Milwaukee Museum’s New Design

Lots of Creative Bang for the Buck   Museums are usually wedded to an addition model. They build more wings to accommodate their growing collection. The Milwaukee Art Museum’s recently successful renovation, instead, followed a design strategy of subtraction. It compressed three earlier, independent, segregated structures, built over a 45-year period, into a single unified whole. The result: a brand-new …

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Monster Roster Curators Interviewed

John Corbett & Jessica Moss in conversation with US Editor Tom Mullaney   The Monster Roster was the first original movement in Chicago art. The current exhibition at the Smart Museum of Art is also the first-of-its-kind retrospective devoted to a group of artists who, though they did not work together, exhibit together or call themselves by that name, shared …

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Thoughts on The Internet Café

I need the night. The sounds and voices from the street below, hooting owls, crickets, frogs, even the stillness. I need some time alone, where I can sit and think. It is a Heidiggerian dictum that one can glean only so much information from a conversation with one’s self. At some point a hermit must leave the cave in search …

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Speakeasy

In Betweenness: State of Place, Art & Mind Museums and commercial galleries appear to be a straight-line star generating system for artists and curators. But in looking for stardom, we lose sight of art as a power struggle over voice and position. Whose voice is heard as words? Whose voice is marginalized and defined as peripheral noise? Power lies in …

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Partnership Between New Art Examiner

The New Art Examiner has a long and turbulent history. Being independent does not make for many friends and the Art World has built mega structures akin to international corporations. The idealistic Bohemia that this writer dreamed of many decades ago has faded and gone., The New Art Examiner survived as an independent voice with no resources except its wits. …

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The Oscars MFA

‘There is no right way of living the wrong life, for a formal ethics [of disposition] cannot underwrite it, and the ethics of responsibility … cannot underwrite it either.” Adorno The shift toward University trained artists and writers has been going on now for forty years. Most acutely, however, for the last twenty five. Today, if you are a playwright, …

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Editorial

Derek Guthrie once told me that people like to think of the art world as nature, free and open, but actually it is a Game Reserve where the animals are controlled and regularly culled. And where the money is in the hands of the hunters. In his younger years Derek had three sell-out shows in London, UK and he is …

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The Improbability of Love

A Novel published by Bloomsbury 2015 by Hannah Rothschild,   ‘Art follows power. Just as soldiers hang medals from their uniforms, the rich hang paintings on their walls.’ (p271) As the first woman to Chair the National Gallery, Hannah Rothschild is well-positioned to write a novel centred around the secret machinations of power in the art world. The dark underbelly …

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