Art and Critical Theory: Five Course Objectives and Explanatory Commentary

This article is an explanatory essay written, in the fall of 2016, for a graduate art theory course in which some students were subject to what I call the “tyranny of relevance.” Two particularly militant students insisted that a historical approach to art theory had no value because it was an exercise in oppression that reflected Western power relations. They …

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Speakeasy

To think that Washington D.C. is a major progenitor of the visual arts would be an incorrect assumption. Of course we are an art center and an international confluence of art passing into America from a global context – yes, given our embassies and museums and galleries and schools and of course, the Federal Government – we are important. But …

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Letters to the Editor

Winners Get Grants, Losers Don’t Dear Editor, “… like any juried or selection process, there’s people who can be perceived as winners and people who can be perceived as losers.” So says the executive director of a prominent D.C. non-profit arts organization in a recent article in The Washington City Paper. He’s right. There simply aren’t enough public-sponsored venues and …

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Galleries Representing Felix Gonzalez-Torres Are Airbrushing HIV/AIDS Out of His Work: It Needs to Stop.

This article was first published by artslant May 2017   There is no artist more synonymous with the poignancy, wistfulness and desolation of art made within the crucible of the HIV/AIDS crisis than Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996). Within the maelstrom of that government-sponsored holocaust, his experience of it, and its effects on his communities, he created work of such melancholic grandeur …

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The Birth of Purity

Here is an artist dealing with the free-for-all that is the postmodern enterprise and digging deep to reconcile some of its thoughts with those of (almost) art’s archaeological history. The themes of womanhood, birth and creative nature run through her work like a river, an analogy she would probably relish. The Terracotta style colours redolent of Lascaux cave paintings, the …

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After 40 years Sowing Seeds in Academia

– a special art exhibition at RCVA, WMU, Kalamazoo, Michigan   Richmond Center of Visual Arts (RCVA) is a designated space for academia, community artists and international artists to exhibit. A beautiful 5,000 sq feet exhibition space founded in 2007 on the campus of Western Michigan University within the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan. I was invited by RCVA to review …

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