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Each issue the New Art Examiner will invite an art world personality to write a speakeasy essay on a topic of interest. Al Jirikowic lives and works in Washington DC and is our DC Editor. A long-time reader of the New Art Examiner, he ran the famous bar in Adams Morgan, ‘Chief Ike’s Mambo Room’.  Phillip Kennecott of the Washington …

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Glenstone Penitentiary

Intensely anticipated by the New York and DC art community, October 4 marked the public opening of the Mitch and Emily Rales’ Foundation’s “Pavilions”. Billing itself as the latest U.S. non-profit museum, it may not qualify as a museum at all. According to the International Council of Museums, a worldwide body of museum professionals a museum is “a non-profit permanent …

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The Framing of Black Identity

Martin Puryear Parasol Unit, London.18th September – 6th December 2017 Intricate discussions about methods of woodworking and formal decisions about sculpture characterised Martin Puryear’s lectures in the early 1980’s in Chicago. He didn’t at that time overtly ’play the race card’ but you could see plain as day he was a Black man talking about art in a divided city. …

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Life’s Struggles and Black Rage: The Fire Then and Now

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem was on exhibit at the Art Institute from May 21 to August 28, 2016 Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem, the exhibition that just closed at the Art Institute of Chicago, focuses on collaborative projects created by two seminal Afro-American artists, each a consummate master of their mediums. Each formed their unique artistic identity during …

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Society Defined in Shapes

Martin Puryear has penetrated the art world hierarchy in a subtle, courageous journey, carving through the corridors of power to reveal a highly sophisticated message about Art. He also offers the viewer a message that explores racism in the U.S. — a rare expression of moral outrage whispered in masterfully skilled and beautifully constructed sculpture with metaphor, whimsy and deep …

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