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A decade too much, Luis Jacob 10 years later

There’s a smell of insider-trading, then censorship to silence the whistle-blower. If art is anything you can get away with, the worst you can get away with is always the best strategy, leading to a consistent degradation of the field. Postmodernism is the urge to shock; we’re repeatedly told it’s the most exciting art of our time, yet  doubts remained. …

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The Genius of Pablo Picasso

Jane Allen and Derek Guthrie Chicago Tribune 15th April 1973, written overnight on the news of Picasso’s death. In Picasso the 20th century has lost one of its most cherished symbols of freedom. He proved the exception to every rule, and we thought until a short week ago that he might even elude the law of human mortality. Secluded behind …

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Impression of a Boot

Cherry red leather, seventeen holes, mismatched laces (one silk, one cotton) and many decades before Dr Marten’s became the punk sole of choice. Broadly, the exhibition retells the history of an artist, who has become an icon, but behind the act of presentation (slightly too much ‘ambience’ for me) the objects disclosed something profoundly humane. The boot attracted my attention …

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Dreaming with the Ancestors. Mexican Archaeology in Frida Kahlo’s Art and Life

In the collateral exhibition “The dream of the Ancestors” at the MUDEC – Museo delle Culture in Milan the artistic imagination of Frida Kahlo is revived through sculptures, moulded figurines and ceramics from the pre-Columbian civilization of Mexico. In search of her roots and the roots of her art in the Mesoamerican indigenous culture, the artist revived themes, myths and …

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Frida Kahlo Self Made Feminist

The heroine of women painters, who championed the use of folk symbols to illustrate and elucidate self, surrealist painter, and merger of social realism and confrontational renaissance portraiture, is highly relevant to the present art scene. In painted self-portraits she surrounds her image with symbols of Mexican folklore and culture as in My Grandparents, My Parents and Me (1936),to exorcize …

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Speakeasy

The cod often casts an eye on our behaviour with our propensity to take paths that lead to misery, both politically and aesthetically. So, in this instance, I feel that it’s my duty to let the cod speak directly. “To put it bluntly, how is it that you haven’t sorted out the idea of your so-called postmodern period; that all …

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Why The Whitney Museum’s Summer of Wojnarowicz is a Winter of Discontent

Perhaps it was inevitable that the Whitney Museum’s David Wojnarowicz retrospective “History Keeps me Awake at Night” would be underwhelming, despite comprising over a hundred and forty pieces. Over ten years of consideration, months of marketing, concurrent exhibitions (at P.P.O.W. and Mamdouha Bobst galleries), and much gilded coverage, have built an epic situation. This all preceded his exaltation into the …

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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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