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Left at the Altar

DePaul’s last-minute decision in July to not pursue a publishing partnership with the New Art Examiner (NAE) felt akin to the groom who has spent months of courting only to find his beloved has gotten cold feet. All that now remains of a bold idea is disappointment. When our editorial team of Derek Guthrie, Tom Mullaney and Annie Markovich first met with DePaul’s Mary Ann Papanek-Miller …

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The Big Picture

It is not challenging. I will explain this later, but in the meantime I would be grateful if you bear with me on an excursion through the last millennium or so of art. My aim is to understand the underlying values which inform current art language and to provide some helpful imperatives on how to approach this with a consistent …

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Speakeasy

There is a tiny room in Chicago that everyone wants to enter. Thousands of artists are trying to break into a space that only has room for ten. Competition exists wherever there is an excess demand for resources and opportunities. The problem in the art world is that certain types of competition are artificially eliminated. Artists compete to be seen but institutions do not, and these institutions …

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Youki Hirakawa: ‘Secret Fire’ Anima Mundi, St Ives

Through a mix of video, video installation and still image, this collection that obliquely explores themes of time and transience, inviting the spectator to enter a reflective world. Time slows down, senses sharpen, calm prevails and we are prompted to ponder the passage of time immemorial and mortality itself. Meaning and deference to the spiritual permeate Hirakawa’s work. Beautifully presented …

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There And Back Again at the Penwith Gallery,St.Ives.

Through June the Penwith Gallery is hosting an exhibition of new paintings by Robert Jones, alongside Kerry Harding and Marion Taylors’ show, ‘There and Back Again.’ Robert Jones’s atmospheric and distinctively styled oil paintings of coastal seascapes and motifs (prices range from £420 – £4200.) benefit from having their own separate space – The Studio Gallery. There is a problem …

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There And Back Again at the Penwith Gallery,St.Ives

Marion Taylor and Kerry Harding, There And Back Again at the Penwith Gallery,St.Ives. Kerry Harding’s, Pink Plough 2, had an impact with muted tones but a strong feeling of landscape so much so I found myself in the place, making several returns to this piece to see what it was it evoked. Other pieces from her work, Beacon Gorse 11 …

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Society Defined in Shapes

Martin Puryear has penetrated the art world hierarchy in a subtle, courageous journey, carving through the corridors of power to reveal a highly sophisticated message about Art. He also offers the viewer a message that explores racism in the U.S. — a rare expression of moral outrage whispered in masterfully skilled and beautifully constructed sculpture with metaphor, whimsy and deep …

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Black Faces Matter: to Kerry James Marshall’s Art History

There can be no shying away from the lofty aspirations of Mastry, Kerry James Marshall’s aptly-titled retrospective now on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, through September 25. It then travels to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. To say that the show is epic merely describes the scale …

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Between Certainty and Doubt

The Renaissance Society has been a forerunner of the contemporary avant-garde since its founding in 1915. Over the past year, it marked this legacy with a series of centennial exhibitions, panel discussions, film screenings, and performances that displayed the Ren’s customary confidence in its role as a grounded bastion for creative exploration. Weighing the celebration of the Ren’s history and …

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Not So Secret Avian Icons

Walking into DePaul Art Museum’s exhibit of Tony Fitzpatrick: The Secret Birds, on view through August 21, one confronts the artist’s collection of colorful collages. A bird lies in the center of every work. Each depicts a different species and each bird is surrounded by imagery drawn from pop culture. Most pieces have a border of cigar bands, matchbook covers …

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