Speakeasy

Speakeasy – Volume 35 no 4 March – April 2021

THE AMERICAN SCHADENFREUDE EPIDEMIC When an evil clown rules your land, you have to expect a certain decline in moral tone, and rest assured that, last year, schadenfreude reached unprecedented peaks in the United States of America. The term appeared in English as early as the mid 1800s, combining the German words for ‘damage’ and ‘joy,’ and meaning, ‘delight taken …

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Speakeasy: How Artists get on in the World

Years ago I started to keep a note on the details in artists’ biographies recording who their parents were, their wealth, etc. Most were well off and many had a parent or spouse who was already an artist. Others married their success. Anna Boghiguian, who had a big solo show at Tate St Ives, was described by The Telegraph (a …

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Speakeasy volume 34 no 4 March/April 2020

I watched in horror as a nurse passed a wooden ladle full of food through the bars of Julio’s cell. Naked, wild-haired and eyed, 21-year-old Julio pressed himself up to the other side of the bars and opened his mouth wide to accommodate the huge spoon. Having spent the last 14 years of his young life behind bars, Julio’s only …

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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. Richard Siegesmund is Professor of Art and Design Education at the School of Art, Northern Illinois University. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar to the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, …

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Speakeasy Volume 34 no.2 November/December 2019

Why Speakeasy? Believe it or not, there was space for a new feature in the early days of the NAE. Jane Allen & Derek Guthrie had the idea to open up the pages to different voices of the artworld, preferably unknown and known personalities. Jane asked me for a suggestion. We had a brainstorm about the title, and shortly Speakeasy …

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Most of my life was spent in Italy surrounded by Giotto’s frescoes, paintings by Piero della Francesco, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, archaeological ruins and works by numerous modern to contemporary artists such as Boccioni, Balla, Severini, Morandi, De Chirico, Schifano, Burri, Guttuso, and countless others. This can’t but influence someone’s cultural makeup and imaginarium. Italy is a country that is …

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What is the value of art? Art cannot change our world or the conditions of the art market. It cannot exist without auctions, fairs, dealers and speculators. Art can be full of ambition and desire for change, but it often struggles to make an impact beyond the art world. Most of us have come across these sorts of statements that …

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Speakeasy Volume 33 no 2 November / December 2018

Political Art is not Historical Art. In keeping with his years long tradition of making political oil paintings and lithographs satirizing and glorifying the Trump administration, Brigham Young University adjunct professor Jon McNaughton has produced “Crossing the Swamp”. An oil painting with numerous gliclees and lithographs resulting from it, inspired by the German-American painter Emanuel Leutze’s 1851 painting, Crossing the …

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Speakeasy Volume 33.no.1 September / October 2018

When I tell people I’m from Detroit, they get excited and want to hear about the “new” Detroit, the “Great Comeback City” as it is now touted on signs at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. There’s also much interest in the growing art scene here. For me, Detroit is about the people, who are the character, spirit and soul of the …

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Speakeasy volume 32 no 5 May / June 2018

Seize The Means Of Creating Culture Former Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka recently made the observation, “From Wakanda with its ‘Black identity extremist’ and nice CIA agent to Hoover’s FBI as noble and honest institution, the ‘American’ people are propagandized to their very bones. Critical thinking is replaced by fear, mindlessness and the manipulated passions of the herd.” …

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The Problematics of Black Representation Interviewer: Do you consider yourself a painter or a black painter? Basquiat: Oh I use lots of colors not just black. I’m not a betting man, but I’ll wager $10 that 15 years ago the average MFA student would have been hard pressed to name 10 African-American artists contemporary or otherwise. Today, the task is …

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