Category Archives: Modern Art

dada: nothing is by accident

It began with an ironic and anarchic temper with origins in eighteenth century skepticism which was subsequently absorbed into the culture of urban and metropolitan thought processes through Baudelaire and Manet among others and it all came to a scrappy … Continue reading

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so cute you could die

Zany,the often obscure cult of cute with its cutting edge cookie cutter style of homogenized aesthetic quality as mass commodity. An aggressive antidote to the beautiful or the sublime, but rather irritating and shallow often in the realm of the … Continue reading

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thrift wrap mysteries

by Art Chantry ( art@artchantry.com ) this is a japanese 45 baggie sleeve from (i’m guessing by way of that particular logo design) from at least the 1960’s, maybe earlier. i collect these crappy little sleeves because they completely fascinate … Continue reading

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cairo: flights into egypt

Sensationalism.The aesthetic of violence in the Society of the Spectacle. The birth of the agitated space and a relishing of absurd charismatic appeal. Art, like the society around it, became caught between the joy of freedom and the fear of … Continue reading

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growing up absurd: disavowals of innocence

In Jan Miense Molenaer’s “The Smoker” from the 1620’s, viewers have an up-close regard on merrymakers, where children are inserted as metaphors for adult behavior. There is a capturing of the spirit of the figures through actions and facial expressions.The … Continue reading

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true grit and rough justice: wild west as arcades project

Charles Baudelaire incarnated, in his bohemian manner, the democratization of poetry. It was a new language that lacked an academic subtext; totally alien to he Academie Francaise to which he aspired. It was the language of the “flaneur” to which … Continue reading

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The sheen factor: how to euthanize a fish

Although March 8th will mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, women can ostensibly claim a dry or cold form of progress, but under the veneer of egality, they remain deeply exploited; it takes more than law to bridge … Continue reading

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A note of dissonance: who cares if you listen

Electronic composition. Its an odd contradiction: Impenetrable, inaccessible, yet highly influential. A notoriety built partly on his personal view that reinforced a belief that contemporary music was for an elite cognoscenti. His supporters of his twelve tone theories, including Stephen … Continue reading

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thinking out of a box: ”le smack down” 2.0

Raw and provocative. Thinking out of the box. What should an art museum look like? Something that would whiff of a little notoriety, distinguish itself….. In the case of a new, out of the blue proposal for the Whitney Museum, … Continue reading

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CHANCE MEETING: COLLAGE OF THE INVERTED OEDIPUS

Chance. A roll of the dice within that casino located in that vast structure of ¬†the human mind. The roulette wheel stops, the cards are flipped, the chips rise and fall.Chance is what arises from that volatile unpredictable mix of … Continue reading

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