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Friday, October 14th, 2016


Aubrey Roemer: Helping the World, Painting by Painting

by David Willis


A young Brooklyn artist travels the globe, interacting with oppressed people.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016


The People Speak: A Report from the 2016 ArtPrize

by Ian Cofre


Now in its seventh year, the egalitarian art competition concludes, awarding prizes from a jury and the public.

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016


A Curious Proposition: The Paintings of Jonathan Lyndon Chase

by Didier William


In prizewinning work by graduating student, images that display an “overwhelming elasticity”

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015


Mapping Joyce Kozloff: The Political and The Decorative Intertwined

by Jack Hartnell


Seen recently at DC Moore, the French Institute, the Brooklyn Historical Society and BRIC

Monday, March 30th, 2015


Orientation Games: Getting the Hang of a Painting by Kazimira Rachfal

by David Cohen


An essay posted on the occasion of her new show at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery

Saturday, February 28th, 2015


Grave and Buried: Alfredo Jaar and Nicaragua’s Ignored History

by Noah Dillon


Using photographs by Koen Wessing, Jaar remembers a moment in the nation’s decades-long cold war strife.

Friday, November 21st, 2014


Pussy Riot at PS1: A Report and Some Reflections

by Alain Kirili


Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, with Petya Verzilov, were interviewed by Klaus Biesenbach

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014


Painting by Other Means: The Photography of Stuart Shils

by David Cohen


Essay from his book launching at Steven Harvey tonight

Definition Essay - Defining Art

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Definition Essay – Defining Art

What is art? Art and perception are deeply interrelated, since our ability to experience and comprehend artistic works is strongly biased by our own perceptions. Accordingly, any definition of art should emphasize the importance of perception in creating and experiencing art. Yet, each person has his or her own opinion of every artistic work, biased by his or her own perceptions, causing each person to define art as a whole in his or her own subjective manner. Hence, in my opinion it is impossible to create an objective definition of art, if art is something that each person perceives and experiences in a wholly subjective manner.

In my view, art is the representation and transmission of…show more content…

Therefore, there should be no conscious separation between the artist and the audience, since a conscious separation deters the audience from understanding the thought or experience the author had envisioned. Additionally, the stronger the feeling a work of art is able to elicit from an audience, the better the work of art, in my opinion. A work of art should allow the audience to not only share in the ideas as the artist, but experience these ideas, thoughts, and feelings to the same or greater extent as the artist did. Art, in my view, is than an activity of using man-made symbols to represent and transfer ideas. Yet, it is limited by the artist’s ability to manipulate these symbols to express his or her ideas, the clarity with which the symbols themselves express ideas, and the audience’s ability to perceive and understand the ideas that the artist has expressed. Overall, art as I have defined it is limited by our ability to express, transmit, and perceive ideas, as well as the constructs we have created to express ideas. Due to these constraints, it makes it almost impossible, in my view, to create a flawless work of art, where there is no conscious separation between artist and audience. There will always be some conscious separation between artist and audience; yet the great artists, in my view, are able to minimize this conscious separation between themselves and large audiences. Thus, I believe

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