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Michael Williams AT THE CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ARTS

Throughout the history of painting mimicry has been an ever present strategy, from sourcing the natural world to the mechanical properties of photography. Now trending is computer as muse: either as a tool for the process of painting, ink jet output as the painting, or a combination of both. For Michael Williams’ first solo museum exhibition in the United States …

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You’ll Know It When You See It

The title of this comment “defines” art well enough, especially when the folly of trying to define it formally raises its perplexing head. When Marcel Duchamp is given credit, as he so often is, for making the definition of art an important issue, I roll my eyes. How is it we recognize the animal images adorning the walls of Lascaux …

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A VERY MODERN MANIFESTO – GOYA 1792

An Unknown Treasure It is little known that the Spanish enlighted-romantic master painter Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) wrote to inform Academics of his suggestions for a new curriculum, training students of the Arts. it was, in effect, a manifesto establishing the core need for freedom of expression in one’s Art. At the time he was teaching at the …

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An Incomplete Project? Art and Politics in the new Millennium

What was postmodernism? – Habermas’s critique Postmodernism challenged the institutionalized modernism of the mid-20th century, offering more radical forms of social discontents and cultural practice. It meant unmasking the values of progress as involving ideologies of the political status-quo, the problems of which were manifest to a new generation in the 1960s. But, more recently, postmodernism itself has begun to …

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Thoughts on a Personal Manifesto

Transcendence, transcendent, and transcendental are words that refer to an object (or a property of an object) as being comparatively beyond that of other objects. Such objects (or properties) transcend other objects (or properties) in some way. transcendent |tranˈsendɘnt| Adj. beyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience : the search for a transcendent level of …

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Art and Critical Theory: Five Course Objectives and Explanatory Commentary

This article is an explanatory essay written, in the fall of 2016, for a graduate art theory course in which some students were subject to what I call the “tyranny of relevance.” Two particularly militant students insisted that a historical approach to art theory had no value because it was an exercise in oppression that reflected Western power relations. They …

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Death of Damien Hirst in Venice

“Money complicates everything. I have a genuine belief that art is a more powerful currency than money – thats the romantic feeling that an artist has. But you start to have this sneaking feeling that money is more powerful.” (Damien Hirst) “Becoming a brand name is an important part of life. Its the world we live in.” (Damien Hirst) In …

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Speakeasy

To think that Washington D.C. is a major progenitor of the visual arts would be an incorrect assumption. Of course we are an art center and an international confluence of art passing into America from a global context – yes, given our embassies and museums and galleries and schools and of course, the Federal Government – we are important. But …

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Letters to the Editor

Winners Get Grants, Losers Don’t Dear Editor, “… like any juried or selection process, there’s people who can be perceived as winners and people who can be perceived as losers.” So says the executive director of a prominent D.C. non-profit arts organization in a recent article in The Washington City Paper. He’s right. There simply aren’t enough public-sponsored venues and …

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