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The British do it Better

From 2018/10/01 to 2019/01/27 at the National Gallery in London and then at Gemaldegalerie in Berlin, an event you can’t miss. This remarkable exhibition displays paintings of two Italian Renaissance masters: Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini. The exhibition, with its paintings coming from all over the world, took six years to prepare and millions of pounds invested. The main theme …

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Tony Shiels, the Movie

The exhibit was on Tony Shiels, considered one of the third generation St Ives’ artists, but what totally surprised me was the video, Making Marks, by Ben MacGregor that was used to support the show. It did much more than that; it stole the show! I wasn’t prepared to be enchanted by a video about an artist, so different from …

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Onya McCausland LANDSCAPES

From outside the show looks minimal. Several yellow ochre and red ochre canvasses with geometric designs, very carefully painted. One or two with organic branched designs. Some overhead plans of sites on the floor. On the back of the price list are grey small print details about mine sites and water treatment although the why and how are not clear. …

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Two Northern Lights in Nordic Show

Nordic Impressions spans nearly 200 years from 1821-2018, includes 53 artists representing Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Greenland, Iceland, Aland, and the Faroe Islands. The Phillips Collection survey offers the viewer meditations on nature’s expression both benevolent and horrible.; as well as an extensive catalogue organized by Klaus Ottmann, who is Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Academic Affairs. Ottmann has …

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The Beauty of Women

‘Architecture of Consolation’ currently on display at Chicago Artists Coalition features new work by BOLT resident artist Cathy Hsiao. Hsiao’s subject matter is the Bijin-ga, or “beautiful person picture” a Japanese term for erotica, specifically images of beautiful women presented in the Ukiyo-e method of print making. Hsiao, who herself has a background in the craft of weaving, presents a …

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Three Artists Play with Your Soul

My womb es mi Altar is the latest show curated by Tracie D. Hall, owner and founder of Rootwork Gallery. Inspired by the writings of Chicana cultural theorist, Gloria Anzaldua and Anzaldua’s statement “I am playing with my Self, I am playing with the world’s soul”, the show delivers some expertly painted works by three Chicago-based Chicana artists: Gloria Gloe, …

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The Man Who Lived Twice, an Appreciation of William Congdon

An exponent of figurative abstractionism, the American painter William G. Congdon, in the 1940s, was as famous as a Rothko, Pollock or Rauschenberg. A tormented and very sensitive soul, he lived two conversions that produced a dichotomy between the “before” and the “after” in his artistic production. If at the beginning his work was still amateur, after the Second World …

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Scouting the Blogs with Miklos Legrady

Art- Joseph Beuys said everyone’s an artist… which is hard to deny. I believe everyone’s a brain surgeon, which is equally obvious. The question is how good a brain surgeon, how good an artist? Art is an instinct, a symbolic language of early humans since the dawn of time. It’s an achievement; there’s the art of conversation, the art of …

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Museum Politics in Toronto

The definition of Anthropocene from the Merriam-Webster dictionary reads: “the period of time during which human activities have had an environmental impact on the Earth regarded as constituting a distinct geological age. Most scientists agree that humans have had a hand in warming Earth’s climate since the industrial revolution—some even argue that we are living in a new geological epoch, …

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