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Sol Lewitt Demystified

Behind the blind spot Sol LeWitt’s visual art shows the geometric complexity of dynamic expansions, and he’s also a highly respected art theorist whose statements on conceptual art establish him as one of the leading intellectual lights of that movement. Unfortunately Sol Lewitt’s writing makes no sense at all. Lewitt’s visual achievements none can doubt, he’s among the best, but his …

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Volume 32 no 3 Jan/Feb 2018

In this issue: Daniel Nanavati on how to use humour to close down the politically correct debate Dhyano Angius, performance artist and philosopher, has the SPEAKEASY. Chris Cutrone, School of the Art Institute, on why the Millennial Left is dead. Derek Guthrie on why he left Chicago (interview with Paul Germanos) Miklos Legrady on the celebriy chase Jerry Salz. Tim …

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St Ives Artists – A Biography of Place and Time. Michael Bird

BOOK REVIEW: St Ives Artists is written like a story – a novel about artists. From the loving words about the Frosts’ journey down to St Ives by train, to the tale of the influence of France on Ben Nicholson. There are vital pieces of information that are given but not resolved – the fact that the ‘artist’ colony’ had …

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New, New Tate St Ives, so good they built it twice.

I have seen the New Tate St Ives in all its glory. And I do really mean glory. From the moment I went through the main door I felt a completely different atmosphere in the gallery. It seemed much more open and warm, colourful and inclusive and, happily, it appears not to have dumbed down – which has often been …

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Rebecca Warren ‘All That Heaven Allows’

Rebecca Warren is the first artist to show in the new gallery at the Tate St Ives. Her work reminded me of bronzes made in the Bronze Age by the Nuraghic people in Sardinia. Not of their beautifully made, detailed yet simple forms of warriors and boats that are displayed so well in Caglieri Archaeological Museum, but of the crass, …

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Sven Berlin at Belgrave, St Ives

Sven Berlin Polymath Begrave Gallery 7-30 October 2017 This show is mainly of his later works with one or two earlier pieces. They run through sculpture, paintings, drawings which, apart from the last, all show the same weakness. Sven Berlin was eventually run out of St Ives in his gypsy caravan, seeking a life in the New Forest. He did …

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40th Anniversary at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh

Hard to believe but the Mattress Factory, known as one of the premier venues for installation art, has been in existence for 40 years. During this time, it has attracted and encouraged well known global players, a wide array of artists at various stages of career development and emerging, Pittsburgh based, artists. Six artists have been chosen to create new work …

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Neil Goodman Twists and Turns

Carl Hammer Gallery Neil Goodman’s new work reinforces his status as one of Chicago’s premier sculptors. Each comprises a single bronze shape repeated a number of times under strict rules of symmetry. His shapes for the most part suggest elongated tools, linear with blades at one end similar to an axe or a spade. Each recalls the elegance of late …

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Anne Lindberg at Carrie Secrets Gallery

Anne Lindberg’s work is just fabulous. I’ve done lots and lots of work in colored pencil over the years and know the material very well, They way she uses materials is just amazing. Her technique is stunning. The very large scale drawings around 80×60 inches are made by her walking down the length of the mat board while drawing many …

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Ydessa Hendeles, The Milliner’s Daughter, at the Power Plant, Toronto

Ydessa Hendeles is that rare curator-artist gifted with talent. The Milliner’s Daughter at the Power Plant was an original curio with haunting depth, I doubt anyone in town has such imagination. It’s just like Emily Carr described: “Oh, God, what have I seen? Where have I been? Something has spoken to the very soul of me, wonderful, mighty, not of …

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