lived a long time and accomplished many things. In the late fifties, Bannard and his friend Frank Stella inspired themselves to make pictures that were very direct, to the point not many recognized them as “paintings” until almost 10 years later. In a letter to me he said the rules …

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Volume 32 no 5 May / June 2018

The cultural context and significance of ‘Black Panther Theology in art Life in the Margins, meeting Anna Zissermann An Appreciation of Franz Marc Washington DC news Anne Truitt: an act of resistance A home for artists in Venice Master of the Line, Toulouse Lautrec by Jane Addams Allen The shop window renaissance in Italy Reviews from:  Milan, Washington, Chicago and Cornwall Book …

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Camille Paglia’s Glittering Images

At a first glance Glittering Images, starting from Egyptian art, going on through the centuries with major focus on twentieth century art and George Lucas’ Star War’s appears to be a useful introduction and overview to art history for first year university students. The book is printed on high quality art paper in an elegant and readable typeface. It would …

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The Emotions of Colour An Appreciation of Franz Marc

Franz Marc was born in Munich in 1880. He died near Verdun in 1916, legally murdered in what was called The War To End All Wars. A war which slaughtered over a million men. Marc’s father was a representational animal painter. His son took the language of animal imagery to new symbolic heights. In 1901, abandoning his philosophy course, he …

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Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings

Tate St.Ives until April 29th 2018. Curated by Laura Smith. As I walk around enjoying a lot of the paintings, it slowly dawns on me that they are all by women. As it’s so rare to encounter over 200 works by women in a space and none by men, I wonder why the Tate does not make this clear. Is …

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Tim Shaw and the Side of Life I Don’t Want to See

Tim Shaw, “What Remains” at The Exchange Gallery, Penzance (10 Feb-12 May 2018) I was left shell-shocked, speechless for a few minutes; I felt blocked. This was the powerful and unexpected effect that Tim Shaw’s exhibition had on me at The Exchange in Penzance. No evading reality here, no joy or soothing landscapes. What a sharp contrast to what usually …

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‘Hummadruz’, Newlyn Art Gallery, March 3 to June 2nd 2018

Curated by Field Notes – Cat Bagg and Rosie Thomson-Glover. ‘Hummadruz’ refers to a humming sound heard by some visitors to ancient sites such as reported by Andy Norfolk in the periodical Meyli Mamvro as he and two friends experienced it at Zennor quoit, not far from Newlyn Gallery. My companion reacted to this by saying, ‘sometimes you get a …

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Cézanne and the End of Art

Ordinarily one does not finish a book because it is good. Usually, one tires with the monotony of its language and casts it mightily aside. This is not the case with Donald Kuspit’s The End of Art. I am taking a break from it because it is too good, it scares me. The book is brilliant and intense and to …

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A Home for Artists – The Foundations in Venice

Nobel Prize winner Iosif Brodsky of Venice , “This city improves the appearance of time, embellishes the future and reveals in its palaces the most beautiful design that time has left on earth” (Watermark or Fondamenta degli incurabili in Italian). But, if the beauty of its buildings is in some ways unsustainable for the Venetians, modern architects are responsible for …

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The Shop Window Renaissance

How is it that the Italian shop windows are amongst the most beautiful in the world? A less important aspect of the shopping experience in some countries, in Italy window design is an essential element of the merchandising package, just like the wrappings of a present or the bag that is used to carry away purchases, even for small shops. …

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