Fiber: Sculpture 1960–Present

This traveling exhibition is curated by Jenelle Porter of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. The Des Moines Art Center presentation is organized by Senior Curator Gilbert Vicario. The revolutionary politics of Fiber: Sculpture 1960–Present are alive and valuable but their presence is hard to read as more than a historical artifact. This dual position of vitality and preservation—the critique …

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Sam Thorne Interviews Derek Guthrie

In these convivial surroundings near the harbour in St Ives, the two men talked about Derek’s life and career, the chances that led into publishing the New Art Examiner, his broad philosophy of the visual arts, how age has found him accidentally ‘walking history’, and his hopes that a renewed Examiner will continue to champion independent thought long into the …

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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 speak-easy essay on a topic of interest – whatever it may be   Having dedicated my entire life from age 2 to the visual arts, I now feel that much of that life has been wasted, because my personal fortunes—like those of …

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A Visit to the Venice Art Biennale 2015

The first Venice Biennale took place in 1895 and 120 years later prospers as the oldest and probably most famous of the many international gatherings for contemporary art and architecture. This year’s Biennale opened on Friday 8th May in the Giardini Gardens, a gentle stroll alongside the lagoon beyond the famous Piazza San Marco described by Napoleon as ‘Europe’s sitting …

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Adolph Gottlieb – the Reality of Abstraction

“The role of artist has always been that of image-maker. Different times require different images. Today, when our aspirations have been reduced to a desperate attempt to escape from evil, and times are out of joint, our obsessive, subterranean and pictographic images are the expression of the neurosis which is our reality. To my mind certain so-called abstraction is not …

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Arts Journalism in a Digital Age

Conference Tackles Criticism and Connectivity,Fails to Address Ethics and Collusion       Widespread euphoria in the arts has prevailed in the last decade over the new possibilities offered by digital media. Writers no longer need be confined by the space limitations of, or access to, print media. The abundance of thoughts and images now available online exponentially expands the …

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The Catch in Kitsch

          An artist once asked me why is it museum gift shops look like department stores? How is it that every blockbuster exhibition has a stall at the end of the show selling memorabilia with umbrellas, keychains, coffee mugs, etc.? There was a time when all you could buy at an exhibition was postcards of the …

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Full Circle

        A short explanation of current thinking. Many of you are not aware of the long history of the New Art Examiner. The Art World is very complex and diffi cult. It is also a billion dollar industry that gets its raw material from artists who permanently supply Art, whether good or bad, in the hope that one day they may earn …

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Symposium

Is There A Future for Art and Artists in St.Ives?   20th May 2016   7.30 pm Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Gallery, St Ives. Sponsored by The Belgrave Gallery and Newlyn Society of Artists. Admission free.

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Symposium

      8th April 2016, 7.30 pm Penwith Gallery St Ives ‘Should the Future of the Penwith be its Past?’ Questions from the audience from 8pm. Speakers: Peter Davies, Penwith. Michael Gaca, Belgrave Gallery St Ives. Daniel H Nanavati, UK Editor New Art Examiner. Derek Guthrie, Publisher, New Art Examiner.   Admission free. Refreshments from the cafe. Sponsored by …

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