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Latino Studies
The pioneering Chicano artist Mel Casas recently passed away, marking an apropos moment for David S. Rubin to assess the progress San Antonio's Latino artists have made in contributing to that citiy's cultural vitality. More...


Ten Suggestions for a New Year
The heck with New Year resolutions and ten-best lists. DeWitt Cheng offers a set of ten guidelines for the art-perplexed to welcome in 2015. More...


Pop Art’s Enduring Life (Part I)
Pop art, argues Matthew Kangas, is not only currently resurgent, it's influence on contemporary art is creating waves of fresh discourse. The Seattle Art Museum's current "Pop Departures" exhibition makes the case. More...


Artists as Producers: DIY to Big Budget
That many artists avail themselves of the model and technologies available to Hollywood producers is an open secret. But in the end it's the aesthetics that should make or break these artists, not their production values. More...


Trip Advisor Loves AIC
The Art Institute of Chicago is a wonderful art museum, one of the best. But if Chicago-based James Yood enjoyed TripAdvisor's recent poll rating the AIC #1 in the world, he shows that the claim is kinda wrong in the real world. More...


On Artist-Run Spaces
What San Antonio lacks in mainstream commercial art galleries it more than makes up for in adventurous artist-run spaces. More...


The Long View Middle Way
Should critics ignore the proliferation of new media in art? Of course not, but DeWitt Cheng distinguishes between faddish razzle-dazzle and culturally literal innovation. More...


Maria Frank Abrams: An Appreciation
It's been a year since Holocaust survivor and painter Maria Frank Abrams passed. That she found the practice of modernist abstraction a catalyst for recovery does not tell the full story of her aesthetic achievement. More...


Bathos in Sex and Art
Richard Speer finds dispiriting similarities in the ways in which sexuality and visual art are thought of in contemporary culture. This is reflected in terminology and images that have proliferated and been absorbed into ordinary cultural literacy. More...


Really: What IS an Art Fair?
It's not like James Yood thinks there has been a lack of discussion about art fairs. But here he gets one of the most obvious and oft misunderstood issues off of his chest: What isn't, and just what is, an art fair. More...


How to Activate a Storefront Window
Storefront window art installations at Artpace in San Antonio have often ambitiously pushed beyond merely using the space as a storefront display case. David S. Rubin cites several examples that stand out. More...


Buster Simpson: Surveyor
Buster Simpson's unwieldy and environmentally informed sculpture and performance is at its best outside the museum galleries, but consistently exhilarating. More...


Guide for the Art-Perplexed
In his short, readable essays, John Seed shows that thoughtful opinions and common sense still have a vital role in art discourse. More...


It May Be Easy … But Choose Wisely
Has the internet been good or bad for art criticism? In his latest reflection on Irving Sandler's 14 questions, DeWitt Cheng sees that behind the silver lining does lie a cloud. More...


Remembering China (Part 2)
The second part of Matthew Kangas account of his 1992 participation in a Beijing exhibition that helped establish friendly cultural relations between China and Japan. More...


Bludgeoned by Beauty
On a recent trip through the far northwest of Canada and Alaska Richard Speer found himself comparing his direct encounter with nature with its visual interpretation by our best artists and photographers. More...


Remembering China (Part 1)
Mathew Kangas' visit to China 22 years ago let a lasting impression both for the centerpiece Kazuaki Kita exhibition and the surrounding diplomacy. More...


A Match Made in Council Chambers
The Santa Monica City Council's stunning decision to award exclusive negotiating rights to the developer not recommended by City bureaucrats will save Bergamot Station as a key location for art galleries. More...


A Tale of Two Art Sites
Between the recently opened Ed Paschke Art Center and the much ballyhooed Lucas Museum of Narrative of Art to be opened in four years, which do you suppose tells us more about Chicago? More...


For Whom I Write
In his continuing commentary of Irving Sandler's 14 questions, DeWitt Cheng suggests who writers write for is less important than what should fairly be expected of the reader. More...

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