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Emmanuel Cooper, Stoneware with volcanic glaze (detail), ca. 1990s. Courtesy of the artist and Ruthin Craft Centre. Photograph by Dewi Tannatt Lloyd.
Darren Jones remembers the elemental work and personality of the English ceramicist. ...
 
Jawad al Malhi, Measures of Uncertainty XIV, 2014. Oil on canvas, 206 x 161 centimeters. Courtesy of the artist and Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Jawad al Malhi’s work documents the lives, struggles and culture of young men in the Middle East. ...
 
Andy Wicks. Courtesy &Model Gallery.
Yorkshire is a surprising hub for contemporary art in the UK ...
 


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Julian Hoeber: All That is Solid Melts into Air at Blum & Poe


Collectively, these sculptures look like death masks cast from Aztec sacrifices. Each embodies the magical absurd-beyond-belief-because-it’s-so-true realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


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Utopia: The Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye


Emily (as she is called) moved from making batik to painting with acrylic polymer on canvas at the age of 78 and in the next eight years produced around three thousand paintings. Their impact, both as an emotionally communicative experience and in terms of a painting intelligence, is staggering.


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Xiong Wenyu: Ten Years of Moving Rainbow


As an environmental activist, Xiong has created a process-oriented art whose dimensions are quite literally heavenly as well as humanist.


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Cy Twombly at Tate Modern


His London retrospective, organized by Nicholas Serota


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© MURAKAMI


The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 152 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90013 October 29, 2007–February 11, 2008 The late 20th century art world had a bad conscience about high art which was vilified as serious, profound, mysterious, spiritual, elitist, pretentious, outmoded and labor-intensive. This led to infatuation with popular culture (silly, superficial, obvious, materialistic,…


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Venice Biennale 2007


LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 52nd International Exhibition of Art A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, June 11, 2007 under the title “Pax American in the Serene Republic” The Venice Biennale has been the Olympics of the visual arts since its inception in 1895. In odd years countries choose their artist…


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Gordon Senior: Standing on Earth


Truckee Meadows Community College 7000 Dandini Blvd Reno, Nevada 89512-3999 775 673 7000 March 5 to 30, 2007 A number of works address the preparation and the journey itself. These include most notably Conversation, which consists of eight tower-like structures surmounted by clay or bronze animals, mostly crows and hares. On one level, that of…


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Michele Russman: Sculpture and Mark Nelson: Sound


The Koehnline Museum 1600 Golf Road. De Plaines, IL 847-635-2633. December 14 2006 – January 26, 2007 During the Modernist era many serious women artists were often excluded from art world consideration:  it was not until the Feminist movement of the 70’s that sculptors like Louise Bourgeious and Ruth Duckworth, who began their careers in the…


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Andrew Krasnow: Of The Flesh ~ Skin Works 1990-2005


ADM PROJECT 6015 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA  90038 323.467.7967 October 27th – February 3rd 2007 By TOBEY CROCKETT Andrew Krasnow’s retrospective exhibition, “Of The Flesh: Skin Works 1990-2005” at  ADM Project in Hollywood is an extraordinary exhibition, by almost any standard.  While the show also includes part of an older film depicting the…


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From Vietnam: Some Hanoi Artists


In his second dispatch from the Vietnamese capital, Joe Fyfe visits the studios of Vu Dan Tan, Maritta Nurmi, Phuong Nguyen Linh, Pham Ngoc Duong. I once visited a famous American painter, getting old by that time, who had spent his formative artistic years in Paris before returning to the U.S. Commenting on another American artist…