Speakeasy

In early February, Gloria Steinem commented to Bill Maher about Hillary Clinton’s problem getting support from younger women. Young women, she said, ask, “Where are the boys?” Of course, Steinem took a big hit for saying that but,if Maher had asked about Clinton’s problem getting support from younger men, it would have been equally relevant to answer the same way, …

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Laura Lovelace in St Ives

Marcel Duchamp once remarked art has its sell by date, being cynical but also wise about the marketing of art. Previous Dadaist, and cultural saboteur par excellence, he continued the anti art tradition of Dada which was a profound disquiet with the great slaughter of world and the taste and culture of those who affected it. History now has proved …

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Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern

History knows Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) primarily as a generous arts patron who amassed one of the greatest collections of 20th Century Art, now housed in her former palazzo residence on the Grand Canal in Venice. However, until she was almost forty, Peggy was someone with no clear plans, an insecure woman who hated her looks and was still in search …

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Exquisite Corpse: Chamber Music for the Eyes

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Printworks Gallery, directors Bob Hiebert and Sidney Block asked 105 Chicago artists spanning three generations to participate in creating 35 exquisite corpses (the surrealist drawing scheme that assigns head, torso, and legs to a separate artist without the artist seeing what the others have done), one for each year the gallery has been in …

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A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s

Charlotte Moorman was an artist of many guises: champion of the cello, muse of the avant-garde, a master networker of “New Music” and an early practitioner of 1960s mixed media “Happenings”. This beautiful and utterly charming, woman, moved from a traditional upbringing in Little Rock, Arkansas to classical training at Juilliard and, eventually, became a leading performance artist of New …

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The Oakland California Temple

I like gallery hopping. I really do. I just don’t expect to see art that I like. Maybe because there’s so much of it. There’s a proliferation of art schools, art spaces, art fairs, and art makers providing a constant stream of images and objects. And they aren’t all wonderful. I’m not immune to the power of art though, or …

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Thomas Newbolt: Drama Painting – A Modern Baroque

29 JANUARY – 13 MAY, King’s Place, London This exhibition comprises fierce, expressionistic works – many of single female sitters on couches. Apparently his models arrive at twilight and he paints them when he cannot quite see the exact colours clearly on his tubes of oil. As the introduction to the exhibition at King’s Place, London states, “Opening in conjunction …

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Pinterest: Education for the Digital Age?

There is a simple, naive pleasure in collecting things. I seem to remember that fantastic summer when Laker and Lock, not to mention Colin Cowdrey and Peter May played Cricket so well against the West Indies and recall collecting cigarette cards with their heroic images. Another series of cards carried the proud images of Her Majesty’s ships many of which …

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Too Much Information

The image of an artwork can linger. For me this is usually because the experience of looking has provoked associations more wide ranging than formal considerations. One such experience began for me while visiting the National Portrait Gallery in London, in November 2015. I write this a mere three months later from where I live near Silicon Valley, in California, …

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