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Volume 32 no.2 November/December 2017

In This Issue: SPEAKEASY by BERT BISCOE, talks about the relationship between critics and artists. DANIEL NANAVATI, the UK Editor, takes a look at Dwight MacDonald’s seminal essay from 1962, in Against the American Grain, on Masscult and Midcult. J’Accuse Falmouth University We reprint TIM SHAW’S explosive letter of November 2016. The Shocking truth FREA LOCKLEY, our new Cornwall editor and …

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Bee in my Bonnet: The Kurt Jackson Foundation Gallery

The impressive conversion of a sizeable industrial building overlooking, with large picture windows, the Tregeseal valley, was completed in late 2016. Opening with the Jackson Foundations first exhibition, in this new building, entitled “Following the Surfer”. After a six month running period the second and current installation continuing until Sept 2017 is insect themed. Publicised as “ a Bee in …

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The Nail In the Coffin

“Codswallop” is a performance piece created by the Cornish veteran artist Ken Turner, inspired by the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes. At the St Ives Festival in September 2017 he placed a large, fresh cod onto a trolley and pulled the vehicle through the streets of St Ives challenging people to discuss their lack of sensibility to art. He visited the …

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Hadi Tabatabai:Transitional Spaces

The solo exhibition Hadi Tabatabai:Transitional Spaces is co-presented by the wats:ON? Festival and curated by Spike Wolff. The festival, an annual event, celebrates and honors the life and work of Jill Watson, a CMU alumna. Watson, who was killed in a plane crash in 1996, was a well-known Pittsburgh architect and was recognized for her interdisciplinary philosophy as an artist. …

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Fern Shaffer at 116 Gallery

Fern Shaffer has been working as an artist for over 40 years, exhibiting performances, paintings and photographs as both shaman and teacher. In this not so quiet space of a gallery, Gallery 116, located in St. Charles, Illinois, Shaffer paints the common plants including Cannabis, Artemisia, Dandelion, Digitalis, Lungwort, Ginkgo and Gopherspurge. Large representations of one leaf of each plant, …

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Nathaniel Mary Quinn at Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Nathaniel Mary Quinn’s exhibit at Rhona Hoffman’s West Loop gallery is truly wonderful. The portraits in the show consist of collages and hand drawn elements, creating fractured faces and bodies. I really love the way the work mixes collage with drawn and painted areas. The fractured areas of the faces sometimes appear to be applied when they are actually drawn …

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‘Wheres the glitch fam?’

As circumstance breeds response so computers and the Internet bred glitch or as Jon.Cates of SAIC would call it ‘Dirty New Media’. In an increasingly computerized and data-centric society it would seem inevitable that the fetishization of error as a response to technology and its colonization of both our public and private lives is the new art.   If the …

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Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History

The arrival of Markus Lupertz to Washington D.C. was a watershed moment for the artists of Washington D.C. but, alas, another visit to the Road Show D.C. came and went, in passive silence. Although two of Washington’s most noted museums featured their main stages for such a World renown figure in European art,[ a feat in itself] hardly a word scrambled …

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Architecture Towards Political Crises: The 1937 Paris International Exposition in Context

The 1937 Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (‘International Exposition of Art and Technology in Modern Life’) was held in Paris: the French capital’s sixth and latest International Exposition, after fairs held in 1855, 1867, 1878, 1889, and 1900. It took place between 25 May and 25 November, centred upon the Trocadéro, just across the Seine …

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An investigation has revealed how one British university spends its money. And it’s absolutely shocking

First published in The Canary 17th September 2017 There has been widespread criticism of high earnings by university vice-chancellors (VC). Because it comes at a time when students are facing growing levels of debt. But there are deeper issues in some HE institutions. And some university lecturers, many who have voiced criticism, have left or been fired. One university, in …

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