Lies, Damn Lies and Serota at the BBC

Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Gallery, has used the platform of the BBC in a blatant attempt to deceive the nation. Either that or he is genuinely deluded himself. Both options render him unfit for major public office. He was confronted on Radio 4 programme The Reunion: Tate Modern on September 23rd by Sue MacGregor, regarding the Tate¹s purchase in 2005 of …

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Who Runs Our Major Museums and Why Are They So Silent?

Like the heads of major corporations such as Google or General Motors, being a museum director is an equally prestigious post and equally shrouded in secrecy. He or she may be a quasi-public figure who attends exhibition openings and dinners, hobnobs with art collectors and donors and signs appeal letters. But who are they as people, what do they think …

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The Broad Has a Problem: Provincialism

he provincialism of collectors and cura- tors of contemporary art is a signal fact of our culture. The geographical exclusivity, class narrowness, formal predictability, and political innocuousness of the art on view at even the newest museums and galleries of contemporary art is testimony to this fact. Two cases in point: The “New Contemporary” galleries at the Art Institute of …

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Speakeasy

A Ghost Ship of Tragedy and Crisis   The horrific “Ghost Ship” fire in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood on Dec. 2, 2016 was a tragedy waiting to happen. At least 36 young lives ended in a brief moment. Any of these victims could have been my own children or friends. We will never know the rewards of the music, art and …

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Taking On a New Role

My association with the New Art Examiner dates from 1980. I walked into its offices at 230 East Ohio to offer my services as a writer. I wanted to put my journalism background to use studying what is termed “The Art World.” And co- editor, Derek Guthrie (along with Jane Addams Allen) had just the assignment: an ongoing trial in …

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The Rise of the NAE Howler

As the New Art Examiner (NAE) continues to revitalize, plans are being made to introduce a sister publication called the Howler. A projected launch is scheduled for the spring of 2017. The Howler will be a substantial print-run publication for the mass-market, free of charge. This is contrary to the NAE that is a limited print-run, subscription-based publication. Consumers of …

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A Northern School Revisited

Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham are great 19th century English cities brought forth by the proceeds of manufacturing by the Industrial Revolution. British Society changed which naturally evolved a new patronage for the arts. The story of this book then, “A Northern School Revisited” (published in 2015 by ClarkArt Ltd) by Peter Davis, is a most welcome revisiting of a narrative art practice from that time of recent forefathers which still …

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Soul Bros in Art

A review of Salvador Dali & Andy Warhol by Torsten Otte (Scheidegger & Spiess, 2015) Who knew that Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol were art bros? When they met and hung out in the mid-60s and ‘70s, Dali’s star was fading while Warhol’s was shooting up to the heavens. Yet, on reflection, their association makes perfect sense. Both were among the last century’s most famous …

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