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What Can Never Be

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What Can Never Be

By Raph Cornford   You are not the institution you represent/attend/promote. You never will be. At best you have compromised with a failing system to do what good you can in chaotic and awful times…  

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The World is Ready for “A New Republic”

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The World is Ready for “A New Republic”

No.87 Review By Holly Zajur A picture (or painting) is worth a thousand words and countless images have been produced through the eyes of white men in the Western world. The “reality” portrayed is only capable of telling tales from one perspective. On view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Kehinde Wiley: A New…

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The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN

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The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN

March 11 – July 4, 2016 Review By Georgia Erger The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film, organized by The Jewish Museum and most recently on view at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, consists of an impressive array of over 150 photographs and films. The exhibition is structured both thematically and…

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Boredom and Capitalism (According to Wikipedia)

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Boredom and Capitalism (According to Wikipedia)

By Sarrita Hunn   In conventional usage, boredom is an emotional or psychological state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do, is not interested in his or her surroundings, or feels that a day or period is dull or tedious. It is also understood by scholars as a modern phenomenon…

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Hyperactivity Detox

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Hyperactivity Detox

by Liz Scofield   The Experiment Method   From April 15 at the strike of midnight to April 17, I turned off my phone and computer and told myself, “I will not work for these three days. I will be bored. I will do nothing.”   I put myself through a voluntary hyperactivity detox. As…

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Mural Spotting in North Texas

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Mural Spotting in North Texas

By Nicole Foran   During our bi-annual family visit to the DFW area to show off our recent weight gains and my son’s increasing vocabulary of profane words, my mother in law insisted on giving us a tour of all the recent murals that had been popping up around Denton, Texas. This entailed strapping my…

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Art Either Is or Is Not (Powerful)

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Clare Torina, For Lolita, 18 x 22 inches, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2015

What is or is not art is ineffable. You sit back and let the following images emerge like still frames in a nature-themed screensaver: the Pyramids at Giza. Bernini’s St. Teresa. The ceiling view of the Sistine Chapel. A wall Basquiat painted in the 1980s. Andy Warhol’s shoes. Trojan horse. Venus of Willendorf. A romantic…

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