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A Brush with John Berger, Hiroshima and the Kitchen Sink

Meeting John Berger was not a problem; we lived in the same street in Hampstead. So one day I went across the street to show him some drawings of mine. We were exactly the same age, and it was in the year 1954. Nine years earlier the H-bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima: ten years later, Berger initiated the Kitchen …

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The Relevance of Critical Theory to Art Today

The scholar of Benjamin’s and Adorno’s work, Susan Buck-Morss provided a pithy formulation for defining the tasks of both art and criticism in the modern era: “[Artists’] work is to sustain the critical moment of aesthetic experience; our job as critics is to recognize this.” Two aspects of Buck-Morss’s formulation of the work of artists need to be emphasized—“sustaining the …

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The Will to Ignorance: The Role of Academia in the Postmodern Debacle

The Avant-Garde and the Delusion of American Exceptionalism The Third Essay on the Limits of Postmodernism after November 2016   In the late nineteenth century, Friedrich Nietzsche asked and answered a question that still haunts the developed world: “‘What is the task of higher education?’ — To turn a man into a machine.” (Twilight of the Idols, trans. R.J. Hollingdale. Decades after …

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Speakeasy

Each issue the New Art Examiner will invite a well-known, or not-so-well-known, art world personality to write a speakeasy essay on a topic of interest – whatever it may be.   1. Several of the women in my family seem to have a sour tooth. I learned this when my aunt confided in me some years ago that she preferred …

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Letters Volume 31 no 5 May / June 2017

Dear Editor, A New Statesman article last year reported that ‘The Creative Industries Federation, a membership organisation that represents the views of the UK creative industries, states that 96 per cent of its member’s support remaining in the EU…’ A major reason for this was Creative Europe, a €1.46 billion fund set up by the EU for the cultural and …

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Chicago is still ‘theatrically corrupt’

Dear Reader, A word of explanation is required to accompany our decision to publish the cover. Our Declaration of Independence. The Art world is composed of many bubbles and we all exist inside our own bubble. Including the New Art Examiner which is a journal of critical opinion. After the recent election in the US and the Referendum in the …

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WARNING TO READERS

The Chicago Cabal have published have published an unauthorized edition of the New Art Examiner.We have received much advice from different sources this is illegal. a serious infringement of Intellectual property rights. Friends and readers do not be confused. Check out the name of the publisher before purchasing. THE OFFICAL VERSION LISTS DEREK GUTHRIE AS PUBLISHER THE UNOFFICIAL VERSION LISTS …

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Volume 31 no. 5 May / June 2017

LETTERS p4 OP-ED – Our Cover Explained by DEREK GUTHRIE p2 SPEAKEASY  Rachel Shteir our flâneur p9 THE WILL TO IGNORANCE by JORGE MIGUEL BENITEZ p11 JOHN BERGER a personal memory by KEN TURNER p18 ROSE HILTON last of the St Ives School interviewed by DEREK GUTHRIE p19 THE RELEVANCE OF CRITICAL THEORY TO ART TODAY by CHRIS CULTRONE of …

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Letters Volume 31 no 5 May / June 2017

Dear Editor, A New Statesman article last year reported that ‘The Creative Industries Federation, a membership organisation that represents the views of the UK creative industries, states that 96 per cent of its member’s support remaining in the EU…’ A major reason for this was Creative Europe, a €1.46 billion fund set up by the EU for the cultural and …

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Letters Volume 30 no 6 August / September 2016

Dear Tom, All of us at the Block are very appreciative of the coverage you facilitated for our exhibition on Charlotte Moorman in your March / April Issue. Rachael Schwabe’s insightful article captured the ambitious scope of the show, and the compelling questions we wished to raise. We were thrilled to hear of your work to give new life to …

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