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A Ghost Ship of Tragedy and Crisis   The horrific “Ghost Ship” fire in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood on Dec. 2, 2016 was a tragedy waiting to happen. At least 36 young lives ended in a brief moment. Any of these victims could have been my own children or friends. We will never know the rewards of the music, art and …

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Taking On a New Role

My association with the New Art Examiner dates from 1980. I walked into its offices at 230 East Ohio to offer my services as a writer. I wanted to put my journalism background to use studying what is termed “The Art World.” And co- editor, Derek Guthrie (along with Jane Addams Allen) had just the assignment: an ongoing trial in …

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Assessing NAE’s Growth in 2016

I write this Publisher’s Editorial towards the end of December 2016 looking forward to escaping the cold of Chicago and to seek a kinder environment in Cornwall UK, and also to work with the UK team. Chicago is not known for its generosity of spirit. It is a hard culture. Yet the New Art Examiner survived, died and revived in …

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The Rise of the NAE Howler

As the New Art Examiner (NAE) continues to revitalize, plans are being made to introduce a sister publication called the Howler. A projected launch is scheduled for the spring of 2017. The Howler will be a substantial print-run publication for the mass-market, free of charge. This is contrary to the NAE that is a limited print-run, subscription-based publication. Consumers of …

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The Dilemma of Patronage

Let us understand what has been happening in our societies for the past fifty years. The decision to try to end the poverty status of many artists and support them with tax payers grants was, at its outset, a noble move. Patronage has always been a two edged sword and for every patron prepared to give Tchaikovsky a home and …

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A Northern School Revisited

Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham are great 19th century English cities brought forth by the proceeds of manufacturing by the Industrial Revolution. British Society changed which naturally evolved a new patronage for the arts. The story of this book then, “A Northern School Revisited” (published in 2015 by ClarkArt Ltd) by Peter Davis, is a most welcome revisiting of a narrative art practice from that time of recent forefathers which still …

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Soul Bros in Art

A review of Salvador Dali & Andy Warhol by Torsten Otte (Scheidegger & Spiess, 2015) Who knew that Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol were art bros? When they met and hung out in the mid-60s and ‘70s, Dali’s star was fading while Warhol’s was shooting up to the heavens. Yet, on reflection, their association makes perfect sense. Both were among the last century’s most famous …

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Chicago Artist’s Visceral Sculptural Sense

Review of the book “Rene Romero Schuler: Paintings and Sculpture (2016) Whether working 2-dimensionally in paint or fabricating 3-dimensionally, René Romero Schuler is a sculptor. In her work, there is a visceral sense of material scraped, carved, and incised by hand. Her painting largely eschews brushes and is constructed with trowels and knives. Her sculpture— composed in a variety of media such as tightly wound coils of …

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“CAPITAL—DEBT, TERRITORY, UTOPIA”

An exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. 2 July to 6 November 2016   ‘Capital – Debt; Territory; Utopia’ is an exhibition as vast and diverse as its grand title. Vast and diverse, but not daunting. Collected into a slightly too confined space, the huge canvas of this show draws you down a corridor of fascinating objects, images, experiences and …

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