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Young Dutch Fashion Designer Conquers the GRAM

Many times when looking for the latest innovation we seek scientists, engineers and technology. But what if I told you that there is a fashion designer who is combining art with technological innovation, collaborating with other artists, scientists, and architects, and is one of the premier design houses in the world? Iris van Herpen, the young, 33 year-old Dutch woman is proving there are no limitations to …

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The Avant-Garde and the Delusion of American Exceptionalism

Three Essays on the Limits of Postmodernism after November 2016 Volume 31 no.3 : The Illusion of Progress Why the election results should not have been surprising Future Issues: Volume 31 no.4: Blood-drenched Brushes and Golden Easels: An analysis of what Derek Guthrie calls the “Americanization of the avant-garde” Volume 31 no.5: The Will to Ignorance: The role of academia in …

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Painters’ Painters

Artists of Today who Inspire Artists of Tomorrow Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (November 30, 2016–February 28th 2017) Works by Richard Aldrich, David Brian Smith, Dexter Dalwood, Raffi Kalenderian, Ansel Krut, Martin Maloney, Bjarne Melgaard, Ryan Mosley and David Salle I anticipated this exhibition with mixed feelings. I wonder are these artists all they’re cracked up to be, or products of a genius …

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When God Was a Woman

Musings on the Art of Monica Sjöö (1938–2005) The works of Monica Sjöö, Swedish born artist a radical feminist, explore themes of feminine power and socio-ecological responsibility. Highly influential in the Goddess Movement, some of her early works, which sit on the distaff side of politics and religious faith, were banned. “God Giving Birth” (1968) of God as a woman …

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Romantic Realities

Speculative Realism and British Romanticism by Evan Gottlieb Edinburgh University Press 2016   Speculative Realism was born in 2007 at a conference in Goldsmith College, the same college that gave us the YBA. Gottleib wishes to ally to a grouping of speculative realist philosophers the names of the Romantic poets as a counter-balance to Kant and his followers. Despite his assertion …

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Remembering David Bowie at St Germans

Yesterday, on the train from Penzance to Paddington, as I passed the tiny station of St Germans, I looked back, and high over the the estuary bathed in the searing dawn light, was a perfect rainbow stretching over the rolling green lawns of Port Eliot, ancestral home of the Earls of St Germans. Port Eliot itself is not visible from …

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For Whom (and What) Does an Artist Truly Perform?

What does artist Ai Weiwei’s complex identity as an activist mean for artists campaigning on human rights   There were two years, 2011 and 2015, that well-known Chinese contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei, appeared near the top of Art Review’s “Power 100,” a ranking of the most influential people in the contemporary art world. Both years happened to coincide with events connected to his arrest by the …

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Lies, Damn Lies and Serota at the BBC

Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Gallery, has used the platform of the BBC in a blatant attempt to deceive the nation. Either that or he is genuinely deluded himself. Both options render him unfit for major public office. He was confronted on Radio 4 programme The Reunion: Tate Modern on September 23rd by Sue MacGregor, regarding the Tate¹s purchase in 2005 of …

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Who Runs Our Major Museums and Why Are They So Silent?

Like the heads of major corporations such as Google or General Motors, being a museum director is an equally prestigious post and equally shrouded in secrecy. He or she may be a quasi-public figure who attends exhibition openings and dinners, hobnobs with art collectors and donors and signs appeal letters. But who are they as people, what do they think …

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The Broad Has a Problem: Provincialism

he provincialism of collectors and cura- tors of contemporary art is a signal fact of our culture. The geographical exclusivity, class narrowness, formal predictability, and political innocuousness of the art on view at even the newest museums and galleries of contemporary art is testimony to this fact. Two cases in point: The “New Contemporary” galleries at the Art Institute of …

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