The Future is With Us.

With this issue, the New Art Examiner marks its first year back following a thirteen-year break. Our return, which began at Expo Chicago last September, has not been easy. We have managed to publish six forty-plus page issues with minimal advertising or subscription income. We have survived on pure faith and art-fed fumes. We owe a great deal to the …

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A Photographer of Coincidence

Kenneth Josephson: An Exhibition and Book Review In an earlier lifetime, I collected postcards, mostly reproductions of pictures I liked: favorite artworks or photographs by favorite photographers. Sometimes, they were simply images that drew me. One such image was “Acropolis, 1972” by Kenneth Josephson. I clearly remember what drew me. This was a photograph and a photograph about photography. In …

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The New Contemporary

Sanctuary for the Edlis/Neeson Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago   While record crowds make themselves at home in the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition of Van Gogh’s Bedrooms—examining three versions of this iconic painting—other visitors looking for a more recent avant-garde may be drawn to the museum’s reopened contemporary galleries, now billed as The New Contemporary. The title refers to …

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Hype Is Not Enough

A year ago (2014) some public art, ‘Dad’s Halo Effect’ by Ryan Gander, was bolted to the pavement in Beswick, a mile east of Manchester centre in an area formerly the blackest in the city but now home to a football stadium, a cleaned up canal and some ad hoc metal warehousing. ‘Regeneration’ is the long word repeated about these …

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War Orphans

HENRY DARGER & ART SPIEGELMAN It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. — Joseph Campbell The fields of self-taught art/art brut (i.e., Outsider art) and sequential art (i.e., comic books/graphic novels) are areas that have been historically considered marginal to the academic canon of Western …

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NEWSPEAK

The Emergence of Orwellian NewSpeak in Art ” In the new speculative market, it is often the quality of patronage, not the quality of the art, that determines its initial success.” Words have a history and a definition. Control the definition and you control meaning and by controlling meaning you control what people understand by what you are saying. Control …

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Revitalising The New

The public discussion on April 12th in St Ives Cornwall UK, was jointly organized by the Penwith Society of Artists, the Belgrave Gallery, the Newlyn Society of Artists and the New Art Examiner. The theme was the perennial question of how to recognize, encourage and preserve vitality in an organization that presents art to the public and avoids stagnation. Modern …

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