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New show at GRAM succeeds in honoring women's work, ordinary objects

by (Holly)

Submitted 06-02-2016 under OPINION

There are too many details to share about Maureen Nollette's new show at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), "Honorable Ordinaries." How do I explain this newest in the GRAM's "Michigan Artists Series?" I could tell you...

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Why we need to admit Hometown Hero is sentimental pandering, not art

by (Marjorie Steele)

Submitted 10-09-2015 under OPINION

ArtPrize goers, creators and critics: we need to talk about the elephant in the room. Earlier this week, I watched three well established, well respected art curators trip over themselves to avoid saying what they really thought about one...

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UICA shows us how to take art collecting to the next level

by (RickBeerhorst)

Submitted 04-13-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The current show at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA) with the poetic title of "Power Objects: The Future Has a Primitive Heart" provides us with a wonderful example of what it means to build an art collection with a singular vision....

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Portrait: Artists deal with self, identity, culture at Free Radical 2014

by (dinderbeck)

Submitted 11-24-2014 under OPINION

Throughout art history we have seen the common theme of the self-portrait. Whether Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Avadon, Picasso, Warhol or Ai Weiwei, these images have become an important vehicle for artists to explore. These works allow artists to take a...

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Public responds to second night of "Why These Finalists" discussion

by (GRTV)

Submitted 10-08-2014 under NONPROFITS

Tuesday night's Critical Discourse panel- Nicole Caruth, Digital Content Editor forART21, Mia Lopez, Curatorial Fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and Paddy Johnson, founding editor of Art F City- analyzed...

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Why time based art takes time: Categorical distinctions of criteria for ArtPrize 2014

by (Micah Silver)

Submitted 10-03-2014 under OPINION

We talk about activities as if some of them take time and others don’t, yet we know that we experience everything as having a duration, whether we savor and put it to memory or not. Whether we are dreaming and time is of a different form,...

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ArtPrize partners with ART21 for increase in robust programming, critique

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 09-30-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

ArtPrize is partnering with ART21, a nonprofit organization which uses digital media to introduce millions of people to contemporary art and artists. ART21 has produced a Peabody Award-winning biennial television series, "Art in the Twenty-...

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Technique is not enough: Where Jerry Saltz and I agree on how to experience art

by (NicoleGR)

Submitted 10-02-2013 under OPINION

I'll start off by admitting that I know next to nothing about art. Sure, I took an art history class a few years ago but I remember next to nothing from that. So when I look at a piece of art, I naturally will look at it differently than what an...

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Art Critic Tyler Green navigates ArtPrize

by (tfox)

Submitted 10-01-2012 under OPINION

I had the good fortune to act as an assistant juror to Tyler Green, the juror for two-dimensional works in ArtPrize. Green has a background in journalism, and an unmistakable commitment to art. In addition to commentary on the ArtPrize works under...

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"Critical Reality: Why Is Arts Criticism Important?" Wrap-up

by (Arts Council GR)

Submitted 04-05-2011 under NONPROFITS

When the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids, Artpeers, and Avenue for the Arts partnered up to sponsor a panel discussion about the role of arts criticism in Grand Rapids, we titled it “Critical Reality: Why Is Arts Criticism Important?...

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