SPRING 2016 Issue 4
Brooke Allen | What Is Art?
"People speak of the art of the future, meaning an especially refined new art, which is supposed to develop out of the art of one class of society, now considered the highest art. But such a new art of the future cannot and will not be. Our exclusive art of the upper classes ... has reached a dead end ... "
Jean-Claude and Antonina W. Bouis | From Clutterism to Supertidyism
A note from the translators: For the last hundred years, art historians have heard tantalizing hints of a long-lost work by the founder of Suprematism – his manifesto on housekeeping. And now, two lucky researchers, getting on with their own decluttering, came across a few faded journal pages in Malevich’s indecipherable hand ...
Alex Melamid | A Call to Action
In fall of 2010, artist and Artenol founder, Alex Melamid, issued a proclamation. His frustration with the vapidness of contemporary art, its preoccupation with celebrity and capital, had reached a critical point. Calling on other disgruntled art workers to join with him, he formed an organization to take art back from the aesthetic elites ...
Stan Harrison | Piece in the Shape of a "?"
Thirty years ago, on the nondescript evening of an average, uneventful and therefore unmemorable spring day, I, without purpose or intent and without having heard any warning to somehow change course, suddenly and unexpectedly up and vanished. Poof. Gone. It was as if a magician had waved his wand over me ...
By Petrus Gapingfly with Simon Pleasance | A-listers & a-holes: What art is?
Art – the visual arts – may be broadly defined as the expression or application of human creative skills and imagination, resulting in the production of (art)works originally involving painting, drawing and sculpture, but latterly encompassing genres such as Conceptual Art and Minimalist Art, happenings, installations ...
Zinovy Zinik | Love's Fractions
When, many years ago, I received my first invitation to teach a creative writing course across the Atlantic, I had, in advance of my arrival, also received an alarming warning related to the danger of being amorously affected in a politically incorrect way ...
Iain Bamforth | Afterimages
The Spaniard, wrote Stendhal in “Memoirs of a Tourist,” is “not a copy of anyone. He will be the last original to exist in Europe.” Boswell and Rousseau, in their time, had said more or less the same thing about Corsica, another land that time forgot. In this island of rugged and ...
Sean Ashton | No Art Art
Since the advent of Conceptual Art in the late 1960s, it has become quite common for artists to submit descriptions of works instead of making them. Though many proposals are still written in the hope of a material outcome, those intended to exist only in the mind are now numerous ...
Everett Aison | The Lookers
Aison is an illustrator and author whose latest book is entitled "Artrage."
Scene | Erik Christian
A photographer who experiments with unusual lighting effects, Christian caught this bulb's demise.
Closer | Mark Kelner
Kelner is a visual artist and arts organizer who has been involved in researching Russian post-war art.