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The Editors Discuss David Wojnarowicz

Daniel/Derek, I’d like to write about the Whitney’s current David Wojnarowicz exhibition. Here’s the idea. EVERYONE is writing about it with non-objective, cloying praise. No critic has a bad word to say about it. When I went, I was hugely disappointed. Not in the work (which I love and wrote about) but in the show itself. This would be a …

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Remembering the Futurists

The title of this massive exhibition at the Fondazione Prada in Milan refers to Tommaso Marinetti’s visual poem, founder of the Futurist movement in the 20s. However, it would not be correct to define it only as an exhibition on futurism because it is much more complex; it took over two years for the curator, Germano Celant, to prepare the …

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To the 750,000 Readers of MOMUS

and let’s not forget the readers of Canadian Art Magazine. Is MOMUS returning to art criticism? Is Canadian Art ignoring it? I offered MOMUS editor Sky Goodden first crack at publishing this critique of her own journal. My argument was that she’d raise MOMUS above the fray by enabling an uncomfortable discussion on the vulnerability of art magazines. The same concept was …

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An Eclipsed Art Critic Shines Anew

SUMMARY: The quintessential art critic of the 1940s was Clement Greenberg, but In later years his dogmatism came under fire. Two volumes of his finest essays, “Perceptions and Judgments, 1939-1944” and ‘Arrogant Purpose, 1945-1949,” edited by John O’Brian (University of Chicago Press, $27.50 each), should help to restore his reputation. Invigorating is the best way to describe the early writings …

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John Bedding Interview 22nd June 2018 St Ives, with Derek Guthrie

Throughout this interview we were happily regaled by seagulls calling across the garden. DG: Well, as you know John, I lived in St Ives in the old days. Over the years I’ve visited and I kept a low profile but the one thing that stuck in my consciousness as I often visited, is your shop by the Sloop; for one …

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Autonomies of Art

Never before published in print, a lecture given by Clement Greenberg in Mountain Lake, Virginia in October 1980. Art and life. Art and life as lived can be seen as one and inseparable only when art is experienced sheerly as a phenomenon among other phenomena. Art experienced as art, art experienced aesthetically, “properly,” art experienced at what’s called aesthetic distance, …

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A Mantle of Scraps: Why Artists Fail

It isn’t easy. Deciding to pursue one’s vocation as an artist within the system involves tacit acceptance of probable economic adversity and elusive professional returns, in a capricious field of unreliable values. Youthful naiveté regarding stability may overcome uncertainty, but the compulsion to make sense of life via artistic mandate is under increasing pressure from practicalities. As the years go …

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Speakeasy Volume 33.no.1 September / October 2018

When I tell people I’m from Detroit, they get excited and want to hear about the “new” Detroit, the “Great Comeback City” as it is now touted on signs at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. There’s also much interest in the growing art scene here. For me, Detroit is about the people, who are the character, spirit and soul of the …

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Editorial Volume 33.no.1 September / October 2018

There is an interesting idea that, broadly speaking, may be categorized as the ‘psychology of history’. It suggests that because we are a psychological animal still prone to instinct, we can read human history purely from the psychological viewpoint to arrive at a better understanding of why the things that happen, happen. To give you the usual example: our leaders …

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Letters Volume 33.no.1 September / October 2018

The Joy Of Painting John, After reading your brilliant article (the title was my starting point, as one who appreciates joy), I became curious to know more about Darby Bannard and discovered that a new exhibition of his work will be held at Berry Campbell in New York from November 15 – December 21, 2018. Without your article I wouldn’t …

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