The Beats – Driving Cross Country in Search of Eternity

by Asia Leonardi for the Carl Kruse Arts Blog “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,  [… ] with dreams, with drugs, with waking nightmares, alcohol and cock and endless balls,  [… ] who drove … Continue reading “The Beats – Driving Cross Country in Search of Eternity”

Upcoming: An Artist Talk With Yury Kharchenko

by Carl Kruse Our artist friend Yury Kharchenko joins a debate titled “Art, Culture and Memory” at the Wallraf Museum in Cologne, Germany, on 5 October 2021 from 19.00-21.00. The chat will deal with issues surrounding Holocaust remembrance, the culture of remembrance and the cult of guilt. Yury Kharchenko. Photo: New York Times. In his … Continue reading “Upcoming: An Artist Talk With Yury Kharchenko”

The Art of Atari

by Fraser Hibbitt for the Carl Kruse Arts Blog Tim Lapetino’s book The Art of Atari is a celebration of the visual worlds that emerged from Atari’s mission to market their video games. It is also a compendium of a certain time, the nascent culture of video gaming. An unavoidably nostalgic book – one flicks … Continue reading “The Art of Atari”

From Pop + Optical Art to the Rejection of the Artistic Object – the 1960’s.

by Asia Leonardi It will be inevitable, in this article, to feel a certain sense of unease and difficulty in orienting oneself in front of works that are very different from each other a few years later. You will find all and the opposite of everything. In the past it was easier when faced with … Continue reading “From Pop + Optical Art to the Rejection of the Artistic Object – the 1960’s.”

Museum of Old and New Art

by Fraser Hibbitt for the Carl Kruse Arts Blog Photos from MONA, Carl Kruse and Blooloop In 2006 the Moorilla Museum of Antiquities closed for a huge revamping and after the input of $75 million and five years of construction the Museum of Old and New Art emerged (MONA). Located in Holbart, Tasmania, the museum … Continue reading “Museum of Old and New Art”

Activist Art – Art as Protest

by Rosie Lesso for the Carl Kruse Arts Blog Art and politics have a closely intertwined relationship going back millennia. But it is only in the past 100 years that artists have embraced art as a form of political protest, one that can educate, inspire or instigate change. Known as ‘activist art’ or ‘protest art,’ … Continue reading “Activist Art – Art as Protest”

When did we Stop Criticizing Art?

by Hazel Anna Rogers for the Carl Kruse Arts Blog When I was around 13, I visited the Tate Gallery at the Liverpool Docks in Northern England primarily to see an exhibition of J.M.W. Turner and Cy Twombly, a starkly contrasting set of artists and the latter of which I actually had next-to-no prior knowledge … Continue reading “When did we Stop Criticizing Art?”

Yury Kharchenko – Upcoming Hamburg and Berlin Exhibits

by Carl Kruse It has been a busy season for my artist friend Yury Kharchenko with the completion of several new works, the latest being a series that is generating controversy though the artworks have yet to be publicly exhibited.  In these latest works, Kharchenko depicts comic and pop culture icons at the entrance to … Continue reading “Yury Kharchenko – Upcoming Hamburg and Berlin Exhibits”

At Play With National Geographic’s YOUR SHOT

YOUR SHOT On National Geographic by Carl Kruse UPDATE:  7 November 2019: As of 31 October 2019, National Geographic has sadly closed the YOUR SHOT section of its site.   This post remains for historical reasons.  There are fortunately many other sites online to share images. We recommend FSTOPPERS and 500px.  Both sites have high quality … Continue reading “At Play With National Geographic’s YOUR SHOT”

Carl Kruse – The Boros Bunker

The Boros Bunker in BerlinBy Carl Kruse What to do with an abandoned, six-story tall World War II bunker in Berlin? If you’re Christian Boros, build a 10,000 square-foot penthouse atop, fill lower levels with eclectic post-1990 art and open to the public. Side view of the Boros Bunker with war damage.  Photo:  Carl Kruse … Continue reading “Carl Kruse – The Boros Bunker”