Mark Sheerin

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Global recessions and armed crackdowns on protests are undoubtedly bad for art, but the old adage that hardship and suffering fuels creativity comes to mind when looking back at Brazil in the 1970s and considering the improbable success of Galeria Luisa Strina.

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Tom Dale’s Pursuit of Nothingness

by Mark Sheerin on February 3, 2015

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SOUTHAMPTON, UK — The British artist Tom Dale works at a time when speed has lost its innocence.

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Post image for With Tech, Satisfying a Need for Artistic Speed

BRIGHTON, UK — Attempting an interview with Chicks on Speed is a logistical challenge, as members of the art and music collective are dispersed around the world.

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Post image for Painting “Peaceful” Rather Than “Perfect”

LONDON — Regarding the use of photographs in painting, it’s no shortcut, at least not in the work of Ben Johnson.

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Post image for The Psychedelic and Porcine Provocations of Oreet Ashery

LONDON — If you like bacon and don’t have a menial job, here’s the show to make you feel bad.

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Post image for Between the Mystic and the Mundane: Charles Thomson Defends Stuckism

LONDON — Eighteen short months ago, Charles Thomson, the world’s most vocal champion of figurative painting, nearly hung up his brush. After some 30 years painting thick black lines and flat planes of color (“I called it Cloisonism, which was a 19th century practice which Van Gogh was involved with for a time”) the artist considered himself stuck. But this was only what the art world elite had always said about him.

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Artwork by Simon Faithfull

LONDON — For those not already aware of its existence, Middle England is, in its way, as mythical as Middle Earth. But copies of the Daily Mail outnumber the elvish runes.

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BIRMINGHAM, UK — Britain’s second city is arguably its most ethnically diverse. In a recent search for Birmingham’s most archetypal family, led by Turner-Prize winner Gillian Wearing, the winners were two mixed-race, single parent sisters.

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LONDON — In a 21st-century take on the artist and his model, Frances Stark has performed a gender swap and had her wicked way with up to ten male muses.

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Post image for Interwoven Histories: Exploring Britain and Haiti

BRIGHTON, UK — If the thought of a white artist from Britain making work about race in Haiti causes your hackles to rise, please bear with us. What Leah Gordon has to say about history concerns us all.

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