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Living with Hopper

Edward Hopper has been one of my favourite artists since I started taking an interest in art. Along the wall leading to the cafeteria at school, we had a frieze of Seurat’s pointillist painting, ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Queuing for lunch I lazily examined it and, knowing nothing of pointillism, even the term, I …

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Two Exhibits Tied to Tradition

Chicago Tribune: Sunday 3rd December 1972 Jane Addams Allen & Derek Guthrie were the art correspondents for the Chicago Tribune for nearly two years. It was only when one of their articles was pulled from the galleys that Jane suggested they publish themselves and start the New Art Examiner in 1974. Their thirst for freedom of speech is our inheritance. …

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A slight look into Edward Hopper

I think we now have a certain advantage of “time” in respect to our viewing of Edward Hopper’s work. It is how he came into his “own” that I wish to discuss. I am taken by the life of Hopper’s “own”, a “resplendent” throughout his life’s work. Hopper is usually discussed for his take on the lonesome American city or …

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The Legacy of Apathy–Derek Guthrie in DC

The New Art Examiner is difficult to explain, as it does not fit into convenient categories. I refer to our Statement of Purpose, printed in every issue since the first one. These profound words were written by a forgotten hero, Edward Fry, the Curator and Art Historian who defied the Trustees of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. He lost …

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John Link in Art Teaching

John Link, retired Professor of Art, Western Michigan University, painter, and contributor to the New Art Examiner, Interview with Lily Lihting Li Kostrzewa – From Philosophy to Art to Writing: When I was in philosophy, my fellow grad students agreed that we were in philosophy because we couldn’t do anything else. But the same can be said of art. My …

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‘Time’ to Add a Little ‘Life’ To Art

In 1936 Henry Luce kick-started the field of photojournalism with the launch of Life Magazine, which by 1940 became the leading magazine in the nation. Those same few years saw another visual revolution that rankled Luce. With the leading lights of European art arriving in the US to escape the growing influence of fascism in their native countries the course …

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A Resounding Beast at the Prado

When I entered the Prado Museum to see the contemporary Giacometti exhibition, I felt echoes of the exhibition in Paris, the Autumn Salle 1905, that launched the Fauvist movement, nicknamed by art critic Louis Vauxcelles as “Donatello among the beasts”- referring to those new bold paintings full of challenging colours placed near a classical Renaissance sculpture of Donatello. “The beasts …

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