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A PETITION TO REVERSE ELISABETH MURDOCH’S APPOINTMENT TO ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

A PETITION TO REVERSE ELISABETH MURDOCH’S APPOINTMENT TO ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND Sir Nicholas Serota Chair of Arts Council England Arts Council England 21 Bloomsbury Street London WC1B 3HF ACE decision to appoint Elisabeth Murdoch to National Council Dear Sir Nicholas Serota, Artists’ Union England calls on Arts Council England, to reverse the decision to appoint Elisabeth Murdoch as a member …

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Editorial

As the economy recedes, and as the political crisis deepens, the USA is a land of apprehension. A long way from the post-war boom. That time witnessed the triumph of American abstract art. Art follows the money. Embedded in millennial thinking is the Van Gogh syndrome and also the less spectacular introvert voice of Paul Cezanne, who lays a claim …

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Sol Lewitt Demystified

Behind the blind spot Sol LeWitt’s visual art shows the geometric complexity of dynamic expansions, and he’s also a highly respected art theorist whose statements on conceptual art establish him as one of the leading intellectual lights of that movement. Unfortunately Sol Lewitt’s writing makes no sense at all. Lewitt’s visual achievements none can doubt, he’s among the best, but his …

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Volume 32 no 3 Jan/Feb 2018

In this issue: Daniel Nanavati on how to use humour to close down the politically correct debate Dhyano Angius, performance artist and philosopher, has the SPEAKEASY. Chris Cutrone, School of the Art Institute, on why the Millennial Left is dead. Derek Guthrie on why he left Chicago (interview with Paul Germanos) Miklos Legrady on the celebriy chase Jerry Salz. Tim …

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Rebecca Warren ‘All That Heaven Allows’

Rebecca Warren is the first artist to show in the new gallery at the Tate St Ives. Her work reminded me of bronzes made in the Bronze Age by the Nuraghic people in Sardinia. Not of their beautifully made, detailed yet simple forms of warriors and boats that are displayed so well in Caglieri Archaeological Museum, but of the crass, …

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Sven Berlin at Belgrave, St Ives

Sven Berlin Polymath Begrave Gallery 7-30 October 2017 This show is mainly of his later works with one or two earlier pieces. They run through sculpture, paintings, drawings which, apart from the last, all show the same weakness. Sven Berlin was eventually run out of St Ives in his gypsy caravan, seeking a life in the New Forest. He did …

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40th Anniversary at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh

Hard to believe but the Mattress Factory, known as one of the premier venues for installation art, has been in existence for 40 years. During this time, it has attracted and encouraged well known global players, a wide array of artists at various stages of career development and emerging, Pittsburgh based, artists. Six artists have been chosen to create new work …

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Neil Goodman Twists and Turns

Carl Hammer Gallery Neil Goodman’s new work reinforces his status as one of Chicago’s premier sculptors. Each comprises a single bronze shape repeated a number of times under strict rules of symmetry. His shapes for the most part suggest elongated tools, linear with blades at one end similar to an axe or a spade. Each recalls the elegance of late …

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Anne Lindberg at Carrie Secrets Gallery

Anne Lindberg’s work is just fabulous. I’ve done lots and lots of work in colored pencil over the years and know the material very well, They way she uses materials is just amazing. Her technique is stunning. The very large scale drawings around 80×60 inches are made by her walking down the length of the mat board while drawing many …

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Society Diluted by Art

Mr. X, who up until now has been an unknown artist from Salzgitter in Germany, staged a major environment for his neighbors by leaving all the taps of the kitchen sink, bath tub and toilet of his apartment running non-stop for an entire year. The event became a live performance in October 2017 when he blocked the drains and let …

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The Framing of Black Identity

Martin Puryear Parasol Unit, London.18th September – 6th December 2017 Intricate discussions about methods of woodworking and formal decisions about sculpture characterised Martin Puryear’s lectures in the early 1980’s in Chicago. He didn’t at that time overtly ’play the race card’ but you could see plain as day he was a Black man talking about art in a divided city. …

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An Altar from Vannucci

The city has many cultural and artistic events aimed at pleasing a variety of tastes from the most refined to the coarsest. In Milan, especially after the Expo, there has been a greater flow of foreign visitors. Numerous exhibitions have been organized at various levels of quality, with many responding to a market economy. The criticism of some art historians …

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