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“A Poet*hical Wager” at MoCA Cleveland @ Art in America

The title of “A Poet*hical Wager,” an exhibition of work by eleven international artists on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland through January 28, 2018, comes from a pun made by poet and scholar Joan Retallack, in her book of same name. “If you’re to embrace complex life on earth, if you can […]

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“Mathematica” at the Henry Ford Museum @ Detroit Free Press

The conversations around “Mathematica: A World of Numbers … and Beyond” the newest permanent installation at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, initially began in 2008 between the museum and the office of influential Mid-century modern designers Charles and Ray Eames, and gained momentum in the summer of 2014. Over several years of planning […]

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10/25/2017 – Painting Distraction with Brach Goodman

Artist: Brach Goodman Location: Olomon Cafe, Hamtramck Breakfast: BG – Coffee (milk?), Spinach hand pie SRS – Coffee (black), Cinnamon spice cake “I often think about distraction in life, and how life is continually escaping you,” says Brach Goodman, by way of categorizing some of the recurring visual motifs in a solo show of new […]

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“12 Nazi Concentration Camps” at Angela Meleca Gallery @ Hyperallergic

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It is possible — tempting, even — to view historical events through a gauzy filter, once which lends a layer of abstraction to the fact that they took place in the same reality as the one we currently inhabit. For an event like the Holocaust, this filter is often created by images […]

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Monet at the DIA @ Detroit Free Press

It is easy to imagine that art history is a fixed discipline, full of information rarely subject to change, particularly when it comes to some of the best-known artists in the Western canon. And yet “Monet: Framing Life” – a new special exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts – proves how devoted curatorial practice can reveal exciting […]

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Paul Schwarz at Paul Kotula Projects @ Hyperallergic

FERNDALE, Mich. — Despite living and attending art school in the heart of Detroit’s Cass Corridor neighborhood, the painter and intermedia artist Paul Schwarz is not readily associated with the Cass Corridor movement, one of the only major 20th-century fine art trends to emerge from Detroit. This year, the gallerist Paul Kotula has organized two posthumous […]

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“Say It Loud” at Charles H. Wright @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — It’s been 50 years since a weeklong mass civil uprising took place in Detroit, an event that is sometimes seen as an isolated riot, but in fact was an expression of decades of racial inequity. The events of the summer of 1967 have been one of the defining incidents connected with the city. […]

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“Detroit Imagines Itself: Art of the Ex-Industrial” @ Grantmakers in the Arts Reader

If there is in society a collective consciousness, then art is its imagination. Imagination is different from fantasy, which conjures up desires divorced from reality; imagination is creative problem solving that assesses what is available and re-creates it into something new, better, or self-satisfying. Detroit has been short on many things over the past fifty […]

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