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The Emotions of Colour An Appreciation of Franz Marc

Franz Marc was born in Munich in 1880. He died near Verdun in 1916, legally murdered in what was called The War To End All Wars. A war which slaughtered over a million men. Marc’s father was a representational animal painter. His son took the language of animal imagery to new symbolic heights. In 1901, abandoning his philosophy course, he …

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Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings

Tate St.Ives until April 29th 2018. Curated by Laura Smith. As I walk around enjoying a lot of the paintings, it slowly dawns on me that they are all by women. As it’s so rare to encounter over 200 works by women in a space and none by men, I wonder why the Tate does not make this clear. Is …

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Tim Shaw and the Side of Life I Don’t Want to See

Tim Shaw, “What Remains” at The Exchange Gallery, Penzance (10 Feb-12 May 2018) I was left shell-shocked, speechless for a few minutes; I felt blocked. This was the powerful and unexpected effect that Tim Shaw’s exhibition had on me at The Exchange in Penzance. No evading reality here, no joy or soothing landscapes. What a sharp contrast to what usually …

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‘Hummadruz’, Newlyn Art Gallery, March 3 to June 2nd 2018

Curated by Field Notes – Cat Bagg and Rosie Thomson-Glover. ‘Hummadruz’ refers to a humming sound heard by some visitors to ancient sites such as reported by Andy Norfolk in the periodical Meyli Mamvro as he and two friends experienced it at Zennor quoit, not far from Newlyn Gallery. My companion reacted to this by saying, ‘sometimes you get a …

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Cézanne and the End of Art

Ordinarily one does not finish a book because it is good. Usually, one tires with the monotony of its language and casts it mightily aside. This is not the case with Donald Kuspit’s The End of Art. I am taking a break from it because it is too good, it scares me. The book is brilliant and intense and to …

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A Home for Artists – The Foundations in Venice

Nobel Prize winner Iosif Brodsky of Venice , “This city improves the appearance of time, embellishes the future and reveals in its palaces the most beautiful design that time has left on earth” (Watermark or Fondamenta degli incurabili in Italian). But, if the beauty of its buildings is in some ways unsustainable for the Venetians, modern architects are responsible for …

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The Shop Window Renaissance

How is it that the Italian shop windows are amongst the most beautiful in the world? A less important aspect of the shopping experience in some countries, in Italy window design is an essential element of the merchandising package, just like the wrappings of a present or the bag that is used to carry away purchases, even for small shops. …

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Jackie Saccoccio “Spectral Hole” Solo Exhibition

Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL December 15 -January 27 I first encountered Jackie Saccoccio’s work in person at Corbett vs Dempsey in Chicago. I had stumbled upon her online a few years earlier and was instantly hooked. The vibrant colors, the all over painting technique that seemed to lead the eye on a very deliberate course are at once mesmerizing …

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Anne Truitt – An Act of Resistance

The mid 1960s saw an array of overlapping art styles vying for dominance, from Warhol’s Pop icons to Lewitt’s Conceptual work and Judd’s cool Minimalism. Exhibitions attempting to define these movements were often organized by their canonical male figures and even institutional surveys that aimed at enshrining the avant-garde rarely included women. With few exceptions, women were not recognized as …

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Master of the Line

SUMMARY: A new exhibition of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s works at New York’s Museum of Modern Art makes it clear that for Lautrec, the color lithograph, not the painting, was the ultimate work of art. The “how” of the artist’s intense printmaking method is explained by a series of exhibits showing his step-by-step process from rapid sketch to completed print. The …

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