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Banksy: The Last Romantic

Susana Gómez Laín They seek him here, they seek him there Those Frenchies seek him everywhere Is he in heaven or is he in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel Baroness Emmuska Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel With him/her/them (we don’t know yet), in a context of pandemia, scandal arrived at the Círculo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Circle) in Madrid out …

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Men and Women on TV in a Zoom Meeting

Mary Fletcher I am watching Question Time, which during the Covid crisis presents us with a wall of zoomed members of the public. I am trying to draw the speakers. What strikes me is how very different men and women look. The men all wear a uniform of suit, shirt and tie if on the panel; those in the audience …

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Scouting the Blogs with Miklos Legrady

Rachel Harrison Blake Gopnik wrote on Facebook that  Rachel Harrison’s work “inhabits the art world with zero friction. It ticks every box for what art is supposed to look like and be and do”. FACEPALM!   TI’d say  Rachel Harrison has no idea what art is, like  so many artists who graduate from the university of conformity. Art historian and critic …

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Death is Black and White

Anthony Viney If you have ever printed from a black-and-white film negative, you will have experienced seeing a photographic image gradually appear on white paper and, if left in the chemical bath long enough, disappear into darkness. To see something appear out of nothing and evolve towards nothing is to experience transience. Feelings of transience are a significant presence in …

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Barbara Rose Talks with Don Kimes

Republished with permission from Artscope, December 11, 2020 This is the last interview Barbara Rose conducted. I met Don Kimes in the Nineties and have watched his work develop and change over time in response to both personal and artistic challenges. We have had an ongoing dialogue ever since. Recently I saw the work he is including in his exhibition …

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The Marvel-ous Future of Cinema: How One Corporation’s Pseudo-Mythical Universe Will Control the Rest of History

Scott Winfield Sublett Earlier this year I bought as much as I could afford of pandemic-depressed Disney stock at $101. I’m a university professor, so… not much. But if it gets down to 101 again, which it won’t, buy, buy, buy, because the future is written and Disney owns it. Their domination of world culture through gobbling up folk tales …

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The Virtual Outdoors

Pendery Weekes Just as depicted in the virtual life platform Second Life (https://secondlife.com/), launched in 2003 and still going strong, today we too are living our own second lives online, doing just about everything imaginable in front of our screens. In Second Life people can “discover incredible experiences, fascinating people, and vibrant communities in this vast virtual world”. Second lifers …

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Four Epidemics

Frances Oliver There have been several epidemics in my lifetime – among them SARS, Ebola, AIDS, Swine Flu, Bird Flu – but here I will mention only those that, though they did not make me ill, in one respect or another changed my life. The first was polio. When I was a child there was as yet no vaccine and …

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“Invitadas – Invited”, Miss-steps Taken in Vindication of Women Artists

Susana Gómez Laín After having my temperature tested, my hands washed in hydro-alcohol and my mask well adjusted I entered, full of joy and hope after a series of lockdowns. The exhibition “Invitadas” (invited) at the Prado Museum is an event procrastinated and yearned for, wrongly expected to be of a radical feminism. It not only showcases the works of …

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Amazons of the Avant-garde

Liviana Martin The quote “Women are the vine around which everything revolves” by Leo Tolstoy welcomes us at the entrance. It is the leitmotif of the exhibition, which is divided into two parts. The first concerns the way in which the woman was represented in Russia as an artistic subject, the second exhibits the artists who were part of the …

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Giambattista Tiepolo: the Painter of Fantasy

Graziella Colombo Giambattista (or Giovan Battista) Tiepolo was born in Venice in 1696 and died in Madrid in 1770. The exhibition of his work in Milan is a large and important show that will last until March 2021, unfortunately presently closed due to coronavirus infections stubbornly remaining at high levels. In the 18th-century Venice, the cradle of many Italian artists,was …

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Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Mary Fletcher These six large tapestries show the Hogarthian progress of a male character on a ‘Class Journey’, using research the artist carried out when he developed his 2012 TV series All in the Best Possible Taste. There were more people in the gallery than I have ever seen there apart from pre-covid-19 opening parties. All were masked and spaced …

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Editorial – Volume 35 no 2 November- December 2019

Pendery Weekes, Derek Guthrie, Daniel Nanavati Finally, with the publication of our November/December issue we’ve nearly reached the end of 2020, an ill-fated and turbulent year. It’s been a year that has kept us riveted to the news with its constant updates and restrictions being imposed, lifted and re-imposed in countries all over the world. It has been challenging to …

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