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Speakeasy – Art, like life, is not fair

John Link ‘Regional artist’. Being called one is not much of a compliment. Still, it is better than being called provincial or minor. All three words mean about the same thing when they refer to artists. They mean being less than the best. Regional refers to being out of it, being cut off from the source of power due to …

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Speakeasy : Disneyfying Italian Culture

Each issue, the New Art Examiner will invite a well-known, or not so well-known, art world personality to write a speakeasy essay on a topic of interest. LIVIANA MARTIN was born in Northern Italy and lives in Milan. She has a degree in philosophy and she taught for many years. She is keen on ancient and contemporary art, because she …

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Speakeasy: How Artists get on in the World

Years ago I started to keep a note on the details in artists’ biographies recording who their parents were, their wealth, etc. Most were well off and many had a parent or spouse who was already an artist. Others married their success. Anna Boghiguian, who had a big solo show at Tate St Ives, was described by The Telegraph (a …

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Each issue the New Art Examiner will invite a well-known, or not so well-known, art world personality to write a speakeasy essay on a topic of interest. Richard Siegesmund is Professor of Art and Design Education at the School of Art, Northern Illinois University. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar to the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, …

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Speakeasy Volume 34 no.2 November/December 2019

Why Speakeasy? Believe it or not, there was space for a new feature in the early days of the NAE. Jane Allen & Derek Guthrie had the idea to open up the pages to different voices of the artworld, preferably unknown and known personalities. Jane asked me for a suggestion. We had a brainstorm about the title, and shortly Speakeasy …

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Most of my life was spent in Italy surrounded by Giotto’s frescoes, paintings by Piero della Francesco, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, archaeological ruins and works by numerous modern to contemporary artists such as Boccioni, Balla, Severini, Morandi, De Chirico, Schifano, Burri, Guttuso, and countless others. This can’t but influence someone’s cultural makeup and imaginarium. Italy is a country that is …

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What is the value of art? Art cannot change our world or the conditions of the art market. It cannot exist without auctions, fairs, dealers and speculators. Art can be full of ambition and desire for change, but it often struggles to make an impact beyond the art world. Most of us have come across these sorts of statements that …

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Speakeasy Volume 33.no.1 September / October 2018

When I tell people I’m from Detroit, they get excited and want to hear about the “new” Detroit, the “Great Comeback City” as it is now touted on signs at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. There’s also much interest in the growing art scene here. For me, Detroit is about the people, who are the character, spirit and soul of the …

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The cod often casts an eye on our behaviour with our propensity to take paths that lead to misery, both politically and aesthetically. So, in this instance, I feel that it’s my duty to let the cod speak directly. “To put it bluntly, how is it that you haven’t sorted out the idea of your so-called postmodern period; that all …

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Speakeasy volume 32 no 5 May / June 2018

Seize The Means Of Creating Culture Former Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka recently made the observation, “From Wakanda with its ‘Black identity extremist’ and nice CIA agent to Hoover’s FBI as noble and honest institution, the ‘American’ people are propagandized to their very bones. Critical thinking is replaced by fear, mindlessness and the manipulated passions of the herd.” …

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The Problematics of Black Representation Interviewer: Do you consider yourself a painter or a black painter? Basquiat: Oh I use lots of colors not just black. I’m not a betting man, but I’ll wager $10 that 15 years ago the average MFA student would have been hard pressed to name 10 African-American artists contemporary or otherwise. Today, the task is …

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If I was asked the question, “What do you think about the Art Market?” I would answer with exactly the same words Ghandi used, when he was asked about the Western Civilization: ‘I think that would be a good idea.’ As I look out there, I can’t see such a thing as an Art Market. What we generally call the …

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Creativity as a human endeavour rarely occurs in a vacuum. It is an impulse which compels a person to act. Failure to act can have consequences, some of which can amount to some semblance of pain. I recently helped to raise money to purchase a picture by Richard Pentreath of the C19th Zennor poet, Henry Quick. Quick was a disabled …

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The Art World As I Have Experienced It My journey into the arts has its beginnings in reading and watching documentaries on art history. In college I read every book and watched ever video i could find concerning art and its history. I wanted to learn everything I could. The art world I had envisioned and the real art world …

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To think that Washington D.C. is a major progenitor of the visual arts would be an incorrect assumption. Of course we are an art center and an international confluence of art passing into America from a global context – yes, given our embassies and museums and galleries and schools and of course, the Federal Government – we are important. But …

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