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The Framing of Black Identity

Martin Puryear Parasol Unit, London.18th September – 6th December 2017 Intricate discussions about methods of woodworking and formal decisions about sculpture characterised Martin Puryear’s lectures in the early 1980’s in Chicago. He didn’t at that time overtly ’play the race card’ but you could see plain as day he was a Black man talking about art in a divided city. …

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An Altar from Vannucci

The city has many cultural and artistic events aimed at pleasing a variety of tastes from the most refined to the coarsest. In Milan, especially after the Expo, there has been a greater flow of foreign visitors. Numerous exhibitions have been organized at various levels of quality, with many responding to a market economy. The criticism of some art historians …

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Fashionably Recycled

This is a photograph of a bike sharing graveyard in China taken from a drone, which has assumed its own beauty. This leads to the consideration in an indirect way of the fashion attire represented in racing cyclists. Maria Teresa Castelli of Studio Taste in Italy has become a leading designer for racing cyclists, which is attracting attention. Ever since …

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Notes on the Dallas Art Scene

Dallas is a mythical concept. It is America in ways that New York, Chicago or Los Angeles are no longer. It is further from convention, and wrapped within its locality and character in a manner that causes other cities to seem timid in their skins. Dallas embodies its country’s most dynamic hallmarks—economic growth, technological advancement and unceasing civic development—while remaining …

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Tim Shaw talks to Derek Guthrie

DG: So, when did you come down to Cornwall? TS: I … I moved here September 1985 … DG: Yes TS: I was a first-year undergraduate at Falmouth School of Art DG: So you came down here to be an art student at Falmouth. TS: That’s right, yes DG: … and you hadn’t been at any other place? TS: I …

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Why I Left Chicago

PG: How old are you? Where are you from? When did you come here? Is Chicago one of many stops on your journey? I had lived in London. Cornwall, Paris, and India exploring the art world in my youth. I was looking to experience the quality and dynamic of American life. I watched from abroad the ascendancy of New York …

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The Millennial Left is Dead

They had friends, they had enemies, they fought, and exactly through this they demonstrated their right to exist. (“Art and Politics in Our Epoch,” letter of January 29, 1938) The more daring the pioneers show in their ideas and actions, the more bitterly they oppose themselves to established authority which rests on a conservative “mass base,” and the more conventional …

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Speakeasy

If I was asked the question, “What do you think about the Art Market?” I would answer with exactly the same words Ghandi used, when he was asked about the Western Civilization: ‘I think that would be a good idea.’ As I look out there, I can’t see such a thing as an Art Market. What we generally call the …

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