Still A No-Fly Zone

Back in New York for a visit after four years away, I was taken to see the Oculus, Ground Zero’s most distinctive new building. The World Trade Center transportation hub designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. This colossal building is a colossal waste of a colossal sum of money; four billion dollars. I cannot describe it better than by quoting …

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Haylee Ebersole at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

In continuation of a long standing tradition the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, known for its support and promotion of regional contemporary art, selected Haylee Ebersole, from a group of nominated artists, for the emerging artist of the year for 2017. Her work appears on the second floor in the back three exhibition spaces of the facility. For the exhibition, …

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Carol Levin’s Battleground Horse

Without doubt the most exquisite exhibit that ever went up on gallery walls was a few years ago in the Selden Gallery in Norfolk Virginia. A photo of the piece here highlights its sheer agony and sheer beauty. The Battleground Horse by Carol Levin, along with approximately ten other pieces of sculpture, was both here and not here; the profound …

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The Human Face of an American Icon

Jane Addams Allen 1987 SUMMARY: Georgia O’Keeffe cultivated an image as hard and austere as the bones and mountains that were her favorite subjects. But a National Gallery of Art exhibition featuring rarely seen works and many of O’Keeffe’s personal letters offers another view and makes clear that she was an intensely alive artist, passionate about her work. We are …

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Derek Guthrie in conversation with Jo Clarke

Derek Guthrie: When did you open Goldfish? Joseph Clarke: I started in 2003. DG: What inspired you to open a commercial gallery in Cornwall? Because you must have known it was going to be very difficult. JC: I didn’t really consider whether it be difficult or not it was just a case of looking to provide a platform for work …

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Gaining Recognition: The Dream Denied and now Defined

Argument: The corruption that infects the art world is not one of the heart, but one of control. The liberal condition has become one that hides decision making and takes constructive criticism as an attack. The malaise in the community arises from accepting that, because there are more choices and more artists, the culture is necessarily healthy, inclusive, diverse and …

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Speakeasy

The Problematics of Black Representation Interviewer: Do you consider yourself a painter or a black painter? Basquiat: Oh I use lots of colors not just black. I’m not a betting man, but I’ll wager $10 that 15 years ago the average MFA student would have been hard pressed to name 10 African-American artists contemporary or otherwise. Today, the task is …

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Letters

Codswallop Dear Editor Cheers to Ken Turner for his courageous performance in St. Ives, Codwallop reviewed in the last issue. While raising awareness around town pulling a fish in a wagon, Turner asks questions to the public and to the cod. Where is the art critical dialogue? What’s going on in the art world today? Do you know what is …

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A PETITION TO REVERSE ELISABETH MURDOCH’S APPOINTMENT TO ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

A PETITION TO REVERSE ELISABETH MURDOCH’S APPOINTMENT TO ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND Sir Nicholas Serota Chair of Arts Council England Arts Council England 21 Bloomsbury Street London WC1B 3HF ACE decision to appoint Elisabeth Murdoch to National Council Dear Sir Nicholas Serota, Artists’ Union England calls on Arts Council England, to reverse the decision to appoint Elisabeth Murdoch as a member …

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Editorial

As the economy recedes, and as the political crisis deepens, the USA is a land of apprehension. A long way from the post-war boom. That time witnessed the triumph of American abstract art. Art follows the money. Embedded in millennial thinking is the Van Gogh syndrome and also the less spectacular introvert voice of Paul Cezanne, who lays a claim …

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