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Art Chronicles #1 — Painting With John

Painting With John

by Adam Winters

Before the art galleries of New York filled vacant cast-iron buildings in Soho in the ‘80s and fled Soho for Chelsea in the ‘90s, when the Highline was but a weed-strewn elevated monument to urban detritus, and SAMO tags began appearing on Noho buildings and Sid and Nancy were about to check into the Hotel Chelsea, John Lurie was paying $55 a month for an East 3rd Street apartment and painting and blowing the sax in every hip downtown squat alongside his Lounge Lizards. 1,099 more words

Catch & Release

Appropriation Is Dead. Richard Prince's Instagram "Paintings".

Appropriation is so old that adults were born after it was already passé. I know because I got my BA in art school in 1991 (23 years ago), and I’d already learned about appropriation, written some essays on it, and even done my own appropriationist work . 1,513 more words


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Turner vs. Constable

“Who’s the better artist, Turner or Constable?” So one will probably wonder after seeing the simultaneous retrospectives at the Tate Britain and Victoria & Albert Museum in London. 2,228 more words

Art Criticism

Jeffrey Smart (1921 - 2013)

Despite being one of Australia’s most acclaimed and accomplished painters, Jeffrey Smart’s recognition here in England is as enigmatic as his work. Which is a shame really as through their stark and striking portrayals of the everyday, his paintings intrigue in the way that they attain a certain absurd quality in spite of always showcasing familiar & believable realities. 564 more words


Yelp Me!!

Yelp is a fresh mode of disseminating information regarding all types of venues including art galleries and museums.  In Ottawa, enthusiasts have posted reviews online about the locales they have visited on a website called Yelp.  501 more words

Art Criticism


There is always this tension in a man’s mind between Mother Earth and Queen Victoria, neither one the virgin or the whore.  This woman of Avery’s, for instance, is painted in a dangerous shade of red-blood and carrots mixed upon his palette.  193 more words