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    Editor’s Letter: August, 2014

    Richard Friswell

    Warhol Ingrid the Nun 83 edit“Jump off cliffs. Develop your wings on the way down.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

    Left: Andy Warhol, Ingred the Nun (1983). Private collection

    Them Bones, Them Dry Bones

    Once again, another round of stories has captured media attention and the public eye regarding the true identity of da Vinci’s, Mona Lisa. It appears to be the non-mystery that stubbornly resists solution, in light of decades of forensic study and scholarly examination. And if you’ve ever had the opportunity to see the diminutive work hanging in the Louvre, encased as it is, in a hermetically-sealed steel and bomb-proof glass vault, you might wonder what the fuss is all about. Does this painting, alone in the world of masterpieces, deserve a specially-designed, express elevator to the basement of the museum in the event of a terrorist catastrophe? xxxxxx (more…)

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    New York’s Bookstein Gallery on Leland Bell: Morning into Motion

    Tim Keane

    Morning (Small II), c. 1985. Oil on canvas 22″ x 19″ All images courtesy Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York and the estate of Leland Bell.

    While in Lori Bookstein Fine Art gallery, in New York City during midsummer the visitor might, for a moment, ignore the caption to Morning (Small II) that reveals it is the work of Leland Bell, or that this oil painting on canvas, which has a small-scale, timeless majesty, was completed relatively recently, in 1985. Morning (Small II) is less than two feet wide and two feet long, and is as deceptively modest as its title. A female nude stands near a bed with her left arm raised theatrically, beckoning, or entreating, a nude male in bed. The male is sat up, weary, his tired head supported by his hand and upraised arm. Near the bed, a dark gray cat arches its back. And, as far as narrative content goes, that is all there is to it. xxxxxx (more…)

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    A Conversation with Canadian Contemporary Painter, Attila Richard Lukacs

    Emese Krunak-Hajagos

    www.artesmagazine.comAttila Richard Lukacs is a Canadian-born, internationally acclaimed painter. He became well-known in the 1980s with his large scale canvases of skinheads. He has a rich oeuvre, with hundreds of paintings, but has also lived the tormented life of a 21st century artist.

    Left: Coo-coo-ka-choo, Mr. Robinson (1999). From  collection of Salah Bachir and Jacob Yerex

    Here is an interview with ARTES contributor, Emese Krunak-Hajagos: xxxxxx (more…)

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    City Lane Gallery, Dublin, Shows Contemporary Sculptor, Eva Rothschild

    Elaine A. King

    Eva Rothschild, ‘Cold Corners,’ Tate Britain, London

    The Eva Rothschild exhibition, curated by Michael Dempsey, at Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery, is an uplifting presentation, delivering a welcome alternative from widespread social community artwork-in-context, such as that in the recent Whitney Biennial—amounting to a banquet of confused nothingness! Rothchild’s astutely constructed sculpture is commanding, though, demonstrating her continual restless experimentation and expansively wide-ranging approach to making and defining sculpture. The eminent sculptor was born in Dublin in 1971, and currently lives in London. In the past decade Rothschild’s constructions have been exhibited internationally, including a monumental, site-specific 2009 installation, Cold Corners, at Tate Britain for which she created a continuous steel structure filling the entire Duveens Gallery. This enormous sculptural piece stretched across the space, gracefully drawing notice to the immense structure’s architectural details, including its roof and floor. Her work is also included in the 2014 Sydney Biennale. xxxxxx (more…)

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    Robin Rhode at Neuberger Museum of Art: Animating the Everyday

    Edward Rubin

    ‘New Kids on the Bike,’ 2002, Digital still, animation,1:21 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

    I come from a culture that is very spontaneous, with a lot of humor and sarcasm. People can laugh at themselves quite easily. After the horrendous political situation they have gone through, they can still find humor in themselves. And I think a lot of my work stems from this South African mentality….It has to do with freedom, with the possibility of imagining or reinventing another world quite rapidly.”

    The Neuberger Museum of Art, in Purchase, New York—less than an hour north of the City—is known especially for their beautifully curated exhibitions, as well as their intelligently timed choices. They always seem to have ten fingers on the pulse of the art world, with its hot-button subjects and important contemporary emerging and established artists. One of their most critically acclaimed and crowd-pleasing programs, named after the museum’s founder, is their Roy R. Neuberger Exhibition Prize. Given biannually, it celebrates early-career artists, giving them an exhibition, accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog. xxxxxx (more…)

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    Interview with Contemporary Sculptor, Felix Luque Sanchez: ‘Different Ways to Infinity’

    China Blue

    www.artesmagzine.comFor Physical/ité, Felix Luque Sanchez proposes the idea of infinity as an arena for exploration of the fictional realm. In Different Ways to Infinity (DWI), he examines a number of ways to express infinity ranging from Strategy: I Space/Volume Geometry, a magnetically connected modular system designed to form and reform a shape, to DWI: Chaos, a system that creates a perpetual real-time chaos loop, or DWI: Clones, a double pendulum system that tries to achieve equilibrium. This makes one wonder if we have gotten closer to understanding the elusive nature of infinity or if this proposed fictitious world, a playground for philosophical questioning opens up an approach to the unknown or unexplained.

