Hans Ulrich Obrist in Conversation with the Hairy Who

In 2014 Art Review named Hans Ulrich Obrist the most powerful figure in the field, but Obrist, a forty-six-year-old Swiss, seems less to stand atop the art world than to race around, up, over, and through it.” During EXPO Chicago, Obrist was “in conversation with the Hairy Who” who were anticipating the fifty-year anniversary of their first exhibition at the …

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Reflections on George Touche’s Review of Who Paid the Piper-The CIA & The Cultural Cold War – by Frances Stonor Saunders

With elements of a new Cold War – interspersed with irregular hot wars and even a re-run of the medieval Crusades against rampant Islam in the guise of ISIS occupying half Syria and a third of Iraq in just one year, and a rejuvenated Al Quaeda in the form of Jabhat Al Nusra very much a reality, it is a …

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Radiance and Rhythm – Sonia Delaunay

A towering unsung figure in the birth of early modernism, Sonia Delaunay and her husband developed early abstraction to remarkable maturity. Their aesthetic theory of simultaneity made abstraction plausible by focusing on pure colour and structure as the focus when looking at work. For the Delaunays, the early 20th century required new forms to suite the new pallet developed over …

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Last Day at Port Eliot Festival

Three Speakers, One Message I arrived late to the bowling lawn in Port Eliot Estate, one of Cornwall’s large inherited earldoms, due to the lack of professionalism of their press officer. I missed the opening remarks from the Director of the Tate Gallery, Sir Nicholas Serota and introduction from Chris Stephens, Lead Curator, Modern British Art at Tate Britain, presently …

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Fiber: Sculpture 1960–Present

This traveling exhibition is curated by Jenelle Porter of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. The Des Moines Art Center presentation is organized by Senior Curator Gilbert Vicario. The revolutionary politics of Fiber: Sculpture 1960–Present are alive and valuable but their presence is hard to read as more than a historical artifact. This dual position of vitality and preservation—the critique …

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Sam Thorne Interviews Derek Guthrie

In these convivial surroundings near the harbour in St Ives, the two men talked about Derek’s life and career, the chances that led into publishing the New Art Examiner, his broad philosophy of the visual arts, how age has found him accidentally ‘walking history’, and his hopes that a renewed Examiner will continue to champion independent thought long into the …

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Speakeasy

Each issue the New Art Examiner will invite a well-known, or not-so-well-known, art world personality to write a speak-easy essay on a topic of interest – whatever it may be   Having dedicated my entire life from age 2 to the visual arts, I now feel that much of that life has been wasted, because my personal fortunes—like those of …

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A Visit to the Venice Art Biennale 2015

The first Venice Biennale took place in 1895 and 120 years later prospers as the oldest and probably most famous of the many international gatherings for contemporary art and architecture. This year’s Biennale opened on Friday 8th May in the Giardini Gardens, a gentle stroll alongside the lagoon beyond the famous Piazza San Marco described by Napoleon as ‘Europe’s sitting …

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Adolph Gottlieb – the Reality of Abstraction

“The role of artist has always been that of image-maker. Different times require different images. Today, when our aspirations have been reduced to a desperate attempt to escape from evil, and times are out of joint, our obsessive, subterranean and pictographic images are the expression of the neurosis which is our reality. To my mind certain so-called abstraction is not …

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Arts Journalism in a Digital Age

Conference Tackles Criticism and Connectivity,Fails to Address Ethics and Collusion       Widespread euphoria in the arts has prevailed in the last decade over the new possibilities offered by digital media. Writers no longer need be confined by the space limitations of, or access to, print media. The abundance of thoughts and images now available online exponentially expands the …

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