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Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

As I write this, the world is waking up to the news of the singer and songwriter, Prince’s untimely death at the age of 57. Prince was at the top of his game, so if we are to look dispassionately at the statistics of early deaths amongst rock stars, he has bowed out at a time when it could be …

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A Revealing Sensitivity in Portraits and Video.

Much of Boo Beaumont’s photographic work in Metamorph, at the Royal Cornwall Museum 22 February to 30 June 2016, seems to be about the interior essence of things. Her series of black and white portraits of remarkable women – twelve of which are exhibited in The National Gallery – have an intimate feel about them. The tight framing and low-key …

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A Photographer of Coincidence

Kenneth Josephson: An Exhibition and Book Review In an earlier lifetime, I collected postcards, mostly reproductions of pictures I liked: favorite artworks or photographs by favorite photographers. Sometimes, they were simply images that drew me. One such image was “Acropolis, 1972” by Kenneth Josephson. I clearly remember what drew me. This was a photograph and a photograph about photography. In …

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The New Contemporary

Sanctuary for the Edlis/Neeson Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago   While record crowds make themselves at home in the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition of Van Gogh’s Bedrooms—examining three versions of this iconic painting—other visitors looking for a more recent avant-garde may be drawn to the museum’s reopened contemporary galleries, now billed as The New Contemporary. The title refers to …

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Hype Is Not Enough

A year ago (2014) some public art, ‘Dad’s Halo Effect’ by Ryan Gander, was bolted to the pavement in Beswick, a mile east of Manchester centre in an area formerly the blackest in the city but now home to a football stadium, a cleaned up canal and some ad hoc metal warehousing. ‘Regeneration’ is the long word repeated about these …

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War Orphans

HENRY DARGER & ART SPIEGELMAN It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. — Joseph Campbell The fields of self-taught art/art brut (i.e., Outsider art) and sequential art (i.e., comic books/graphic novels) are areas that have been historically considered marginal to the academic canon of Western …

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NEWSPEAK

The Emergence of Orwellian NewSpeak in Art ” In the new speculative market, it is often the quality of patronage, not the quality of the art, that determines its initial success.” Words have a history and a definition. Control the definition and you control meaning and by controlling meaning you control what people understand by what you are saying. Control …

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Revitalising The New

The public discussion on April 12th in St Ives Cornwall UK, was jointly organized by the Penwith Society of Artists, the Belgrave Gallery, the Newlyn Society of Artists and the New Art Examiner. The theme was the perennial question of how to recognize, encourage and preserve vitality in an organization that presents art to the public and avoids stagnation. Modern …

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Speakeasy

In early February, Gloria Steinem commented to Bill Maher about Hillary Clinton’s problem getting support from younger women. Young women, she said, ask, “Where are the boys?” Of course, Steinem took a big hit for saying that but,if Maher had asked about Clinton’s problem getting support from younger men, it would have been equally relevant to answer the same way, …

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Laura Lovelace in St Ives

Marcel Duchamp once remarked art has its sell by date, being cynical but also wise about the marketing of art. Previous Dadaist, and cultural saboteur par excellence, he continued the anti art tradition of Dada which was a profound disquiet with the great slaughter of world and the taste and culture of those who affected it. History now has proved …

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