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“Unreal Realms”

Five Outsider Artists at Intuit Gallery Since his work was revealed to the public in the early seventies and rose to worldly acclaim shortly thereafter, Henry Darger has become the rule by which outsider art is measured. “Unreal Realms,” on view at Intuit Gallery, presents a selection of works by five artists, including Darger, and proposes that they are all …

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“Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams”

Clearly the large paned glass windows that rise up from the floor of the Art Institute’s Modern Wing make the front of galleries 182-184 feel like a retail space. Artists who have exhibited here in the past have highlighted this affect, Lucy McKenzie being a prime example. In the current exhibition, South African artist Kemang Wa Lehulere (born Capetown, 1984) …

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Has The Arts Council Betrayed Its Origins?

As Nicholas Serota assumes control of the Arts Council as well as the Tate, we examine the history of this body and test its current policies against its founding principles Serota takes over at the Arts Council this month, 47 years after being employed as a regional arts officer, in what was his first job after university. In those years …

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The Avant-Garde and the Delusion of American Exceptionalism, “Blood-drenched Brushes and Golden Easels”

Three Essays on the Limits of Postmodernism after November 2016 Second Essay: “Blood-drenched Brushes and Golden Easels” Does the art world bear any responsibility for the rise of right-wing nationalism? Prior to Brexit and the 2016 American presidential election, the question could be dismissed with postmodern nonchalance. It can no longer be avoided, especially if France veers to the extreme …

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Energy in Motion

Stephen F. Eisenman sees Causal Connection Between The “Anthropocene” and Abstract Expressionism The decade and a half between 1945 to 1960, the heyday of Abstract Expressionism, may turn out to be the most consequential in the history of the planet. That’s when the human impact on nature became so great that the survival of life itself was threatened. The U.S. dropped …

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Speakeasy

Neoliberalism as an economic ideology is based on promoting “rational self-interest” through policies such as pivatisation, deregulation, globalisation and tax cuts, in which we now see the widest gulf between rich and poor in modern history. Culture and the arts have not been spared- artists have steadily fallen into the trap that has meant that art-working is at worst impossibly …

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Art in Our Time and Political Milieu

We each pay the price for the times we live in, but what crazy and discomforting times these are. To the arts falls the task of reflecting our times in meaningful and insightful ways. Good luck with that, Vincent. We struggle as individuals in a world where honesty, truth and justice have lost all meaning. The smells of corruption, greed …

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Judging Art in a post-modern world

If skill is a thing of the past – or at the least has become disassociated from the artist – and there are no standards by which to judge works, where are we left? Too much philosophising can lead thinkers into blind alleys and back tracking is as hard a task as breaking new ground in thought. But a little …

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Trouble In Mind

Please meet the two men who want to take over the New Art Examiner: Received April 17th 2017 from Michael Ramstedt: “Seduced By Poison” I truly hope everyone enjoys this read. In their own way. I know its REALLY long . . . (So it might take Derek a couple of weeks to get through it) . . .But I …

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