Author: Natalie Andrews

Van Gogh, Messiah & Madman Debunked

Reflecting on the expressionism of Van Gough and thinking about what it offers to the contemporary painter Natalie Andrews takes a critical view of the mad-messiah stereotype and reminds us whats...

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Unpicking The Expressive Fallacy

Can Hal Foster laugh authenticity out of existence? Revisiting 'The Expressive Fallacy', a rights of passage for artists....

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What is Authenticity After The Expressive Fallacy?

'The Expressive Fallacy' is an article from 1983 which still reverberates through the art world. ...

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The Rise of the Curator

New forms of power emerge all the time and for a while they escape criticism, but not forever!...

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Emilio Vedova, Icon of Radical Italian Art

The hero of radical Italian art in who painting is reinvigorated as the premier medium encompassing all others. ...

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Creating Utopia & Dystopia

We recreate our myths everywhere, those which are beautiful and horrifying ...

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Newness & Nostalgia In Art

The Idea of newness is an essential part of the function of art in modern times but what does that mean and how does newness form and change? Are we all prone to long for a past that never was or a...

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Aspects of Modernism & William Morris

As part of the exploration of the forming of Modernism Natalie Andrews considers the influence of William Morris via an object in the V&A....

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Becoming of the Avant-Garde

Modernism and the avant-garde is the theme of the second part of Natalie Andrews exploration of the epoch and its influence on our time....

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Brutalism, The Romance of Harsh Places

Brutalisim is part of every major city in the uk, is it worth maintaing or a terrible scar on the landscape?...

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Simon Bill, as Presented and in Aspect

Simon Bill is a polymath and deserves a long hard look from a curious audience his work probes perception itself. ...

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Modernism Under Attack (in the past and by the present)

Comparing fiction with history we explore the reactions to modernism, which is stranger you decide....

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Something worth finding? Augmented Reality

Pokémon has 65 million monthly users and makes use of 'augmented reality' but does it really add if anything to its users lives?...

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Understanding The Modern, it happened in the past!

The 19th century is where our ideas of the modern come from so what can that time say to us?...

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Shamanism, Art and Ritual

Shamanism has a place in the arts and famously Joseph Beuys pioneered this, but what is shamanism and what's it for?...

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Nestor Pestana Speculative Designer

Nestor Pestana is a speculative designer making work that explores the modern world through a philosophers eyes....

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Hypernormalisation & Modern Propaganda

Agents of truth and manipulation fight for posession of our soles Adam Curtis can help us understand the battlefield ...

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Phil Goss Modern Impressions

Spontaneous and Impressionistic images record the life of a travelling artist and recall early 20th century optimism ...

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Art and Politics (its all about transformation)

The transformation of a world veiw is possible but does art approach the challenge?...

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霸权 Chinese values make the world China!

Chinese hegemony is it something to worry about? It is if your uncomfortable with the West becoming more undemocratic and prone to long term leaders who stay on for, stability. ...

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Michael Radford Art Photography & Signs of Power

Michael Radford is a highly talented art photographer with a knack for surfaces but there are layers to consider also! ...

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Blended Dystopias, lovingly created nightmares

We have been imagining 'Chimerica' since Blade Runner in 1982 many years before the word was coined! The nightmare is made of the worst aspects of both worlds unbridled consumerism, industrial waste...

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Joana Pestana Designing to Change the World

Can Graphic Design Change The World?...

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Do We Understand Modernism? We Better!

Modernism is in the news because as it turns out not that many people ever really got it! Since we have long since left this epoch behind and since its exerts such an influence maybe we should make...

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Sinicisation, Making The World In China

Remaking the world in China. Its long been thought that our products would change China but it seems China is not so ready to be co-opted! our products and brands are easily transformed through...

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Cynical Realism & The New Chinese Middle Class

Cynical Chinese art makes liberal westerners feel good but what will we make of the new proud Chinese middle class?...

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China/Art/Soft Power: speak softly and carry a big stick!

China is developing its soft power portfolio; state propaganda, Confucius institutes, strategic investment and of course, art. ...

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How Did China Tame The Market?

To fully understand the impact of China in the modern world its important to have an idea of how the self styled communist state extricated the free market from democracy....

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Chimerica: Is Ai Wei Wei an Enemy of the State?

The Symbiosis of China & America ...

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Bloomberg New Contemporaries

When the idea is to introduce new voices in contemporary art, it helps not to have the judging panel overshadow the artists...

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