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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."

The Fifth Ring of the Art-world Circus – A Message to Millennials

The art business is a five-ring circus, but its clowns and acrobats are worthless without a ring to perform in. Although Covid-19 is the diet soda of plagues compared to previous pandemics, it has been a catastrophe for four of … Continue reading

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The Uncharted Territory the Surrealists Left Behind

MutualArt published my story: Julie Heffernan’s Fountainhead, Her Annihilation, Her Eve, Her Eden. “Many of the surrealists left the mysterious landscape of the imagination largely uncharted, barely penetrating the frontiers of the subconscious. Not so Heffernan.” I really enjoyed writing this. … Continue reading

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The Story that made Laurie Lipton Flinch

My article about Laurie Lipton is probably the darkest story I’ve written. When she read it she said, “A good read, but I think I need a drink.” Curiously, that’s how I feel about her drawings. You can buy books … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Ken Griffin’s Basquiat

I wrote this article for MutualArt about the problem with hedge-fund billionaire Ken Griffin’s purchase of a Basquiat for $100,000,000. In it, I describe the issue faced by US museums that it doesn’t really matter how many paintings by minority … Continue reading

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Coffee with Cornelius – Art and Power

I had a lovely time chatting with Cornelius Christian on his podcast, Coffee with Cornelius. He was an excellent host, and allowed me to explain the early history of the avant-garde and its indisputably proto-communist origins. I regret that I … Continue reading

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Listen to the Dobsky Story.

Here’s an Mp3 recording of my MutualArt story, “Carl Dobsky – Prophet of the West.” Click here to listen. Click here to follow along with the article.

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Carl Dobsky, and Other Prophets

MutualArt has published my most recent piece of journalistic writing, “Carl Dobsky – Prophet of the West.” This was a really enjoyable journey into the world of prophets, as I did some background reading to understand how Dobsky’s paintings affected … Continue reading

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The Illusionists

“The Illusionists” video is on Youtube. Enjoy fifteen minutes of imaginative realist paintings and sculptures, narrated by Michael J. Pearce, produced by BRITBAT studio.

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Illusionists Trailer.

Here’s a one minute trailer for The Illusionists video. To watch The Illusionists Facebook premiere this Saturday at 10am PST, visit this link and click “Get Reminder.” 

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Facebook video premiere of “The Illusionists.”

Last year I organized a show called “The Illusionists.” I was fortunate to be able to show work by some of the greatest imaginative realists alive today, including Roger Dean, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Pamela Wilson, Richard MacDonald, and a … Continue reading

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