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Dreaming with the Ancestors. Mexican Archaeology in Frida Kahlo’s Art and Life

In the collateral exhibition “The dream of the Ancestors” at the MUDEC – Museo delle Culture in Milan the artistic imagination of Frida Kahlo is revived through sculptures, moulded figurines and ceramics from the pre-Columbian civilization of Mexico. In search of her roots and the roots of her art in the Mesoamerican indigenous culture, the artist revived themes, myths and …

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The Pains of Young Frida

From the Casa Azul in Mexico City, where the artist Frida Kahlo lived for many years with her husband Diego Rivera, new documents have recently emerged that had been hidden away for decades in cases and trunks. The discovery of this archive material sheds new light on the painter and has inspired, among other things, the exhibition, “Frida Kahlo – …

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Frida Kahlo Self Made Feminist

The heroine of women painters, who championed the use of folk symbols to illustrate and elucidate self, surrealist painter, and merger of social realism and confrontational renaissance portraiture, is highly relevant to the present art scene. In painted self-portraits she surrounds her image with symbols of Mexican folklore and culture as in My Grandparents, My Parents and Me (1936),to exorcize …

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Speakeasy

The cod often casts an eye on our behaviour with our propensity to take paths that lead to misery, both politically and aesthetically. So, in this instance, I feel that it’s my duty to let the cod speak directly. “To put it bluntly, how is it that you haven’t sorted out the idea of your so-called postmodern period; that all …

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Volume 32 no 6 July / August 2018 Editorial

Cages, prisons and walls are odd themes for an editorial. Each possesses subtle differences in meaning and while many innocent people are behind bars, there are many more in the wide world who have made their own “big houses.” The “big house” is hood (ghetto) slang for prison. In the visual arts conformity and exclusion play important roles within academia …

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Letters Volume 32 no 6 July/August 2018

Still a No-fly Zone (March/April 2018) Francis, This beautiful article shouldn’t stop here; it needs to be read by a larger public, not just by 12,000 paltry readers a month that you have here. All New Yorkers, all Americans and people overseas should be able to read what Frances Oliver wrote, as everyone was touched by 9/11 in one way …

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Why The Whitney Museum’s Summer of Wojnarowicz is a Winter of Discontent

Perhaps it was inevitable that the Whitney Museum’s David Wojnarowicz retrospective “History Keeps me Awake at Night” would be underwhelming, despite comprising over a hundred and forty pieces. Over ten years of consideration, months of marketing, concurrent exhibitions (at P.P.O.W. and Mamdouha Bobst galleries), and much gilded coverage, have built an epic situation. This all preceded his exaltation into the …

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The Joy of Painting

Not many art lovers know Darby Bannard, even though he lived a long time and accomplished many things. In the late fifties, Bannard and his friend Frank Stella inspired themselves to make pictures that were very direct, to the point not many recognized them as “paintings” until almost 10 years later. In a letter to me he said the rules …

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Volume 32 no 5 May / June 2018

The cultural context and significance of ‘Black Panther Theology in art Life in the Margins, meeting Anna Zissermann An Appreciation of Franz Marc Washington DC news Anne Truitt: an act of resistance A home for artists in Venice Master of the Line, Toulouse Lautrec by Jane Addams Allen The shop window renaissance in Italy Reviews from:  Milan, Washington, Chicago and Cornwall Book …

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Camille Paglia’s Glittering Images

At a first glance Glittering Images, starting from Egyptian art, going on through the centuries with major focus on twentieth century art and George Lucas’ Star War’s appears to be a useful introduction and overview to art history for first year university students. The book is printed on high quality art paper in an elegant and readable typeface. It would …

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