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Flower Power is the Push to Procreate Beauty

“This exhibition was organized by the Archives of American Art in collaboration with Smithsonian Gardens. The labels were written by archivists, horticulturalists, artists, curators, educators and gardeners to articulate the many facets of flora and adds to the richness of interpretation found here. The exhibition is in a small room by comparison to the rest of SAM’s (Smithsonian American Museum …

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The Adaptive Artist – Lee Krasner

“At seventy-five, Krasner is finally getting her due.” These words were written by art critic Robert Hughes in his 1990 Times article about Krasner’s first retrospective at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Krasner had been a practising artist since the 1930s, so why weren’t more art institutions jumping at the opportunity to display the work of a pioneering American …

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EXCLUSIVE DISASTERS – A Website

Author’s note for EXCLUSIVE DISASTERS My late husband remarked, already decades ago, that you can no longer write satire as humanity satirizes itself. Still, the temptation remains to comment on our increasingly degenerate and chaotic culture in that particular form, and though nothing could top the truth of Pendery Weekes’ article on embryo jewellery I cannot resist adding some persiflage …

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Reale Light, Milan

From July 29th to September 29th, the Palazzo Reale has been hosting the “Light Project” exhibition, which is the very first retrospective dedicated to Nanda Vigo, a multifaceted artist and architect from Milan, who was involved in multiple projects ranging from design to architecture and art. She has exhibited her work across the world, from New York, Berlin and Shanghai …

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Trash People in Matera

  In the evening, Matera is like a Christmas creche; when the sun sets and many small lights come on in the “Sassi”, cave dwellings that have existed since the Paleolithic period. The effect is striking. Matera, in the Basilicata region (proclaimed European Capital of Culture for 2019) has been renewed today. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage …

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Honeyland – Documentary

It’s rare for me to leave a cinema in stunned silence. But “Honeyland”, a documentary by two Macedonian film-makers that has garnered multiple Sundance awards left me muted by a cocktail of overwhelming emotions – crippling melancholy at the stark hardship of some people’s lives: profound awe at the sheer beauty of the images, and immeasurable gratitude for the comfort …

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Letters

Museum of Modern Women I completely agree with you Kathryn about “the complex and interconnected narrative of female experience”, which by far surpasses the superficial male experience. In that “these bodies are also full of desire, power, and humanity” is what our fundamental core message is here, something all women can well relate to. I find it amazing that 50 …

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Looking Beyond the Contemporary Artist

Country lane hedges, cut and hewn by flailing machines, are ignorantly denuded of their rich habitat. A mis-managed rationalization carved through the remnants of nature. We disregard the natural abundance that is given without financial remuneration? What are we afraid of? Is it that we want a more convenient society that in smoothing (h)edges allows our limited thinking to be …

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Imagined Emptiness

unsignificantly off the coast there was a splash quite unnoticed this was Icarus drowning (William Carlos Williams, from Landscape With the Fall of Icarus) The presence of an abandoned pier and oil rigs on the way to the gravel parking lot renders the sudden starkness of the sight all the more striking. Strangely – or perhaps not – my first …

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Lost in Translation

7 August Urbania’s cultural roots are deep. The Ducal Palace was built as a summer retreat for the Duke of Urbino, Federico da Montefeltro, in the late 1400’s. The Duke of Urbino brought art and culture to Urbania, and this small medieval town remains a centre for the production of desirable ceramics. Sabina Trifilo’s apartment is high-ceilinged and adorned with …

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