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David Hosking

by Lynda Green David Hosking, an old friend and artist based in Porthleven, died recently. I was deeply saddened and worried for his wife, they were a devoted couple. His pictures were bright, cheerful, stylised scenes, many of them seascapes. Vaguely cubist, a little Paul Klee, but essentially true to his own self, they were not to everyone’s taste and …

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Un-/Veiled: Art In the Time of Corona / De/Maskiert: Die Kunst in den Zeiten des Corona. Eine Christo & Jeanne-Claude Retrospektive am Palais Populaire, Berlin

by Christian Hain (This article was written before the news of Christo’s death) Berlin galleries are open again under certain restrictions due to the on-going “virus crisis”. Wearing a face mask is obligatory, and patrons need to book a timeslot online for their visit. While most institutions and commercial galleries have opted for a soft re-opening, extending the runtime of …

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Volume 34 no 4 March-April 2020

Features: 7  No Art Superstars from Israel – Daniel Nanavati, Tel Aviv 10 The reality of Gabo does not match the expectation – Ken Turner, St Ives 13 Sculpting mathematics – Stephen Luecking, Chicago 18 Scouting the blogs – Miklos Legrady, Toronto Departments: 2 Letters 4 Editorial by Daniel Nanavati 6 Speakeasy by Gill Fickling 37 Newsbriefs Reviews: 15 Girls’ …

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Speakeasy volume 34 no 4 March/April 2020

I watched in horror as a nurse passed a wooden ladle full of food through the bars of Julio’s cell. Naked, wild-haired and eyed, 21-year-old Julio pressed himself up to the other side of the bars and opened his mouth wide to accommodate the huge spoon. Having spent the last 14 years of his young life behind bars, Julio’s only …

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No art superstars from Israel

Given the chance to visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and to consider the work and place of contemporary Israeli artists, my mind was filled with expectation. Surely the people who had produced Camille Pisarro and Marc Chagall, rumours about Rembrandt’s Jewish ancestry, Mark Rothko, Amedeo Modigliani, Leon Golub, Naum Gabo, Lucian Freud, Sonia Delaunay and so many others, …

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Sculpting Mathematics

Mathematics has had a profound effect in shaping modern art: not in its ability to generate attractive patterns but in exposing the artists to spatial possibilities not easily observed in their physical world. One such spatial possibility is the fourth dimension, which is, for the most part, inaccessible to human perception. The question of whether or not this invisible extension …

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Girl’s World

Take a second look. The exhibit is a nuanced Janus presentation of girlhood well worth the visit. Together, two artists break taboos and give us a revealing look at the state of contemporary girlhood. These friends have made a thorough study of childhood and undoubtedly remember their own as they show us some surprising interpretations of young girls metaphorically swimming …

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Empathy Fatigue

Empathy Fatigue at Andrew Rafacz raises some interesting questions. There are so many things to be fatigued about. Our ex-governor just returned home to Chicago from prison where he served a partial sentence for odious crimes, commuted by our current president. There is little surprise in one thug having empathy for another, but the existence of yet one more moronic …

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