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In Betweenness: State of Place, Art & Mind Museums and commercial galleries appear to be a straight-line star generating system for artists and curators. But in looking for stardom, we lose sight of art as a power struggle over voice and position. Whose voice is heard as words? Whose voice is marginalized and defined as peripheral noise? Power lies in …

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Partnership Between New Art Examiner

The New Art Examiner has a long and turbulent history. Being independent does not make for many friends and the Art World has built mega structures akin to international corporations. The idealistic Bohemia that this writer dreamed of many decades ago has faded and gone., The New Art Examiner survived as an independent voice with no resources except its wits. …

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The Oscars MFA

‘There is no right way of living the wrong life, for a formal ethics [of disposition] cannot underwrite it, and the ethics of responsibility … cannot underwrite it either.” Adorno The shift toward University trained artists and writers has been going on now for forty years. Most acutely, however, for the last twenty five. Today, if you are a playwright, …

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The Widening Chasm Between Artists and Contemporary Art

Not long ago contemporary art was simply the art of our time, the art of now. This is no longer the case, as the designation of “contemporary art” has become a new art historical category distinct from time, place, and cultural continuity. Like its predecessor, “modern art,” contemporary art has become a clearly defined movement. Unlike modern art, the new …

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Editorial

Derek Guthrie once told me that people like to think of the art world as nature, free and open, but actually it is a Game Reserve where the animals are controlled and regularly culled. And where the money is in the hands of the hunters. In his younger years Derek had three sell-out shows in London, UK and he is …

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Rei Naito at the Koyanagi Gallery, Tokyo

Rei Naito has always had a light touch—both in the sense of employing light and shadow to create an aura and in the sense of using vulnerable or ephemeral materials. Her U.S. debut in the ‘90s, in a group show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, was a thin, pale tent that viewers could enter …

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The Improbability of Love

A Novel published by Bloomsbury 2015 by Hannah Rothschild,   ‘Art follows power. Just as soldiers hang medals from their uniforms, the rich hang paintings on their walls.’ (p271) As the first woman to Chair the National Gallery, Hannah Rothschild is well-positioned to write a novel centred around the secret machinations of power in the art world. The dark underbelly …

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USB Drives Drive Art

The attempt to ‘find oneself’ is a modern development. The 19th century ‘flâneur’ (a lounger, or stroller,) mapped the changing Paris cityscape as his way of navigating the world. Artists and writers used what remained of urban and nature walks as fodder for their creative practice. In the 1920s, the Surrealists used automatism as a tool for their art, enabling …

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The Englishness of English Art

This Exhibition of 82 paintings mostly small is wide selection from the Camberwell School of Art London 1945 to 1985 originated by Belgrave Galley and shared with The St Society of artists. The exhibition is wide ranging, presenting the contribution of the school ,which became through teaching and influence the mainstream of English painting. Art schools since the era of …

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Can Paedophilia be Art?

On 13th October 2015 at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court permission was sought by the Metropolitan Police force in London to destroy works by artists in a paedophile investigation which had led to imprisonment. Amongst the artists named were Graham Ovenden, Pierre Louÿs and prints from the photographer Wilhelm von Plüschow. Following the magistrates permission to destroy these works, a decision now …

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