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A Quick Review of Cuban Art Today

A trip from Michigan to visit Cuba, in late October 2018, seemed intriguing on many fronts, not least the warm weather, nice beaches, an unusual destination, a big history between Cuba and the USA, and mostly for me the reputation that Cuban art and culture were of a high quality and present throughout the country. Our plane landed near Havana …

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Contemporary Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is a repository of portraits, historical paintings and contemporary American paintings located in Washington, D.C. Carefully selected works dating back to post WWII are presented in a quiet, well-lighted space where visitors are encouraged to walk, reflect and use the imagination. A visit to the National Museum of American Art on a bright Sunday was …

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Rebel with a Cause, an Interview with Derek Guthrie

Norbert Marszalek: The New Art Examiner was originally published from 1973 to 2002. It had a long and rousing history. What made you want to relaunch the magazine in 2015? Derek Guthrie: I love art and I like talking about art. I am an artist on the side but I don’t exhibit. I thought the demise was unnecessary. Though the …

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Scouting the Blogs with Miklos Legrady

Whose agenda? Should we mourn the death of the artist, and celebrate the rise of the creative curator?  Do they set the agenda? I posed this question years ago and was asked if I realized how hard a curator’s job was? Really? As artist and writer we must write and paint what we want. Then it’s on us to create …

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All We Have Lost

“I think the nice thing about Biennale Arts, it happens every two years, it’s like a clock and I like the idea that it is a way of taking the pulse of what’s happening in art but also in the world.” Ralph Rugoff, Curator of ‘May You Live in Interesting Times’, the title of the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019 …

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New Ways of Seeing

I have chosen to respond to James Bridle’s series on the BBC 4 channel concerning his observations on Berger’s ‘Ways of Seeing’. It is presented as a series of broadcasts on his understanding of Berger’s insight on visual art. Later I will cast some doubts on Bridle’s thinking around the internet and its influence on thinking and doing. However, John …

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Speakeasy

Each issue the New Art Examiner will invite an art world personality to write a speakeasy essay on a topic of interest. Al Jirikowic lives and works in Washington DC and is our DC Editor. A long-time reader of the New Art Examiner, he ran the famous bar in Adams Morgan, ‘Chief Ike’s Mambo Room’.  Phillip Kennecott of the Washington …

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Editorial

What if we all spoke our minds? What would happen if writers of art criticism took off their horse blinds and wrote what they really thought? What would the art world be like today? Would we be any closer to discovering truths? Digging down to see what is there in front of us is what the writers of the New …

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Letters Volume 33 no 6 July-August 2019

An Open Rebuke to Galleries Dear Galleries, I’ve wandered diligently in your empty wildernesses and I’ve carefully studied the spaces in between. I’ve searched for scraps in the deep ravines of nothingness and I’ve appreciated the stillness and beauty that exists in the void. I’ve worked hard and now I’m weary. Now I drag myself past empty walls and across …

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European Odyssey

What is art? What is life? If art is to speak what cannot be spoken, then life, in part, is to find each individual unspoken word until the unspoken becomes a philosophy. When art becomes life and life becomes art, it could create countless visual statements in painting, sculpture, poem, film, dance … . My backpack journey across Europe this …

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