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The Degeneration of the Avant-Garde into Fashion

The Times – God bless its little cotton socks – has just been celebrating the triumphal return of the 1990s as a creative force. “Suddenly contemporary art” it crows, “was part of popular culture. The Royal Academy’s landmark Sensation show in 1997 was a turning point.” It was so indeed, but not exactly in the terms the article intends. Here …

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One Way To Think Like An Artist

“Our heads are round so that thoughts can change direction.” Thinking about ‘thinking’ is one way of paying attention. We can look, think, envision, gaze, fancy, ponder, dream, reflect, stare into the distance, imagine and/or remember things as they swim into our minds. It is doubtful any one of these ‘methods’ could result in a new thought. To be successful …

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Night Divides the Day …

The Doors in *Break on Through* The desire for high-class oddities is nothing new in sophisticated society. The educated have always loved this stuff. The eighteenth century English constructed “ruins” in their gardens that they viewed through smoked glass, making them seem older and more romantic. Gentlemen carried human gallstones to social gatherings to use for starting conversations. The French …

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Cultural Dictatorship at the New York Times

It is an astonishing peculiarity that in New York there is just one newspaper setting the tone of cultural opinion: The New York Times. There are other publications but they haven’t a fraction of its influence. There is no equal counter-argument to penetrate The Times’ monopoly, lodged so deeply into the city’s DNA. Not the New York Observer, The Wall …

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Speakeasy

The Context of Creation For the course of 20th century art the narrative of the art world has romanticized a particular set of variables in regards to the creative space of the artist. The picturesque idea of the high ceilinged loft/industrial space in which the artist creates has, over the past century, been instilled in both the general public and …

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Humans Can Only Create Corrupt Systems

The regular refrain about the art market being overpriced , overblown and an anchor weighing down creativity in our culture won’t go away. Ever. The reason is quite simple and anyone who has researched patronage even briefly, and the monetary system itself will understand: money panders to ego, vanity and power. So can art. The inherent corruption of money is …

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The Future is With Us.

With this issue, the New Art Examiner marks its first year back following a thirteen-year break. Our return, which began at Expo Chicago last September, has not been easy. We have managed to publish six forty-plus page issues with minimal advertising or subscription income. We have survived on pure faith and art-fed fumes. We owe a great deal to the …

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Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

As I write this, the world is waking up to the news of the singer and songwriter, Prince’s untimely death at the age of 57. Prince was at the top of his game, so if we are to look dispassionately at the statistics of early deaths amongst rock stars, he has bowed out at a time when it could be …

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A Revealing Sensitivity in Portraits and Video.

Much of Boo Beaumont’s photographic work in Metamorph, at the Royal Cornwall Museum 22 February to 30 June 2016, seems to be about the interior essence of things. Her series of black and white portraits of remarkable women – twelve of which are exhibited in The National Gallery – have an intimate feel about them. The tight framing and low-key …

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A Photographer of Coincidence

Kenneth Josephson: An Exhibition and Book Review In an earlier lifetime, I collected postcards, mostly reproductions of pictures I liked: favorite artworks or photographs by favorite photographers. Sometimes, they were simply images that drew me. One such image was “Acropolis, 1972” by Kenneth Josephson. I clearly remember what drew me. This was a photograph and a photograph about photography. In …

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