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The Legacy of Apathy–Derek Guthrie in DC

The New Art Examiner is difficult to explain, as it does not fit into convenient categories. I refer to our Statement of Purpose, printed in every issue since the first one. These profound words were written by a forgotten hero, Edward Fry, the Curator and Art Historian who defied the Trustees of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. He lost …

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Editorial

The USA is very unhappy. In particular the poor and the near poor who are mostly women and minorities are unhappy. Frustrated. Bordering on angry. The art scene has lost all gusto and art no longer enjoys the support and prestige it had even in recent memory. Social media has utterly changed the cultural landscape. The president is unique in …

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Editorial Volume 32 no. 5 May June 2018

I write from Washington DC as the New Art Examiner opens a new chapter in the most powerful city in the world. Unlike most capital cities, Washington DC does not have a lively art scene. Political considerations dominate. American politics is in turmoil and the news media every day is breaking news of the deepening political drama. The question is …

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Tim Shaw talks to Derek Guthrie

DG: So, when did you come down to Cornwall? TS: I … I moved here September 1985 … DG: Yes TS: I was a first-year undergraduate at Falmouth School of Art DG: So you came down here to be an art student at Falmouth. TS: That’s right, yes DG: … and you hadn’t been at any other place? TS: I …

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Why I Left Chicago

PG: How old are you? Where are you from? When did you come here? Is Chicago one of many stops on your journey? I had lived in London. Cornwall, Paris, and India exploring the art world in my youth. I was looking to experience the quality and dynamic of American life. I watched from abroad the ascendancy of New York …

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Chicago can be Reborn from Community

The New Art Examiner was created as a resistance to censorship and the control of the Chicago art elite. It has a policy of zero tolerance for such activities. Chicago has never forgiven this act of independence, because it has its own hometown paranoia, which revolves around the application of power. Smoke and mirrors is the well-used metaphor; in which …

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Chicago is still ‘theatrically corrupt’

Dear Reader, A word of explanation is required to accompany our decision to publish the cover. Our Declaration of Independence. The Art world is composed of many bubbles and we all exist inside our own bubble. Including the New Art Examiner which is a journal of critical opinion. After the recent election in the US and the Referendum in the …

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Assessing NAE’s Growth in 2016

I write this Publisher’s Editorial towards the end of December 2016 looking forward to escaping the cold of Chicago and to seek a kinder environment in Cornwall UK, and also to work with the UK team. Chicago is not known for its generosity of spirit. It is a hard culture. Yet the New Art Examiner survived, died and revived in …

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Slow Painting

“Slow Painting” was on view at the Richard Gray Gallery from July 14 through September 10. The Chicago art scene has a little Shangri-la called the Richard Gray Gallery, a legend in the American art scene. “Slow Painting” by Chicago Artist John Santoro fits well into this gallery’s standard of elegance and integrity. His paintings revisit the issues of French painting that were put aside when …

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Museum Practices: A Symptom Of The Times —Then And Now

The New Art Examiner is pleased to reprint the lead article written by Tom Mullaney in 1982. It was ahead of its time as we all know the Questions on Museum Practice have expanded into a greater gravitas. The question of the Museum points to a larger issue which is the failing structure of American culture. Today, the American political process is in serious doubt. The …

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