Tag Archives: Tom Mullaney

Before Pictures

Douglas Crimp is an important figure in the development of postmodern art theory. He influenced a group of such 1970s artists as Robert Longo, Philip Smith and Cindy Sherman, whom he dubbed the “Pictures Generation.” Crimp made his mark curating a small show in 1977, titled “Pictures” at New York’s Artists Space gallery that has gained iconic status as a …

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Who Runs Our Major Museums and Why Are They So Silent?

Like the heads of major corporations such as Google or General Motors, being a museum director is an equally prestigious post and equally shrouded in secrecy. He or she may be a quasi-public figure who attends exhibition openings and dinners, hobnobs with art collectors and donors and signs appeal letters. But who are they as people, what do they think …

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Taking On a New Role

My association with the New Art Examiner dates from 1980. I walked into its offices at 230 East Ohio to offer my services as a writer. I wanted to put my journalism background to use studying what is termed “The Art World.” And co- editor, Derek Guthrie (along with Jane Addams Allen) had just the assignment: an ongoing trial in …

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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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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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Left at the Altar

DePaul’s last-minute decision in July to not pursue a publishing partnership with the New Art Examiner (NAE) felt akin to the groom who has spent months of courting only to find his beloved has gotten cold feet. All that now remains of a bold idea is disappointment. When our editorial team of Derek Guthrie, Tom Mullaney and Annie Markovich first met with DePaul’s Mary Ann Papanek-Miller …

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The Future is With Us.

With this issue, the New Art Examiner marks its first year back following a thirteen-year break. Our return, which began at Expo Chicago last September, has not been easy. We have managed to publish six forty-plus page issues with minimal advertising or subscription income. We have survived on pure faith and art-fed fumes. We owe a great deal to the …

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Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern

History knows Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) primarily as a generous arts patron who amassed one of the greatest collections of 20th Century Art, now housed in her former palazzo residence on the Grand Canal in Venice. However, until she was almost forty, Peggy was someone with no clear plans, an insecure woman who hated her looks and was still in search …

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Milwaukee Museum’s New Design

Lots of Creative Bang for the Buck   Museums are usually wedded to an addition model. They build more wings to accommodate their growing collection. The Milwaukee Art Museum’s recently successful renovation, instead, followed a design strategy of subtraction. It compressed three earlier, independent, segregated structures, built over a 45-year period, into a single unified whole. The result: a brand-new …

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Monster Roster Curators Interviewed

John Corbett & Jessica Moss in conversation with US Editor Tom Mullaney   The Monster Roster was the first original movement in Chicago art. The current exhibition at the Smart Museum of Art is also the first-of-its-kind retrospective devoted to a group of artists who, though they did not work together, exhibit together or call themselves by that name, shared …

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Editorial Comment

All of us at the New Art Examiner are pleased to offer this January / February 2016 issue of our revived, independent magazine for your reading enjoyment. The future looks bright for Chicago to, once again, have an arts journal that will cover the art world, locally and abroad, with a spirit of inquiry that is, true to our first …

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Chicago Architectural Biennial

BIENNIAL EXPO IS JUST FOR ARCHITECTS; ARTISTS SUPPLY THE PUBLIC’S VOICE.   “The Architects are Coming!”, “The Architects are Coming!” is the rallying cry for the citywide exposition Chicago is hosting now through January 3, 2016. For 96 days, Chicago is the architectural center of the world. It is fitting that this city, the birthplace of the skyscraper and bold …

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Arts Journalism in a Digital Age

Conference Tackles Criticism and Connectivity,Fails to Address Ethics and Collusion       Widespread euphoria in the arts has prevailed in the last decade over the new possibilities offered by digital media. Writers no longer need be confined by the space limitations of, or access to, print media. The abundance of thoughts and images now available online exponentially expands the …

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