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Volume 33 no 4 March-April 2019

In this issue: Zero-Sum Culture: Jorge M Benitez The disease of Grade Inflation: Stephen Luecking Exhibit Heightens Gaugin Myth: Jane Addams Allen Ayn Rand – A Defence for the Indefensible: Frances Oliver Museum politics in Toronto:  Rae Johnson Frank Gehry at 90: Lili Lihting Your  letters. Editorial by Derek Guthrie Scouting the blogs with Miklos Legrady Recommended reading Bentonville: Daniel …

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Zero-Sum Culture: Is the Canon Safe in American Museums?

Partisanship tends to deceive the partisans. Although true believers may not admit it, some issues do transcend politics. Such is the case with an article that Roger Kimball published in The Wall Street Journal in December 2018. In response to the appointment of Kaywin Feldman as director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Mr. Kimball, publisher and …

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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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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 Will to Ignorance: The Role of Academia in the Postmodern Debacle

The Avant-Garde and the Delusion of American Exceptionalism The Third Essay on the Limits of Postmodernism after November 2016   In the late nineteenth century, Friedrich Nietzsche asked and answered a question that still haunts the developed world: “‘What is the task of higher education?’ — To turn a man into a machine.” (Twilight of the Idols, trans. R.J. Hollingdale. Decades after …

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Volume 31 no. 5 May / June 2017

LETTERS p4 OP-ED – Our Cover Explained by DEREK GUTHRIE p2 SPEAKEASY  Rachel Shteir our flâneur p9 THE WILL TO IGNORANCE by JORGE MIGUEL BENITEZ p11 JOHN BERGER a personal memory by KEN TURNER p18 ROSE HILTON last of the St Ives School interviewed by DEREK GUTHRIE p19 THE RELEVANCE OF CRITICAL THEORY TO ART TODAY by CHRIS CULTRONE of …

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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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The Avant-Garde and the Delusion of American Exceptionalism

Three Essays on the Limits of Postmodernism after November 2016 Volume 31 no.3 : The Illusion of Progress Why the election results should not have been surprising Future Issues: Volume 31 no.4: Blood-drenched Brushes and Golden Easels: An analysis of what Derek Guthrie calls the “Americanization of the avant-garde” Volume 31 no.5: The Will to Ignorance: The role of academia in …

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