Tag Archives: volume 34 no 1 September – October 2019

Artemisia Gentileschi: the painting of the 17th century

At Christmas the Diocesan Museum of Milan traditionally exhibits a masterpiece, and this year the choice has fallen on The Adoration of the Magi by Artemisia Gentileschi. The painting comes from the Cathedral of Pozzuoli, near Naples. Born in Rome in 1593, the daughter of the painter Orazio, she became acquainted with the Rome art scene at a young age. …

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Volume 34 no 1 September – October 2019

In this issue: Features: Museum of Modern Women – Kathryn Zazenski from Warsaw Oh Chicago, my Chicago – Maggie Leininger on Comfort Station After the Art Fair Bubble Bursts – Phil Barcio on the Chicago Expo Artist Miklos Legrady on Art Education Belated Tribute to a Gifted Painter – Jane Addams Allen on French Impressionist Berthe Morisot Letters Editorial by …

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Museum of Modern Women

PAINT, ALSO KNOWN AS BLOOD: WOMEN, AFFECT, AND DESIRE IN CONTEMPORARY PAINTING – Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw 7 June – 11 August, 2019 It’s the pleasures of painting. The poses of pleasures. The privilege of being looked at. The ploys of seduction. The light of the night. It’s nothing personal. It’s plain delight Aside from title cards, this poem …

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O Chicago, My Chicago

Chicago, like most large cities, is a melting pot of cultures, languages, and rhythms. It is not a city necessarily known for the elite galleries and star-studded cultural events of New York or Los Angeles. The glamour festooned events commonly associated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example, are not a part of the Chicago art scene. Innovative creativity …

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After the Bubble Bursts

Chicago EXPOses itself Google the phrase “too many art fairs,” and you’ll see a consensus is building about an impending “art fair bubble.” Dozens of recent articles contemplate the glut, not just in art magazines, but in publications like Forbes, Bloomberg, The Economist, and The New York Times. When Artnet News published “the Definitive Calendar of International Art Fairs for …

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If you’re a recent MFA or PhD you’re not an artist nor a curator.

    “They are like high priests murmuring to each other”. -Camille Paglia Dr. Jaclyn Meloche just published her book  “What is our Role?: Artists in Academia and the Post-Knowledge Economy”, YYZ ArtistBooks (Toronto). It  follows the theme of her symposium some years back at the Lillian Smith Library, also sponsored by YYZ. Meloche, reflecting on what she learned on …

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Belated Tribute to a Gifted Painter

SUMMARY: Long neglected, French Impressionist Berthe Morisot finally is getting recognition in a touring retrospective, now in Washington. The exhibition traces the painter’s development as an Impressionist and includes less successful experiments with the dissolution of form. An innate sadness permeates much of her work, which Is outstanding for its exploration of light, color and movement. Your life must be …

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Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys, April 7, 2018 – July 2020, Art Gallery of Ontario “Such retroactive and remote anointing is far more difficult in the context of contemporary art, which for the past century has often been the product of speech acts. I am an artist because I say I am an artist. This is art because I say it is.” “It’s …

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The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 – 1965

Five years in, The Whitney has become thoroughly at home in its spacious new digs and primo downtown locale. This is the second substantial collection re-installation since the new building’s inaugural extravaganza. This rotation and attention to expanded contexts for a few renowned works that have remained on view in shifted juxtapositions is notable. The salon-style hanging in a dark …

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A Ferro e Fuoco

Retrospective dedicated to Jannis Kounellis, Ca ‘Corner della Regina, Venice, 11 May / 24 November 2019, curated by Germano Celant As soon as I entered the vast hall on the first noble floor of Ca ‘Corner della Regina (headquarters of the Fondazione Prada Venezia), I was struck by an array of hats, shoes, dark coats: I thought of people moving …

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Magnum’s First

Diocesan Museum, Milan, May 9 – October 6, 2019 It’s truly inexplicable how the first exhibition of the Magnum photo agency, which was presented in five German cities between 1956 and 1957, has been forgotten for fifty years. The artwork was found by sheer chance only in 2006 inside two boxes which contained, in addition to the photographs, coloured panels …

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Genderless Faces

‘Themself’, new portrait paintings by Sarah Ball, at Anima Mundi, St Ives, 26 July – 6 Sept 2019 Entering the gallery and confronted immediately by the arresting portrait of ‘Izzy’, I was half-prepared for a dazzling exhibition of beautifully-painted portraits, accompanied by intriguing back stories. Sarah Ball’s practice relies on gathering found images from the media and from historical archives, …

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Unusual Forms

Leach Pottery and Anima Mundi in St Ives, 29 June – 11 August 2019 Andile Dyalvane has been in residence at the Leach Pottery in St.Ives,, Cornwall, UK and his work is seen there before he returns to South Africa. He was at the private view, resplendent and expansive, shaking hands with everyone and wearing African looking face paint. His …

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Drawn to Life

Drawn to Life An Exhibition of a Life Drawing Class – Redwing Gallery, Penzance 29 May – 12 June, 2019 It’s no secret that behind every successful artist there are hours of hidden practice and bins full of frustrations that never see the light of day. I reluctantly climbed the stairs to the Drawn to Life Exhibition at the Redwing …

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Domestic Bliss

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 8 March – 31 December 2020 When did the curator’s imperatives gain supremacy over the artist’s agenda? In the case of Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art, the current exhibition ‘Domestic Bliss’ is the brainchild of a creative in-house curator with no budget. Katie Bruce raids the gallery’s collection to produce an attractive and quirky show, …

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Lo Fi Glamour

My wife and I are driving down Yonge Street on a midsummer’s trip to Toronto in our almond colored, Honda Civic hatchback (our first vehicle) with the windows rolled down blasting out Kool Thing on our cassette deck as we meander to our campsite on the edge of town. The blood surging through my veins, super hyped, I am on …

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