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About pearce

Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."

Digital Art Teaching

How do studio artists teach drawing and painting with the requirements of social distancing limiting the interaction we are allowed to have with our students? I’m worried about next semester, with so much uncertainty about how to work in a … Continue reading

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Eddie Martinez and the McMansions of the art world.

My editor asked me if I would write a story about Eddie Martinez, whose work is selling for spectacular sums at auction. I was unimpressed by the work, which I think has no artistic merit whatsoever, and annoyed by his … Continue reading

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The Death of Last Rites.

Latest in the growing list of commercial victims of the virus, Last Rites Gallery in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen has just announced that it is closing down after a twenty-year run of selling macabre and dark art to a devoted … Continue reading

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Dialogues for Artists in a Changing World

On 1st June I’m participating in this online forum, moderated by Elina Cerla (who is in possession of a remarkable mind). It will be interesting to talk to Conor Walton, who is a formidably intellectual artist, who doesn’t paint a … Continue reading

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Topographies of the Imagination: Roger Dean and the Gates of Delirium

In this story, I was attracted to the idea of pathways through paintings, music and writing, and wanted to bring these three arts together. It was a huge pleasure working with Roger Dean, who is a real gentleman. It was … Continue reading

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The Money in Imagination

I’m an enthusiastic fan of imaginative realism, which I see as the art of our time without equal. I really enjoyed writing this story, especially chatting with Patrick Wilshire, who founded IX Arts with his wife Jeannie. IX Arts is … Continue reading

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The Cruel Hypocrisy of the Woke Art World

I was horrified when I heard that many US art museums were turning their backs on their community of workers during the coronavirus, especially their most vulnerable part-timers and freelance educators, even though some of them have gigantic endowments and … Continue reading

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Steven DaLuz and Realms Beyond in the Sublime Days of Solitude

For years I’ve watched Steven DaLuz rightly gain a following for his sublime luminism. He makes ecstatic paintings that literally glow thanks to his clever practices of using metal leaf and chemical patination to produce shimmering effects. His paintings border … Continue reading

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Storytelling Through Painting: Adam Miller’s Emulation of Raphael

Adam Miller was stuck in Florence when Italy shut down because of the virus. I interviewed him as he looked over the shuttered city, and we spoke of his quest to understand the skill of Raphael and his admiration for … Continue reading

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Raphael: The Consolation of Beauty in the Face of Fear

My editor asked me to write about Raphael for the 500th anniversary of his death. I saw it as an opportunity to compare the apocalyptic times of the turn of the 16th century with our own. Here’s the complete article.

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