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Mouthing Off: Julia Randall’s “Oral Fixations” at the Davison Art Center

The “Oral Fixations” exhibition at Wesleyan University’s Davison Art Center offers a ten-year survey of the work of artist and Wesleyan art professor Julia Randall.  Aside from one projected video installation, all of the works on display are colored pencil … Continue reading

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Situationist International

The Situationist International (SI) was born out of Guy Debord’s Lettrist International and Asger Jorn’s Imaginist Bauhaus.  Situationism incorporated political and artistic theories of both Dadaism and Surrealism, seeking to synthesize Dada’s anti-art political radicalism (the negation of art) and … Continue reading

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Claes Oldenburg’s Alphabet in the Form of a Good Humor Bar

An excerpt from my essay: The Good Humor truck, driving through postwar American neighborhoods and trailing children in images worthy of Norman Rockwell, was familiar to all and beloved—as noted in an affectionate article in the Chicago Tribune in 2001, … Continue reading

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