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Volume 32 no 6 July/August 2018

In this issue: We review the life and work of Frida Kahlo in a sixteen page feature with reviews on her latest show in London and Milan and an interview with the co-curator of the Victoria & Albert Show ‘Making herself Up’  Circe Henestrosa. The Genius of Pablo Picasso by Jane Allen and Derek Guthrie Too much of Luis Jacob in …

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Resistance is Frozen

For the exhibit, “Architectures of the Body and the Built Environment: Impressions, Sensations and Expressions” at Galerie Pierre Léon Alliance Francaise, Toronto, January 11–February 4, 2017, Canadian sculptor W. Hung includes seven sculptures with heightened physical and metaphorical contrast: using “severe” architectural materials – steel, concrete, marble etc., – alongside expressive, polymer figures. With the differences in structures of forms …

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Life at the Met

While an ambitious attempt to elide culturally and chronologically diverse, popular, scientific, and artistic sculptures of the human body, The Met’s “Like Life” overreaches. The show is ironically shapeless, despite sub-thematic organizational scheme. In addition, the several carved and polychromed Renaissance martyrs and slightly creepy Victorian material (such as effigies of organic matter and death masks), while relevant, are overstated …

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To The Ends of the Earth

Forest green painted walls are lined by white negative space. The color green is associated with life, harmony, and energy. An explanatory introduction and one thoughtful quote are also painted, but in white. I have an idea of what is to come next. A line of spotlights trail overhead, illuminating every wall, including the entryway, reminding me of the sun’s …

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The Genius of Pablo Picasso

Jane Allen and Derek Guthrie Chicago Tribune 15th April 1973, written overnight on the news of Picasso’s death. In Picasso the 20th century has lost one of its most cherished symbols of freedom. He proved the exception to every rule, and we thought until a short week ago that he might even elude the law of human mortality. Secluded behind …

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Frida Kahlo Self Made Feminist

The heroine of women painters, who championed the use of folk symbols to illustrate and elucidate self, surrealist painter, and merger of social realism and confrontational renaissance portraiture, is highly relevant to the present art scene. In painted self-portraits she surrounds her image with symbols of Mexican folklore and culture as in My Grandparents, My Parents and Me (1936),to exorcize …

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Speakeasy

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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Volume 32 no 6 July / August 2018 Editorial

Cages, prisons and walls are odd themes for an editorial. Each possesses subtle differences in meaning and while many innocent people are behind bars, there are many more in the wide world who have made their own “big houses.” The “big house” is hood (ghetto) slang for prison. In the visual arts conformity and exclusion play important roles within academia …

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Letters Volume 32 no 6 July/August 2018

Still a No-fly Zone (March/April 2018) Francis, This beautiful article shouldn’t stop here; it needs to be read by a larger public, not just by 12,000 paltry readers a month that you have here. All New Yorkers, all Americans and people overseas should be able to read what Frances Oliver wrote, as everyone was touched by 9/11 in one way …

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