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Natalia Hamon ‘Bridges’ at Daisy Laing in Penzance

This exhibition was in sharp contrast to many such exhibitions held in Metropolitan galleries, where an artificial atmosphere and air of pseudo-sophistication of aesthetic interest and social prestige, often prevails. This small exhibition, in Penzance in southwest Cornwall, of ten paintings of bridges on paper in an upstairs gallery, was vital and alive. The gallery had a warm feeling; the …

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Art Extravaganza

THE ACORN Theatre in Penzance recently hosted arts magazine the New Art Examiner’s Art Extravaganza. A satirical piece of theatre and overt, hard hitting protest on the culture of art politics and its corrupt influence on the Cornwall art scene, particularly in Newlyn, Penzance and St Ives. The Acorn Theatre being once a Methodist Church but now slightly converted into …

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ArtWallop

A beverage that is highly sought after and extremely expensive? A derogatory term for said beverage? Being beaten on the bottom with a canvas? You choose. No, I mean it, you really do choose. In this most eccentric of exhibitions now showing at The New, New Gallery, St Ives, you can, quite literally choose your poison, frisson or particular fetish. …

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Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test

The Art Institute of Chicago’s grand celebration of pre-Stalinist Soviet art, kicked off this past autumn, 100 years — almost to the day– after the October Revolution of 1917. Touted as the largest exhibit to commemorate the centennial of the founding of the Soviet state, this beautifully mounted exhibit sprawled throughout the museum’s Regenstein Hall to provide an exceptionally rich, …

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The Corruption of Canadian Art: Geoffrey Farmer in Venice, 2017.

André Breton wrote of the Readymade in the Surrealist Dictionary; “an ordinary object elevated to the dignity of a work of art by the mere choice of an artist”.(1)  Marcel Duchamp himself in the Cabane Interviews said the readymades were not art, they were a pastime chosen specifically because they could never be art. Today, in large numbers of peer-reviewed …

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Open Call For Idiots

It does not happen all the time but it should not happen at all. It is despicable. It is called plagiarism and should be considered a prisonable offence. I know that almost everything that we can imagine has been done before in one way or another and that it is very difficult to do something completely new but I am …

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Michael Ryan at Marx Cafe

Michael Ryan’s photos are almost too private to be seen. However, luckily for us, they were in a recent exhibition of his work in Marx Tavern in Mount Pleasant in Washington D.C. Ryan’s work is very inside himself, in a dark room. He makes photos rather than shooting them. It is almost as each picture is carved, a mono print …

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Souvenir of Luca Vitone

Entering the PAC of Milan (Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea) for the retrospective of Luca Vitone (the Genoese artist, who lives in Berlin, has exhibited in various international galleries and at the Venice Biennale), the visitor is immediately struck by a kind of commemorative plaque of an eye inside a triangle. The title, “Souvenir d’Italie (Lapide)”, ironically represents the symbol of the P2 …

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Still A No-Fly Zone

Back in New York for a visit after four years away, I was taken to see the Oculus, Ground Zero’s most distinctive new building. The World Trade Center transportation hub designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. This colossal building is a colossal waste of a colossal sum of money; four billion dollars. I cannot describe it better than by quoting …

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Haylee Ebersole at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

In continuation of a long standing tradition the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, known for its support and promotion of regional contemporary art, selected Haylee Ebersole, from a group of nominated artists, for the emerging artist of the year for 2017. Her work appears on the second floor in the back three exhibition spaces of the facility. For the exhibition, …

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