“Unreal Realms”

Five Outsider Artists at Intuit Gallery Since his work was revealed to the public in the early seventies and rose to worldly acclaim shortly thereafter, Henry Darger has become the rule by which outsider art is measured. “Unreal Realms,” on view at Intuit Gallery, presents a selection of works by five artists, including Darger, and proposes that they are all …

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“Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams”

Clearly the large paned glass windows that rise up from the floor of the Art Institute’s Modern Wing make the front of galleries 182-184 feel like a retail space. Artists who have exhibited here in the past have highlighted this affect, Lucy McKenzie being a prime example. In the current exhibition, South African artist Kemang Wa Lehulere (born Capetown, 1984) …

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“There was a whole collection made: Photography from Lester and Betty Guttman”

Any time a large donation from a private collection is made to a muse- um one has to question the impact that has on programming and the overall freedom the curators have in incorporating the new works into their exhibition plans. Obviously, it is a good thing to be gifted artwork but whose agenda comes to the fore when a …

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The Avant-Garde and the Delusion of American Exceptionalism, “Blood-drenched Brushes and Golden Easels”

Three Essays on the Limits of Postmodernism after November 2016 Second Essay: “Blood-drenched Brushes and Golden Easels” Does the art world bear any responsibility for the rise of right-wing nationalism? Prior to Brexit and the 2016 American presidential election, the question could be dismissed with postmodern nonchalance. It can no longer be avoided, especially if France veers to the extreme …

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Energy in Motion

Stephen F. Eisenman sees Causal Connection Between The “Anthropocene” and Abstract Expressionism The decade and a half between 1945 to 1960, the heyday of Abstract Expressionism, may turn out to be the most consequential in the history of the planet. That’s when the human impact on nature became so great that the survival of life itself was threatened. The U.S. dropped …

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Speakeasy

Neoliberalism as an economic ideology is based on promoting “rational self-interest” through policies such as pivatisation, deregulation, globalisation and tax cuts, in which we now see the widest gulf between rich and poor in modern history. Culture and the arts have not been spared- artists have steadily fallen into the trap that has meant that art-working is at worst impossibly …

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