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  • What's "Weird"?

    Richard Vine on the state of art
      Thirty years ago, the performance/installation artist Chris Burden succinctly captured the prevailing mood in contemporary art with his statement: "Art doesn't have a purpose. It's a free spot in society, where you can do anything." For Burden and throngs of his peers, works of art no longer strive to exalt, provide answers or address universal truths, but rather should erase complacency, challenge proscription and push the envelope with a vengeance.
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  • Don't Take Me Alive

    Dave Thomas at J Crist
      By now, it's safe to say abstract art has its own tradition. The pioneers of the genre were hammering out their manifestoes over 50 years ago. Their accomplishments survived the initial backlash and they seem, in a sense, to be re-emerging. Everyone today has the cliched image of an abstract painting in his or her brain, or, if not, has seen good gestural abstract work while watching an episode of Frasier.
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