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Contemporary Art and Ambition in the American West

by Darren Jones, Contributing Editor,  in Salt Lake City Utah is a romantic wanderer’s grail: its chromatic spectrum, the metaphysical power of its topographies and its geopolitical location combine to make it the nexus of lore and industry which defines the Western United States. Utah’s history has often set epic human endeavor against celestial grandeur, casting this vast territory in …

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Why Art Criticism Matters and Why of it Doesn’t

Judgment We mustn’t judge. This is what we are taught. But the directive is a misplaced affectation based on a few hundred years of superficial civilizing. It is our primeval nature to judge, as all animals must. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t survive long; we’d make decisions that would sooner rather than later, cause us to fail catastrophically. Calamities happen …

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ART IN AMERICA: THE CRITICAL DUSTBOWL

A bedeviling aspect of art criticism is the hegemony of New York based publications, and a jealous inward focus, to the detriment of sustained, democratized, national discourse. The prospects for an exhibition being reviewed decline the further it is from New York, and perhaps Los Angeles. This builds a skewed mass of writing—which becomes art history—conveying the inaccurate impression that …

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The Editors Discuss David Wojnarowicz

Daniel/Derek, I’d like to write about the Whitney’s current David Wojnarowicz exhibition. Here’s the idea. EVERYONE is writing about it with non-objective, cloying praise. No critic has a bad word to say about it. When I went, I was hugely disappointed. Not in the work (which I love and wrote about) but in the show itself. This would be a …

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A Mantle of Scraps: Why Artists Fail

It isn’t easy. Deciding to pursue one’s vocation as an artist within the system involves tacit acceptance of probable economic adversity and elusive professional returns, in a capricious field of unreliable values. Youthful naiveté regarding stability may overcome uncertainty, but the compulsion to make sense of life via artistic mandate is under increasing pressure from practicalities. As the years go …

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Why The Whitney Museum’s Summer of Wojnarowicz is a Winter of Discontent

Perhaps it was inevitable that the Whitney Museum’s David Wojnarowicz retrospective “History Keeps me Awake at Night” would be underwhelming, despite comprising over a hundred and forty pieces. Over ten years of consideration, months of marketing, concurrent exhibitions (at P.P.O.W. and Mamdouha Bobst galleries), and much gilded coverage, have built an epic situation. This all preceded his exaltation into the …

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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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Notes on the Dallas Art Scene

Dallas is a mythical concept. It is America in ways that New York, Chicago or Los Angeles are no longer. It is further from convention, and wrapped within its locality and character in a manner that causes other cities to seem timid in their skins. Dallas embodies its country’s most dynamic hallmarks—economic growth, technological advancement and unceasing civic development—while remaining …

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