Thoughts on a Personal Manifesto

Transcendence, transcendent, and transcendental are words that refer to an object (or a property of an object) as being comparatively beyond that of other objects. Such objects (or properties) transcend other objects (or properties) in some way. transcendent |tranˈsendɘnt| Adj. beyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience : the search for a transcendent level of …

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Art and Critical Theory: Five Course Objectives and Explanatory Commentary

This article is an explanatory essay written, in the fall of 2016, for a graduate art theory course in which some students were subject to what I call the “tyranny of relevance.” Two particularly militant students insisted that a historical approach to art theory had no value because it was an exercise in oppression that reflected Western power relations. They …

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Death of Damien Hirst in Venice

“Money complicates everything. I have a genuine belief that art is a more powerful currency than money – thats the romantic feeling that an artist has. But you start to have this sneaking feeling that money is more powerful.” (Damien Hirst) “Becoming a brand name is an important part of life. Its the world we live in.” (Damien Hirst) In …

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Speakeasy

To think that Washington D.C. is a major progenitor of the visual arts would be an incorrect assumption. Of course we are an art center and an international confluence of art passing into America from a global context – yes, given our embassies and museums and galleries and schools and of course, the Federal Government – we are important. But …

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Letters to the Editor

Winners Get Grants, Losers Don’t Dear Editor, “… like any juried or selection process, there’s people who can be perceived as winners and people who can be perceived as losers.” So says the executive director of a prominent D.C. non-profit arts organization in a recent article in The Washington City Paper. He’s right. There simply aren’t enough public-sponsored venues and …

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Chicago can be Reborn from Community

The New Art Examiner was created as a resistance to censorship and the control of the Chicago art elite. It has a policy of zero tolerance for such activities. Chicago has never forgiven this act of independence, because it has its own hometown paranoia, which revolves around the application of power. Smoke and mirrors is the well-used metaphor; in which …

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Galleries Representing Felix Gonzalez-Torres Are Airbrushing HIV/AIDS Out of His Work: It Needs to Stop.

This article was first published by artslant May 2017   There is no artist more synonymous with the poignancy, wistfulness and desolation of art made within the crucible of the HIV/AIDS crisis than Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996). Within the maelstrom of that government-sponsored holocaust, his experience of it, and its effects on his communities, he created work of such melancholic grandeur …

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Volume 31 no 6 July / August 2017

Death of Damien Hirst in Venice – by Daniel Nanavati A New and Better Curriculum for Art Students – by Jorge Miguel Benitez Understanding Modernism, Part 1 –  by Charles Thomson A Very Modern Manifesto Goya 1792 – by Susanna Gómez Lain, Madrid editor Thoughts on a Personal Manifesto – by Tom Nakashima An Incomplete Project, art and politics – by …

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The Birth of Purity

Here is an artist dealing with the free-for-all that is the postmodern enterprise and digging deep to reconcile some of its thoughts with those of (almost) art’s archaeological history. The themes of womanhood, birth and creative nature run through her work like a river, an analogy she would probably relish. The Terracotta style colours redolent of Lascaux cave paintings, the …

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