Archive For The “Essays” Category

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 Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977). Shantavia Beale II, 2012. Oil on canvas, 60×48 in. (152.4 x 121.9 cm). Collection of Ana and Lenny Gravier. Courtesy Sean Kelly, New York. © Kehinde Wiley (Photo: Jason Wyche) A picture (or painting) is worth a thousand words and countless images have been produced…

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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 Image: Alexander Rodchenko, Sports Parade on Red Square, 1936, Gelatin silver print. Photo courtesy of the Sepherot Foundation 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,…

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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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A Painter’s Refusal

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A Painter’s Refusal

In Melville’s short story “Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street” Bartleby, a young, introverted young man, is hired by an attorney to copy law forms. Told from the lawyers perspective it is the story of how Bartleby disrupts the workflow with his odd, peculiar refusal to follow orders, using the phrase: “I would…

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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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