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Botero’s Abu Ghraib

My first question is: Why Botero? How did this mild, sometimes trivial artist become the chronicler of darkness? At age 73 Fernando Botero broke out of his benign reputation with a series of 100 works—50 paintings and as many works…

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The Orphan’s Friend

I spent the latter half of my childhood in a small town in eastern Connecticut. Once it had been strictly rural, but by the latter half of the twentieth-century was slowly succumbing to the inevitable creep of suburbia. For the…

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What Happens in Halifax…

For over two years Mario Garcia Torres obsessively researched the circumstances surrounding an obscure assignment given to a small group of students at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 1969. In a process he has likened to…

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Art and the Flag of Exile

“May you live in interesting times.” – Chinese curse With the fate of the planet hanging precariously in the balance, there’s at least one thing about which we can all be certain: we are living in interesting times. While it’s…