    Here is China Blue’s interview with Felix Luque Sanchezxxxxxx (more…)

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    Massachusetts’ Museum of Russian Icons with ‘Darker Shades of Red: Soviet Cold War Era Propaganda’

    Mark Favermann

    Go Forward, Five Year Plan, N. Charuhin (1976)

    Uncle Sasha Wants You! Or at least wanted to control you. Darker Shades of Red , at the Clinton, Massachusetts, Museum of Russian Icons, focuses on the Soviet Union’s creation of internal propaganda, its array of striking posters aimed at keeping those in the Motherland and its satellites in line.

    One means of control was through the power of propaganda posters. They were among the major visual and ideological instruments of regulation generated by the Soviet Union during the Cold War, particularly as a means to influence its dependent Eastern European states. Historians say that the Cold War began at the end of World War II in 1946-47 and lasted until the collapse of the Soviet empire in1990. It is characterized as a sustained state of political and military tension between the powers of the Western Bloc countries (the United States, NATO allies and others in agreement) and the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact satellites). xxxxxx (more…)

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    The Calder Family Legacy: Sculpting a City’s Image

    Richard Friswell

    William Penn atop City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

    The boulevard runs straight as an arrow from a towering city hall to the front door of its eponymous museum of art. Fashioned after Paris’s 19th century, Baron Hausmann-designed thoroughfares, Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the mile-long artery that daily pumps new life into this historic setting. And standing atop City Hall tower, a beneficent, 27-ton, 37-foot tall sculpture of Quaker, William Penn, hand out-stretched, surveys all. Today, this metropolis still bears the name he first assigned to it in the 1660s—phila-delphia, the city of ‘brotherly love,’ in his very own sprawling “Sylvania” (Latin for “forests” or “woods”), gifted to him by King Charles II. The towering figure faces northeast, toward Penn Treaty Park — the site where, legend has it, Penn once signed a treaty with the native Lenni Lenape. With his right hand he gestures in that direction, while his left holds the Charter of Pennsylvania. xxxxxx (more…)

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    National Gallery of Art: ‘Degas/Cassatt’- Joint Venture in Paris’s Belle Epoche

    Elaine A. King

    Edgar Degas, Two Studies of Mary Cassatt at the Louvre, 1879, charcoal and pastel on gray wove paper. Private collection, New York

    Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas shared a kindred sensibility toward making art in the 19th century not surprisingly because they came from similar backgrounds—privileged and born into cultivated upper-middle class banking families. Economic independence afforded Cassatt the luxury to devote her time entirely to being an artist, live a particular life style, pursue a career in a world ruled by men, as well as choose her destiny outside the boundaries of marriage. Few women of her day could claim an art education starting at the early age of fifteen studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia. Exasperated by the patronizing attitude of its male students and its teachers, exclusion from study of live nude models, as and sluggish teaching methods, Cassatt left the Academy and turned to the Old Masters. Moreover, she moved to Paris in 1866 with her mother and a family of friends, who acted as proper chaperones. xxxxxx (more…)

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    In Conversation with Contemporary Sculptor, Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh

    Richard Friswell

    Nature Revealed: ‘Liminal Biomorphism’


    TSUNAMI III. 2005. painted bronze. 12” x 15” x 11”

    Turning abstract concepts into tangible realities is central to the work of sculptor, Cornelia Kavanagh, who looks to the natural world for her inspiration. For Kavanagh, sculpture is an assimilation of both physical reality and the introspective, as she mediates on the power, beauty and dangers found in nature. The common thread in her work is a desire to access deeply-embedded emotions to be discovered in the sheer beauty of manipulated forms. Most recently, she has turned her attention to forms reflecting her commitment to environmental activism. Kavanagh’s goal: To have her sculpture connect with the world of our experience in a manner that is both pleasing and instructive. xxxxxx (more…)

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    Editor’s Letter: July, 2014

    Richard Friswell

    “Modern art…is an attempt to deal with the chaotic formlessness and swift flux of the modern city.”  ~Robert A. Bone, literary scholar   Left: Salvador Dali, ‘Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea which at Twenty Meters Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln – Homage to Rothko’ (Second Version), 1976. Dali Museum, St Petersburg, FL. Bullets in the »more

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    Penny Arcade at Joe’s Pub: Taking on World’s Problems World, One by One

    Edward Rubin

    Anybody that has ever seen Penny Arcade perform, knows her as a riveting force of nature, one that compels us—not only to hang onto her every word and action—but to examine the trajectory of both society and our own lives. Be it in one of her wildly unconventional extravaganzas, or in a more recently-explored traditional »more

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    Goodspeed Opera House Stages a Fine, “Fiddler on the Roof”

    Geary Danihy

    Goodspeed Opera House is once again doing what it does best: vividly bringing to life an iconic American musical. In this case it’s “Fiddler on the Roof,” which opened on Broadway in 1964 and walked away with nine Tony awards. Under the sure-handed direction of Rob Ruggiero, who has recently become the Opera House’s master »more

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    Westport Country Playhouse with ‘Nora’- Adrift in Ill-defined Production

    Geary Danihy

    There are plays that deal with universal themes and thus can be staged in any number of ways. “Antigone” works whether it is staged in modern dress or Greek costuming; many of Shakespeare’s plays – “Hamlet,” “Julius Caesar,” “Richard III” — are often presented in the context of eras other than those the playwright originally »more

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