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The Dilemma of Patronage

Let us understand what has been happening in our societies for the past fifty years. The decision to try to end the poverty status of many artists and support them with tax payers grants was, at its outset, a noble move. Patronage has always been a two edged sword and for every patron prepared to give Tchaikovsky a home and …

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A Northern School Revisited

Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham are great 19th century English cities brought forth by the proceeds of manufacturing by the Industrial Revolution. British Society changed which naturally evolved a new patronage for the arts. The story of this book then, “A Northern School Revisited” (published in 2015 by ClarkArt Ltd) by Peter Davis, is a most welcome revisiting of a narrative art practice from that time of recent forefathers which still …

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Soul Bros in Art

A review of Salvador Dali & Andy Warhol by Torsten Otte (Scheidegger & Spiess, 2015) Who knew that Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol were art bros? When they met and hung out in the mid-60s and ‘70s, Dali’s star was fading while Warhol’s was shooting up to the heavens. Yet, on reflection, their association makes perfect sense. Both were among the last century’s most famous …

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Chicago Artist’s Visceral Sculptural Sense

Review of the book “Rene Romero Schuler: Paintings and Sculpture (2016) Whether working 2-dimensionally in paint or fabricating 3-dimensionally, René Romero Schuler is a sculptor. In her work, there is a visceral sense of material scraped, carved, and incised by hand. Her painting largely eschews brushes and is constructed with trowels and knives. Her sculpture— composed in a variety of media such as tightly wound coils of …

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“CAPITAL—DEBT, TERRITORY, UTOPIA”

An exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. 2 July to 6 November 2016   ‘Capital – Debt; Territory; Utopia’ is an exhibition as vast and diverse as its grand title. Vast and diverse, but not daunting. Collected into a slightly too confined space, the huge canvas of this show draws you down a corridor of fascinating objects, images, experiences and …

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“Heaven and hell” a review on El Bosco exhibition for the V Centenary in Museo del Prado, Madrid

After being extended for two weeks more, due to people’s demand you are still on time not to miss the exhibition commemorating the fifth anniversary of the death of Hieronymus Bosch (born Van Aken), colloquially called in Spain “El Bosco”. It only takes sixteen euros and two hours waiting on a queue to be transported to heaven, hell and all …

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A Room of Surreal Mindscapes

Camille Iemmolo and Jon Langford Exhibit: The Lonely Stage Thomas Masters Gallery, September. 9–23, 2016 Strolling along North Avenue one sunny September afternoon, I entered Thomas Masters Gallery on a whim. As I entered the back room, I was transfixed by the sight of a stage at the front of the room and artworks lining the three adjacent walls. This all-encompassing installation/performance piece, “The Lonely Stage,” …

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“Politics, Rhetoric, Pop”

For many of those engaged in Chicago’s art community, the work of the Imagists or the Hairy Who collective is a prominent milestone in the city’s artistic legacy. For others, this work plays second fiddle to the art historical moment happening in New York around the same time. Some arguments have been made that collectors of Hairy Who continue to promote the work in an effort to at least bolster its market …

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New Lines in Chelsea?

On a recent visit to Manhattan, I looked in on a half-dozen Chelsea galleries. It seems that there is a mini-trend regarding the use of line as a dominant element in the works of four of the artists whose work I saw: Walter Darby Bannard at Berry Campbell, Jeff Elrod at Luhring Augustine, Charles Hewitt at Jim Kempner Fine Arts, and Oscar Murillo at David Zwirner. All …

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Some Thoughts on Expo Chicago

This autumn traditionally starts a new season in the art world, commencing with EXPO Chicago during a period of tumultuous politics and social activism. This turmoil is leading to more revelations of spiraling greed. The art world has long been inside this grip of greed and we are exhausted at the revelations that the world is still in no shortage of greed. In fact, we have come to …

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