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Volume 33.no.1 September / October 2018

In this issue: Speakeasy with Melanie Manos, our new Detroit editor We interview one of Bernard Leach’s finest apprentices, John Bedding Why artists’ fail by Darren Jones in New York The Autonomies of Art by Clement Greenberg, a lecture given in Virginia. Clement Greenberg reconsidered by Jane Allen To the 75,000 Readers of MOMUS magazine by Miklos Legrady, our Toronto …

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Swimming in Colour

Step into confusion; are you are in a fantasy world or in the uncomfortable reality of another individual? Each of the three rooms lead to the next through an arch and each has its own colour, first pink, then orange then green. First a kitsch hair salon with clippings of bright yellow hair on the floor, an empty receptionist’s desk …

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Too Important to Ignore

This show redresses the still lacking female voices of post-Ab Ex abstraction. Mary Corse (b. 1945) has had serious recognition for her Minimalist work, which sometimes incorporates neon and fluorescent light, However, she has generally been overshadowed by her many West Coast male peers similarly occupied from the mid-1960s, who soaked up most of the attention in this burgeoning sphere. …

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Encounter in Volos

The exhibition was entitled ‘The Spring If You Cannot Find It, Make It’ …taken from the verse written by the Greek Nobel Prize winning poet Odysseus Elytis was the inspirations behind the 35 participating artists. Their response to his words was personified in a diverse and engaging range of styles and artistic approaches. I was drawn to the work of …

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Art Sunbathing

On a warm early July evening, Popps Packing and Emporium presented two artists riffing on summertime escapism through neon-bright palettes and fake palm artifice. Popps Packing Summer Artist Resident Allison Baker hosted an open studio exhibition of mostly free-form sculpture exploding with color and drooping as if from midwestern humidity. The work is so evocative that one could go on …

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Eva Biennial – Artists’ Referendum on Resistance

Summary: Guerrero created an important invitation to a long, ongoing conversation through orchestrating key voices from many different perspectives. This was not about art market viability, but rather a testimony to the power of collective voices.   Juxtapositions of decadence and abjection, survival and compassion, are created with clever consider-ation in each venue of the Eva International Biennial 2018. Held …

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To the 750,000 Readers of MOMUS

and let’s not forget the readers of Canadian Art Magazine. Is MOMUS returning to art criticism? Is Canadian Art ignoring it? I offered MOMUS editor Sky Goodden first crack at publishing this critique of her own journal. My argument was that she’d raise MOMUS above the fray by enabling an uncomfortable discussion on the vulnerability of art magazines. The same concept was …

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An Eclipsed Art Critic Shines Anew

SUMMARY: The quintessential art critic of the 1940s was Clement Greenberg, but In later years his dogmatism came under fire. Two volumes of his finest essays, “Perceptions and Judgments, 1939-1944” and ‘Arrogant Purpose, 1945-1949,” edited by John O’Brian (University of Chicago Press, $27.50 each), should help to restore his reputation. Invigorating is the best way to describe the early writings …

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Editorial Volume 33.no.1 September / October 2018

There is an interesting idea that, broadly speaking, may be categorized as the ‘psychology of history’. It suggests that because we are a psychological animal still prone to instinct, we can read human history purely from the psychological viewpoint to arrive at a better understanding of why the things that happen, happen. To give you the usual example: our leaders …

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