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The Show goes on. Schnabel Walter Robinson and the end of Zombie Formalism

6 monthes ago   |   By Martin Mugar

It had all become a wonderfully seamless merger of theory and the art it purported to define. Modernism divided by modernism, became postmodern, became Zombie Formalism. The last remnant of self-consciousness was squeezed out. The image was often produced by machines or was so redundant of past Modernism, any notions of the authority or authenticity of the creator had exited the site of creation. Heidegger's "monstrous philosophical site" , where he crosses out Being bringing an end to ontology or at most establishing a weak ontology, had worked its way into the creative process of...
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Fuddy-Duddy art and Zombie Formalism

Fuddy-Duddy art and Zombie Formalism

6 monthes ago   |   By Martin Mugar

It has become current to demonize the power structure of the art scene that attracts large sums of money for Zombie formalist painting. The latest assault by Chris Wiley on “artnet” made a connection between ZF and the debt-ridden economy we live in. I have discussed this aspect of it with artists Mark Stone and Dennis Hollingsworth for some time now so that take is not new. Not bad. Five years running since I first coined the moniker that was popularized by Walter Robinson and people are still appalled. It all seems to reek of a modern flattening out of any dimensionality to the human...
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Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott is one of forty sculptors selected for on form 18, a biennial exhibition of sculpture in stone at Asthall Manor in the Cotswolds. She joins world renowned and... Read more ...

NL Architects + STUDYO Design Terraced Affordable Housing for Frankfurt

NL Architects + STUDYO Design Terraced Affordable Housing for Frankfurt

Terrace House. Image Courtesy of NL Architects Dutch design practice NL Architects and Cologne-based STUDYO have designed a terraced affordable housing complex in Frankfurt... Read more ...

Make a $12 DIY Darkroom Safelight With IKEA's Storage Box

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Picture Books, Ted McCagg

Picture Books, Ted McCagg

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Foster + Partners Creates Proposal for New Notre Dame Spire

Foster + Partners Creates Proposal for New Notre Dame Spire

Notre Dame. Image © Flickr user kosalabandara licensed under CC BY 2.0 Foster + Partners have joined a series of design offices that will enter the international competition to... Read more ...

Rare Photos of Hitler from Glass Plates by His Personal Photographer

Rare Photos of Hitler from Glass Plates by His Personal Photographer

Hitler's personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, was one of the infamous dictator's primary propagandists, and tens of thousands of the photographer's photos exist on glass... Read more ...

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Adobe Made a Quiz That Reveals What Creative Type You Are

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When “normal” people visit famous landmarks these days, they commonly pull out their phones and snap a selfie to keep as a memory of being there. Artist Stephanie Leigh Rose... Read more ...

A series of digital paintings I made last year inspired by

A series of digital paintings I made last year inspired by

A series of digital paintings I made last year inspired by ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray' and Dutch portraits. This was a lot of fun. They were painted on a single layer in... Read more ...

An Ode to 35mm Film

An Ode to 35mm Film

I took some of the best photos of my life on 35mm film. It will always have a special place in my heart, even though I haven't shot on film in years. If you ask me what I love... Read more ...

Contemporary Mixed Media Art, Quadruvium Painting

Contemporary Mixed Media Art, Quadruvium Painting

Click image above for larger view. 17.5"x"x5" x1.5 "Mixed Media on Canvas/sold Commissions welcome. Visit to Read more ...