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Art review: Magrisso’s exhibition offers a toast to life

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Source: Evanston Round Table

“Physician heal thyself” might be an apt quote for the artwork of retired physician Bob Magrisso.

Art was part of his life even in medical school, but when Magrisso had a near-death experience in 1995 when his heart stopped, art became an essential way of adding meaning to his life and sharing his feelings and perspectives.

Read more: https://evanstonroundtable.com/2023/11/21/magrissos-exhibition-a-toast-to-life/

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Art Review: The ‘Mathematics of Composing Pretenses’

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Source: Youlin Magazine

The ‘Mathematics of Composing Pretenses’, is a group show by four artists grappling with ‘nature’, as a word, or experience or a personal belonging. The gallery is housed in Phase 5, Defense Housing Authority (DHA), Lahore, a society where nature is anything but an epistemology. Instead, it is a tamed, decorative and an aesthetic art piece for a housing scheme to enjoy. This show is recommended for anyone who would be interested in stepping out of that pre-decided and controlled definition that plants offer us on the streets of DHA, to spend time with artists who use their art processes to rethink and reimagine.

The materials used in Ali Arshad’s work are of special importance and interest. One of the works uses a 20-gm stone of pyrite, which is a stone that comes from fire and is deceptively similar to gold. The artist seeks to show the failures of ‘rationalizing nature’. Deception and rationalization, two both aspects that are politically relevant to every Pakistani citizen. One can spend much time with Arshad’s work, and even ponder upon it pedagogically. For example, Arshad presents a lettered plan by 2 hypothetical men (Sultan and Sukhawant), who seek to separate humanity from nature and inevitably fail. Viewers who are fans of philosophy and postmodernism, can spend a lot of time with Arshad’s work to conceptualize pieces of work that seem to illustrate an academic essay. My personal favorite was an engraved marble slab, labeled ‘What is a Quatrain?’ In a talk that Ayaz Jokhio (another artist in the show) gave to ArtDivvy in August 2023. Jokhio stated that “when he paints, he doesn’t care what art is, and when he makes art, he doesn’t care what painting is”. The artist, who is also part of the show, illustrates a point that Arshad’s marble slab has illustrated. The work is not led by medium or even the restriction of ‘art’. Arshad’s marble slab is an excellent illustration of a young artist almost figuring out a mathematical problem, a problem of what a Persian tradition is in poetry, through a piece that illustrates how contemporary South Asian artists create a relationship to mathematics and traditional art.

Read more: https://www.youlinmagazine.com/article/art-review-the-mathematics-of-composing-pretenses/MjczNw==

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The Top-10 Vermont Art Exhibitions of 2023 

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Source: Seven Days

Compiling annual top-10 lists is a treat, because it allows us to recall the myriad art shows we enjoyed throughout the year. On the other hand, it’s achingly difficult to whittle the options to 10. Every month, our calendar is packed with exhibitions to visit all around the state. Shout-out to the artists, curators, venues and supporters that make this possible. You rock.

Maintaining an art gallery is itself as much art form as business. In 2023 we welcomed four new ones: Hexum Gallery in Montpelier, Conant Square Gallery in Brandon, the Phoenix in Waterbury and Bryan Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Sadly, we bid farewell to Northern Daughters in Vergennes, where for seven-plus years Justine Jackson and Sophie Pickens mounted excellent, eclectic exhibitions.

Read more: https://www.sevendaysvt.com/arts-culture/the-top-10-vermont-art-exhibitions-of-2023-39783843

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