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The New Art Examiner's Quarterly Theme
As announced, the New Art Examiner has changed format from a bimonthly to a quarterly journal with a quarterly theme. Our Winter quarter theme was Digital Freedom or silicon serfdom and addressed the effects of technology on the visual arts community. The Winter quarter print version is available in the PDF (Vol 35 No 3) on our Archive page which can be downloaded for free.
The Spring quarter, Outside In, is devoted to art centers around the greater Chicago area, including Milwaukee, suburban Chicago area, and Northwest Indiana. We will be looking at the artistic production activity in these areas. Future quarters will be devoted to other art centers around the country that are not part of a major metropolitan area. The print version (Vol 35 No 4) will be available in July. In the meantime check this site for articles and reviews as they are posted.
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Spring Quarter (April/May/June) 2021 Features
NEIL GOODMAN explores the Northwest Indiana art scene.
Water Street Studios
MICHEL SÉGARD visits this thriving artists' complex in Batavia Illinois.
Remembering two Chicago art world luminaries, Karl Wirsum and Helmut Yahn. TO COME
Spring Quarter (April/May/June) 2021 Reviews
On Being and Becoming:
"Mise en Abyme"
KA LETTS reviews Rachel Pontious’ solo show at Playground Detroit.
Telling Their Stories: ‘Artfields’
Lake City, SC 2021
PETER CHAMETZKY focuses on this year's Artfields exhibition.
EXPO CHICAGO Online 2021
EVAN CARTER compares this virtual fair to the physical fairs of past years. TO COME
Gary Burnley at Elizabeth Houston Gallery, NYC
ALISON MARTIN reviews Gary Burnley's "In the Language of My Captor" exhibition that addresses racial history.
Viewfinder at Thierry Goldberg Gallery, NYC
ALISON MARTIN analyses the varied approaches toward the human body in this group show.
"Love and Jump Back," Photography by Charles Henri Ford; Mitchell Algus Gallery, NYC
PAUL MORENO puts Ford's work in historical context for Pride Month.
Justin Marshall: "The End"
KA LETTS reviews Marshall's paintings about 21st Century Detroit on view at Public Pool in Hamtramck, MI
Winter Quarter (Jan./Feb./Mar.) 2021 Features
On Art and Social Media:
An Interview with Doug Aitken
NATHAN WORCESTER talks to artist and filmmaker Doug Aitken about Instagram, the history of the moving image, and more.
"Never Still in the Wind":
An Interview with Gary Justis
NEIL GOODMAN interviews fellow sculptor Gary Justis as they reflect on Gary’s half-century career as a tech-focused artist
Three Artists Engage with
K.A. LETTS shows us how 3 young artists are critically engaging with digital technology and the Internet.
Tech Meets Object
KELLI WOOD interviews two Duke University professors who are using scientific imaging to explore new forms of artistic curation.
Winter Quarter (Jan./Feb./Mar.) 2021 Reviews
"New Work/New Year"
MARIWYN CURTIN examines pandemic-influenced production from 15 artists at the David Klein Gallery in Detroit.
Warriors of the Apocalypse
NATHAN WORCESTER takes in Bryan Sperry’s dystopian vision at the artist’s Pilsen studio and gallery.
TENLEY BICK reviews the Atlanta Biennial, which encompasses a broader definition of contemporary work and concerns in the American Southeast.
K.A. LETTS considers the work of leading Ohio artist Natalie Lanese at River House Arts in Toledo.
EVAN CARTER explores Robert Chase Heishman’s outsourced image production at Elastic Arts.
MICHEL SEGARD discusses the embedded political meanings of Adam Daley Wilson's work at Chicago's Aspect/Ratio.
Autumn Quarter (Oct./Nov./Dec.) 2020 Online Features
Money Moves for the Alternative Art World
NATO THOMPSON offers his clear-eyed view on fine art and money, pointing to the D.C. hardcore scene as a model for alternative systems.
Art Handler Confidential
An anonymous art handler tells all, shining a light on exploitation, inequality, and greed in the industry.
The Money Power and Art
DIANE THODOS critiques neoliberalism, explaining how current economic realities have undermined progress in the visual arts.
Essay'd: A New Model for Art Writing
An arts writing project that aims to provide cultural context and critical coverage through "cultural crowd-sourcing."
Autumn Quarter (Oct./Nov./Dec.) 2020 Reviews
Ongoingness in the Los Angeles Piñata District through Dulce Soledad Ibarra’s “9th to Olympic”
"Graft" Edra Soto at the MCP
FRANCINE ALMEDA reacts to
Edra Soto’s “Graft,” an exhibition
at the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
Works on paper at Rhona Hoffman Gallery.
Three Detroit Latina artists.
Summer Quarter (Jul./Aug./Sep.) 2020 Online Features
The Art of the Black Lives Matter Movement
BLM related street and wall murrals from around the country.
It Can Happen Here
Stephen Eisenman and artist Sue Coe examine the similarities between Germany in the 1930s and today's political atmosphere.
Paul Moreno recounts the history of art by the artist collective Gran Fury in conjunction with ACT UP in the AIDS protest movement of the 1980s and '90s.
Kelli Wood examines the response of Tennesee artists to the current political turmoil.
Tom Noble analyzes iconoclasm since the eighth century and how it has been expressed in art.
A look at the memorial for Confed-erate prisoners of war that died at Fort Douglas during the Civil War.
Summer Quarter (Jul./Aug./Sep.) 2020 Online Reviews
Luis Martin looks at the work of Moreno with an eye to its political significance in the LGBTQ community.
Nathan Worcester reviews the writings of the late Palestinian artist and activist Kamal Boullata.
K.A. Letts reviews prominent Detroit artist Sabrina Nelson's recent exhibition.
Spring Quarter (May/June) 2020 Online Features and Reviews
The Plague Review
K.A. Letts examines the first issue of The Plague Review, an online publication by Rotland Press devoted to the artistic response to the cornavirs pandemic.
Covid-19 vs. The Art Field
Phil Barcio examines the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the the alternative arts scene in Chicago. (feature)
Culture in Quarantine: Seven Interviews from Chicago
Evan Carter interviewed seven Chicago art world members about being confined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are the first three. the next four will appear next quarter.
Nate Lewis: "Latent Tapestries"
At Fridman Gallery, NYC
(online exhibition review)
Virtual Visual Culture
Emelia Lehmann examines the effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on three major chicago institutions. (feature)
At Galerie Templon, Paris
(online exhibition review)
“Legacy of Decency. Rembrandt, the Jews and the Danes”
At Elverhøj Museum of History and Art, Solvang, CA. (review)
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