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Statement of Purpose


The New Art Examiner is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to examine the definition and transmission of culture in our society; the decision-making processes within museums and schools and the agencies of patronage which determine the manner in which culture shall be transmitted; the value systems which presently influence the making of art as well as its study in exhibitions and books; and, in particular, the interaction of these factors with the visual art milieu.



  1. bill roseberry

    Mythical celebrities like Jesus in the 21st century are for people who cannot grasp the basics of science… or art. Aren’t there enough real-life issues to debate?

    • Bill, your first sentence bears no relation to NAE’s statement of purpose. However I read somewhere that no one has a right to their opinion, only to an opinion based on researched facts, presented in a logical statement that makes sense to others and which they can discuss.

  2. Annie Markovich, Acting Chicago Editor

    The New Art Examiner was founded on the principles of Jane Addams, founder of Hull House in Chicago, who believed that both rich and poor can sit at the same dinner table and share ideas and wisdom. Addams believed both benefit from company. The NAE welcomes letters to the editor, ideas for articles and encourages artists to take on the responsibility of writing about their art. This statement of purpose goes back a long time to the 70’s, when there was a plethora of art magazines flooding the market. The National Endowment for the Arts and State Arts Councils were funding artist groups and publications, today those agencies are in dire straits as we can read in the press. More reason I believe to stand up for what is important in Art and articulate how its influence is felt. How vital is Art to Culture and civilization?

  3. Nickolas Stempertine

    How do you think the transmission of culture in our society has changed since the Statement of Purpose of the New Art Examiner was written in 1973? I would be curious to hear your views on this.

    • Miklos Legrady

      It’s gotten worse, but now it’s so bad the beast must collapse. At any rate, they give us a lot to write about in 2018; “The National Gallery of Canada proudly notes that their acquisition Trailer, by Geoffrey Farmer, is not a real trailer but a fake. It cost them a fortune and that is how we know a fake trailer is real art. They would not spend a fortune on a fake trailer that was fake art, or would they? Perhaps they would, because that’s postmodernism. “

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