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Urs Fischer and the Art of Juxtaposition
Daniel Dennett, a critic of postmodernism, argues that "Postmodernism, the school of 'thought' that proclaimed 'There are no truths, only interpretations' has largely played itself out in absurdity," disabled by distrust of the very idea of truth. More...


“Basquiat and The Artist Next Door”
If billionaires can wheel and deal in cattle futures, crude oil, shipping, technology, and defense contracting, why not in art? More...


Paul Allen’s Emerging Vision for Seattle
Paul Allen is only the latest major civic-minded donor to Seattle's cultural maturation, but he may be exerting the most impact. He has he backed the Seattle Art Fair and added his museum, Pivot: Art+Culture to the South Lake Union neighborhood; and it seems he is just getting started. More...


Ghosts of the Cultural Past May Fuel Visions of the Future
From MacArthur Park, near downtown L.A. the Berggruen Institute will peer into our public policy and cultural future from a revamped Spanish Revival building. That building and its current tenants reveal much about L.A.'s deeper cultural history. More...


Art Business as Unusual
Documenta and the Venice Biennale have opened; major retrospectives are gearing up. Beneath the surface, all is not well. More...


Stuart Davis: In Full Swing
Not perhaps as much an event as the recent Monet or Matisse and Diebenkorn exhibitions, Stuart Davis dazzles at the de Young Museum. It clarifies his path from early Ashcan to the electrifying visual music he is best known for. It is work that still has important things to say about America. More...


An Artist’s Line Drawn in Quicksand
Daniela Repas' short documentary/animation "Mnemonics" embraces the ethnic heritage of this former Bosnian refugee as subject matter. There are larger lessons in how Repas tolerates values she cannot assimilate while celebrating those that she can. More...


Marimekko, With Love
The rise and continued cultural influence of the Swedish fashion design house Marimekko is here traced and assessed. More...


America’s First Contemporary Art Star
Currently on view the Art Institute of Chicago, James McNeil Whistler's portrait of his mother Anna is not the public event that it once was. But it does remain one of American art's most iconic images, and we do well to remember the artist's standing as perhaps America's first major international art star. More...


The Pregnant Void
The immaculately spartan works of Kirshio Suga provoked Richard Speer to reflect on the dialogue between shape and space. More...


Disturbing Subjects
The heated controversy over Dana Schutz' "Open Casket" overlooks that the artist favors honest personal emotions over graphic realism. More...


Deconstruction: The War for a Word
The philosophical importance of Jacques Derrida's deconstructivist theory has helped shape serious art for decades. That makes Steve Bannon's mis-use of it in a political context not only offensive but dangerous. More...


Martha Alf Pointed Me to the Light
Martha Alf introduced a noteworthy approach to contemplative spirituality in art in here series of pears during the 1980s. Starting as carefully staged psychodramas, the edible object assumed the role of an actor, but over time they assumed a whole new dimension. More...


Archipenko on the West Coast
Ukranian native Alexander Archipenko rose to become one of cubist sculpture's most important talents early in what became a globe-trotting career. A survey exhibition at the Frye Art Museum reinvigorates his contributions to cubism, the modern ceramics movement, and, yes, to West Coast modernism. More...


Protest and Authenticity
Genuine political outrage channeled through the sensibilities of strong, creative individuals can certainly generate great art. They are the natural opponents of authoritarianism after all. But we must keep in mind that high emotion is never sufficient to produce great art any more than it results in wise political solutions. More...


Where Art Hordes Go
Like the planets aligning once every long while, three of Europe's most significant art festivals as concurrent this year. More...


Love Trumps Hate
"Love Trumps Hate" has been advocated through art for decades, and now we need to get this kind of art out there again. More...


Aesthetics and Action
Richard Speer reflects on the broader impact of artistic discourse. Progressive as it is, does it have any measurable impact on the furtherance of Western democracy? As with so many, the Women's Marches of January 21st revived his faith in banding together to reassert shared values. More...


Grand-daddy of Op
Francis Celentano began as a scholar of Abstract Expressionism, but evolved into one of our top hard edge true believers. More...


The Real Inauguration Day
The January 21st Women’s Marches in the U.S. and abroad demonstrated our capacity for a mass democratic uprising. The many visual and other cultural components made clear the important role the creative community must play. More...

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